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The Scoop: Templar Brewing to move to larger facility in Alton

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015




Templar Brewery is moving to the Milton Schoolhouse building at 1320 Milton Road in Alton, pending a city hearing. Owners Rick Blevens and his two sons, Richard and Nick Blevens, said the new space will give the brewery room to grow, and building features like a garage door will make operations more efficient. “Our brewery’s been growing at a pretty good rate since we started two years ago … we’re looking for a place that can support our business,” Richard Blevens said.

Templar currently sells its three brews – Crusader Golden Ale, Urban Brown Ale and Singulus IPA – wholesale in Illinois, but the Blevens hope to open a tap room in the new space later this year and add a wheat beer and Imperial stout. The first priority, he said, is settling into the new space by September 2015. “You’ve to do this like a game of chess. It’s one move at a time,” Blevens said.

The new location, owned by Joel and Meredith Elliot, already houses a dog grooming service and cafe, among other businesses. The Blevens plan to keep focused on serving the local area for the foreseeable future.


The Scoop: Meshuggah Café owner sells coffee shop after almost 20 years

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015



After nearly two decades, Meshuggah Café owner Patrick Liberto is selling his Loop cafe to a longtime regular, Jen Kaslow. Kaslow will take over July 18.

When Kaslow heard Liberto was looking to sell the University City cafe, located at 6269 Delmar Blvd., she said she impulsively made an offer, worried another owner might not continue Meshuggah’s menu of espresso-based coffee drinks and house-made eats. “The decision was more about: If Patrick left, what was going to happen with Meshuggah?” Kaslow said.

Although Kaslow does not have any formal culinary experience, Liberto said he is confident the former teacher is up to the job. Kaslow has trained alongside the current owner since mid-June. “She has a kind of energy,” he said. “There’s a certain freshness about her that reinvigorates the place … I didn’t want someone coming in and turning this into a cookie-cutter operation. I still wanted it to have this independent feel.”

Kaslow has a few aesthetic changes in mind, but the new owner assures customers that Meshuggah’s menu won’t change anytime soon. Around Aug. 3, the cafe will temporarily close due to construction outside the shop, and Kaslow said she will use this time to renovate the interior. In addition to incorporating artwork from local artists, she plans to add a large window seat and remove wood paneling to expose brick. Kaslow said she hopes to reopen in mid-August.

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