In the culinary world, chef Gerard Craft is known for changing courses and mixing savor with savvy. His latest endeavor, Cinder House, finds the James Beard Award-winning restaurateur upping the ante for fine dining in St. Louis with his sixth hotspot, featuring a menu that encompasses world cuisine with an emphasis on the South American dishes Craft discovered in his youth via the meals his nanny made for him.

Perched atop the eighth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis, the recently opened restaurant and sky terrace supplements its panoramic vistas of the Eads Bridge and the Gateway Arch with a culinary experience well suited for weary travellers and wandering locals alike.

Fire is the perfect metaphor for both the wood-fired food plated at Cinder House, as well as the burning energy ignited by Craft and S. Aleksandr Malinich, co-founder and design principal of R|5 DESIGN AGENCY, who previously designed the chef’s restaurant Sardella. Together their collaborations continues to balance design with delicacies, transforming the palates of Mound City in the process.

“I get excited every time I have an opportunity to work with chef Craft on a new project,” Malinich said. “We have a special friendship, which allows us to partner, trust and develop the design together. I think we have a mutual respect for each other’s talents, and that’s why this is so special.”

Cinder House rose from the ashes of the Four Seasons’ previous eatery, Cielo, which was completely gutted from the ground up and replaced with a more intimate interior festooned with wood and stone textures that mesh South America’s rustic aesthetic with contemporary European comfort.

The designer addressed what he hoped Cinder House’s customers would take away from the space. “I want them to appreciate ancient South American cultures and their interaction with food and elevate our guests’ experiences within a contemporary, luxury hotel dining environment.”

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Cinder House is more than a gathering place for dinner and drinks. Indeed it marks a zenith in Craft’s and Malinich’s exploration of the symbiotic relationship between food and design and the symmetry of great cooking and stylish setting.

For more information on Cinder House, visit or call 314-881-5759.