Duff’s to be Replaced by Cucina Pazzo

The CWE is sorry to say goodbye to 41-year-old neighborhood staple, Duff’s. From food fanatics to the weekly poetry night attendees, Duff’s was more than a restaurant; it was a cultural gathering place for St. Louis natives and visitors alike. One of the owners, Karen Duffy, explained to KSDK that it’s time to move on from taking charge of the restaurant, even though she’s enjoyed her many years there. Duff’s is planning to close June 23, so whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a new customer, be sure to stop by and enjoy this eclectic landmark soon.

Although we’re sad to see Duff’s go, the CWE is excited to welcome a new gastropub in its place: Cucina Pazzo (which translates in Italian as, “crazy kitchen”). According to Sauce magazine, the new owners, Brant Baldanza and his partners, also the minds behind The Tavern Kitchen & Bar, the Corner Pub & Grill, and the Shack, are planning to make significant changes, but still maintain the nostalgic character of the space. With Justin Haifley in the executive chef position, the menu is expected to have traditional choices with a few twists. Haifley is an exciting choice for the position, especially after his nomination for Food and Wine magazine’s People’s Best Chef: Midwest.

While Duff’s comfortable and homelike appeal will be missed in the CWE, we’re looking forward to the space being filled by Cucina Pazza, which is anticipated to open in late November.  With unique Italian cuisine and a promise to maintain patio seating, we’re sure the new eatery will be a success.