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Sugarfire Smoke House team will take over The Boathouse

Friday, December 15th, 2017

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 { Sugarfire Smoke House and Hi-Pointe owner Mike Johnson } 

The Boathouse at Forest Park will soon be under new management. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, the team behind Sugarfire Smoke House, Hi-Pointe Drive-In and Cyrano’s will take over the restaurant sometime in early 2018. The Boathouse has most recently been run by Catering St. Louis.

Sugarfire co-owner Mike Johnson said the new Boathouse menu hasn’t been set yet, but it won’t be another Sugarfire or Hi-Pointe location. He said menu items would most likely include affordable options like sandwiches, salads, grab-and-go items, kid-friendly fare and possibly picnic baskets, but it’s still very much a work in progress.

Johnson said they also have not decided what the service model will be, or what modifications, if any, would be done to the space. He did confirm, however, that the fleet of paddleboats would be getting a serious upgrade.

While it’s a done deal that Sugarfire will helm the space, Johnson said that the final details, including when the handover will take place, will be finalized next week.

“We’ve been looking at this space for quite a while,” Johnson said. “We’re going to make Forest Park proud. We’re taking this seriously.”

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Edible Weekend: Extend the weekend with two fried chicken dinners on Monday

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Whether it’s a holiday market or a breakfast pop-up, there are plenty of tasty events taking place this weekend. If you’re still hungry, extend the weekend with two fried chicken feasts at Farmhaus and Grace Meat & Three.

 

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1. Farmhaus Blue Plate Special Dinner

Early fans of Farmhaus, get ready: the Lindenwood Park restaurant is bringing back its popular blue plate special next week – only this time, for Monday supper. On Monday, diners can order the prix fixe menu, which includes a starter salad, entree and dessert. This week kicks off with blue plate favorite – chef Kevin Willmann’s fried chicken.

$29. Mon., Dec. 18 – 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Farmhaus Restaurant, 3257 Ivanhoe Ave., St. Louis, 314.647.3800, farmhausrestaurant.com

 

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2. Family-Style Fried Chicken Dinner

Chef-owner Rick Lewis and his Grace Meat & Three crew whip up a family-style feast to benefit neighbor City Greens Market. The main event (fried chicken of course) is served with sides including a roasted beet salad, cornbread, deviled eggs, greens and grilled carrots. Local farms like Double Star Farms and Buttonwood Farms supply the ingredients. Proceeds support the market’s mission of providing equal access to quality food. Tickets available online. 

$50. Mon., Dec. 18 – 5 p.m., Grace Meat & Three, 4270 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.533.2700, stlgrace.com

 

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Photos by Carmen Troesser

Restaurant veterans Chris Kelling, Adam Altnether will open Elmwood in Maplewood

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

 

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{ the future home of Elmwood in Maplewood } 

Maplewood is poised to get another restaurant from two big names in the local culinary scene. Adam Altnether and Chris Kelling announced they’re partnering on a new eatery, Elmwood, set to debut at 2704 Sutton Ave., in the summer 2018.

“It’s going to be a modern American bistro with some global influences,” said Altnether, who most recently served as executive sous chef for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was also the former corporate executive chef for Gerard Craft’s Niche Food Group. “We definitely want to be approachable for everyone who might walk in the door, whether that’s grabbing a burger and beer at the bar after work or celebrating an anniversary.”

 

 

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{ Elmwood chef-owner Adam Altnether was most recently executive sous chef for the St. Louis Cardinals. }

 

Altnether said the kitchen will be centered around a roaring hearth, and the space will seat between 80 and 100. Construction is slated to begin in January, and will involve a gut rehab, according to Kelling, who recently left his post as general manager of Pastaria and Sardella.

Elmwood will start with dinner service, and Altnether said the possibility exists for weekend lunches and brunches. He said the name is a nod to the city’s early history – Elmwood was a final contender for the name of the city, but Maplewood won out.

Both Altnether and Kelling said Maplewood was on the top of their wish list for locations. “I only wanted to be in Maplewood,” said Kelling, who also lives in the neighborhood. “I love that strip of Sutton.”

The space at the busy intersection of Sutton Boulevard and Manchester Road most recently housed The Live Juke Joint, a dueling piano bar. Blind Tiger and Jumpin’ Jupiter also had runs in the corner building. “We love that building. It’s been at the top of our list since it’s been on the market,” Altnether said.

 

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{ Elmwood owner Chris Kelling (far right) spent much of his local career at Niche Food Group. }

 

Alnether and Kelling worked together extensively during their times at Niche Food Group. Altnether left the group in 2015, and both men said they felt it was time to open their own place.

“I’ve always had that itch,” Altnether said. “But I wasn’t willing to jump at the first opportunity. It was something that had to make sense and fit for everyone. I‘m ecstatic Chris came along, and I think we’ll be a pretty good match and make something great.”

