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Sugarfire Smoke House to open in O’Fallon, Illinois

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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Barbecue powerhouse Sugarfire Smoke House is making its way across the Mississippi to open a franchise at 1405 Green Mount Road in O’Fallon, Illinois by early 2018.

As reported by the Belleville News-Democrat, co-owners Mike Johnson and Christina Fitzgerald said plans are in place to break ground at the site this October.

Fitzgerald said they are excited to bring their food to Illinois since so many people travel to Missouri enjoy it already. “Sugarfire is a destination,” she said. “People travel from Illinois to get barbecue, so we’re excited to bring it to them.”

In addition to the O’Fallon franchise, Johnson and Fitzgerald plan to open at least four more Sugarfire restaurants before the end of the year in Farmington, Wentzville, Indianapolis and Tampa, Florida.

The restaurant will open its doors soon after construction of the freestanding building is complete. The look, feel and menu at the new establishment will be reminiscent of its predecessors. “We’re really excited to be in Illinois and be more accessible,” Fitzgerald said.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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4 spots to dine and drink during the total solar eclipse

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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Only one week remains before the total solar eclipse occurs around 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. In case you somehow missed the memo, St. Louis and the surrounding area finds itself in the direct path of a solar eclipse for the first time in more than 500 years. Many viewing parties around town sold out weeks ago, but some area events are still open to the public. Grab your eclipse glasses and schedule a long lunch for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
1. UCBC Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Grab a cold one to enjoy this astronomical event with Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Catch live music, grilled brats and hot dogs and ice cold UCBC cans at the party on the east lawn at The Grove location. Arrive early to get your hands on a pair of free viewing glasses.
Noon to 3 p.m. – Urban Chestnut The Grove Brewery & Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.222.0143, urbanchestnut.com

2. Totality: St. Louis Solar Eclipse Viewing Experience
Make the most of the eclipse at the Chesterfield Amphitheater with live entertainment, games, educational presentations and more. Shamrocks Pub N’ Grill provides drinks, and area food trucks wheel in the grub. Grab fare from Pi on the Spot, Half Baked, Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill and Taco Truck STL. Tickets available online and include viewing glasses, a wristband and a tote bag.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield, 636.812.9500, totalitymo2017.com

3. Total Solar Eclipse Picnic on the Hill
Stone Hill Winery hosts a picnic event for eclipse enthusiasts. Prepared boxed lunches are sold out, but guests can pack a picnic and purchase wine, beer and Kosmic wine slushies. Bring your blanket and head to Hermann to watch this rare event. Viewing glasses are offered while supplies last. Reservations recommended; walk-ins welcome.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Stone Hill Winery, 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, 573.486.2221, stonehillwinery.com

4. Total Eclipse of the Heart Celebration
If a mere minute or so of blackout just won’t do, then rise and shine and drive to Logboat Brewing Co., in Columbia, Missouri, where the city will experience a total eclipse for a lengthy two-and-a-half minutes. Don’t miss the release of Moon Speck, an eclipse-appropriate American black ale, and food at this free event.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Logboat Brewing Co., 504 Fay St., Columbia, 573.397.6786, Facebook: Total Eclipse of the Heart Celebration 

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

4204 Main Street Brewing rebrands as The Perfect 10 in Alton

Friday, August 4th, 2017

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4204 Main Street Brewing in Alton recently closed its doors, only to rebrand and open as The Perfect 10 Pub & Grill on Friday, July 28.

As reported by the Belleville News-Democrat, the new restaurant occupies the same space behind Alton Square Mall at 180 E. Center Drive.

4204’s director of marketing Rebecca Wuest said the concept of The Perfect 10 came from the sum of the numbers in the brewery’s name.

With a new name comes a new menu featuring items all priced less than $10 including burgers, chicken wings and endless sides. Daily specials include an entree, side and a tall glass of 4204 beer all for $10. “You get a good bang for your buck and still get access to craft beer,” Wuest said.

Customers can now get boozy milkshakes with their meals – an option that was not available before. Along with 4204 brews, The Perfect 10 also offers full bar access and soft drinks.

The interior of the 144-seat restaurant is “similar, but definitely updated,” Wuest said. Changes include different signage and paint, as well as new kitchen equipment.

“We’re really excited that we get to do this with Alton. The [owner’s] family grew up in Alton, and it’s important to us to show our hometown our support,” Wuest said.

