Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Thurman Grill Has Sold, Will Close Temporarily June 30

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 7:50 AM

click to enlarge Thurman Grill is located at Thurman and Shenandoah. - PHOTO BY DOYLE MURPHY
  • PHOTO BY DOYLE MURPHY
  • Thurman Grill is located at Thurman and Shenandoah.

Thurman Grill & Provisions (4069 Shenandoah Avenue, 314-772-8484), the 10-year-old Shaw spot known for its live music and low-key patio, will be closing its doors after last call June 30.

But the news is actually good — the closure will allow for renovations from its new owner, with a planned reopening date in early August.


Longtime owner Larry Weinles made the announcement on the NextDoor app yesterday, saying he'd enjoyed his decade running the place.

"It's been an interesting ten-year run here on the corner of Thurman and Shenandoah," he wrote. "I've made lots of friends, watched folks get together, enjoyed weddings, shared in births, mourned deaths. I watched the neighborhood turn from a war zone to the most desirable, livable neighborhood in the City. Now it's time for me to ride off into the sunset."

Reached yesterday at the neighborhood bar and restaurant, Weinles said he'd decided to sell because "I'm tired," explaining, "I've been working since I was 11 years old. I'm 64 now."

Formerly the stage manager for Alice Cooper and sound man for the Grateful Dead, Weinles said he's thinking of going on the road again ... or maybe, he says, just getting some sleep.

He said on NextDoor that the new owner, Doug Fowler, is planning "a new menu, a renovated interior and continuation of live music." Fowler did not respond to a message seeking comment last night.
 
Thurman Grill has long offered a menu of St. Louis-style pizza, sandwiches and "blue plate specials," in addition to a full bar. The restaurant's final wine dinner will be held June 28, with music by the Jazz Troubadours.

click to enlarge Larry Weinles: "I'm tired." - PHOTO BY DOYLE MURPHY
  • PHOTO BY DOYLE MURPHY
  • Larry Weinles: "I'm tired."

With additional reporting by Doyle Murphy. 

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