Marcell's Bar & Grill Wants to Breathe New Life into the Landing

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Outside the future Mercer's on the Landing. | Nancy Stiles

The Landing is about to add barbecue to its list of riverfront attractions. Marcell's Bar & Grill (720 North First Street), from the people who brought you the Rib Shack, will open later this summer in the former Trainwreck Saloon space. We spoke to co-owner Tara Wells about revitalizing the historic district.

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The nineteenth-century building has five stories, so the main two will be the bar and restaurant space. Upstairs is a large private banquet hall; the downstairs two floors will be an evening entertainment venue and bar.

"Blues, jazz, country, comedy -- things of that nature to try and attract more people down the riverfront and enjoy what the Landing has to offer," Wells says, who co-owns Marcell's with her husband and their business partner.


There will be barbecue on the menu, unlike the Rib Shack, it's not the focus at Marcell's. Expect steaks, seafood, stuffed baked potatoes, salads and assorted bar food. The decor will include several large TVs for sports, and they're in the process of cleaning up and re-staining the extensive woodwork.

"Plan on lots of entertainment in the evening," Wells says. "That's something that's been missing from down on the Landing. Come check us out and give us a try."

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Laclede's Landing

N. First St. & Lucas Ave., St. Louis, MO

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Shannon Nicole
Shannon Nicole

I doubt new life will be the result... it will be the same crowd of people. Just like it always has been.

Mike Horton
Mike Horton

Based on the fact that all the construction going on makes it hell getting to the Landing, this might not be the best time to do this. Good luck and I hope I'm wrong.

Drew Somervell
Drew Somervell

Mine is pink with a brownish hue. We're still talking about assholes, right?

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

Oddly Chris DiMercurio doesn't live in north st louis. I wonder why? It's much cheaper. Just imagine all of the money he would save.

Martin Goebel
Martin Goebel

any way to legally discriminate against jackasses who want to fight and throw up all over?

Steve Ernst
Steve Ernst

Good because the landing is packed with annoying ass kids and is a shit hole, would be nice to see a change.

David Breeden
David Breeden

You are upset because he said "Thug Nigs"? Or are you upset because said thug nigs and he's white? Well hell im pissed because he said Hoosier. Thats racists and degrading to white ppl.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

but see... to liberals uncomfortable facts are "racist".

Tom Halaska
Tom Halaska

It isn't as much the comment, as it is the word he used. Unacceptable.

Dan Carthen
Dan Carthen

The landing has potential to be a great destination! More live music venues and unique foods please! Enough with the T-ravs and hotwings on the menu. Do any of these chefs watch FoodNetwork at all? #dinerdivesdriveins

David Breeden
David Breeden

I love when Dan Brown makes a comment because everyone gets all worked up and bent out of shape.

Seth Keil
Seth Keil

Did I seriously just read the words "thug nigs" ?! Every time I think things are getting better some ass face comes along and proves me wrong. I wish they would stop doing that. On the bright side a rib joint/live music venue is welcome in just about any neighborhood.

Jake Chräjbüel
Jake Chräjbüel

don't hold your breath either. not sure how one holds one's breathe, but he still might have a point.

Tom Halaska
Tom Halaska

Looks like he is from Barnhart. It's ok, I'm sure his daddy was a racist, his grand-pappy was a racist...he just don't know no better.

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

Don't hold your breathe. I think it's getting worse.

Shawn D. Monroe
Shawn D. Monroe

One day we will be able to read fb comments and not read racist or douchebag remarks. Please, let that day come soon!!!!

Tom Halaska
Tom Halaska

Dan Brown is a racist idiot, and needs to keep his opinions and himself out of our city. What a turd.

Roland Bubba Boice
Roland Bubba Boice

all bars need to charge a cover down there and that will wash out some of the gangsta's…cheap ass's

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

Hopefully they can keep Hoosiers out

Drew Somervell
Drew Somervell

Isn't the Landing that place where the roads suck, the parking is expensive and unsecured, and the people that go there are all douchebags?

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

His mother is his sister

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