Brasserie by Niche
, the latest restaurant from Gerard Craft of Niche
and its still shiny-and-new sibling Taste by Niche
, opens for service this evening at 5 p.m. at 4580 Laclede Avenue
in the Central West End. As its name implies, Brasserie serves classic French brasserie cuisine, with chef Perry Hendrix -- most recently of North Carolina, he worked with Craft in Salt Lake City -- in charge of the kitchen. Buzz from last week's invitation-only soft opening has been pretty strong, so don't be surprised to encounter a crowd.
Brasserie takes over the space formerly occupied by Chez Leon
. According to the inimitable Jerry Berger
, owner Leon Birnbaum plans to reopen Chez Leon at 7927 Forsyth Boulevard
, last occupied by Bistro Alexander.