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The Southern Bistro at Monarch. Closed this past summer for renovation, Monarch got a face lift and menu change with design by co-owner Jeff Orbin and menu by Executive Chef Josh Galliano.
Since Monarch opened in 2003, through the tenures of its original executive chef, Brian Hale, and his successor, Josh Galliano, the Maplewood restaurant has greeted diners with two or even three different faces. There is the main dining room, of course, where the menu aspires to be -- and often is -- among the area's best. In 2009, in fact, I named Monarch the second-most important restaurant to open in St. Louis last decade. Continue reading Ian Froeb's review of Monarch Southern Bistro. Photos by Jennifer Silverberg.