AFTER months of closure, places are starting to reopen – and now there’s a new kid on the block in the form of 66 American Steakhouse on Bridge Street.
The venue, located in the Savoy Building (which also houses the Chinese Buffet), is the brainchild of Kane McQuade of St Helens.
He decided to invest in his hometown and open a steak and burger restaurant with a top chef in the city center.
The restaurant finally opened on May 22 after many delays due to countless closures.
Kane said: “I’ve been in management but decided I wanted to own my own place and at first I decided to start a bar but after talking to downtown manager Gary Maddock, I realized the need for good restaurants in St Helens as part of the regeneration of the town and was delighted to be a part of it.
“I wanted to open an affordable place that had good food and after interviewing chefs I found our chef who specializes in premium steaks and burgers and just thought that was a great idea and different from anything else.”
Kane took over the venue and slowly laid out the place himself, providing a varied seating arrangement including benches, booths and tables with the possibility of offering cocktail parties in the future once established.
He said: “It’s been a long time coming as I was hoping to open in April 2020 and then November 2020 but Covid pushed it all back but that means we’ve perfected the menu to offer a limited and premium menu for customers .
“We have delicious steaks, which are some of the best I’ve ever had, even the cheapest cuts, and things like Halloumi fries, dirty burgers, calamari, ribs and more, just from good tasty American food at a decent price.
Burgers and beers offered in the new location
“Currently I can only sell alcohol with food, but hopefully once established I will get a license to serve cocktails and be not just a restaurant but a nice place to come to with your friends for a drink in a relaxed setting, not like a bar..
“It’s family-friendly, affordable and really tasty food in our town centre, and I think the way town centers are transforming means we need investment in independent restaurants, bars and shops to build our downtown.
“Also Bridge Street is very busy and it’s a great place, there are no empty units. It’s good to be part of the change, people have commented that I was next door to the vegan restaurant but that’s what’s so great about St Helens now, there’s a place for everyone and Ann-Marie is a great neighbor and her cakes are amazing.
“There’s enough negativity there and thanks to Gary and other people opening up places, St Helens is slowly changing too and it’s great to see and be a part of that.”
The interior has been completely transformed
66 American Steakhouse is closed Monday through Wednesday and open Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.
The restaurant is currently running a Thursday promotion of a half-price steak for every entree purchased.
Steaks are the main menu item
For more information about the venue, including events and promotions, follow their Facebook and Instagram pages @66american.steakhouse