Chris Williams

  • Film

    November 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Franco to Stop Serving Lunch in 2013

    If you sincerely believe you cannot get through a workday without a lunchtime bowl of French onion soup and a side of pommes frites at Franco (1535 South Eighth Street; 314-436-2500), we have some very sad news for you: Today is the Soulard restaurant's last day of lunch service. From now on, Franc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Nico Announces Grace Dinsmoor as Executive Chef

    Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200) announced Friday that Grace Dinsmoor is the restaurant's new executive chef. She succeeds Darin Since, who in turn replaced original chef Chris Williams. Dinsmoor is likely best known to St. Louis diners for her time as executive chef at M ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Chef Chris Williams Parts Ways with Franco, Nico

    Franco (1535 South Eighth Street; 314-436-2500) and its two-month-old sibling restaurant Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200) have parted ways with executive chef Chris Williams, who has held that position since the beginning of last year.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    First Look: Nico

    A brand-new restaurant has joined the Delmar Loop's league of lunch and dinner destinations just in time for this year's early spring, readily equipped with an outdoor patio, plenty of elegant indoor seating and a fully stocked bar. Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200), the yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Nico Opens Friday, February 24, in Delmar Loop

    Ian Froeb​Nico, the highly anticipated "younger brother" to Soulard's Franco, will open this Friday evening, February 24, at 6525 Delmar Boulevard in University City. (This, of course, was the longtime home of Brandt's.)

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    The Five Most Anticipated New St. Louis Restaurants of 2012

    ​To be frank: This was an odd list to compile. If 2012 continues the trend begun in 2011, St. Louis will welcome many new restaurants over the next twelve months, so singling out only five of them as the "most anticipated" seems silly. What's more, many of the restaurants that will open in the new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Try Franco's Moroccan Vegetable Stew

    Bryan PetersGet it while the gettin's good.​Featured on its fall menu, Franco's (1535 South Eighth Street; 314-436-2500) Moroccan vegetable stew is a dish that so embodies the season's bounty, it tastes like a holiday homecoming.

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: September 30-October 2

    Friday (Sept. 30): Olivette On the Go Festival @ Stacy Park This neighborhood fest features dance lessons, live music and a bonfire on Friday night, a chili cook-off on Saturday, and a fun run on Sunday to name just a few items on the schedule of festivities. Free admission. Friday, Sept. 30 from 3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Franco to Open Nico in the Delmar Loop [Updated]

    The mystery of who will take over the late Brandt's Cafe spot at 6525 Delmar Boulevard in University City apparently has been answered. Just this hour Franco (1535 South Eighth Street, 314-436-2500) announced via Twitter that it will open a new restaurant called Nico in the Delmar Loop:​We're work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    St. Louis Chefs Are an Educated Lot

    Chrissy WilmesChris Williams of Franco studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.​Last week Eater asked chefs if they thought culinary school was worth the time and expense for aspiring chefs. The answer was a resounding "probably not." The discussion made us wonder how well-e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Ian Froeb​This week, Ian reviewed the barbecue at Bogart's Smokehouse. He also counted down to #2 and, finally, #1 on his countdown of 100 Favorite St. Louis Dishes. What else did we do this week? Katie chatted with Danielle from Yellow Tree Farms about their Raising Urban Livestock worksh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Chris Williams of Franco: Recipe for Chicken Roulade

    This is part three of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of Chris Williams of Franco. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Williams, is here. Chrissy Wilmes​When it comes to education, some chefs choose the formal route, attending culinary school and working externships, while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Chris Williams of Franco

    This is part one of Chrissy Wilmes' Chef's Choice profile of chef Chris Williams of Franco. Part two, a Q&A with Williams, will be available tomorrow. Look for part three, a recipe from Williams, on Thursday. Chrissy Wilmes​Chef Chris Williams' journey from his first experience in a kitchen t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Restaurant Tidbits from Brasserie by Niche, Franco, Pi

    Jennifer SilverbergNow you can enjoy the onion soup at Brasserie by Niche seven days a week.​A few notes from the last week:- Brasserie by Niche announced via Twitter this weekend that it will now be open seven days a week.Smart move: By all accounts, Gerard Craft's French restaurant, which landed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: Tipster tells me: new exec chef at Franco, Chris Williams. Williams was the sous chef. RT @Francostl: "@gutcheckstl: Tipster tells me: new exec chef a ... More >>

  • Film

    February 1, 2006