|A rendering of The Docket, which will be located on the ground floor of Joe and Loretta Scott Hall. Image courtesy of The Lawrence Group
"The Docket" will soon take on a new meaning for Saint Louis University School of Law students, faculty and staff as well as downtown's legal and business communities. This fall an aptly named café and bistro will open on the ground floor of SLU LAW's new home at 100 N. Tucker Blvd., in the heart of downtown's civic and judicial center.
The 3,500-square-foot restaurant, operated by the award-winning Palo Alto-based food service group Bon Appétit Management Company in partnership with Saint Louis University, will offer quick breakfasts and lunches with a more leisurely dinner service. The design of clean modern lines paired with a rustic farmhouse sensibility will feature an open kitchen and both communal and casual seating, with 110 seats inside and 72 outside, weather permitting.
"We envision The Docket as place for the legal and civic community to gather alongside SLU law students, faculty and staff," said Dean Michael Wolff. "The concept Bon Appétit has put together perfectly embodies the idea of our integration into the downtown community."
Founded in 1987 in Silicon Valley, Bon Appétit Management Company focuses on chef-driven cafés set at corporations, universities, museums and specialty venues that develop relationships in the communities they serve, specifically through the use of local foods and sustainable practices. They currently operate an award-winning program at Washington University and are set to open a new restaurant on July 1 at the St. Louis Art Museum.
The menu at The Docket will focus on small plates, pizzas, pastas and rustic entrees featuring locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and skilled from-scratch cooking. A wood-burning oven and grill will be the heart of the space serving a steady stream of pizzas, flatbreads and earthenware casseroles.
A notable hallmark of the restaurant is also The Docket's bar. It will feature everything from freshsqueezed juices and house-made aqua frescas to craft brews and signature cocktails made with local spirits, with the focus on carefully made, handcrafted beverages.
The restaurant will be open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and on Saturday for dinner only. The concept of a high-quality cafe and bistro for the downtown law school facility began with University President, Lawrence Biondi, S.J., who approved the partnership with Bon Appétit. Biondi originally announced plans for historic move of the law school in January 2012