Privado dinners will be the grown-up version of Little Country Gentleman, Randolph’s first solo venture into fine dining. After working in Chicago at the late Homaro Cantu’s Moto, he opened what is reverently referred to as “LCG” in 2012. The nightly restaurant-within-a-restaurant was hosted at his Clayton Half & Half restaurant. While LCG received praise from both local and national critics, Randolph closed the restaurant after a year. For the last year, he has hosted intimate exploratory dining experiences, known as Diversion Dinners. With themes from Winter in Missouri to Tastes of Peru, the dinners have been held during off-hours at his restaurants on select dates. A few things remain consistent with Diversion Dinners: there are only sixteen guests at each service; the vibe is communal and fun; and the guests go along for the ride. This will continue with Privado.
He explains, “I’ve always wanted to get back to fine dining, but in my own terms. We’ve thought a lot about what neighborhood in St. Louis makes sense, and it’s been right under our nose this whole time. The timing, location and limited service just feels right.”
The bar at Privado will also be in operation on the weekends to include several bar seats as well as banquet seating. Walk-ins will be accepted, and reservations will also be available here starting in November. Guests can order from a beverage menu of classic drinks, four rotating cocktails to pair with the menu, as well as a small beer, wine and spirits list. There will also be a small a la carte menu available, utilizing the same ingredients from the tasting menu. The menu will change as frequently as the tasting menu, but always include an appetizer, two pastas, one entrée, and one dessert.