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Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

From chef changes to new sandwich shops opening in Tower Grove, here’s what went down last week in the St. Louis dining scene, ICYMI…




1. After two years, Chris Ladley is departing Quincy Street Bistro. His final dinner service was Friday, Oct. 21. Ladley had been executive chef since Chris Tirone departed in November 2015.

2. In December 2015, Blood & Sand co-owners TJ Vytlacil and Adam Frager announced they were putting the downtown restaurant up for sale in order to focus their attention on their software company, Brigade Society. On Thursday, Oct. 20, the duo announced that Tim Murphy, an early member, had purchased the business.




3. After nearly seven months of construction, co-owners Brian Schmitz and Jonathan Schoen are finishing up work on Polite Society at 1923 Park Ave. The duo hope to open in late November or early December.

4. Cupcake bakery The Sweet Divine caught fire in Soulard at 11 a.m. on Oct. 17. Despite fire damage to the decorating room and smoke damage throughout the building, co-owners Jason and Jenna Siebert are determined to get back to work as soon as possible. An official cause for the fire has not been named yet.




5. The Little Dipper, which closed in August, has found a new home inside The Fortune Teller Bar on Cherokee Street. Fortune Teller’s kitchen is closed and will reopen as The Little Dipper under chef-owner Tanya Brown on Nov. 5.

6. Eat Sandwiches will soon open doors at 3148 Morgan Ford Road. Co-owner Byron Smith started slinging sandwiches at his Tower Grove South spot Friday, Oct. 21. As The Scoop reported in September, the 24-seat counter-service deli will open in the original Local Harvest Grocery location.







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Sunday, October 9th, 2016

From a Benton Park staple moving down the street to a Clayton institution closing doors after 16 years, here’s what went down last week in the STL food scene, in case you missed it.




1. After nearly 10 years at 1900 Arsenal St., Benton Park Cafe is moving – but not too far. Owner Jessica Lenzen is relocating the restaurant to 2901 Salena St. (the former home of Jax Cafe) at the end of October.

2. After 16 years, owner Josh Allen is closing doors at Companion‘s Clayton cafe on Oct. 30. The cafe in Ladue and baking campus in Maryland Heights will both remain open.




3. Pay no attention to the Spare No Rib signs at 2200 Gravois Ave.; Egg is now open for weekday breakfast and lunch in the barbecue joint’s original location.

4. Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Holly Fann has eight delicious deals you need to devour this month on Budget Crunch.




5. Combine the brewing prowess of a Ste. Genevieve staple with the skill and experience of a downtown restaurant powerhouse, and you have Charleville Brewing Co. and Restaurant. The owners of the Ste. Genevieve brewery have joined forces with Paul and Wendy Hamilton of Hamilton Hospitality to open the new concept at 2101 Chouteau Ave., in early 2017.

6. The Cup will close its Chesterfield location at 1590 Clarkson Road at the end of business on Saturday, Dec. 24, to focus on expanding delivery services and distribution.




7. Most St. Louisans won’t be lucky enough to grab a seat at Washington University, but we can post up at these fine establishments with a cold cocktail or beer, watch the debate and engage in some lively – and hopefully civil – discourse.

8. Laurie and Eric Moore are bringing East Coast sweets to Maplewood. Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream is expected to open in the former I Scream Cakes location at 7326B Manchester Road on Nov. 1.


Extra Sauce: 6 debate watch parties this Sunday

Friday, October 7th, 2016



Whether you’re red, blue or somewhere between, we can all agree the next presidential debate this Sunday, Oct. 9, will be more bearable with a drink. Most St. Louisans won’t be lucky enough to grab a seat at Washington University, but we can post up at these fine establishments with a cold cocktail or beer, watch the debate and engage in some lively – and hopefully civil – discourse.


1. Schlafly Bottleworks
Grab a Pint of POTUS, Schlafly’s limited-release American lager inspired by the election, and sip it from a Republican red Trump pint glass, a Democratic blue Clinton option or a neutral black glass. Enjoy a menu of burgers, hot dogs and apple pie available for free with beer purchase, then head to the bar or the Crown Room for the main event.
6 p.m., 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, 314.241.2337, Facebook: Pints for POTUS 

2. The Royale
This South City public house has long been known as the place to go for spirited political discussion over spirits. Watch inside or head to the back patio, where the debate will be projected on an outdoor screen.
7 p.m., 3132 S Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314.772.3600, theroyale.com 

3. Hopskeller Brewing Co.
Express your political opinion at Waterloo’s newest restaurant and brewery with specialty cocktails. Order a red The Donald or a blue I’m With Her – or request a mix for uncommitted, none-of-your-business purple sipper and settle in for the debate.
7 p.m., 116 E. Third St., Waterloo, 618.939.2337, Facebook: Hopskeller

4. St. Louis Public Radio and The Nine Network
Head to the Public Media Commons at Grand Center to watch these larger than life candidates debate on a two-story outdoor screen. While you wait for the debate to start, grab a slice from the Pi on the Spot and a beer or glass of wine from the cash bar. Reserve your spot online.
7 p.m., Public Media Commons at Grand Center, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis, stlpublicradio.org 

5. Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice
One of Midtown’s newest bars livens up debate night with frozen cocktail slushies and debate games. Write down your predictions before the debate starts, and the person with the most correct answers wins a prize.
7 p.m., 3906 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, 314.696.8388, narwhalscrafted.com 

 6. Layla
Debate fun and games abound at Layla, too. Grab a bingo sheet and pay close attention through the debate to win prizes throughout the night. Food and drink deals include $5 smoked wings and $3 and $4 craft beer specials.
6 p.m., 4317 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.553.9252, laylastl.com

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Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

From new breweries in The Grove and North St. Louis to downtown’s newest pizza spot, here’s what went down last week in the STL food scene, ICYMI…




1. The Sliced Pint opened doors for pizza and beer lovers Sept. 30. The 4,300-square-foot restaurant is located next-door to City Museum at 1511 Washington Ave., downtown.

2. Lunching Claytonites will line up at the soon-to-open Wicked Greenz at 16 N. Central Ave., Monday, Oct. 3. Co-owners Chris Sedlak, Matt Ratz and chef Justin Haifley will offer counter-service lunch and dinner with a focus on healthy, veggie-focused dishes.




3. Meet Clem, Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery’s new ice cream truck. It won’t be blaring music and making neighborhood stops, but owner Tamara Keefe will park the refabbed 1984 postal truck at events around town.

4. Tower Grove South will soon have a home for deli-style sandwiches. Eat Sandwiches will open at 3148 Morgan Ford Road in mid-October.




5. Nearly seven months after announcing his new Rockwell Beer Co., co-owner Andy Hille has revealed the location. The brewhouse and tasting room will open at 1320 S. Vandeventer Ave., in spring 2017.

6. The Griesedieck family is bringing its brewing operations back home. Griesedieck Brothers Brewery announced Sept. 28 that it will open a 1,000-barrel brewhouse at 1240 Switzer Ave., in the Baden neighborhood. Manager Bob Griesedieck said they anticipate a June 2017 opening.

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Sunday, September 25th, 2016

From new additions in the Delmar Loop to the closing of a gluten-free favorite, here’s what went down last week in the STL dining scene, ICYMI…




1. Drop the scoop and pick up a scraper. Thai ice cream is rolling into The Loop. Owner Van Liu opened Snow Factory Sept. 22 at 6602 Delmar Blvd. The shop specializes in made-to-order rolled ice cream and Hong Kong egg waffles.

2. A new style is coming to the Delmar Loop in early October. Owners Thao Truong and her husband, Yun Vu, are finalizing plans to open VietNam Style, Delmar’s newest Vietnamese restaurant, at 6100 Delmar Blvd.




3. East Coast IPAs are infatuated with high turbidity and a juicy hop aroma. Now, St. Louis has these fantastic IPAs in our backyard with the addition of Narrow Gauge Brewing Co. in Florissant.

4. A New Orleans-themed food truck will soon hit the streets. STL French Quarter food truck is expecting to be on the road in October.




5. Sweet-toothed Americans are increasingly embracing bitter flavors at the bar. Here, 6 bottles that best bring out the bitter.

6. Almost a year after The Scoop reported the coming opening of California Do-nut Co., owner Felinna Love announced on the shop’s Facebook page she will not open due for professional and personal reasons.




7. After nearly six years, New Day Gluten Free closed its doors in Ellisville on Sept. 19 – but owners Garrett and Kelly Beck aren’t ruling out a new home for the gluten-free, peanut-free restaurant and bakery.





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Sunday, September 18th, 2016

From upcoming breweries in St. Peters to a new face on familiar diner space in Grand Center, here’s what went down this weekend in the St. Louis restaurant scene, ICYMI…




1. Third Wheel Brewing is rolling into St. Peters in March 2017. Co-owner Brad Wheeling said the ownership group recently signed a lease for 4008 N. Service Road.

2. Barbecue is hitting the road in Illinois. Owner Kattie Goodwin, along with husband Randy Goodwin and brother Charles Williams, will launch Good Heavens BBQ & Bakery food truck on Oct. 1.




3. From matcha cocktails to East Coast IPAs, here’s what’s trending now in the St. Louis beer, wine and cocktail scene.

4. Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Holly Fann has eight delicious deals you need to devour this month on Budget Crunch. 




5. Stage Left Diner is currently in dress rehearsals at 541 N. Grand Blvd. As The Scoop reported earlier this week, the former City Diner in Grand Center underwent a concept change after owner Steve Smith bought out the former owners.


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Monday, September 12th, 2016

From new restaurant openings on South Grand to a new concept in a Hill institution, here’s what went down last week in the St. Louis food scene, ICYMI…




1. Just north of the hustle and bustle on South Grand, The Garden on Grand has opened with limited hours at 2245 S. Grand Blvd. Owner Cevin Lee and executive chef Kore Wilbert hope to provide meals that are health-focused without sacrificing flavor.

