Through a referral from a friend of Rustic Grain, we recently had the pleasure of working with John Perkins. John had a vision for a new St. Louis restaurant. Combining his previous culinary experiences in St. Louis with his roots in the South he created Juniper.
Yes, you can get some southern cooking in St. Louis. You can certainly get a lot of fried chicken. However, at Juniper you will get recipes created in southern Missouri but cooked in the styles of low country South Carolina. It was quite an experience for the Rustic Grain staff to be in Juniper putting the finishing touches on the bar in the run-up to opening day while listening to John pass his food passions and visions to his staff.
How did Rustic Grain come into this picture? Simply, we fit. For his new restaurant John wanted an old country look, something with character, and something reminiscent of his early years in southern Missouri. He was looking for banquettes for communal dining and barn wood farmhouse styled tables for individual dining. He was looking to make a bar from his “find” of old paper crates. His vision was right out of the Rustic Grain playbook. For his bar we patch-worked his crate collection, mixed it with our St. Clair barn wood, capping it in all with vintage oak. We added other restaurant accents like a barn wood kitchen cafe door, a weathered barn wood wall extension and vintage wood backsplash and counter in the dining area’s front window.
We believe Rustic Grain has helped John create a truly Southern dining experience. Let us know what you think. Serial ID# 1001
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