Frank Schmitz

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: Rosé Increases in Popularity in the St. Louis Summer Heat

    For this week's review, I visited Bocci Bar (16 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-1040) in Clayton, the latest concept from Frank Schmitz, whose other restaurants include Coastal Bistro & Bar and BARcelona. Though I was underwhelmed with Bocci's menu revamp, the wine bar's extensive selection o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Bocci Bar's New Wine Concept and Small-Plates Menu Now Available in Clayton

    During early Thursday evenings this summer, patrons of the Bocci Bar (16 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-1040) can enjoy happy hour or dinner with the Clayton Farmers' Market going on just steps away from the sidewalk patio through wide-open front doors. The setting proves a fruitful one, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Bocci Bar Reopens This Weekend in Clayton

    Bocci Bar (16 N. Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-1040) is set to re-open this weekend after winter "modifications." In addition to interior reconstruction, owner Frank Schmitz is revamping the concept, too. See also: Bowled Flavors: Can Bocci Bar separate itself from the Italian-restaurant pack?

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Tidbits from BARcelona, Tsevis' Pub & Grill

    As I noted the other day, this has been a very busy week (or several weeks, really) for restaurant news. Here are a few more items from around town: - George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reports that chef Brian Hale, formerly of Monarch and Chase Park Plaza, will be the "director of culinary operatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Coastal Bistro and Bar Features Southern-inspired Land and Sea Cuisine

    Mabel SuenChefs in the kitchen at Coastal Bistro and Bar.​This past September the Schmitz family welcomed a new kid on their cozy, close-knit Clayton block -- Coastal Bistro and Bar (14 North Central Avenue; 314-932-7377). The Southern-inspired seafood bar and restaurant, featuring a combinati ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 20, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Bocci Bar Now Open in Clayton

    ‚ÄčThe Schmitz family has struck again. This time it's Frank Schmitz, owner of BARcelona.(Not to be confused with Claus Schmitz of Mosaic or Ellen Schmitz of Mosaic Bistro Market.)Frank Schmitz's new venture is an Italian restaurant called Bocci Bar. It's located at 16 North Central Avenue in Clayto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    David Molina of BARcelona Tapas

    ​Chef David Molina of BARcelona Tapas is quiet. When he speaks, it's soft and succinct, an artifact of his intense focus on his food and the job in front of him. "I don't have a lot of time to do much of anything," he says. "This place keeps me really busy. If I do have some free time, I jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Clayton Smoking Ban: By the Numbers

    The daily has a story out today about restaurant and bar owners in Clayton who are "rallying our troops" to fight a proposed smoking ban in the St. Louis suburb. Two numbers I took away from the article would suggest that the ban's opponents face an up-hill battle.  1. Clayton has approximately ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 14, 2003

    Tapas Without Passion

    The wrong location, the wrong vibe for this lively style of dining