If you’ve driven through Wentzville on Interstate 70, you’ve probably noticed the new construction on the south side of the highway just west of Highway Z. Among the earth-moving equipment and piles of boulders, businesses are beginning to move in to the new shopping area at Wentzville Bluffs.
6 North Café, a family-owned and family-operated restaurant, opened on October 10 of last year. The original café, in the 6 North Apartment Building in St. Louis’ Central West End, is now closed. Three other locations now carry on the name, and the café at Wentzville Bluffs is the newest.
Why Wentzville? Owner Maria Altrudo told 70 West Sentinel that Wentzville’s growth was the biggest factor. “We capitalized on the opportunity to have a free-standing building with the convenience of a drive-thru for our customers in Wentzville,” she said.
The menu at 6 North features hand-crafted sandwiches, salads and wraps, as well as made-from-scratch soups. For the sweet tooth, 6 North offers homemade cookies and oatmeal bars and real-fruit smoothies.
6 North partners with St. Louis-based Kaldi’s for its coffees and espresso, and with Companion Bakery and Wentzville’s own Back 2 Basics Bakery for its breads.
What sells best in Western St. Charles County? At other 6 North locations in downtown St. Louis and in Ballwin, chicken salad is a favorite, Altrudo said, but not in Wentzville. Instead, locals prefer these five top sellers:
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Grilled Sandwich
- Honey Chicken Wrap
- Turkey Club Sandwich
- Buffalo Chicken Wrap
- Mexican Fiesta Salad
Along with its sit-down and take out menus, 6 North offers box lunches and buffet-style catering. 6 North also hosts group meetings and special events such as book signings by local authors.
The atmosphere at the café is friendly and laid back. You may find co-workers on a lunch date, a student sipping coffee and typing on a laptop, or a group of friends knitting and talking in the tower room.
“It will not take long for our staff to learn your name and remember your favorite latte or sandwich,” the café’s website states. “You will walk into 6 North as a customer and leave as a friend.”