"It happened way sooner than I thought," says Ellis, chef
Ellis has been considered a rising star in the St. Louis food scene for awhile now, and her work at the Cut only cemented her status. RFT critic Cheryl Baehr gave the tiny kitchen inside Fortune Teller Bar a rave in 2018, noting Ellis' skill at
After building relationships and connections at the Cut, Ellis got an opportunity when Vista Ramen (later Vista Diner) closed.
But while Ellis decided to open Morning Glory Diner just down the street from Fortune Teller, closing her kitchen on site, she hasn't left her butcher skills behind. She makes Morning Glory's breakfast sausage in house — something few diners can boast.
The diner seats approximately 30 people. Half the restaurant consists of windows, letting in a mass amount of natural light. Seafoam green walls and hanging macrame-potted plants let off a breath of fresh air.
You can find a jukebox tucked into the back corner of the restaurant. Ellis plans on filling it with music suggested by the community. What better community to ask for music than Cherokee Street?
Rotating monthly specials are offered. February's special is French toast bread pudding served with minced strawberry and maple syrup.
In the short amount of time the diner has been open, customers are already raving about the slinger, the biscuits and gravy (made with Ellis's specialty sausage, naturally) and the cheeseburger with fries. With about a dozen food items on the menu, everything is less than $10.
"I want to focus on affordability. I want people to be able to come here two or three times a week with no problem. I also want to focus on not being a greasy diner," says Ellis.
Ellis credits her mother and grandmother as her biggest supporters (though she mentions she got her passion for cooking in part from the lack of homecooked meals she enjoyed as a kid).
The Morning Glory Diner is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast is available all day, with lunch starting at 11 a.m.