Coming Soon: Gio's Ristorante & Bar

The former Dierdorf & Hart's space at 701 Market Street will become Gio's Ristorante & Bar. The restaurant is the new project from Dominic and Jackie Galati (Dominic's on the Hill and Dominic's Trattoria in Clayton) and partner John Ruggeri (Ruggeri's in Wentzville). Gio's is slated for a mid-November opening. Full press release after the jump.

- Ian Froeb

ST. LOUIS, MO, September 19, 2008...EVS Realty Advisors, Inc. today announced that Gio's Ristorante & Bar will be opening on or about November 15th in the newly designed restaurant space located off the main lobby of Gateway One in Downtown St. Louis. Gio's will be operated by renowned restaurateurs Dominic and Jackie Galati and their partner John Ruggeri.

The Galati's made their debut on The Hill in 1971 when they opened Dominic's, which serves continental Italian cuisine. In 1997, they opened Dominic's Trattoria in Clayton. The Galati's restaurants have won numerous awards including the prestigious national Dirona Award, as well as numerous local awards including 2003 Restaurateur of the Year and the 2001 Dining Hall of Fame awarded by the Greater St. Louis Restaurateur Association.

John Ruggeri is also a skilled General Manager and Chef of fine restaurant service. Most recently, he owned and operated Ruggeri's Ristorante in Wentzville, which was voted best Italian restaurant in Wentzville and the surrounding area. Prior to that, he spent 12 years as the Galati's General Manager and Chef at Dominic's on the Hill, Dominic's Trattoria and Premio's.

Improvements currently being made to the restaurant space include expansion of the bar area with a new full-glass entry off the main lobby, direct access to the patio from the bar area, and a beautiful main dining area facing the Arch. Upon completion of the renovations, Gio's will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The menu will include authentic Italian cuisine and daily specials, prepared with care and attention to details.

"We are very excited to have such a high caliber restaurant operation as a new amenity serving the prestigious tenants at Gateway One. Dominic, Jackie and John will provide downtown St. Louis with an outstanding dining choice offering one-of-a-kind views of Kiener Plaza, the old Courthouse and the Arch," said EVS Realty Advisors' President Jack Reis.

EVS Realty Advisors, Inc. is the exclusive leasing and management agent for the Gateway One building, which is owned by NNN Gateway One, LLC.

The Gateway One Building is located at 701 Market Street in Downtown St. Louis and is home to such prestigious corporate tenants as Peabody Holding, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Salomon Smith Barney, Marsh Mercer, and Gray Ritter & Graham. For more information on space available contact EVS Realty Advisors, Inc. at (314) 241-1175.

EVS Realty Advisors is a privately held real estate investment and services firm headquartered in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. With satellite offices in Brentwood, Creve Coeur and Maryland Heights, the firm is staffed with 32 real estate professionals and support personnel. Principals of the firm have more than 75 years combined experience in Midwest real estate markets. The firm offers real estate investment advisory services, including property management, leasing and marketing services, construction management, acquisition and disposition of assets, property repositioning, consulting, development of commercial and residential real estate, lease administration, facilities management, tenant representation, and finance and capital structures. EVS Realty Advisors currently provides services for a property portfolio spanning approximately 2.1 million square feet.

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