As you might recall, chef Kelly English, founder of the esteemed Restaurant Iris in Midtown Memphis, is opening a steakhouse concept at the Harrah's casino on the Missouri River in suburban St. Louis. STLToday.com has some more details on the latest project of the 32-year-old New Orleans-trained chef who has been recognized lately by the likes of the James Beard Foundation and Food & Wine magazine.
Harrah's representatives say the new restaurant in the Maryland Heights casino will seat about 200 people in a 4,000-square-foot space. That's about 40 percent larger than Range, which will close July 29 for buildout of the Kelly English Steakhouse (a working title that may change).English says the home of toasted ravioli and curiously prepared pork ribs is undergoing a culinary growth spurt not unlike that of his adopted hometown of Memphis:
"The food-scene resurgence is coming full-throttle in St. Louis, much like it is in Memphis," English tells Off the Menu. "There are many chefs who have been pivotal in bringing this resurgence to St. Louis. Chefs like Gerard Craft and Kevin Willmann" -- both fellow Food & Wine Best New Chef alums -- "are doing great things. I can't wait to meet them and be a part of the dining scene going on in St. Louis."