Nine years ago, Jack and Bill Massa knew exactly what they were doing when they opened in WingHaven. They created an oasis for good food, good drinks and good times, built around what’s considered to be one of the area’s best patios.
“Jack and Bill perfected that location – taking advantage of the lake by adding two patios,” said General Manager Kirk Gutierrez, referring to the lake, with its geyser fountain, that borders Massa’s.
“There’s not another patio around here like it. It’s sort of a hidden gem because you really don’t see the lakeside patio from the parking lot until you get to our door.”
Gutierrez refers to the lake as his WingHaven ocean, which pretty much sums up the lake’s substantial size. Massa’s’ patios spill out from its classic dining room and cozy bar. The patio is the perfect spot for relaxing throughout summer and into fall when pop-up heaters keep the area comfy while allowing patrons spectacular lakeside views and an ambiance ideal for sipping libations and savoring Massa’s’ famous fare.
“There’s a little something here to make everyone happy, especially on the menu. We have a kid’s menu and a gluten-free menu. We also have the regular and happy hour menus,” Gutierrez said. “This place is unique because we have the best of everything.”
As the old expression goes, touting the best isn’t bragging when you can back it up. Massa’s’ dedication to sourcing the highest quality ingredients help produce its signature recipes, including pastas, entrées, salads and pizza.
“Our recipes have been perfected by Jack and Bill, which come from their original place, The Old Place in Bridgeton [4120 N. Lindbergh Blvd.],” Gutierrez said. “People love the pasta and pizzas but they come for everything – beginning with lunch crowd that continues through to the late night crowd.”
Massa’s’ diverse clientele reflects its popularity – from business lunchers to late-nighters who appear when the music kicks up and the tiki torches are lit. Guests come to indulge in menu classics, such as the creamy peppercorn sauced Pepe Medallions and the Chicken Bianco, a delightful creation featuring a lightly breaded and crisped chicken breast ladled with a white wine mushroom sauce.
Gutierrez said what keeps customers coming back is the “mix of everything!”
“It’s our scenery [and] how we treat everybody that comes in. I would say 80 percent of our customers are repeat customers. People like to call us their Cheers bar because we get to know them by name. If you haven’t been here before, we still treat you like family.”
If you haven’t made it to Massa’s WingHaven consider making that first stop during happy hour for drink specials and favorites, such as Meatball Sliders, Toasted Ravs, Shrimp Cocktail and Wings. Or plan to grab a patio table after dark and enjoy music from one of Massa’s’ featured DJs or acoustic musicians.
Just as at Massa’s’ other locations, such as it’s New Town location – right at Hwy. 370, everything is made to order and carry-outs are available, of course!
“We do everything we can to make it special for our customers,” Gutierrez said. “Everyone wants to make sure you’re having a good time and are taken care because we want you to feel good – and we want to see you back.”
3072 WingHaven Blvd. • WingHaven • (636) 561-5202 • www.stlmassas.com
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday and Friday; closed on Sunday
Bar hours: 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Monday-Saturday
3761 New Town Blvd. • St. Charles • (636) 925-2961 • www.stlmassas.com
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday and Friday
Bar hours: 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m.