On Wednesday night, the Wentzville’s Tattooed Dog restaurant cleared one more hurdle in its move from Luetkenhaus Boulevard to the trendy new Wentzville Bluffs development when the city approved the restaurant’s conditional use permit for liquor sales and live music for the new location.
With the permit approved, Tattooed Dog owner and chef Jason Lemmon says that he anticipates a late August opening at the new Bluffs location, which has almost double the seating space of the current eatery. The new facilities will include a full bar offering signature drinks, and a future outdoor seating area is being planned.
The new facilities will allow the young chef “to flex my muscles and show what I can do,” Lemmon told 70 West Sentinel. The new menu will include pizza and gourmet mac and cheese, and even more sandwiches, soups, and salads. Specials at the new restaurant could include sushi, sous vide steak, and tapas-style dishes.
Lemmon’s interest in cooking goes back a long way. “When other eight-year-olds were watching cartoons, I was watching Emeril,” he said. At the age of 18, Lemmon was married and working a job at the railroad–but he continued to follow his passion by attending night school at Le Cordon Bleu.
In 2011, Lemmon followed his instructors’ advice and invested, not in a restaurant but in a food truck. The success of the Burger Ink food truck led Lemmon and his wife Tara to the opening of the Tattooed Dog at 403 Luetkenhaus Boulevard in 2013.
“From the beginning, we had a waiting line out the door on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays,” Lemmon said. The unique menu–with burgers like the Porkonator (with six slices of bacon), the Maui (with grilled pineapple), and the Benedicto (with a fried egg) have earned accolades for the Tattooed Dog, including St. Louis Magazine’s 2014 A-List and Feast Magazine’s 10 Best Burgers in St. Louis for 2015.
In late August, the old Tattooed Dog location will close, and Lemmon expects to reopen about a week later in Wentzville Bluffs. He’s excited about the move to this bustling new development and all the opportunities that the new location will offer, but one thing, he said, won’t change. “Our focus is food and family. Always.”