vicia wine garden in cortex photo courtesy of take root hospitality

Vicia Wine Garden opens June 6 in Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis

Earlier this year, Take Root Hospitality’s Vicia at 4260 Forest Park Ave. in Central West End announced it would transition its Gardenside Pavilion into the Vicia Wine Garden during the summer months, and the opening date is now officially set for this Thursday, June 6. 

This change comes on the heels of Taqueria Morita getting its own brick-and-mortar space next door to Vicia at 4239 Duncan Ave. when it previously operated on Vicia’s patio during the summer and at Winslow’s Table during the colder months. Vicia will again offer a la carte items and is moving away from multi-course tasting menus, making for a more approachable experience that appeals to a wider range of customers.

“With the move of Taqueria Morita in April from the Gardenside Pavilion to a permanent location next door to Vicia, we are thrilled to transform this space into the Vicia Wine Garden and continue to make use of it during the summer months,” said Tara Gallina, co-owner Take Root Hospitality. “We hope guests will enjoy this charming al fresco space, surrounded by our chef's garden, while dining from a casual snack menu paired with wines, spritzes, frozen drinks, [nonalcoholic] cocktails and more. The Vicia Wine Garden will offer a more casual experience, with the elevated Vicia touch that St. Louisans have come to know and love.”

Snack menu items will include Pimento cheese and bird seed crackers; spring vegetable crudités with herb yogurt; East Coast oysters with mignonette; cured coppa toast on grilled focaccia with Calabrian chile aioli and pickled fennel. Beverages include an assortment of wines, spritzes, frozen rosé, and plenty of NA offerings.

Vicia Wine Garden is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday as the weather allows. Orders may be placed via QR code at your table or at the counter. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations are accepted. While Vicia has moved to an a la carte menu, there is still a three-course menu option that's served family-style and requires the participation of the entire party.