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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

From new restaurants on Cherokee Street and Edwardsville to big announcements for Midtown and The Grove, here’s what went down in the St. Louis dining scene last week, ICYMI…




1. Husband-and-wife team Michael and Tara Gallina announced June 14 that they will open Vicia, at 4260 Forest Park Ave., in The Cortex. The Gallinas are looking at a fall opening.

2. The Grove is about to get a little tastier. With a year under its belt in Clayton, owner Vincent Marsden plans to open a second brick-and-mortar Vincent Van Doughnut at 1072 Tower Grove Ave., in mid-October.




3. Korean barbecue goes south of the border when Kalbi Taco Shack opened at 2301 Cherokee St., on Saturday. Mother-daughter duo Sue and Olivia Shackelford helm the kitchen and serve flavorful, Korean-inspired proteins with a Latin flare.

4. Anyone for a spot of tea? On Friday, Queen’s Cuisine opened its first brick-and-mortar location, Queen’s Cuisine Tea Room, at 120 S. Main St., on the corner of East Park and South Main streets in Edwardsville.




5. Step inside SweetArt during a bustling Saturday afternoon, and you’ll find it hard to believe co-owners Reine and Cbabi Bayoc had never worked in a restaurant when they opened in 2008. Learn more about the “love and magic” at this cafe/bakeshop/art gallery in What I Do.

6. The newest place to get a slice and a pint is coming to downtown St. Louis when The Sliced Pint opens at 1511 Washington Ave., later this summer.

Extra Sauce: 4 more food-filled events this weekend

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016



Sip spirits in Washington or suds in Belleville this weekend. But if you’re still looking for ways to satisfy your hunger, check out these tasty events.


1. Family Night Swim & Canned Food Drive
Grab canned goods to donate and head to St. Louis County for a Family Night Swim & Canned Food Drive at The Lodge Des Peres.
June 17 – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Facebook: City of Des Peres 

2. Adventures with Cocktails
Take in the flora and fauna and sip spirits samples in the Children’s Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Adventures with Cocktails. Register online.
June 17 – 5:30 to 8 p.m., missouribotanicalgarden.org 

3. 2016 Rhythm & Brews Fest
Spend Saturday sampling more than 20 local spirits and microbrews in Hermann at the 2016 Rhythm & Brews Fest hosted by Tin Mill Brewing Co.
June 18 – 1 to 5 p.m., tinmillbrewery.com 

4. Grow Exhibit Opening
Take a closer look at what it takes to get food from the field to grocery case at the opening of the St. Louis Science Center’s Grow exhibit.
June 18 – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., slscgrow.squarespace.com 


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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

It’s been a busy week in the St. Louis food scene. Here’s what went down last week, in case you missed it…




1. Chef-owner Ben Poremba announced on June 7  that he has passed the toque at Elaia and Olio to Ben Grupe, who took over as executive chef of the Botanical Heights restaurants on June 1.

2. Tropical Liqueurs has found a new home for its grown-up boozy slushies at 4104 Manchester Ave., in The Grove, and the owners hope to have the lease signed shortly.




3. Trading breakfast for cocktails and light eats, Koplar Properties has opened Scapegoat Tavern & Courtyard at 52 Maryland Plaza.

4. The newest entrant in the Edwardsville food scene has taken up residence at 126 N. Main St. Foundry Public House opens Tuesday, June 14, in the former Robust Wine Bar space.




5. Tucked into a University City neighborhood, PerJax Americana Kitchen opened at 7401 Pershing Ave., in late May. PerJax’s Cajun- and Creole-inspired menu offers starters, salads, entrees and sandwiches with nods to both the surf and the turf.

6. Restaurateurs and brothers Derek and Lucas Gamlin announced that they will open a third establishment in the Central West End. While the name and exact concept are still being finalized, a lease has been signed for the space in the lower level of The Residences at the Forest Park Hotel, located at 4910 W. Pine Blvd.




