The Precinct Disappoints Diners in Downtown St. Louis

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The chicken and waffle sandwich.

Owners Mark Winfield and Jim Edmonds relaunched 15 Steakhouse as a casual bar and grill to take advantage of the restaurant’s proximity to the new St. Louis Police Department headquarters. But the plan has already hit a few snags. The headquarters failed to relocate on schedule, and the building still sits empty. Then came the poorly named “Officer Down” hot-wings challenge, which alienated the very population that the Precinct is trying to serve (apparently, cops don’t appreciate people throwing around the phrase — go figure). Winfield renamed it the “Hot Pursuit” challenge as soon as people complained, and the Precinct donates a portion of its proceeds to the St. Louis BackStoppers. Regardless, these difficulties made me wonder how effectively two civilian restaurateurs can appeal to a cop clientele — and that’s before I tried the food.

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of The Precinct.

Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for the Riverfront Times.

Published on February 4, 2014

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