Owners Close The Libertine to Focus on New Concept
Clayton, MO/January 8, 2018 (STL.News) – When one door closes, another opens. This old adage attributed to Alexander Graham Bell seems especially appropriate when discussing the fate of the The Libertine, which closed at end of business on Saturday (Jan. 6). The popular Clayton restaurant at 7927 Forsyth Blvd. opened in May 2013, specializing in fresh New American cuisine paired with craft cocktails and beer. Owners Nick and Audra Luedde announced the closing on Facebook Thursday (Jan. 4), saying they are clearing the way for their new concept restaurant.
On Facebook, they wrote: “We will be ending operations at The Libertine so as to focus our collective efforts on a brand new restaurant concept that we will be announcing the details of later this month… so stay tuned!” They went on to thank their customers, staff, family, and friends, calling The Libertine’s closure “bittersweet.” Nick Luedde wrote, “Audra and I will cherish the great times we shared with all of you at The Libertine and we will truly never forget them. I am so proud of what we have done at The Libertine, its contributions to the STL culinary scene and what The Libertine represented.”
The Libertine underwent several reimaginings over its nearly five-year run. When it opened, chef Josh Galliano created a menu of Southern-influenced, upscale comfort food that paired well with its excellent craft cocktail program. Later, under chef Matt Bessler’s direction, The Libertine took on more of a classic Italian restaurant flavor. In its final iteration, chef Samantha Mitchell created a farm-to-table concept. In all its versions, The Libertine’s focus was upscale comfort food in a pleasant setting.
The Libertine is the seventh local restaurant to close in the last two weeks, but that doesn’t reflect the trend in St. Louis’ restaurant scene right now. More than a dozen new restaurants have opened in the metro area since the beginning of December, with about 10 more already on track to open this month.
There is no word on what the Lueddes’ new concept will be, or if the new restaurant will occupy the same space as The Libertine had. The Lueddes are promising to share details about their plans “later this month.” We’ll update you as soon as we know where that new door is going to open.