7. Ballwin will get a taste of Eastern Europe when St. Louis Kolache opens at 14786 Manchester Road in early- to mid-July.

8. Take craft beer and a casual setting, put it in a chop house, and you have Cork & Barrel Chop House and Spirits. With the building at 7337 Mexico Road in St. Peters under construction, general manager Greg Tournillon hopes to open Cork & Barrel sometime this fall.


Edible Weekend: 3 more food-filled events to extend the weekend

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Party on the pavement or dine on the bluffs this weekend, and save room for three more ways to eat your way through next week.




{Sushi at SubZero Vodka Bar}


1. Wine Summer School: Terroir
Learn why dirt is just as important an ingredient in your favorite wine as the grapes.
June 13 – 6 to 7 p.m., Facebook: EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery 

2. Kamayan Night
No forks or knives needed at this Filipino-inspired dinner at Hiro Asian Kitchen.
June 14 – 7 to 9 p.m., brownpapertickets.com

3. Sushi School
Dine on a three-course meal with two drink pairings at this hands-on sushi experience at SubZero Vodka Bar.
June 14 – 7 to 9 p.m., subzerovodkabar.com 

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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

From major changes at one of St. Louis’ top restaurants to big moves for an area coffee roaster, here’s what went down it the St. Louis dining scene last week, in case you missed it…




1. Gerard Craft is closing his flagship restaurant, Niche. The Niche Food Group owner announced on June 2, that after 11 years, he will close Niche on June 11 and launch a new concept, Sardella, in another four to six weeks.

2. The newest member of the Sasha’s Wine Bar family will open to the public on June 2, when Scarlett’s Wine Bar opens its doors for service at 4253 Laclede Ave., in the Central West End.




3. South City coffee roaster Sump Coffee will open a second location in Nashville, Tennessee this fall. Sump’s space in the OneC1TY development in the West Nashville/Midtown neighborhood will be next door to Pastaria.

4. Lilly’s Music & Social House, located at 2321 Arsenal St., at the corner of Jefferson Avenue, closed its doors on Sunday, May 29. The restaurant and entertainment venue was open almost one year.




5. Sauce Hit List has three new must-try restaurants this month, including Big Baby Q and Smokehouse, Five Aces Bar-B-Que and Stubborn German Brewing Co.

6. Eureka is getting a sweet new addition this summer as Sarah’s Cake Shop plans to open a cafe, Sarah’s on Central, into the old Central Hall banquet center at 127 S. Central Ave.

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

From new pizza joints in The Grove to 2nd Shift’s new home on The Hill, here’s what went down in the St. Louis food scene last week, in case you missed it.




1. The Hill is about to get sudsier as 2nd Shift Brewing announced that after a three-year search, the brewery has leased a building at 1601 Sublette Ave., which will house both production facilities and a tasting room. The new facility will be open for a preview day on Thursday, June 9, and the brewery hopes to fully open in late June or early July.




2. Doors open for dinner service at Cherokee Street’s newest restaurant on Monday, May 30. Executive chef Chris Bork and The Mudhouse owners Jeremy and Casey Miller have transformed 2609 Cherokee St., into Vista Ramen.




3. With the goal of putting pizza and beer on the same footing, Atomic Cowboy owner Chip Schloss has teamed up with chef Wil Pelly and barman Tony Saputo to open Firecracker Pizza and Beer at 4130 Manchester Road in late summer.




4. Look sharp, Maplewood. Artisan knife maker Nate Bonner and co-owner and CEO Melody Noel plan to open a production and retail space for nationally recognized NHB KnifeWorks on July 8 at 7328 Manchester Road.




5. Staff is adding the finishing touches to Stone Summit Steak and Seafood in Wentzville. Developed by the same ownership group as Hotshots, Stone Summit will be located at 17 Cliff View Drive. Former J. Buck’s executive chef Patrick Viehmann will don the top toque when the restaurant opens in June.

