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Sunday, May 20, 2012 / 9:10 PM

Owners of The Corner Pub/The Tavern To Launch New Concept Near SLU

Brant Baldanza, co-owner/managing partner of The Corner Pub & Grill (2 locations) and also The Tavern Kitchen & Bar, raised an excellent point, one I've never considered: "Think about it," he said, "depending on their age, students at Mizzou have fond memories of several local restaurants--The Shack, The Heidelberg, Godfather's, Booche's--but there's no place like that, really, at SLU. Where do you return to years later? What place do you just have to revisit? We want to become that place."

With apologies to Gurpreet Padda and Ami Grimes (who fashioned Cafe Ventana and the newly opened Diablitos Cantina with a similar idea in mind), Baldanza is referring to his group's newest concept, The Shack Pub Grub, to be located at 3818 Laclede, the former home of Caleco's, Laclede Street, and Cheater's. (At this writing, Pierre Laclede's Pub & Eatery is still operational in the space, and although we're told the deal is "very close," it is not yet final.)   

The concept will take popular, standard-issue pub food "and give it a chef-driven twist," according to Baldanza, with one important difference: "The pricing will still be like a neighborhood bar and grill." Translation: right in the wheelhouse of the target market--SLU students.         

Rising star and co-owner of The Tavern, Chef Justin Haifley, will provide the twists...we remind you that it was The Tavern (SLM's 2011 Restaurant of the Year) that introduced us to Truffle Mushroom Mac N' Cheese, Foie Pockets, and Baked Artichoke Ravioli Dip. At The Shack, expect Haifley to make similar tweaks on college favorites like pizza, chicken wings, and flat-grilled burgers. Who knows, "shackin' up" may even take on a whole new meaning...

The Shack Pub Grub will open about the same time returning SLU students tire of dorm food, which is usually around Labor Day, two weeks into the fall semester.  

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May 20, 2012 10:56 pm
 Posted by  Chello22

To any SLU student the first paragraph is not only ridiculous, but also offensive. HUMPHREY'S BAR AND GRILL is the place that SLU students will always call home. Whatever occupies 3818 Laclede doesn't matter, as it will always be the place where the under 21 (and sometimes I do mean way under) crowd goes. I'm not saying that they won't be successful, but they should know what they're up against. Billikens have an unwavering and unbreakable bond with the establishment they fondly refer to as 'Humps'. Good luck out doing pennies Baldanza. I know where I'll be Wednesday-Saturday and it won't be 3818...

May 21, 2012 12:35 pm
 Posted by  gmahe

To address CHELLO 22's comments, perhaps I'm wrong here, but it was always my contention that Humphrey's was considered "more bar than restaurant," rather than the other way around. To me, Humphrey's is comparable to Harpo's in Columbia...to most folks it's "a bar." And If I'm reading Baldanza and company correctly, The Shack will be primarily a restaurant, and if they're successful, a memorable one.

May 21, 2012 05:21 pm
 Posted by  Billiken10

Hump's is everything CHELLO22 said it was, & it IS ridiculous/offensive that it is flat-out ignored in this release.

"but there's no place like that, really, at SLU. Where do you return to years later?"

Hump's, Hump's, Hump's.

Also I think I speak for most SLU alums when I say we could care less about anything Mi$$ou related.

May 21, 2012 11:42 pm
 Posted by  SLUstudent

Brant Baldanza, co-owner/managing partner of The Corner Pub & Grill (2 locations) and also The Tavern Kitchen & Bar, raised an excellent point, one I've never considered [because you don't need to/shouldn't]: "Think about it," he said, "depending on their age, students at Mizzou have fond memories of several local restaurants--The Shack, The Heidelberg, Godfather's, Booche's--but there's no place like that, really, at SLU [says the Mizzou alum]. Where do you return to years later? What place do you just have to revisit? We want to become that place." [Unlike Mizzou, we're in the middle of a major city. We don't have to stay within walking distance when we want decent food.]

With apologies to Gurpreet Padda and Ami Grimes (who fashioned Cafe Ventana and the newly opened Diablitos Cantina with a similar idea in mind) [are you calling Gurpreet and Ami idiots? Because they already priced SLU students out of the market with Diablitos. If they were secretly trying to market to SLU students then god help them], Baldanza is referring to his group's newest concept, The Shack Pub Grub, to be located at 3818 Laclede, the former home of Caleco's, Laclede Street, and Cheater's. [Look how well Cheaters did. And their business plan was better than yours. At least they knew SLU students were only coming there to dance] (At this writing, Pierre Laclede's Pub & Eatery is still operational in the space, and although we're told the deal is "very close," it is not yet final.)

The concept will take popular, standard-issue pub food "and give it a chef-driven twist," [if there's one thing I've always wanted in my drunk food, it's a "chef-driven twist." Are you out of your mind? Don't have some foodie bastardize my favorite foods and expect me to pay your business a visit] according to Baldanza, with one important difference: "The pricing will still be like a neighborhood bar and grill." Translation: right in the wheelhouse of the target market--SLU students.

Rising star and co-owner of The Tavern, Chef Justin Haifley, will provide the twists...we remind you that it was The Tavern (SLM's 2011 Restaurant of the Year) that introduced us to Truffle Mushroom Mac N' Cheese, Foie Pockets, and Baked Artichoke Ravioli Dip. [this guy is in charge of providing your twists? And you still expect to price like a neighborhood bar and grill? How do you expect to stay solvent?] At The Shack, expect Haifley to make similar tweaks on college favorites like pizza, chicken wings, and flat-grilled burgers. [translation: the easiest foods to make will take longer to get to my table] Who knows, "shackin' up" may even take on a whole new meaning... [It will not.]

The Shack Pub Grub will open about the same time returning SLU students tire of dorm food, which is usually around Labor Day, two weeks into the fall semester.

We want an unpretentious place to dance on the weekends. That's it. No one cares about the quality of your food. No one cares if you even have food.

May 22, 2012 03:34 pm
 Posted by  bills15

Laclede's, La's, Cheaters, Pierre Laclede's...whatever you call it, it'll never be something that can be replaced. Humps is where you go for a food & bar experience. Laclede's is dedicated solely to a BAR feel with a dance floor and "dance" pole. who in their right mind thinks a cute little eatery will be anything comparable. be prepared for business to fail and to be kicked out of the location faster than you can say "They warned us". with a papa johns and jimmy johns moving in right next door, we don't need drunk food. Save Laclede's!

Sep 5, 2012 12:31 am
 Posted by  Louis13

EVERYONE IS IN FOR A TREAT>>>>im excited. I promise you will be blown away!!!!!!!!

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