5 Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

In-progress at Main & Mill. | Main & Mill
In-progress at Main & Mill. | Main & Mill

2013 is going to be hard to top -- some of the best restaurants in years debuted. But there are a slew of new projects we're looking forward to in 2014, both from all-stars like Ben Poremba and newcomers like the father-and-son-team behind a Festus brewery. Let us know what you're looking forward to in the comments!

See also: 2013 Openings & Closings: A Year in St. Louis Restaurants

       Ben Poremba in the kitchen. | Jennifer Silverberg
       Ben Poremba in the kitchen. | Jennifer Silverberg

Ben Poremba's Chicken Shack

Following Olio, Elaia, and Salume Beddu and La Patisserie Choquette for Ben Poremba's company Bengelina Hospitality Group will be a restaurant focusing on fried chicken, which he, for the moment, refers to as "the chicken shack." "From the get-go I knew I was going to open something that's quite different from what we have going on at Elaia and Olio," he told us in October. "The American comfort-food concept is just not done in St. Louis, not on a daily basis, and when it happens it's one of my favorites."

Poremba is planning simple food -- like really simple: He says there won't be anything but fried chicken as far as the main course goes. The menu is currently being developed by Poremba along with his chefs from Elaia and Olio. As for the name, it's really just "the chicken shack" until he comes up with the real thing. "It might end up being the name, but that's really not the intention," Poremba says. He's eyeing an April opening and promises one thing: "It's really about the fried chicken."

Next: Another restaurateur adds to his empire.

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