“I’ve opened a lot of restaurants, 15-plus, and I just kind of wanted open one of my own,” Kelling said.

 

Editor’s Note: This post originally misstated the address for Elmwood. It was updated at 10 a.m. Dec. 13 with the correct address. 

Kelling photo by Greg Rannells 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Retreat Gastropub team will bring Yellowbelly to the CWE

Monday, December 11th, 2017

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The team behind Retreat Gastropub is set to open a new concept. Yellowbelly, a restaurant and bar focused on seafood, rum and classic cocktails, will open in the new Citizen Park Building at 4659 Lindell Blvd., in the Central West End in 2018.

Owner Travis Howard said the name of the new place denotes the yellow bellies of many fish and birds in tropical areas. It also serves as a call for patrons to try something new and different and not be a “yellow-belly.”

“We’re wanting to take inspiration from Polynesian islands,” Howard said. Rather than focusing on the beach, Yellowbelly will evoke a jungle or rainforest vibe. Howard said the food menu will have a seafood focus.

“We’ll be sort of doing the California, West Coast approach to seafood,” he said. “We’ll be keeping things a little bit lighter and doing some cold things, as well.” Dishes may include ceviche, other cold fish dishes and possibly a whole fish preparation.

“We’re trying to do a combination of pulling inspiration from the islands and the way they eat, as well as incorporation some of the Midwest produce, as well.” Howard said. No one has been tapped to helm the kitchen yet.

 

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{ from left, Tim Wiggins and Travis Howard } 

 

Howard said Retreat’s beverage manager Tim Wiggins, who is also a partner in the new venture, will put together a drinks list heavy on rum, but Yellowbelly won’t be a tiki bar.

“We’re going to be doing a lot of cocktails in that tiki style, with a lot of fun glassware and a rum focus,” Howard said, adding that a lot of tropical flavors will be utilized, such as coconut, passionfruit and pineapple. “But we want to be a neighborhood bar, so we’ll still be hitting a lot of the classic cocktails, and we’ll have a fully rounded spirits and beverage program.”

Howard said the space will have 90 to 95 seats inside with a sidewalk patio area that may seat up to 40 or so. Howard said the plan is to open sometime in mid-2018, and construction should begin in the next few months.

Photos courtesy of On Point Hospitality 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: The Clover and the Bee in Webster Groves

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Local artist Marissa Todd painted The Clover and the Bee’s signature floral mural.

 

The Clover and the Bee, the new breakfast and lunch spot from the folks behind Olive & Oak, is now officially open for business at 100 W. Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves.

The restaurant, which takes its name from the Emily Dickinson poem, “To Make A Prairie,” boasts a bright, airy interior that seats about 45. Emerald banquettes and gold chairs are complemented by a striking floral mural by local artist Marissa Todd, who also works as host at Olive & Oak.

The Clover and the Bee’s menu is small but well curated, with standards like house-made granola and breakfast sandwiches alongside unexpected offerings like roasted asparagus with almond pesto, romesco and a poached egg for breakfast. Lunch features a range of entree-style dishes like smoked flank steak over potatoes as well as soups, salads and a handful of sandwiches.

Beverages range from coffee (drip and espresso from a rotating selection of local and national producers), fresh juices, beer, wine (including an array of canned vinos) and even bottled cocktails – Morning Manhattan anyone?

For now, hours at The Clover and the Bee are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Dinner service is in the works for sometime early next year. Here’s a first look at what to expect from Webster Groves’ highly anticipated new daytime spot:

 

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

Coffee shop and cocktail bar Trust opens Thursday

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

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The people who brought St. Louis outdoor bar The Bronson House has a new project in store: Trust, a coffee shop and cocktail bar opening Thursday, Dec. 7.

Artisan Well Bar Services, the team behind the bar program at The Bronson House, partnered with Covo, a coworking company based in San Francisco. Covo recently set up its second location downtown at 401 Pine St., in the historic Mississippi Valley Trust Company Building, where Trust will be located.

Artisan Well co-founder Noah Prince-Goldberg said Artisan Well helped set up Trust’s beverage program and will run the space initially.

“It’s a coffee bar by day and a cocktail bar by night,” Prince-Goldberg said. “Part of Covo’s twist on coworking is to build a community and center it around a bar and coffee shop that kind of works as a networking hub.” Though its located inside the shared office space, Trust is open to the public.

The coffee shop will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, featuring Kaldi’s coffee and pastries from Whisk! A Sustainable Bakeshop.

The bar will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight. The bar menu features a handful of house cocktails, beer and wine, as well as the capacity to make classic drinks. The space seats 40 for regular service but can be configured to seat more than 100 for special events.

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Garden on Grand closes shortly after the one-year mark

Monday, December 4th, 2017

The long bar seats more than a dozen and offers classic and house cocktails, as well as wine and beer. Customers perched at the far end can watch the action in the partially open kitchen.

