Tripel Brasserie to Close June 14 After Only a Year

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Escargots a la moelle at Tripel. | Jennifer Silverberg

May was a good month for restaurants, but as we head into summer, the closures are coming swiftly. Belgian beer haven Tripel Brasserie (1801 Park Avenue; 314-678-7787) will serve its last brew tomorrow, June 14. The restaurant just celebrated its first anniversary last weekend.

See also: Tripel Belgian Brasserie: Can Man Live on Beer Alone?

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Inside Tripel. | Jennifer Silverberg

The news was first reported by George Mahe at St. Louis magazine. Tripel opened in Lafayette Square on June 26, 2013 and as we found on our first visit, it "attempts to channel an old-world European vibe with the low-key sheen of a modern brasserie."

Our review was less-than-favorable: we liked the beer but the dining room was still finding its footing. The cocktails were impressive, too, but it seems the bar alone couldn't sustain the large space.

"The restaurant is huge with a significant portion of the building dedicated to the bar, and it is hard to be grumpy with such an outstanding selection of Belgian beer in front of you," Cheryl Baehr wrote. "However, not everyone dines at the bar, and if things continue at this rate, I question whether or not a good beer list and a great location will be enough to make the brasserie a success."

Co-owner Terry Oliver told St. Louis that the decision to close was just made on Tuesday. Tripel did not immediately respond for comment; we'll update as we hear from them.

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Co-owner Terry Oliver behind the bar at Tripel. | Jennifer Silverberg

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Marc Seleman
Marc Seleman

The question is why do these close? Bad food? Bad service? Too pricey? St. Louis can only support so many top tier restaurants. The people starting these things over and over again know the risks.

Terry Weatherford
Terry Weatherford

Oh dear Jesus, when I first saw that picture I thought out was earthquake damage. Then, eeeeewe gross.

Jimmy Titicaca
Jimmy Titicaca

maybe if someone with a clue was running it it wouldn't be closing

Michael Guard
Michael Guard

Damn! Great food and drink. So sorry to see a neighborhood favorite leaving.

Katrien Vanderheyden
Katrien Vanderheyden

That's terrible news, I was there just yesterday... And the food was super tasty!

Sami Wilcox
Sami Wilcox

Such a good place! I for sure saw it coming though:(

Mimi Le Yu
Mimi Le Yu

Oh what a shame. The food was so good

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

To be honest. I used to be a chef. There are numerous reasons for closing. When you open a restaurant you must have a five year plan. You won't make a dime the first two years. You are paying off debt. The third either makes you or breaks you. If you can last five years you should be ok. I speak in general of course.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Yes I know the location. Was that the problem is what I was asking.

Laura Patterson
Laura Patterson

The food was definitely tasty and unique in stl, but I couldn't afford to eat an actual meal there, so I'm not surprised

Andy Bartelsmeyer
Andy Bartelsmeyer

That's a bummer, was one of the best restaurants I'd been to in St. Louis. Definitely will be missed.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

To be honest. I used to be a chef. There are numerous reasons for closing. When you open a restaurant you must have a five year plan. You won't make a dime the first two years. You are paying off debt. The third either makes you or breaks you. If you can last five years you should be ok. I speak in general of course.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Yes I know the location. Was that the problem is what I was asking.

Wim Kenis
Wim Kenis

As a Belgian, living around the corner, this is sad to hear!

Randy Clark
Randy Clark

and another restaurateur's dream is destroyed by reviewers...

Dawn Loehr
Dawn Loehr

Wow...had lunch there and it was fantastic.

Brittany Zehr
Brittany Zehr

Sad day! Tripel your spirit will live on....had some great meals with you :'(

Cheryl Swift
Cheryl Swift

Alicia Hughes Hayek I never got to eat here... Bummed

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