Because we know sports fans love to eat.

Joggers, bikers and walkers going down the trail that runs through Crestwood--as well as everyone else-- have a new reason to stop at the old barn at the historic Sappington House complex. The Barn restaurant at Sappington House has reopened, plating up heartier fare that has taken its menu beyond its original tearoom roots. Instead of demi-cups of soup and petit fours the Barn now specializes in breakfast and lunch with items from burgers, sammies and salads to pancakes, quiche and biscuits and gravy.

“Its been my dream to have my own restaurant,” said Karen Mott, The Barn’s owner, who along with daughter Carolyn discovered the opportunity at the Sappington House Barn after a friend called her last fall. “I was working in Hilton Head at the time and a friend who was walking on the trail saw the Barn. She knew I was looking for a place and stopped and got me the information. It was the opportunity I had prayed for and we moved here December 1. We opened just three weeks ago.”

Mott, who holds a degree in International Hospitality Management has realized her dream and created a menu she reports having been thinking about for 30 years. A menu that begins with breakfast and carries on through lunch offering a mix aimed to provide the classics along with a few surprises.

 For example the Barn Breakfast is the classic that pairs up eggs with choice of bacon or sausage along with either grits or Barn Browns - finely shredded hash browns. The Strata  (shown to the right) is the Barn’s surprise breakfast entry, a delightful option available all day that is seldom seen on local menus. 

While Mott isn’t a native St Louisian she has embraced the concept of the St Louis Slinger, creating her own version she dubbed The Broad Side of the Barn. The Broad Side is a plateful of Barn Browns with bacon, ham, onions, peppers, cheddar and eggs served with a side of sour cream.            One of the Barn's specialties.

When asked what are proving to be her customers favorites Mott said, “Our Black bean Burger and the Egg Salad BLT is our front-runners. They’re two items I brought with me from Hilton Head.”

Rounding out the menu are salads, all tossed fresh and range from the Foghorn Leghorn (Motts version of the Chicken Caesar) to the Barnyard Chopped Salad, studded with bacon bits, cheese and sunflower seeds. Simplistic classics are also proving a favorite as the Barn’s ham, egg, chicken or tuna salad options that can be plated on a bed of lettuce or stuffed into a tomato.

Burger lovers will appreciate the extra TLC given to all the burgers - hand-pattied, grilled and dressed to order. Sandwich standouts beyond the burgers include the 3-Cheese Grilled, the Traditional Club and my pick, the Yard Bird Sandwich, grilled chicken topped with cheddar and bacon. All sandwiches are served with a choice of sides.

The Barn opens at 6 am everyday except Monday and closes after lunch. Evening hours are reserved for private parties and special events. Keep an eye out for the special events Mott has planned. In the planning stages now, Summer Cocktail Parties and Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Beer tasting nights. 

One customer, Cheryl Brookhauzen, is the Executive Pastry Chef with the Downtown Marriott in Chicago, Ill.

"I love to try new restaurants," said Brookhauzen (shown on the right, in the picture above) while lunching with her mother and St. Louis relatives on a recent trip. "I've gotta say, Karen Mott has done so many things right with this restaurant. I think it's going to be a big success."

One thing she liked was the unique menu choices.

"With our German heritage, we saw the one with the sausage, sauerkraut and potatoes and it really grabbed us."

Finally, don’t forget to stop and tour the historic Sappington House, one of the oldest brink homes in the Missouri and its grounds. After all, it’s the reason why The Barn was created – to bring people together to enjoy the food and the history unique to Crestwood.