THERE'S A NEW RESTAURANT
Mark Hinkle, native St. Louisan and
well known restauranteur, had a vision
to open a very special restaurant,
with his friend and business partner,
who shared a special bond . . .
both their sons were born with
congenital heart defects, and
both died at a very young age.
The restaurant's name -- Olive & Oak --
short for Oliver and Oakes, the boys' names,
will officially open this week.
It will seat 80 people, and feature amazing
casual food, prepared with local ingredients
by well known chefs who have joined the team.
Aside from ultra-delicious foods
and modern interior design,
the walls feature candid black-and-white
photos of Oliver and Oakes,
in their memory.
My favorite dishes (as I was shooting)
were the triple-cream Trillium cheese
and sliced pickled cheese sandwich,
a cocktail called the "25" which
held a nutmeg and star anise ice cube,
and an Orange Pop Float
(made with Fitz's orange soda and
Clementine's Madagascar Vanilla ice cream,
each produced locally.)