Claus Schmitz (pictured), chef and owner of Mosaic, believes dining confidence will return by spring. In fact, he’s betting $250,000 on it.
Schmitz is expanding to almost 7,000 square feet from 4,000 square feet at his tapas restaurant at 10th and Washington downtown, where he already has invested almost $1 million. “Sure my business has dropped a little,” he said, “but I’m very optimistic. The space is available, and sometimes you have to bite the bullet.” He is in final negotiations for the expansion with the building owner, Environmental Operations. His planned second location in Kirkwood is still on hold, but he’s optimistic that will happen, too.