By Jacob Kirn – Managing Editor, St. Louis Business Journal
Mar 6, 2023
Pasta House has closed a location in West County, as it reportedly plans to open another in Kirkwood.
A sign at the Italian chain’s longtime restaurant at 14007 Manchester Road, near Manchester and Weidman roads in unincorporated St. Louis County, says it has closed.
Officials with property owner Scott Properties declined to comment. It advertises that anchor tenants for the shopping center include Ashley Furniture and Bandana’s Bar-B-Q, with an asking lease rate of $16 per square foot.
A Pasta House sign has been taken down from a closed location along Manchester Road.
Pasta House officials, including owner Joe Fresta, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
St. Louis Magazine in January reported that Pasta House planned in late spring to take the former Pi+Rico space in Kirkwood, at 10312 Manchester Road. Pi+Rico closed last year. Brown & Sons’ Foodliner Inc., tied to company President Jonathan Browne, owns the strip mall housing that space.
Fresta told St. Louis Magazine that expansion plans were “on hold,” but that the 4,500-square-foot Kirkwood space was “in the perfect position” (the nearest Pasta House is in Creve Coeur), “in perfect shape” (requiring minor retrofitting), and “almost all the amenities we’d need were in place and useable.” He also said the Kirkwood location could include bar items such as wings, nachos and fries.
The Pasta House in 2021 opened a Ladue location, following the shutdown of its flagship restaurant in University City.
Fresta, the late John Ferrara and the late Kim Tucci founded the Pasta House in 1974. It lists 15 locations on its website.