February 04, 2014

The Precinct Disappoints Diners in Downtown St. Louis

Owners Mark Winfield and Jim Edmonds relaunched 15 Steakhouse as a casual bar and grill to take advantage of the restaurant’s proximity to the new St. Louis Police Department headquarters. But the plan has already hit a few snags. The headquarters failed to relocate on schedule, and the building still sits empty. Then came the poorly named “Officer Down” hot-wings challenge, which alienated the very population that the Precinct is trying to serve (apparently, cops don’t appreciate people throwing around the phrase — go figure). Winfield renamed it the “Hot Pursuit” challenge as soon as people complained, and the Precinct donates a portion of its proceeds to the St. Louis BackStoppers. Regardless, these difficulties made me wonder how effectively two civilian restaurateurs can appeal to a cop clientele — and that’s before I tried the food.

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of The Precinct.

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The chicken and waffle sandwich.
The chicken and waffle sandwich.
Outside the Precinct Sports Bar & Grill, located downtown.
Outside the Precinct Sports Bar & Grill, located downtown.
The shrimp po' boy is made with fried baby shrimp, spicy sriracha mayo, shredded lettuce, banana peppers, tomato and onion.
The shrimp po' boy is made with fried baby shrimp, spicy sriracha mayo, shredded lettuce, banana peppers, tomato and onion.
The "Do You Know Who My Dad Is?" is the Precinct's meatball sandwich, topped with provolone and served on a hoagie roll.
The "Do You Know Who My Dad Is?" is the Precinct's meatball sandwich, topped with provolone and served on a hoagie roll.
The Precinct's executive chef, Andy Shrensker.
The Precinct's executive chef, Andy Shrensker.
A pound of wings comes with your choice of sauce and is served with ranch or blue-cheese dressing and celery.
A pound of wings comes with your choice of sauce and is served with ranch or blue-cheese dressing and celery.
The Precinct's bar.
The Precinct's bar.
The "Do You Know Who My Dad Is?" is the Precinct's meatball sandwich, topped with provolone and served on a hoagie roll.
The "Do You Know Who My Dad Is?" is the Precinct's meatball sandwich, topped with provolone and served on a hoagie roll.
The Precinct's dining room.
The Precinct's dining room.
"The Billy Club" is roasted turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion.
"The Billy Club" is roasted turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion.