Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen is located at 34 South Old Orchard Avenue, Webster Groves. Their restaurant features authentic southern cuisine and a vibrant entertaining venue. They have been featured in STL Today, The Riverfront Times, and on the Food Network. For more information on Hwy 61 Roadhouse and their menu please visit their website »
In August of 1978 after graduating from high school, I went to the University of Nevada Las Vegas where I played football and began working on my bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. After football I began working in the bar business in Las Vegas until I graduated in 1986 and moved back to St. Louis. There could not have been a better city to learn the business.
Returning to St. Louis, I began working for Gilbert/Robinson at Houlihan’s, starting as an assistant kitchen manager and working my way up to General Manager. As an assistant kitchen manager at Houlihan’s I worked at the St. Louis Union Station location, at the time the busiest restaurant in the chain. I then moved to Hyatt Hotels, managing a free- standing high-end billiard hall called Powerhouse Billiards and Diner. I then moved to Club Riverport for one and a half years at and four years with Hooters of America. I left Hooters to join Gaming Development Entertainment Company where I helped develop two casino boats and created and developed Growlers Pub, which grew into a 3 unit European style pub concept. Growlers featured what today would be called Gastropub food and a large selection of micro and imported beers long before the current craze.
I left Gaming Development after 11 years in July of 2005 to open a hamburger and hot dog concept called Frank and Patty’s. While doing this I was also developing a full service restaurant concept called Lafayette Town Hall. During construction it was destroyed in a fire and never opened.
In July of 2006 I approached one of my partners in Lafayette Town Hall about another concept which I had been tossing around. This concept became Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen. We opened on October 4th 2006 and are still going strong. The concept is based on “Southern Hospitality,” savory food and great music.
Hwy 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen reflects the culinary influences of the “Blues Highway,” which runs from New Orleans through the Mississippi Delta, on to Memphis and St. Louis. Our gumbo, cornmeal breaded catfish, pulled pork & dry rubbed ribs offer guests a taste from our neighbors to the south, while pork steaks, toasted raviolis & gooey butter cake bring the heart of St. Louis to the table.
Hwy 61 Roadhouse serves Cajun, Southern, Barbeque dishes and Sunday Brunch. We feature live music throughout the week. We are a very festival driven business, holding a giant Pardi Gras, our version of Mardi Gras, party every year, a Crawfish Boil, Shrimp-a-Palooza and the St. Louis Cigar Box Guitar Festival. Hwy 61 Roadhouse participates in and host numerous BBQ competitions throughout the year including one we host called the “Freeze Que”, which is held outdoors the last Saturday of January. In December of 2012 we were featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins’ & Dives.” and also in the Riverfront Times. Our business continues to evolve and prosper.
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