Photo courtesy of The Perfect 10 

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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New bakery Sweetfixx offers cupcakes, cake pops in The Grove

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

 

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Satisfy your sweet tooth at a new bakery in The Grove. Sweetfixx, located at 4420 Manchester Ave., opened July 29, and is serving up sweet treats.

Owner Katina Mims described her cake pops, candy apples and cupcakes as “old-fashioned homemade desserts with a more contemporary look and feel.”

Mims, a self-taught baker, ran her business out of her home for the past four years until she decided it was time to expand.

“I was outgrowing the home, and since I had a customer base I decided to open the brick-and-mortar location,” Mims said. “I didn’t want anything massive, but I wanted something bigger than the home.”

 

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She describes the 600-square-foot, boutique-like space as “cute, quaint and kind of swanky.” Highly stylized treats are displayed on clear acrylic shelves. “I wanted the desserts to speak for themselves,” she said.

Mims’ social media accounts feature a wide array of too-pretty-to-eat desserts and custom cakes. The shop regularly sells cupcakes, cake pops, candy apples and chocolate-covered Oreos, but the colors and themes will change each week.

Sweetfixx is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Sweetfixx

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Sweet Divine reopens today in Soulard

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

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After a fire destroyed The Sweet Divine in October last year, the Soulard bakery reopens its shop at 1801 S. Ninth St., today, Aug. 3.

Throughout the renovation, The Sweet Divine relied heavily on its cupcake truck to continue business. Co-owners Jason and Jenna Siebert used MacArthur’s Bakery on Delmar Boulevard served as a temporary commissary kitchen until the storefront was complete. Jason Siebert said old wiring in the building’s basement caused the fire.

Siebert said they collaborated with contractors to design a completely new space. The interior is completely open, and guests can now watch bakers create their confections while seated at the bar area enjoying treats and Park Avenue coffee. The space now seats around 20 people.

“The inside is hardly recognizable,” Siebert said.

There will also be a few changes to the menu and store hours. “We’re not taking anything away, but we’ll be adding things,” Siebert said.

Look for croissants, muffins and chocolate in addition to its renowned cupcakes, as The Sweet Divine will now be open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

The store also plans to stay open later to catch the after dinner crowd in Soulard, closing at 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

“We think people are going to enjoy hanging out here,” Siebert said.

Photo courtesy of The Sweet Divine

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Red Oak Eats ‘n Treats is now open on Washington Ave.

Friday, July 28th, 2017

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A new restaurant downtown has sprung up and is starting to grow on people. Red Oak Eats ‘n Treats, located at 1330 Washington Ave., opened on Wednesday, July 19. The fast-casual eatery features hydroponic plants on its menu.

Billing itself as the first “room-to-table” eatery in Missouri, Red Oak grows produce in house and hydroponically in water and without soil. The food that is not grown in-house is sourced from owner Derek Schuzle’s farm in Warrenton, in addition to local distributors.

“We see a lot of farm-to-table restaurants, and we’re trying to challenge that,” said first-time restaurateur Schulze.

Growing up on a farm, Schulze said he’s seen the way uncontrollable factors have affected food security, and believes growing indoors eliminates those factors. Without using pesticides or herbicides and using significantly less water, he grows lettuce and basil in the restaurant that appears in nearly every dish.

“We think St. Louis is a great place to showcase hydroponics, being at the fore front of agriculture for hundreds of years,” he said.

Featuring fresh greens and family recipes, Red Oak serves breakfast, lunch and made-from-scratch bakery items daily, with a late night menu available on the weekends. The menu includes a Midwestern Corn Belt Salad with corn and black bean salsa, avocado cream, pickled red onion and a Southwestern ranch dressing, a breakfast biscuit sandwich, and the Home-Style Sandwich featuring a meatloaf recipe passed down through generations.

The 800-square-foot establishment that formerly housed A2 Cafe now displays antiques from Schulze’s great-grandparents’ barn and flourishing hydroponic gardens. Schulze said he wanted the atmosphere to showcase farming from 1880s and the future of farming, all in one space.

Red Oak seats 49 currently, although Schulze said once he receives a sidewalk permit, 20 more seats will be available outside, and is currently open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Red Oak Eats ‘n Treats

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: MK’s Asian Persuasion swaps wheels for a brick and mortar

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

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Three years after launching MK’s Rolls and Wraps food truck, owner MK Vongnarath has parked the mobile eatery and opened a permanent location, MK’s Asian Persuasion.

