Wild Flower Taking Over the Majestic for Barbecue Restaurant

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The Wild Thing pizza at Wild Flower. | Tara Mahadevan

Despite protests to the contrary, the Majestic (4900 Laclede Avenue) closed last week after more than 50 years in the Central West End. Its neighbor Wild Flower (4590 Laclede Avenue; 314-367-9888) has bought the space and will spend the next few months transforming it into a barbecue joint called BBQ Saloon. We talked to co-owner Tracy Czarnec about her plans and why she and husband Phil love the CWE.

See also: Majestic Restaurant Confirms Closing; Readers Remember 50-Year Legacy

"We've been looking for a barbecue space for about four years, so when this opportunity fell in our lap, it was just something that we were very excited about," Czarnec says. "Having the restaurant right across the street, knowing the neighborhood and the area -- we love it. It just seemed like the perfect fit."

Czarnec expects the renovations to take two to three months, and she says the space will be completely unrecognizable as BBQ Saloon. She describes the new interior as rustic, warm and inviting with a bar and a dining room.

The menu will include traditional barbecue as well as some more unusual offerings like barbecued alligator and rabbit. There will also be a focus on small-batch liquor, which Czarnec says is important because she and Phil want to support other small businesses.

"We're just trying to support some of these smaller, independent, very delicious spirits makers," she says. "There's so many more available. Twenty years ago, you say 'small batch' and people say, 'What's that?' There was no such thing as mixology -- so we're just excited."

Wild Flower has started serving breakfast and is now open seven days a week at 6 a.m. to accommodate the long-time early patrons of the Majestic. Czarnec laughs and says that it's been a bit of an adjustment from opening at 11 a.m. BBQ Saloon is slated to open in July, though Czarnec says their plans for a Fourth of July barbecue probably won't happen -- but don't worry, Wild Flower hosts its own holiday barbecue.

"There's no barbecue in the neighborhood. We live here and work here," Czarnec says. "We're excited. It's going to be a fun, warm, inviting atmosphere and some really delicious food."

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. E-mail the author at nancy.stiles@riverfronttimes.com or follow her on Twitter.




Location Info

Majestic Restaurant

4900 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Wild Flower

4590 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

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Lin Staum
Lin Staum

The food was awful. The atmosphere of the place was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Gina Marciano Mitauer
Gina Marciano Mitauer

Wildflower... Tried to make me a drink with the wrong ingredients and i noticed and sent it back then when I requested something else they used the same drink I sent back adding orange juice to it.. This was the owner... I guess they thought I was a stupid idiot, but you cannot fool a former bartender!! I never went back!!

Chris Bergh
Chris Bergh

Sad to see majestic go in a way; it was a neighborhood fixture since I was a wee one. On the other hand their food had declined quite seriously in quality over the years and there is far better Greek fare to be had elsewhere at a reasonable price. But on that note, there's lots of good affordable BBQ too; hope something original is provided instead of just another samey restaurant destined for closure in a few months or years.

Holly IceQueen Elder
Holly IceQueen Elder

I sure hope they bomb the place for cockroaches! They was everywhere! Eeeeek!

Person
Person

"Let's see... I'll have... a medium, hand-tossed pizza with tomatoes, garlic, basil, and... and... SIX USED CONDOMS."

wolfoffl
wolfoffl

@Person Its Brie cheese.
Derp.

Person
Person

@wolfoffl

Terribly sorry about that. Let me try again:


"Let's see... I'll have... a medium, hand-tossed pizza with tomatoes, garlic, basil, and... and... THAT ONE CHEESE WHOSE MELTED STATE MOST CLOSELY RESEMBLES PUS -- AND MAKE IT IN THE SHAPE OF THE ATOMIC SYMBOL, PLEASE."

Person
Person

@wolfoffl

Why would I quit my day job? That would be financially irresponsible.

wolfoffl
wolfoffl

Don't quit your day job.^

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