Clayton staple John P. Fields is set to open a new location this weekend. J.P. Fields West plans to open to the public on Sun., Nov. 3 at 11656 Manchester Road in Des Peres, offering the same neighborhood feel with some new dishes in addition to old favorites from the original location.
Wayne Prichard will oversee the new location in partnership with Jim Campbell, who owns the original Clayton location. Prichard has been working in restaurants since he started at McDonald's when he was 15. Since then, he's worked in fine dining in Columbia and Kansas City and ran a restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks for a stint. Then, he worked for nearly 12 years with Chipotle, first as a manager and then in a marketing role across nine states. When Chipotle axed its field marketing program last year and left Prichard without a job, he talked to Campbell about the possibility of opening a new location. Now, the location is just days from being in full swing.
"It's actually been a fantastic experience," Prichard says.
Prichard says that some of the Clayton location's menu favorites will be making an appearance at the Des Peres location. It wouldn't be J.P. Fields, for instance, without the Chicken Fielders, a slider comprised of fried chicken tossed in wing sauce and served with pepperjack cheese and ranch on a Hawaiian roll. But Prichard wants to take those beloved dishes and put his twist on it.
"We might throw a little curveball on it. We'll do them with chicken thighs, and we'll hand-bread them back in the kitchen because we have a little bit more room to work with it," he says. "We can do our best to pay tribute to the O.G., but also be our own animal."
Prichard says that JP Field's West isn't trying to reinvent the wheel; he wants the restaurant to be seen as a neighborhood joint with an awesome kitchen. Menu items might include a turkey bacon melt upgraded with applewood smoked bacon and a house mustard sauce, or a standard Reuben with Provel cheese and house-smoked pastrami in place of the corned beef.
"That attention to detail is going to come through in the product," Prichard says.
However, he says that his number one dedication is to his customers, and that if they tell him something isn't working, he'll reconsider and adjust as needed.
"I also want to make sure that I'm serving food and drink that people can come in here and definitely own, but also influence," Prichard says. "I want this to be their neighborhood joint, not my neighborhood joint that they just happen to like. I want to invest heavily in the community."
J.P. Fields West, 11656 Manchester Road, Des Peres, Missouri, 314.426.0127, facebook.com/jpfieldswest