The downtown Robust, located on the ground floor of the Laurel building as part of the new Mercantile Exchange development along Washington Avenue, certainly doesn't look much like the original in Webster Groves. It is an airy space filled with natural light. Tall windows overlook Wash. Ave., though the streetscape must compete for attention with a dramatic arrangement of very thin metal rods suspended above the bar.
Hours: Sun 11am-10pm, Mon-Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am
Located in the Mercantile Exchange development on Washington Avenue, Robust features an exemplary selection of wine and American food. The wine list is divided into eight numbered categories by descriptive style (e.g., crisp, mellow, luscious), and each dish on the menu includes the numbers of suggested pairings. The menu features approachable bistro fare from chef Joseph Hemp V. The sea scallops with oven-dried tomatoes and country ham over Parmesan grits are a standout. Selections of cheese and charcuterie are also available for a light meal or snack.