May is Anne’s birth month and this birthday is a special one. So, I took her out today for a Champaign brunch at Bixby’s. Bixby’s is the restaurant at the Missouri History Museum. In addition to the champagne, they had a buffet plus a menu of small plate breakfast dishes. The restaurant is named for William K. Bixby, an early and transformative leader of the museum, who presided over the history museum’s move to its current location in Forest Park. His residence was where the Chase Park Plaza is now. I heard on the local business news that Bixby’s had made the top 100 in Open Table’s list of best restaurants. Open Table is an online reservation system for high-end eateries across the country. I had tried to get a table for Easter brunch, when Dave popped into down, but it was already booked up. Likewise for Mother’s Day next weekend, but I had no problem booking a table for today. Anne’s official birthday is on Tuesday, but this worked out so much better. After our champagne brunch we ducked downstairs and caught the new to us exhibit on Prohibition. The combination of a champagne brunch and Prohibition exhibit seemed so fitting.
When I sell liquor, it’s bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on a silver tray on Lake Shore Drive, it’s hospitality. – attributed to Al Capone, 1920s