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

From big changes and Central West End and Clayton institutions to four botanical brews you must try, here’s what went down the STL food scene last week, ICYMI…




1. The Clayton dining scene gains a new neighbor in October when Herbie’s Vintage ’72 pulls up stakes in the Central West End and replants them in Clayton. Herbie’s Vintage 72 will take over Cardwell’s in Clayton, which will close on Oct. 1 as owners Rich and Debbie Gorczyca retire.

2. Now that we’re spending every available moment outdoors, reach for less assertive, more refreshing beer styles brewed with botanical ingredients like flowers and herbs. Don’t miss these 4 botanical brews to try this spring.




3. Amigos Cantina in Kirkwood launched its food truck on Thursday, May 5. Called Amigos on Wheels, the mobile eatery has started serving at community and special events and will eventually expand to regular lunch service around the metro area.

4. Was your weekend boring? Ours wasn’t. Don’t miss out again. Sign up for Edible Weekend and get the top 4 food-filled weekend events delivered direct to your inbox every Wednesday.




5. Downside to not living by the ocean: no ocean. Upside to not living by the ocean: We don’t have to fight the seagulls for these shrimp rolls.


Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

From new locations to spelunking in upcoming breweries, here’s what went down this week in the St. Louis restaurant scene, in case you missed it…




1. St. Louis born and bred Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop Shop will open its next location in Edwardsville. Located on the ground floor of a new construction building at 222 E. Park St., this will mark the fourth location for co-founder and chief expansion officer Powell Kalish and CEO Chris LaRocca.

2. Co-owners Travis Parfait and Melton will open a new Sister Cities Cajun & BBQ location by Aug. 1. In the meantime, it’s popping up on Cherokee Street for lunches and dinners.




3. The Earthbound Beer team is currently renovating a 150-year-old former brewery space into a tasting room and brewery worthy of its history. Sauce took a tour in April to check out the progress at the new space.

4. A piñata cake is a safer birthday party choice (and doesn’t require blindfolds and sticks).




5. If you can’t head off to summer vacation just yet, find some consolation in the cool refreshment of a Dark & Stormy made with homemade ginger beer. And don’t sweat the DIY; the effort required to make ginger beer is about as taxing as a lazy afternoon on the beach.




Extra Sauce: Underground at Earthbound

Thursday, May 12th, 2016



{Earthbound Beer co-owner and brewer Stuart Keating} 

One hundred and fifty years after beer fermented at a stockhouse at 2724 Cherokee St., Earthbound Beer is preparing to brew its singular suds in the same space.

As The Scoop reported in September 2015, Earthbound Beer announced its plans to leave the tiny brewery at 2710 Cherokee St. for a massive new facility that housed Cherokee Street Brewing starting in 1866. Co-owners Stuart Keating, Rebecca Schranz and Jeff Siddons have been hard at work turning the space (most recently Waberi Grocery, which moved across the street) into a brewery and tasting room worthy of its history. Sauce took a tour in April to check out the progress at the new space.




{The future tasting room at Earthbound Beer’s massive new space on Cherokee}


Upon entering, we stood in the cavernous forthcoming tasting room, which was filled with rubble, not brewing equipment at the time. A film of dust covered everything, the result of ripping 30 tons of plaster, flooring and building materials off the walls and ceiling, which now climbed 17 feet high and exposed barrel-vaulted archways.

Amid the debris, Keating described the future 3,200-square-foot space, tracing his fingers over lines drawn and redrawn on blueprints. Here, he explained, is where the long bar will run along the right side of the room. Tables will be scattered throughout, and overhead a yet-to-be constructed mezzanine will overlook the scene below. A small full-service kitchen (TBD on the menu) will be tucked behind the bar.

But the public tasting room was only a part of the story. To get the full picture of the new Earthbound, we had to go underground. An extension ladder stretched its way from a hole in the tasting room floor down another 20 feet to the basement. Keating quickly descended; after months spent plumbing the depths of the new space, he claimed he can scurry up and down the ladder with a beer in one hand.




