A neighborhood mainstay recently got a revitalization thanks to its regulars. West End Grill & Pub, which closed its doors in January, reopened on April 12 after area residents came together to invest in its future. The casual restaurant, which is known as “WEGAP” to its loyal patrons, has a new chef and a set of new menu items to coincide with an updated dining room.
As reported by Feast in March, two of the original owners – Neill Costello and William Roth – own West End Grill & Pub along with the team of more than a dozen neighborhood investors. Executive chef Logan Maus spearheads the efforts to update the menu offerings. His culinary résumé includes cooking for restaurants including BLT’s - Breakfast, Lunch and Tacos, Square One Brewery and Cork and Barrel in St. Peters.
“This really is a neighborhood restaurant with a friendly, open atmosphere,” Maus says. “We serve American bistro fare. There are lots of fun events going on with the connection to the Gaslight Theater under the same roof. This is a place where everyone gets a plate.”
After the sale fell through, a group of neighbors stepped up.
Aesthetic improvements to the dining room and bar, which seat around 60 and 20 guests, respectively, include fresh coats of maroon and mustard paint as well as theater memorabilia. WEGAP favorites including green curry mussels and a braunschweiger sandwich from the original menu remain signatures alongside plenty of new and revised options.
“For me, this is an introduction to crossing the bridge between the old world and new world,” Maus says. “Having spent a lot of time in Europe during my formative years, I developed a passion for the classics of European cuisine – Italian, German and French cooking – and enjoy finding a way to modernize that and serve them in an American bistro.”
From the small plates menu, for instance, a new tart flambé flatbread comes with crème fraîche, bacon, red onion and a blend of Italian cheese. Fish tacos are another addition, featuring corn tortillas topped with fried cod and slaw. Shareables such as an onion ring platter with chipotle dipping sauce and a charcuterie board with capicola ham, genoa salami, white Cheddar, Gorgonzola and toasted pita encourage guests to enjoy dishes together.
Additional highlights include brown sugar pork chops made up of boneless pork loin marinated in a brown sugar glaze with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables; pan-seared salmon served over red pepper coulis and topped with crème fraîche, basil potatoes and vegetables; and fish and chips with wild caught, sustainably sourced Alaskan cod coated with beer batter and served with house fries and tartar sauce.
West End Grill & Pub is open Monday through Wednesday from 4 to 10pm, Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 11pm and Sunday from 10am to 2pm as well as 4 to 9pm.
West End Grill & Pub, 354 N. Boyle Ave., Central West End, St. Louis, 314.531.4607, westendgrillandpub.com