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Two And The Same

Two locations. One is at the epicenter of Old Webster Groves, (Lockwood and Gore). The other located in the heart of Clayton, (Central and Bonhomme). A family run restaurant, established in 1981 by Jack Crall and Carol Hellman, CJ Muggs Bar and Grill has been in business for close to forty years. Muggs (as called by locals) is now in its second generation and occasionally you can see the young third generation helping out.

The menu is eclectic with something for everyone. Featuring appetizers, salads, homemade soups, chili and gumbo, distinctive pastas and risottos, fresh fish and beef, gourmet pizzas, quesadillas, sandwiches, burgers, a children's menu and family recipe specialties. The food is fresh, scrumptious and plentiful. Muggs has won many awards for its delicious entrees.

Both locations have ample sized dining rooms. The setting is airy. The d├ęcor is original. The dark stained cherry wood tables and cozy chairs are inviting. In Webster local artists hang their art works on the wood paneled and brick walls throughout the dining room. Both locations have floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors offering great views of the bustling streets. Both locations have large patio areas, clad with wrought-iron tables and chairs shaded with massive umbrellas at Webster and an awning in Clayton. The service is friendly and accommodating. Best of all, of the personnel have been with CJ Muggs for years.

The bar at both locations are vast, fifteen or so bar stools, a mix of tall cocktail and regular sized tables scattered about that creates a separate experience from the dining room. The bars' exude a cozy, warm, sophisticated feel, with lots of wood paneling, leaded glass and low lighting. During happy hour and other special occasions, complimentary appetizers are served. Dress is casual, though anything goes. Full lunch and dinner menus are available in the bar.

We All Have Our Differences

The Webster Groves Location
In Webster the entertainment is lively. Local bands perform toward the back of the bar on weekends and some Thursday nights starting around 9:00 pm. A couple TV's unobtrusively located at the front, and the back of the bar, show sports and news. Packed with happy-hour lingerers, neighborhood regulars, theatergoers, upscale professionals, and families, everyone will enjoy the convivial atmosphere.

Webster also boasts a self-contained banquet facility on the lower level of the restaurant. Full-service bar, restrooms, cable/VCR hookups, music, high speed internet and handicapped-access to the parking garage are all amenities of the banquet room. This spacious room is suitable for seventy-five people (for formal sit-down affairs) and a hundred or so (for cocktail parties). Perfect for rehearsal dinners, small wedding receptions, birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, business meetings, any occasion.

The Clayton Location
In Clayton, the clientele (with a little help from the bartenders and cocktail servers) know how to entertain them selves. Mingling and consumption of spirits seem to be the activity of choice. Happy hour is teaming with people pouring from of their offices to get a good start on the evening or to cap off their day. Clayton also offers a late night happy hour (starting at 9:30 pm). Regional and national sporting events and news are broadcast from several strategically located televisions throughout the restaurant. Local celebrities are known to "drop by" for some fun too.

Clayton has a separate banquet room, which can be partitioned from the rest of the dining room by a closeable window-paned wall for privacy. Fifty or so people will comfortably fit for just about any occasion.

Come Together

At both Clayton and Webster the service is fast and cordial without being overly attentive. The food is excellent with something on the menu to please everyone. The atmosphere is energetic and the clientele diverse, attracting a healthy mix of singles, families, out-of-towners, office staff, executive professionals, neighborhood regulars, theatergoers and local celebrities. Everyone will feel comfortable at CJ Muggs.

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