A couple of months ago I posted about a pair of upcoming microbreweries opening this June in the Benton Park neighborhood of South St. Louis. I happy to say the the first of the pair, Mattingly Brewing Co, finally opened last week. I had a chance to take a look at the finished product and sample some of the food this afternoon. From what I have seen so far, things are looking promising.
The restaurant itself is appropriately cozy for the area. Size wise, it’s in line with something like Tanner B’s used to be. The nice thing is that the wide sidewalks in front provide a nice area for tables along the street to accompany the good-sized patio in the back.
The menu is still a work in progress, but the dine-in and carryout selection seems diverse. I was surprised that they offered Chicago, New York and St. Louis styled pizzas on their menu. The selection of wines also appears pretty diverse, but the thing that caught my eye was the beer. I’m a beer man myself and they seem to have taken the route of embracing smaller craft beers instead of the giants. Of course, they will also be brewing their own beer on site in the near future, but the logistics and legal issues surrounding that are still being worked out.
Overall, I am really happy that brothers Doug and Mike Mattingly have decided to invest in the area. Their restaurant will fit in nicely with the current roster of Jefferson Avenue establishments such as Luvy Duvy’s and Park West Grille. On top of that, the entire building in which the restaurant is located has been renovated and should do wonders for the already improved block. I actually plan on putting together a progress report for this section of Jefferson Avenue in the next week or so, so make sure you check back to see what kind of improvements I am talking about.
As for Mattingly Brewing Co, it sounds like they will be in the full swing of things in the next week or so. Currently they are only open for dinner, but lunch hours should be starting up very soon. The drink and food menus can be viewed below. I also took a few photos while I was there, so if you are curious, check those out below.