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First Look: Commonwealth Brings Globally-Inspired European Cuisine to Grand Center

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click to enlarge Commonwealth, now open in Grand Center, serves destination-worthy globally-inspired European fare. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • Commonwealth, now open in Grand Center, serves destination-worthy globally-inspired European fare.

St. Louis has a new destination for globally inspired European cuisine in the again-bustling Grand Center arts district. Commonwealth (634 North Grand Boulevard, 314-405-3399), a new restaurant brought to life by executive chef Scottie Corrigan, opened yesterday inside the boutique Angad Arts Hotel promising an inspired culinary experience like no other in town.

Commonwealth replaces Grand Tavern, the restaurant that previously occupied the first floor dining space of the Angad Arts Hotel. Though its location might tempt diners to think of it as simply a hotel restaurant, chef Corrigan is eager to dispel that conception and is confident the food and drinks will speak for themselves to that effect.



"You can't get anything else like this in St. Louis," Corrigan says. "The hotel is one-of-a-kind, so we wrapped the concept around that. We've been given full creative freedom and believe this should be a memorable experience whether you come for date night or a business meeting. We definitely want to be put on the map."

click to enlarge Executive chef Scottie Corrigan and sous chef Sierra Eaves brought to life Commonwealth's menu. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • Executive chef Scottie Corrigan and sous chef Sierra Eaves brought to life Commonwealth's menu.

Together with sous chef Sierra Eaves, Corrigan has worked hard to create a menu that will provide the level of dining experience that will make Commonwealth a destination unto itself. Drawing inspiration from the flavors found throughout the British Commonwealth, the restaurant traces culinary influences to 50 different countries from such continents as Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific Islands. The result of their efforts is a menu that is divided into three different sections ("For the Table," "Beginnings," and "Mains) consisting of a variety of dishes ranging from foie gras to confit duck ragout, and roasted chicken breast masala to tandoori duck.

Corrigan and Eaves put that same level of thoughtfulness into creating Commonwealth's dessert menu, including the restaurant's signature sweet offering, the "Starry Night." This stunning dessert, which is sure to be one of the city's most sought-after sweet treats, consists of a chocolate torte base topped with chocolate creme patisserie, blueberry gelée set in a tempered chocolate shell and topped with a iridescent mirror glaze.

click to enlarge The "Starry Night," made with chocolate torte, blueberry gelee and chocolate creme de pasitterie, is Commonwealth's signature dessert. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • The "Starry Night," made with chocolate torte, blueberry gelee and chocolate creme de pasitterie, is Commonwealth's signature dessert.

Leading the bar is industry veteran James Cassidy, who has created a cocktail list meant to pair with the food. Look for spins of classic drinks, such at the "New World Fashion" and "Black Gimlet" as well as his own creations like the "Berry Sour and "London Fog."

"We want the cocktails to be as inventive as the food," Cassidy says. "It just makes for a better meal."

The stunning setting, reimagined from the Grand Tavern days, has a vintage, Art Deco vibe with marble tabletops, plush sage green chairs and semi-circle booths, a black marble bar and peacock blue walls. The restaurant will also serve as an art gallery, showcasing the work of local artists; the current exhibition is dedicated to the concept of time and history.

Commonwealth is now open Tuesday through Thursday from 4-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4-11 p.m. The restaurant also serves breakfast daily from 7-11 a.m.

Scroll down for more photos of Commonwealth.

click to enlarge The bar at Commonwealth serves cocktails as inventive as the food. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • The bar at Commonwealth serves cocktails as inventive as the food.

click to enlarge The London Fog is one of Commonwealth's signature cocktails. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • The London Fog is one of Commonwealth's signature cocktails.

click to enlarge The dining room at Commonwealth. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • The dining room at Commonwealth.

click to enlarge The Berry Sour pairs well with a variety of dishes. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • The Berry Sour pairs well with a variety of dishes.

click to enlarge The light-filled front dining room. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • The light-filled front dining room.

click to enlarge The New Old Fashion is a twist on a classic. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • The New Old Fashion is a twist on a classic.

click to enlarge Tandoor duck breast, Corrigan's favorite entree, features Brussels confit, apricot, cocoa soil and black lime pistachio. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • Tandoor duck breast, Corrigan's favorite entree, features Brussels confit, apricot, cocoa soil and black lime pistachio.

click to enlarge Commonwealth serves as a gallery for local artists. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • Commonwealth serves as a gallery for local artists.

click to enlarge The Starry Night is iridescent. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • The Starry Night is iridescent.

click to enlarge The roast chicken pairs well with the Berry Sour. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • The roast chicken pairs well with the Berry Sour.

click to enlarge Commonwealth is now open inside the Angad Arts Hotel. - CHERYL BAEHR
  • CHERYL BAEHR
  • Commonwealth is now open inside the Angad Arts Hotel.


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