One of St. Louis’ most storied restaurants has reopened — and with updated digs and new menu items, it’s poised to enter its next chapter in style.
Located inside the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis, the Tenderloin Room (232 Kingshighway Boulevard, 314-361-0900) celebrated its soft opening on Saturday, December 7, and will officially open to the public on Monday, December 16.
New owners Bob Brazell, Ben Strake and Rick DeStefane, the partners who operate Byrd & Barrel and Tamm Avenue Bar, purchased The Tenderloin Room from longtime proprietors Dino and Jules Karagiannis in June.
Last month, Brazell told the Riverfront Times that the Karagiannis family approached him and his business partners more than a year ago and that the interim period allowed Brazell and partners the time to take a hard look at the restaurant and make thoughtful updates. The Tenderloin Room temporarily closed on November 4 for light renovations and menu changes.
“We took a lot of time to get to know each other — they’ve owned the restaurant for like 30 years, so it’s that family’s life,” Brazell told the RFT. “We worked out a good deal for them; we kept on Dino and his two daughters, Eleni and Mary, and the whole staff as well. There are so many people who live inside the Chase, and [the Tenderloin Room] is like their living room; they know the family so well and we didn’t want a big change.”