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Scarecrow Officially One of Chesterfield's Newest Restaurants

Formerly known as the Press Box, the location was purchased by new owners purchased in January and set about transforming it from sports bar into upscale casual restaurant. The change is now largely completed.

The Press Box in Chesterfield has officially transformed into Scarecrow, complete with new signage and branding. 

The change started in early January when the sports bar was purchased by friends Chris Mertz and Shawn Mulholland with the intention of turning it into an upscale-casual restaurant. The business remained open as they renovated the interior and on Jan. 23, the new signs went up, signaling the transition.

The menu is receiving an overhaul along with the interior. The pair brought in a new executive chief to help bring a new focus to the restaurant's fare with the goal of creating distinct menus for lunch, dinner and the bar. Small plates, steaks and high-end pizzas will be a big part of the new offerings. 

On Tuesday, Mulholland said their first few weeks have gone very well and he's already started to see repeat customers. However, he added that the restaurant's transformation is not yet complete and the menu is not yet finalized. 

They've added blinds to separate the bar from the rest of the dining room and installed a wine cellar, but they will also be replacing some of the existing furniture to finish the new look. 

The change is just in time for Valentine's Day as well with Scarecrow offering a special menu for the holiday, according to the restaurant's website.

Have you visited Scarecrow? Tell us what you thought of the experience in the comments below!

Anthony Peeler February 13, 2013 at 02:03 PM
So-so food, HORRIBLE service.
Cunning Pam February 13, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Food was a major let down. The fried pickles appetizer was soggy and limp, nothing like the crispy, fresh-from-the-fryer I'd been hoping for. The reuben was dry; the club sandwich benefitted from the fresh roasted chicken it was made with but was otherwise nothing special. We didn't have any problems with service except for plates being left on our table a little longer than I like. We may go back one more time to see if they've gotten their "sea legs" under them, but the menu seems to need much more work than they've indicated in the article.
jwalter February 13, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Much of the food the old Press Box served was warmed over pre-made crap from a food service company (Sysco?) . Hopfully the new owners will do better and make thinks fresh.
JohnE February 13, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Food and service are both not even comparable to the former establishment. I eat here weekly and this is an entirely different place- great lunch specials and many new very good menu items...
Steven Hostetler February 13, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Scarecrow is by far the best restaurant in Chesterfield. It is so easy to find errors in any establishment if you focus on them, but the true test is whether you feel welcome and appreciated. Apparently Anthony and Pam only look for trouble.
Howard Kunkel February 13, 2013 at 06:49 PM
My family and I tried Scarecrow two weeks ago after seeing the signs go up and were blown away by the new menu items. I'm not sure where else you can get a 12 oz. strip in St. Louis for under 20 bucks. Keep up the great work and we'll see you again soon.
Kitty Harrison February 14, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Been hearing the buzz about Scarecrow and finally gave it a try! Service was great! Food was also great. I liked the wines by the glass as well. Definitely will be back! Welcome to the neighborhood Scarecrow!
Maria Mulholland February 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM
I had my first meal there last week and thoroughly enjoyed everything. The service was great and the food was very good! I will definitely go back...
Ann Cerame February 14, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Enjoyed Scarecrow with friends and family and loved it so much that I even took my boss there. Has a deverse menu that includes soup, pizza, sandwiches and amazing entrees. The chef adds a spin on everyday food. For example, the spinach salad with the special egg is my new "must have" dish. I am so glad that they are in the area. My hubby and I even dropped in for a Sunday Bloody Mary and ended up having a fabulous lunch in the bar area. Welcome to the area Scarecrow!!
Tyson Hunter February 14, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Love the new place - brought a group of peers from Chicago last night and had a wonderful time... Whatever hiccups they have as they transition I didn't see them. Looking forward to my next visit. GM (mike?) is great-
Jackie Martin February 14, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I had dinner at Scarecrow based on a colleague's recommendation and thought both the food and ambience was great. One of the owners stopped by our table and he couldn't have been more gracious. This is a guy who lives and works in Chesterfield and I am proud to support a family owned, local business. Thank goodness this isn't another cookie-cutter chain restaurant opening it's doors. I give them a huge amount of credit for trusting our judgement and taste level enough to open up a place like this. Go Scarecrow!
Julie McMichaels February 14, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Just had the blacken chicken Caesar with fried mozzarella curds--yumm! First time here too. Neat place - great staff and like the feel:))))))
brntendzeater February 22, 2013 at 01:38 AM
The best restaurant in Chesterfield? Did Annie Gunn's move? It looks like the owners have mobilized the sunshine pumpers to try to cover up legitimate complaints. I never got what I ordered. My wife's wedge salad was brown. No apologies, no nothing. Those kinds of things tend to offset any menu, regardless of how exciting or diverse it is.
Christopher Mertz February 22, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Thanks for your visit and our apologies for the shortcomings during your visit. That you never received the proper order and were served a brown salad are not excusable. If you brought this to the attention of your server and were not acknowledged allow us to make this right for you. Should you wish you can contact me directly-636-536-9440 Thanks Chris - Scarecrow Owner
brntendzeater February 23, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Chris - I do appreciate your offer. It's what I would have expected to receive when we first raised the issue. The male server we had and the hostess, a slightly older lady, didnt seem to care. I hope you are able to put together a staff that can execute your menu, which really was interesting. Perhaps we will check back in sometime down the road.
Cunning Pam March 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM
What a difference a month has made! A repeat visit to Scarecrow found a much better experience...food was greatly improved: I had the lunch special for the day, a terrific chicken parm sandwich. The house dressing (an herb vinaigrette) is still problematic; I couldn't detect any acid of any kind whatsoever, so my salad was basically drenched in oil. Our server was great, though, and recommended I try the balsamic vinaigrette instead, and it was spot on. All the rest at our four top ordered burgers of various kinds, and all were very pleased. Fries were crisp-outside/tender-inside and hot on all plates. Our server was attentive and helpful, with solid recommendations. I still need to go back for a dinner visit, but after lunch today I'm feeling much more positive and will definitely recommend the place. Kudos to the owners/management for continuing to pick up their standards. Just tackle that house dressing, will you?

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