Matt McGuire’s New Louie is Simple, Rustic Italian
St. Louis, MO/December 17, 2017 (STL.News) – Delicious new things are happening in Clayton’s DeMun neighborhood. The long-awaited new restaurant by St. Louis restaurant pro Matt McGuire has finally opened. Louie, at 706 DeMun Avenue opened December 5th in part of the space that was once Jimmy’s on the Park. This is the first restaurant McGuire has opened since King Louie’s, which closed in 2007. Yet McGuire’s resume reads like a who’s who of St. Louis best restaurants: Monarch, Brasserie by Niche, Central Table Food Hall, Niche, and of course, King Louie’s.
McGuire’s new place, Louie is an intimate 2,800-square foot space that seats fewer than 80—21 of the seats are at a supper bar with a nice view of the kitchen. The decor leans minimalist, with industrial touches like exposed ventilation pipes, varnished wooden tables, tufted leather banquette, and polished marble walls. A large wood-fired oven anchors the room. It is around that oven that McGuire planned Louie’s rustic, Italian-inspired menu.
After his decade of front-of-house management across St. Louis’ restaurant industry, McGuire has become an expert at finding the right people to staff a great restaurant. For Louie, he’s engaged chef Sean Turner to lead the culinary team, with Josh Poletti as chef de cuisine.
Like the former King Louie’s, the menu at McGuire’s new place is Italian-inspired, and built around the wood-fired oven. Louie’s rotating menu features a nice selection of simple, yet thoughtfully prepared dishes using high quality ingredients. There are several Neapolitan-inspired pizzas, a few house pastas, deliciously roasted vegetables, and some meaty mains.
Bartender Samm McCullough has designed a “size-appropriate” bar program for Louie that includes an aperitif-focused cocktail menu. There are a few bottled and canned beers, and just one draft beer, Bell’s Amber Ale, which were all selected because they pair very well with food. McGuire’s own knowledge and love of Italian wine are behind his decision to offer more than 50 Italian varietals—with an ample selection available by the glass or quartino.
Louie is open for dinner Monday – Thursday from 5–10:00 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 5–11:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended, but walk-in customers will be accommodated as space allows.