As reported by St. Louis Magazine, the fusion restaurant opened its doors at 6417 Hampton Ave., last month and sold its food truck. “By having a permanent location, we get to add on certain things we cannot carry on the food truck,” Vongnarath said.

Guests can expect Asian-inspired dishes including crab Rangoon, spring rolls, spicy beef, chicken, shrimp and more. Vegetarian and gluten-free options like tofu and rice paper will also be available.

“Not everything will be authentic – things change, time changes and people want to eat healthier,” Vongnarath said.

The space features table and bar seating, two lounge areas and a patio, seating 90 total inside and approximately 20 on the patio. With coffee, tea and boba smoothie options, Vongnarath hopes to offer a relaxed, cafe experience. Once the restaurant’s liquor license is approved, look for beer and wine options as well, all the better to enjoy the Friday karaoke nights from 9 p.m. until midnight.

Vongnarath has lived in South City for more than 30 years, and his wife, Sheila Vongnarath, a St. Louis native. “We don’t want to be just a restaurant,” he said. “We want to be a part of the community.”

MK’s Asian Persuasion is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Photo from Google Maps

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

 

The Scoop: The Capital Grille will open first St. Louis-area location

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

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National steakhouse chain The Capital Grille will soon open its 57th location –  and the first in the St. Louis area – in the former J. Buck’s space at 101 S. Hanley Road in Clayton in mid-September.

According to managing partner Geoff Dill, who will also be the onsite manager, the restaurant group turned its eyes to the St. Louis market after 17 successful years in Kansas City. “It was only a matter of time before we opened one on the other side of the state,” Dill said.

The restaurant will feature traditional steakhouse options, including large cuts aged up to 24 days in-house, as well as seafood, vegetarian options and seasonally and locally sourced produce.

The 8,700-square-foot space will be open for lunch and dinner, and will accommodate up to 250 people and offer four private dining rooms. Dill said the interior would be modern and upscale but remain approachable and comfortable. He said the company likes to make each restaurant unique to the city it’s located in.

“There will be a lot of pictures and memorabilia celebrating all things St. Louis,” he said.

Additionally, Dill said the large bar will be a focal piece that will grab guests’ attention when they enter. The full bar program will feature an award-winning wine list as well as plenty of cocktails, like one of the restaurant’s best-sellers, the Stoli Doli made with Stolichnaya vodka infused with pineapple.

“We pour so many it could serve the entire country of Iceland for one night,” Dill said.

Photo courtesy of The Capital Grille

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Chihuahua’s to re-concept, relocate as Casa Juarez Mexican Town

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

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Chihuahua’s Mexican Restaurant in Maryland Heights will soon close its doors – only to welcome a new venture.

Owner Alfredo Flores is branching out to launch a new concept, Casa Juárez Mexican Town. He said the new restaurant is slated to open second week of August at 12710 Dorsett Road, but Chihuahua’s will remain in business until the new restaurant is finished.

The new 11,000-square-foot space will feature an open kitchen, a counter-service street taco area for quick to-go orders and a fully stocked tequila bar with more than 500 varieties of the spirit.

Flores said guests can expect hourly tours to learn more about the process and history behind the liquor. “It’s actually like vodka for Russia,” Flores said.

Additionally, an onsite store will feature authentic Mexican art, ceramics and other memorabilia. Flores said anything seen in Casa Juárez – from the decor to the furniture – will be available for purchase.

Flores said walking into Casa Juárez will be similar to a walk through the streets of Mexico. “This is going to be a destination, not just a restaurant,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

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Things are heating up at the Mad Crab, a new seafood boil concept set to open July 17 at 8080 Olive Blvd., in University City.

As reported by the Riverfront Times, Victor Ho, whose family also owns Max Beauty Source, will open Mad Crab first restaurant venture with brother Nam Ho as manager.

Similar seafood boil concepts in Dallas inspired Ho to bring the concept to his hometown. Friend Bon Quach will help give the 5,000-square-foot space an oceanside vibe to go with the relaxed atmosphere.

Ho said customers will peel and eat shellfish atop paper-lined tables. Look for boils with options like lobster, oysters, mussels, shrimp and crawfish – not to mention plenty of crab. Those who prefer utensils can order from a short list of dishes like crawfish pasta and fried catfish.

“I hope that [people] come and try it because it’s going to be one-of-a-kind,” Ho said.

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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