Mellow Mushroom - Getting Creative to Support the Community

Mellow Mushroom in Sunset Hills keeps the good vibes rolling by supporting its community and its customers. In return, it's gained a loyal following and a great reputation.


New to St. Louis in 2016, Mellow Mushroom has upheld their mission “to provide delicious food in a fun and creative environment.” Its fresh, stone-baked pizzas quickly became a St. Louis favorite, along with its cold beer, craft cocktails, and vibrant atmosphere. However, when Covid-19 hit, it had to get extra creative to survive.


Chris Deatherage, General Manager of Mellow Mushroom Sunset Hills, describes how Mellow Mushroom maximized the pizza industry’s strong takeout reputation, while ensuring the safety of on-site dining.


“We were lucky enough that when people think of to-go food they think of pizza right off the bat.”


Even so, Mellow Mushroom took great strides to meet the needs of their customers, many of whom switched from dine-in to take out at the beginning of the pandemic.


“We added a lot more curbside takeout, special parking spots, a texting app for when people are picking up curbside, and an online ordering system. For dining-in, we do the normal 6 feet apart, sanitizing tables every time, menus every time, sanitizing all the doorknobs every few minutes, and we actually purchased our own ‘fogger’ to sanitize the restaurant every day or two.”