5 Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

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In-progress at Main & Mill. | Main & Mill

2013 is going to be hard to top -- some of the best restaurants in years debuted. But there are a slew of new projects we're looking forward to in 2014, both from all-stars like Ben Poremba and newcomers like the father-and-son-team behind a Festus brewery. Let us know what you're looking forward to in the comments!

See also: 2013 Openings & Closings: A Year in St. Louis Restaurants

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       Ben Poremba in the kitchen. | Jennifer Silverberg

Ben Poremba's Chicken Shack

Following Olio, Elaia, and Salume Beddu and La Patisserie Choquette for Ben Poremba's company Bengelina Hospitality Group will be a restaurant focusing on fried chicken, which he, for the moment, refers to as "the chicken shack." "From the get-go I knew I was going to open something that's quite different from what we have going on at Elaia and Olio," he told us in October. "The American comfort-food concept is just not done in St. Louis, not on a daily basis, and when it happens it's one of my favorites."

Poremba is planning simple food -- like really simple: He says there won't be anything but fried chicken as far as the main course goes. The menu is currently being developed by Poremba along with his chefs from Elaia and Olio. As for the name, it's really just "the chicken shack" until he comes up with the real thing. "It might end up being the name, but that's really not the intention," Poremba says. He's eyeing an April opening and promises one thing: "It's really about the fried chicken."

Next: Another restaurateur adds to his empire.


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Bryan Worth
Bryan Worth

We're really looking forward to Main and Mill getting here.

Don Lennon
Don Lennon

Los Punk on Cherokee Street, 2700 Block is goona big, they are just getting started.

Touré Turner
Touré Turner

Well I better hurry up and try Local Harvest Cafe before they change!

Maria Sparks
Maria Sparks

Layla in The Grove (4317 Manchester) is amaze-balls! www.laylastl.com

Dennis French
Dennis French

Can't wait for Main and Mill to open. Those of us from Festus are very happy to see them going into that building.

Luke Arens
Luke Arens

Spare No Rib on Gravois is amazing! Freshly opened, as well.

Rj Hub
Rj Hub

ADDRESSESS?? u only gave the address to one . . . ??

Debby Green Kwiecien
Debby Green Kwiecien

Everyone should come out to Pacific, MO, and try Cafe Palermo, owned by Nick & Julie Nicoletti, the Pacific Brewhaus, Down South Cafe and/or Junk n Java, true small businesses that have terrific food, flair and unique atmospheres....read more about them at www.thecommunitypulse.com on their local eateries page.

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