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Schnucks Opens 2 New Eateries at Woods Mill Store

ST. LOUIS - Schnuck Markets, Inc. has opened two new restaurants, The Marketplace Bistro and the The Grille at Schnucks, inside of its 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, which was recently removed to allow customers an opportunity to catch their first glimpse at the new counter seating area.

Store manager Theresa O'Brien likened the unveiling a spectacular surprise party. "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 explained the culinary concepts as "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."

Both will be operated during peak times of the day as determined by customer visits, said Bunch, adding that the dining facilities are operated out of Schnucks' 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," she said, noting that 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 that feature a more extensive array of perishable ingredients than traditional salad bar offering.

For its part, 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, which opened its first snack bar in 1958 at its Florissant store. In 1961, the snack bar concept was expanded into a full-fledged restaurant at the Hampton and Gravois store, which was in turn expanded to several other stores under the Schnucks Station Restaurants' railroad themed nomenclature, the last of which closed in 2005 at the Collinsville store.

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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