4356 Lindell Boulevard has been many things (even a mortuary) and Nathalie Pettus is hoping this is the one that sticks. The woman behind Overlook Farm in Clarksville is opening a new restaurant, Nathalie's, in the 19th century mansion which the late, great Salt recently vacated, as first reported by the Post-Dispatch.
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Pettus opened Savor in the same building in 2005, and from the looks of it, she's restoring it to its former glory. Although Salt had a critically acclaimed two-year run, it was plagued with legal troubles and chef departures. Pettus tells Gut Check that while things didn't work out for them, she couldn't be happier to make something for the Central West End.
"I want to improve things, I want to rejuvenate, I want to renovate -- like this building," she says. "I know that so much of the success of this place is the building. It's beautiful." Pettus is restoring one of the front rooms to its brightly painted walls and moulding that she reluctantly allowed the owners of Salt to change. There's also a great, intricate fireplace original to the house that Pettus found hidden behind a cheap rectangular mirror.
There's seating throughout the first floor of the house as well as a patio dining space. The second floor, reached by a robust Victorian staircase that's also original to the house, will hold more tables and has a theater in the back -- "You can hear how much tighter the air is back here" -- with tables at three different heights for optimal views of the stage. Pettus says she plans to have magic, as well as chamber music or perhaps film screenings.
Also on the second floor: sumptuous bathrooms with a Marrakesh theme (ladies) and an Indian Colonial theme (gentlemen) that RFT once named the best in town, as well as a hidden staircase to the third floor -- but we're sworn to secrecy on where! Take the elevator to the basement for a private dining space and chef's tasting table.
Next: the food!
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