Grapeseed Owner & Chef No Longer Sowing the Seeds0
St. Louis’ Southampton Neighborhood Restaurant Grapeseed Unexpectedly Closes
ST. LOUIS, MO/May 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) It was one of the shining stars of the SoHa neighborhood, but after just three years of operation, the popular Southampton Neighborhood Restaurant Grapeseed recently closed its doors. “It was a hard decision to let go,” Owner & Chef, Ben Anderson says. “We had a good thing going. Business was in a good place.”
Although the nearly three-year-old restaurant enjoyed almost instant popular and critical success, Anderson decided to pursue “something a little bit different” outside St. Louis. With an upcoming wedding, he and his fiancee are taking advantage of other opportunities. “I was looking to regain a little bit of normality, which there isn’t much of in the restaurant business,” he said.
In 2013, Anderson, made his return to a St. Louis kitchen with his new restaurant Gist. The 41 year old is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who’s worked at restaurants in other states as well as locally, at the Chase Park Plaza, Cardwell’s at the Plaza and his own place, Canoe Regional American Fare in St. Charles.
Gist Bistro opened in February and closed its doors in October, but fortunately before it was on its way out, Anderson was already announcing his new venture named Grapeseed. In September 2014, the new restaurant opened at the corner of Nottingham and Macklind avenues and featured Anderson’s talented Gist Sous Chef, Jonathan Olson. It was a three-time member of the STL 100.
“We have enjoyed our wonderful location in SOHA,” the posting said. “We will miss both our customers and this great area of the city.” As far as the future of the building, Anderson would only say, “I doubt that it will be vacant for too long.”