Hi-Pointe Drive-In has a new outpost in Downtown St. Louis. The popular local smashed burger joint debuted its second iteration on April 11, located catty-corner to the Washington Avenue location of its sister restaurant, Sugarfire Smoke House. The opening came with a revamped menu for both Hi-Pointe Drive-In locations, featuring additions to its list of burgers, sandwiches and sides.

“We’re excited to be downtown and love being partners with the convention center and The Blues,” chef-owner Mike Johnson says. “We just love St. Louis as a whole and love being here.”

The concept comes from Johnson and chef Adam Pritchett, who opened the original location of Hi-Pointe Drive In in January 2017. According to Johnson, Hi-Pointe joins an umbrella of restaurants that includes 14 locations of Sugarfire, including an Edwardsville, Illinois, outpost slated to open in about a month. He also plans to open additional locations of Hi-Pointe Drive-In in O’Fallon, Illinois, and O’Fallon, Missouri.

The downtown location of Hi-Pointe Drive-In fills the 3,600-square-foot space previously occupied by Porano Pasta, with 70 seats inside and another 30 on a covered front patio. The interior design features a retro alien invasion-themed diner vibe, highlighted by space age mural art by Killer Napkins and Top Coat Signs.

Hi-Pointe Drive-In’s smashed burgers – made with a blend of brisket, chuck and rib – remain the mainstay of the menu, available in new iterations including a French onion burger and the Arch D-Lux burger. The latter is a double American cheeseburger with peppered bacon, ketchup, special “D-Lux” sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on a sesame bun, and $1 from each sold benefits St. Louis Gateway Arch Park Foundation.

New sandwich options include a Cuban sandwich with chopped pit ham, pork belly, muenster cheese, pickle and hot mustard as well as a T.L.T. with housemade tofu bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried green tomatoes and garlic mayo on hearty wheatberry. Johnson’s new personal favorite item is the “Fryre Festival” side with onion rings, fries and sweet potato tots.

For dessert, choose from sweets made by Sugarfire’s pastry chef Carolyn Downs. Hand pies, oatmeal cream pies and Sugarfire chocolate chip cookies are available in addition to a selection of shakes and soda floats.

Hi-Pointe Drive-In’s current hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday from 11am to 10pm, Saturday from 10am to 10pm and Sunday from 10am to 9pm.

Hi-Pointe Drive-In, 634 Washington Ave., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.405.8274, hipointedrivein.com

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