Squatter’s Cafe Will Close October 31, But Bulrush Is Coming to Grand Center

Squatter’s Cafe (3524 Washington Avenue, 314-925-7556) will be closing after lunch service on October 31. But don’t despair — it’s actually just one piece of a bigger puzzle that involves some seriously good news.

That news? Yesterday, Chef Rob Connoley finally announced a location for his long-awaited Bulrush. The restaurant, which will specialize in the cuisine of the Ozarks and utilize the acclaimed chef’s love of foraging, will aim for an early 2019 opening at 3307 Washington Avenue.

A Missouri native who made his name in New Mexico before returning to the St. Louis area in 2016, Connoley has been clear that Bulrush was always his Plan A[1]. But during his lengthy search for the perfect location, he ended up pursuing Plan B in the interim — the breakfast-and-lunch-only Squatter’s Cafe, located in the KDHX building.

The restaurant drew acclaim[2], but it always came second for Connoley to his Bulrush plans. And now that Bulrush is moving forward at long last, he’s posted on social media that yes, indeed, Squatter’s Cafe will soon begin its final month of service.

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