Tuesday, August 12, 2014

First Look: Wheelhouse Takes Its Sports Bar Downtown

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 7:30 AM

The bar at Wheelhouse. | Nancy Stiles
  • The bar at Wheelhouse. | Nancy Stiles

Our favorite sports bar of 2013 opened its second location at the end of July, just steps from the ballpark. The Wheelhouse (1000 Spruce Street; 314-833-3653) has got 10,000 feet of the Cupples 8 building, designed by SPACE Architects.

See also: The Wheelhouse Downtown, Ices Plain & Fancy Squeeze in July Openings

Mac & cheese fritters. | Nancy Stiles
  • Mac & cheese fritters. | Nancy Stiles

The menu, developed by Wheelhouse chef Nick Del Gaiso, is almost the same as the original, plus a few items that have yet to be introduced to the Clayton location. The tables and bar are made of reclaimed wood by local artisan Jermaine Todd, a.k.a. Mwanzi Co.

There's an outdoor patio, plus an upstairs area that overlooks the dining room and bar, multiple TVs to catch the game and a DJ booth and dance floor. Wheelhouse is open until 3 a.m., but currently can only sell liquor until 1:30 a.m. A 3 a.m. liquor license requires $150,000 in sales, but the owners see that happening within a week or so.

Follow Wheelhouse Downtown's Facebook page for specials and updates.

The Philly sandwich. | Nancy Stiles
  • The Philly sandwich. | Nancy Stiles
The turkey BLAT wrap. | Nancy Stiles
  • The turkey BLAT wrap. | Nancy Stiles
The Wheelhouse burger (one of several). | Nancy Stiles
  • The Wheelhouse burger (one of several). | Nancy Stiles
The upstairs area seen from the dining room. | Nancy Stiles
  • The upstairs area seen from the dining room. | Nancy Stiles
The Wheelhouse dining room. | Nancy Stiles
  • The Wheelhouse dining room. | Nancy Stiles
The entrance on Spruce Street. | Nancy Stiles
  • The entrance on Spruce Street. | Nancy Stiles
The patio at Wheelhouse. | Nancy Stiles
  • The patio at Wheelhouse. | Nancy Stiles

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