{The basement at Earthbound Beer’s new location}


Bathed in bright florescent light, the basement was roughly the same size as the tasting room, sporting the same towering support columns. A long conveyor belt was camped in the middle of the room, surrounded by piles of gray stone waiting to be zipped up to the first level. This basement will house Earthbound’s fermenters, bottling and packaging line, and office. The new seven-barrel brewing system has the potential for up to 1,500 barrels a year. That’s a far cry from when they first opened, brewing one batch at a time in the tiny shotgun space.




{Unearthing more space in Earthbound Beer’s basement}


Off to the right, Keating led the way through a low opening in the wall, revealing what appeared to be an archeological dig, right down to the shovels and wheelbarrows. The Earthbound team spent weeks excavating the room, removing loads of dirt and unearthing rows of low brick archways. The curved lines and cool temperatures lend themselves to perfect barrel-aging conditions – and perhaps a room for chef dinners or private events, Keating said.

Back in the main room of the basement, an eerie green light illuminated the far corner. We climbed down an even steeper ladder, taking care to step on the small footbridge of two-by-fours placed over a shallow puddle. The sub-basement smelled dank and cool, and a soft trickle of water could be heard from the shadows. A cell phone signal couldn’t penetrate this far below the earth.




{The entrance to the sub-basement at Earthbound}


Earthbound dug its way back in time to the building’s roots, pumping 80,000 gallons of water from the sub-basement in order to descend to its depths. Keating shone a flashlight on the wet stone walls; the constant flow of water seemed to melt the rocks into one sheet. He believes this was the limestone quarry that was covered over and converted into a brick factory before its life as a brewery. His small flashlight barely illuminated the inky black caverns below. Once the water is finally removed and the stone sealed, Keating said they envision a dance space here, or perhaps a single screen movie theater.




{Earthbound Beer’s current tasting room is less than 1,000 square feet.} 


Back above ground and down the street, the current Earthbound space seemed even more cramped than before. While it may hold sentimental value, Keating said he and the Earthbound crew are looking forward to brewing more than one batch at a time – in a space bigger than a bedroom closet. “It seems silly to build something new when you’ve got a great, beautiful, functional space that doesn’t take much to get it up and running,” Keating said. Look for the new Earthbound to open to the public in September.


-photos by Catherine Klene, Meera Nagarajan and Michelle Volansky


Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

From our new issue and new online newsletter to a conversation with a malbec expert, here’s what went down last week in the St. Louis food scene, in case you missed it…


1. Our May issue hit stands this week, featuring the best new food trucks in St. Louis, a preview of summer drinking trends and reviews of Parigi, Sheesh and The Preston. Don’t wait; click here to read the entire issue online now!

2. Local restaurant enthusiasts hoping one of its own would take gold again this year were disappointed as a James Beard Foundation Award has eluded two St. Louis chefs, Kevin Nashan and Kevin Willmann.




3. Laura Catena, owner-vintner of Luca Wines, will host a wine dinner at Annie Gunn’s on Monday, May 9, and she shared her thoughts on the growth of Argentine wine and the growing international market for malbec.

4. The latest build-your-own eatery has come to Chesterfield. Sym·Bowl, a rebranded second location of The HotPot in Kirkwood, opened on Wednesday, April 27.

5. Folks on the go in Clayton will have a new healthy option when Wicked Greenz opens. Co-owners Chris Sedlak, Matt Ratz and chef Justin Haifley are targeting a July open date for the flagship location at 16 N. Central Ave.




5. Our Edible Weekend newsletter has a new look and the best food-filled events taking place each weekend in the St. Louis area. Don’t miss out! Sign up now to get the best food events delivered straight to your inbox each Wednesday.

6. Call it tenacity, determination or plain old stubbornness. After months of demo, construction and brewing, co-owners Chris and Tammy Rahn opened Stubborn German Brewing Co. in downtown Waterloo on Wednesday, April 27.





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