Cafe Telegraph Opens Today

Get a virtual tour of the new restaurant Mehlville and Oakville residents have been waiting for.

It's no April Fool's joke. Cafe Telegraph opens in Mehlville today.

For more than two years, Café Affton owner Bill Cieslinski and his business partners Bill Raible and Matt Schweiss have been working to turn Cafe Telegraph into a reality. 

"We took our time, so the good thing is we're going to be in the neighborhood forever," Cieslinski said.

Previous story: New Café Telegraph to Focus on Smoked Meat

Many menu items are named for schools and landmarks in the neighborhood. Here are a few of Patch's favorites:

  • Mehlville Meatball sandwich - $8.99
  • Oakville Hand Breaded White Fish sandwich - $8.99
  • Hancock Grinder $9.99
  • Barracks Burger - $8.29
  • Cor Jesu Smoked Chicken Breast - $12.99
  • Blades Spaghetti with Meatballs - $10.99

The extensive American grill-style menu also boasts St. Louis favorites (including toasted ravioli for $6.99) and a pizza menu with gluten-free crust options.

If you stop by Cafe Telegraph, at 2650 Telegraph Road, today, start your tour in the parking lot, newly paved with four inches of asphalt. Builders recycled the awning from an old Blockbuster store and wrapped the building in recycled cedar. Left of the front door is the smoker, so expect to smell some bar-b-que on your way in.

Inside the first front doors are photos of the restaurant before its renovation, which included all new plumbing, electric, security, heating and cooling systems.

Everything inside the restaurant has a history. The windows dividing the bar from the dining area were salvaged from Clayton businesses, and the ones hanging on the wall originally stood in the St. Louis Arena. The tables and chairs came from Casa Gallardo, a Mexican restaurant those closed last year on S. Lindbergh Blvd. 

Did you eat at Cafe Telegraph today? How was it? Let us know in the comments!

Charlotte Strunk April 01, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Five days a week, four times a day, I drove by this place and watched as it was renovated. I heard about how they salvaged materials to use inside for the renovation and that explained some of the strange piles of stuff outside on the parking lot as it was all happening. I wish them the very best of luck and although I don't eat out very often, I am going to make it a priority to take the whole family. YUMMMMMMM!
James Austin April 02, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Looks pricey to me too...It will depend on the meatball sandwich...there should be mostly meatball, and very little sauce, and a toasted bun..I prefer mine made with BBQ sauce instead of red sauce..
Sheila Chibnall-Treptow April 05, 2013 at 02:56 AM
We just had a delicious dinner there! Smoked meatloaf (Thursday special) was very tasty, vegetable medley done just right, not mushy! Chicken modiga perfect and pasta with white sauce yummy! A glass of Cynthiana wine topped off a wonderful evening. Oh! and the salads had lots of cheese & served on ice cold plates. Great start. We'll be back with friends. Best wishes to a great restaurant in my old stomping grounds.
TA Johnson April 08, 2013 at 12:45 AM
My friends and I went on friday 04/05/13 and we wont be going back. We waited over 2 hours for our food. My friend wanted a pork steak which was the special of the day and by the time we ordered they said they were out already and this was at 6:30p.m.. She then ordered a baked sweet potato and they brought her a mashed sweet potato which she said wasn't that great then she ordered a small pizza and it never came. My other friend said the burger and fries were good. I ordered a BBQ pulled pork sandwhich on a pretzel bread and my meat was cold and they brought me a tiny little cup with some BBQ sauce that wasnt enough to even cover my bread when I asked for another cup they wanted to charge me for it and I probably would of paid it had it not taken 2 hours to get cold food. It was very dry and cold. Fries were good and hot but my pretzel bread was way over done and couldnt hardly eat it. When we were all done eating they finally remembered my friends pizza and brought it out but then we were ready to leave so she had them put it in a box and it was hot but it had way to much sauce on it and that was all you could really taste so we wont be going back. they did however, give her the pizza for free. It cost me $19.21 for one person and who can afford that for a sandwhich that was cold and hardley any sauce then they want to charge you for more and a soda that they only refilled once and never came back to see if I wanted anymore. They wont last long like that
stephanie April 09, 2013 at 07:54 PM
well i wont be going there...i was promised a job there and keep getting the run around and eveytime i call the phone number it goes to a FAX machine...how is anyone supposed to get thru..and after reading other peoples posts sounds to me like the waiters and waitresses wont be making much money anyway. who can afford those prices and be able to tip on top of that? just saying


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