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Feb. 19, 2008

 

Schnucks Puts the Sizzle Back in In-Store Dining!

Two New Cooking Facilities Open at Schnucks Woods Mill Store

 

ST. LOUIS - Schnuck Markets, Inc. has announced a return to in-store dining in the St. Louis area grocery market.  Two new restaurants, The Marketplace Bistro and the The Grille at Schnucks, have opened inside the newly remodeled store located at 1060 Woods Mill Plaza in Town and Country, Mo.

Construction on both the The Bistro and The Grille had been taking place behind a wall, and recently that wall was removed allowing customers their first glimpse at the new counter seating area.  According to Store Manager Theresa O’Brien, it was like unveiling a great surprise.  “Our customers were already excited about their new Schnucks, but when that wall came down, I was stopped several times a day by people who wanted to know when they could get their first taste of food hot off the grill,” she said.

Schnucks Director of Deli Melissa Bunch explains, “We have created two distinct operations catering to different types of diners.  The Bistro is our version of a ‘Chef’s Table’ offering a fine dining experience where menu items are prepared by the chef while you watch.  The adjoining area we’re calling The Grille, and it’s an open pit area offering more casual fare.”  Bunch says both will be operated during peak times of the day as determined by customer visits.

She added, “The dining facilities are operated out of our Prepared Foods department.  The Bistro provides seating for eight customers at a time from the counter area that faces the workspace.  However, customers may order takeout at either station.”

Bunch says The Bistro will feature plated, fine dining selections such as Baked Brie, Sea Scallops, Chicken Marsala and Smoked Beef Brisket.

            The Bistro also offers made-from-scratch and tossed salad selections.  These top the traditional salad bar offerings by including a more extensive array of perishable ingredients.

The Grille will serve items such as char grilled pizza and quesadillas to order, as well as burgers, brats and grilled sandwiches of pork and beef tenderloin and chicken breast.

The idea of in-store restaurants is not new to Schnucks.  Schnucks opened its first snack bar in 1958 at the Florissant store.  In 1961, the snack bar concept was expanded into a full-fledged restaurant at the Hampton and Gravois store, which was expanded to several other stores.  The in-store restaurants would become known as Schnucks Station Restaurants with a railroad theme.  The last Schnucks Station Restaurant closed at the Collinsville store in 2005.

            Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 103 stores (including five Logli stores) and 100 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.

 

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