James Beard Nominee Rob Connoley to Open Squatters Cafe in Grand Center

Since moving back to St. Louis from New Mexico last summer[1], James Beard Award semi-finalist Rob Connoley has been giving diners a peek at his culinary prowess through a series of pop-up dinners, classes and guest appearances. Now, he will give them a more permanent place to enjoy his cooking.

Today, Connoley announced that he will open Squatters Cafe, a breakfast and lunch counter-service restaurant in the KDHX building in Grand Center. Squatters will occupy the spot that formerly housed Magnolia Cafe and will serve “familiar breakfast and lunch items” in a grab-and-go setting, Connoley explains in a press release issued this morning.

The menu at Squatters Cafe will include dishes such as yogurt bowls, seasonal meaty grits and baked goods. Connoley will be doing as much in-house as possible; he intends to mill his own grains, process his own meats and prepare his own dairy.

For those who have been following Connoley since his return to town, Squatters Cafe may seem like a departure from the foraged-focused evening concept, Bulrush, he has been developing for the last year. However, Connoley is emphatic that Squatters does not replace Bulrush; it merely represents an opportunity to do something different while Bulrush plans continue to develop.

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