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Cinder House at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis will close permanently in January

Today Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis and Niche Food Group announced that after a five-year partnership, the contract for Gerard Craft’s Cinder House restaurant located inside the hotel at 999 N. Second St. in downtown St. Louis, will expire shortly after the New Year. 

“While we are extremely proud of all that we’ve accomplished at Cinder House, our contract is up on on Jan. 8, 2024. We’ve been working closely with the Four Seasons team over the course of the last year to make this transition as smooth as possible, and guests will still be able to enjoy our wood-fired fare with a focus on South American flavors until the end of our contract,” said Gerard Craft, Niche Food Group owner and executive chef, in a written statement from both parties shared with Sauce.

Craft went on to explain that “Cinder House was a deeply personal project for me, featuring our take on several dishes inspired by my childhood nanny, Dia, a native of Brazil. After opening in 2018, we hosted countless special experiences and dinners and even weathered the pandemic – no small feat for a destination restaurant within a hotel.”

The reason for the closure wasn’t explained in the statement, but both parties expressed their gratitude for working together and praised the success of the five year partnership. 

 “Gerard Craft is an amazing talent and huge champion of the St. Louis restaurant community, so we are thrilled to have collaborated with him on Cinder House. He has been an incredible partner and together we have accomplished so much,” Alper Oztok, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, said in the written statement.  

In the statement, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis announced that it will be opening a new dining concept in the second quarter 2024. While details about the new eatery haven’t been released yet, the hotel promises that the new restaurant will “both further enrich the city’s vibrant food scene as well as embrace the excellence, innovation and creativity for which the Four Seasons brand is known.” 

From Jan. 9, 2024, the hotel will offer meals in its pop-up restaurant, Mississippi Bistro, located in the Mississippi event space on the eighth floor. 

No further comment was available at this time.