2. Tapas are out and pizzas are in at 5257 Shaw Ave., the former home of Modesto. Owner Brendan Marsden plans to open Mona’s, an American-Italian restaurant, the first week of October.




3. Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice opens doors at 3906 Laclede Ave., in Midtown Sept. 9, to serve its cocktail slushies to the thirsty masses. Co-owners Brad Merten and Brandon Holzhueter are opening the 1,900-square-foot space with a rotating menu focused on upscale frozen cocktails.

4. After a yearlong search for a suitable St. Louis location, The Blue Duck is building a new nest in Maplewood at 7401 Manchester Road. The restaurant is part of new development in the space that once housed Monarch Restaurant.




5. You may not know Dan Brewer’s name, but you’ve seen his Missouri-sourced tofu on dishes from Revel Kitchen to Mission Taco Joint. However, producing Mofu is only part of his resume.

6. After four years at Niche Restaurant Group, Anne Croy has left her position as Pastaria’s executive pastry chef. Her last day was Thursday, Sept. 1.




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Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Here’s what went down recently in the St. Louis food scene, ICYMI.


1. Our new issue featuring our annual Guide to Drinking hit stands this week. Don’t miss six salad recipes you need in your life, the coolest places to eat in St. Louis and what’s trending in the STL beer, spirits and wine scene.




2. A new cheese shop has opened in Hermann. Der Käse (German for “the cheese”), a 900-square-foot shop, opened doors at 100 E. Fourth St., in mid-August. Owner and cheesemaker Tom Blatchford’s shop focuses only on Missouri artisan cheeses and carries more than 30 varieties.

3. A little more than a year after opening his first restaurant, chef Ben McArthur has left J. McArthur’s An American Kitchen. The announcement was posted on J. McArthur’s Facebook page on Aug. 28.




4. Close out summer out with something different. Click here for three bottles perfect for sauvignon blanc lovers seeking something new.

5. The Cortex in Midtown will soon be home to a food hall and market. City Foundry is planned to include three brick-and-mortar restaurants as well as 20 food kiosks set to open around Labor Day of 2018.

6. Yet another new establishment is opening doors in The Grove. Co-owners Ricky Barakat and Ahmad Salameh are putting the finishing touches on Shisha at 4229 Manchester Ave., the former home of SoHo Restaurant and Lounge. Barakat said they hope to host a soft opening by mid-September.



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Sunday, August 21st, 2016

From a new kitchen supply shop on Manchester to a new doughnut shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma, here’s what went down in the STL food scene last week, ICYMI.




1. If you need a tart pan, Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods will surely have them stocked when it opens in The Grove at 4180 Manchester Ave., this fall. Why? Owner Beth Styles’ missing tart pan sparked the idea for her kitchen supply store.

2. Strange Donuts will be no stranger in Tulsa, Oklahoma next spring when it sets up shop at the north corner of East Archer Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.




3. Sarah’s Cake Shop owner Jill Umbarger attempted to quietly open Sarah’s on Central at 127 N. Central Ave., in Eureka last Wednesday, Aug. 10, and was met with a line out the door.

4. This fall, Chris’ Pancakes & Dining will take its breakfast game downtown to a new location, Chris’ @ The Docket, at 100 N. Tucker Blvd.




5. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri will open Anew, a ground-floor restaurant and rooftop event space, at 501 N. Grand Blvd.



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Sunday, August 14th, 2016

From big brewery announcements to new pastry shops in Kirkwood, here’s what’s went down last week in the STL food scene, ICYMI.




1. After five years of pouring pints in South City, The Civil Life Brewing Co. will finally can its American brown ale. Co-owner Jake Hafner said fans can pick up six-packs of 12-ounce cans at the brewery beginning Aug. 16.

2. Soon, hockey lovers will have a new place to enjoy the game in Midtown. Center Ice Brewery is slated to open at 3120 Olive St., a couple doors down from Southern and Pappy’s Smokehouse, in early 2017.

From left, customers can watch co-owners and pastry chefs Lee Lee and Nathaniel Reid hard at work through the large window behind the counter that observes the kitchen.


3. Internationally renowned pastries are now available in Kirkwood. Pastry chefs and co-owners Nathaniel and Lee Lee Reid opened Nathaniel Reid Bakery at 11243 Manchester Road on Aug. 1, serving up sweet and savory breakfast pastries, sandwiches and colorful tarts and cakes.

4. I Scream Cakes closed doors at its Maplewood location Sunday, Aug. 7, just three months after opening at 7326B Manchester Road.




5. General manager Justin Cardwell has moved on from the bar at BC’s Kitchen, which he helped opened eight years ago. He has accepted a position as West Coast brand ambassador for the Spanish liqueur, Licor 43.

6. Molly’s in Soulard is growing with a new dining room and a new executive chef, Brandon Busby, who took the helm early last week.

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