 

After just over a year in business, The Garden on Grand at 2245 S. Grand Ave., has shuttered, as reported by St. Louis Magazine. The announcement of the closure was made on the restaurant’s Facebook page: 

“Regretfully, after a little more than a year, The Garden on Grand will be closing its doors after a final dinner service on Saturday, Nov. 24. We have had an incredible year, filled with ups and downs, and in this season of gratitude, we want to thank you – our customers, staff, friends and family – for your invaluable support throughout the year. We are already working on the next chapter ­– stay tuned!”

The Garden on Grand opened in September 2016. Owner Cevin Lee and then-executive chef Kore Wilbert wanted to create health-focused dishes without sacrificing flavor. Sauce reviewed The Garden on Grand in December 2016.

Lee said the restaurant got off to a fast start and was never able to catch up. “We didn’t really get a chance to slowly grow the concept,” he said. “We got slammed from day one. The food and service was well received. We just came hard out of the gate and never recovered.”

Lee, who owns the property, said he is talking to some potential buyers, but nothing has been signed. He plans to open another concept at some point but said he intends to take his time and incorporate the lessons learned from the closure.

Editor’s note: This post was updated at 4:30 p.m. to include comments from Cevin Lee and to correct a statement describing dishes at the restaurant.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Coma Coffee will open another location in The Grove

Monday, December 4th, 2017

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Coma Coffee Roasters is getting ready to expand its brand. The company, which also has a location at 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd. in Richmond Heights, plans to open a second cafe at 4013 Papin St., on the eastern edge of The Grove.

Owner Macy Holtzman said she’s in the process of approving architectural drawings and hopes to start construction by the end of the year. The space is currently being used as Coma’s roasting facility. “My goal is to be open by spring,” Holtzman said.

To get customers engaged in the process, the roaster will be visible to the dining area. The menu will include hand brews, pour-overs and a selection of craft cocktails. Holtzman said she plans on having approximately 50 seats, and there’s a potential for mezzanine seating as well.

“It’ll be an extension of what we have now, just offering customers a different experience,” Holtzman said.

There will also be a full kitchen. “We’re going to keep the menu really small, but super fresh and seasonal, and keep as many of the ingredients local as possible,” she said.

Holtzman’s family owns the building, and plans to convert the rest of it into a boutique hotel or apartments, with additional retail space on the first floor.

“We’re talking to some breweries about their interest in moving in, and other craft specialty shops,” she said.

Photo courtesy of Coma Coffee

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Best New Restaurants: No. 9 – Pizza Head

Friday, December 1st, 2017

To be the best, everything matters – atmosphere, service and food. Here are St. Louis’ 12 best new restaurants of 2017.

 

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Pizza Head’s menu is a study in quintessence, just like the selection of classic punk records on its jukebox. Opening yet another pizza joint in St. Louis – let alone a punk-themed place where vegan and vegetarian options are front and center (Midwesterners love the animal protein, don’tcha know) – could seem like tilting at culinary windmills. But Pizza Head? It works.

Giant 20-inch New York-style pies or enormous triangular slices are the only size options. Toppings? Regular or vegan cheese, vegan meats and a small selection of fresh accouterments. Pizza Head pizzas, though, are much more than the sum of their humble parts. Pies are baked until the crust has just the right balance of chew and char. Eminently foldable, this is on par with the best “traditional” slice in town. Pair it with a can of Stag, put some Agent Orange on the box and dig in.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Best New Restaurants: No. 6 – Cate Zone Chinese Cafe

Friday, December 1st, 2017

To be the best, everything matters – atmosphere, service and food. Here are St. Louis’ 12 best new restaurants of 2017.

 

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It takes a lot for a Chinese restaurant to make a splash on Olive Boulevard, but Cate Zone Chinese Cafe’s regional cuisine has attracted lengthy wait times since it opened on the highly competitive corridor last November.

Cate Zone’s interior is casual and understated, adorned with black-and-white photos of NYC and wallpaper crisscrossed with the names of subway stops. The distinct lack of flash, pageantry or stereotypical decor (not a dragon, shrine or fish tank in sight), puts all of the attention squarely where it belongs: on the food.

Your server may not speak perfect English, but don’t be afraid to ask questions and solicit recommendations. The menu has plenty of familiar dishes – the sweet and sour pork, killer stir-fried noodles and crispy eggplant would please any palate – but Cate Zone sets itself apart by offering up a bevy of traditional favorites from northeastern China.

Off-cuts make myriad adept appearances in dishes like pork jelly and tripe in chile sauce. Don’t miss the super fresh and healthy-feeling Korean cold noodle dish in a slightly sweet broth with cucumber and kimchi. Want to expand your culinary horizons? Get in the Zone.

Photo by Meera Nagarajan

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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