Mezcals and tacos al pastor at Público.

Mike Randolph announced today that he will close his James Beard award-nominated restaurant, Público, next month.

As first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Público will close Dec. 22. The Latin American-inspired hotspot debuted in March 2015 and quickly garnered accolades both local and national.

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closing of Público," Randolph and his wife, Liz, said in a statement. "Three James Beard semifinalist nominations, countless kind words from our local media friends, and most importantly, the support from our guests. We dared to do something different in St. Louis.

We were one of the first wood-fire concepts here, and we utilize that hearth for almost everything on our menu. We interpreted Latin cuisine in new and interesting ways, and we are proud of everything that goes out of the kitchen, still today. With that said, the restaurant scene is changing so it’s important to frequent the restaurants that you love."

Randolph opened Randolfi's Italian Kitchen next door later that year, which he eventually closed and turned into tasting-menu spot Privado in 2017. Privado closed in September 2018.

The Randolphs also own two locations of the breakfast and lunch spot Half & Half in Clayton and Webster Groves.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported Público over the last 3 1/2 years, and we're not going anywhere...look for more projects on the horizon," they said. "We cannot thank our talented team enough, and we are excited to see what the future holds for all of them."

Público, 6679 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop, University City, Missouri,

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Nancy Stiles is a freelance writer based in St. Louis.

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