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First Look: Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Town & Country

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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Owners Katie and Ted Collier have opened the much-anticipated second location of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Town & Country at 14171 Clayton Road. The restaurant opened its doors Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The menu at Town & Country is the same as the flagship Rock Hill restaurant’s menu, featuring a seasonal array of house-made pizzas and pastas, so regulars are assured to get their favorite dishes, all crafted in an open kitchen.

The bright, airy space used to house an Einstein’s Bros. Bagels. Plenty of natural light floods the interior thanks to the abundance of windows, while the decor features mismatched chairs and tables, including some tables from the original Katie’s Pizza in Clayton.

Artwork by Ted Collier and Belinda Lee, Katie’s mother, adorn the walls, while unfinished concrete floors and exposed brick add a touch of industrial chic to the design. The restaurant seats 90 and includes an expansive patio area dotted with planters, some of which are full of herbs and peppers for use in the kitchen.

According to Katie Collier, the 2017 Reader’s Choice Chef of The Year, the opening has been hectic, but has gone well.

“It’s been busy,” she said. “But I have to give props to Jake (Sanderson), my chef de cuisine, and the crew. So far, we haven’t had any hiccups.”

She said employees at the new location trained for a month at the Rock Hill location, which helped the opening go smoothly.

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta’s Rock Hill location hosts a Giveback Tuesday event on the second Tuesday of each month, donating a portion of each sale to a nonprofit. The Town & Country location will host the same event fourth Tuesday of the month to support another area nonprofit.

Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here’s a first look at the newest location of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria:

 

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Space photos by Michelle Volansky; pizza photo by Greg Rannells

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Half & Half in Webster Groves

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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Webster Groves residents will set their alarm clocks a little earlier when Half & Half opens at 220 W. Lockwood Ave. Co-owners Mike and Liz Randolph hope to open the second location of their popular Clayton breakfast and lunch spot by the end of August, pending final inspections.

As The Scoop reported in January, the Randolphs (who also own Randolfi’s and Público in The Loop) signed a lease on the space that once housed First Watch Cafe. The four-month renovation process, helmed by SPACE Architecture & Design, has yielded an 85-seat eatery with a light, airy feel. Randolph said he wanted to evoke the feeling of a New England-style breakfast spot with bright white walls and benches, a large space for waiting near the host stand and big picture windows along the front.

Half & Half executive chef Dale Beauchamp will move to the Webster Groves space, executing the same menu as the sister location – though each restaurant will feature its own weekend brunch specials. Those just looking for a caffeine buzz can pop their heads through a to-go window in the breezeway and place a quick coffee order with the barista behind the bar. This Half & Half will also carry Blueprint Coffee and offer a full menu of traditional drip and espresso options, as well as pour-overs.

Half & Half will be open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Here’s what to expect when doors open at the Randolphs’ newest restaurant.

 

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 Space photos by Michelle Volansky; pancake and coffee photos by Carmen Troesser

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Baileys’ Chocolate Bar in Lafayette Square

Friday, August 4th, 2017

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Earlier this summer, restaurateur Dave Bailey announced he would shut down Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, at 1915 Park Ave., in Lafayette Square, and reopen the space as two new, completely separate entities – a new version of Chocolate Bar and a Cajun-Creole restaurant called L’ Acadiane.

The later is still a work in progress (look for an opening later this month), but the new Baileys’ Chocolate Bar reopened yesterday, Aug. 3, after just three weeks of frenzied activity.

The latest incarnation of Chocolate Bar is located on the second floor of the building. The space features a separate lounge area in front of the bar with a larger dining room in the back of the space, for a total of around 70 seats. The more vibrant colors of the original interior have been replaced with muted tones of black, white, green and gray, and the kitchen, which formerly served as a backup, has been expanded to support the space solo.

Subtle accents abound, such as the white marble bar top that matches the tables, and the Spanish tiles that adorn the front of the bar. The overall feel is a cross between a refined French bistro and a Victorian parlor, a vibe Bailey said makes for a perfect date night.

In addition to the space, the menu has received a complete overhaul as well. Guests can choose between a couple of cheese boards and an array of desserts, as well as dessert cocktails like Lavender, a mix of Hayman’s Old Tom gin infused with cocoa nibs and maraschino liqueur.

A tight list of beer, wine and spirits are also available, and the bartenders can replicate some old favorites from the first Chocolate Bar era, like the chocolate martinis, or any favorite classic cocktails, upon request.

Baileys’ Chocolate Bar is open from 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday. Bailey said to look for lunch and brunch service in the future as well.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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First Look: Nudo House in Creve Coeur

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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After years of anticipation, Nudo House is ready to make its debut. The ramen and pho shop from co-owners Qui Tran and Marie-Anne Velasco is slated to open this weekend on Friday, July 28 or Saturday, July 29.

Tran, whose family also owns Mai Lee in Brentwood, first dropped hints about Nudo in 2014, and the restaurant location was officially announced at 11423 Olive Blvd., in Creve Coeur at the end of 2015. Since then, Tran and Velasco have hosted pop-ups to test recipes and drum up anticipation while they did extensive renovations.

 

Upon entering the 2,300-square-foot space, customers step up to the counter and place their order, then grab a seat and watch as their meals are prepared in the open kitchen. The menu includes spring rolls, a few salads and banh mi, but the staples are the pho and ramen bowls.

The four 3-1-Pho options include beef, chicken, shrimp or a combination of all three. Four ramens are also available: a traditional pork tonkotsu, a spicy miso pork, a chicken option and a mushroom-based vegetarian bowl.

Meals can end with a sweet treat, too. Tran and Velasco installed a soft-serve machine where they will offer rotating flavors like coconut and pandan leaf, passion fruit, lychee or mango.

Nudo will be open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect from this highly anticipated noodle house:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Center Ice Brewery in Midtown

Friday, July 21st, 2017

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It’s blistering hot outside, but Center Ice Brewery is keeping things cool in Midtown. The hockey-themed brewery opened today, July 21 at 3126 Olive St., just a couple doors down from Pappy’s Smokehouse and Southern.

As The Scoop reported in August 2016, Center Ice is the brainchild of owner-brewer Steve Albers. “I’ve been playing hockey since I was a kiddo. It’s in my blood,” Albers said. “Breweries represent the brewer’s personality – and that’s me.”

The 5,000-square-foot brewery features reclaimed materials from the old St. Louis Arena – the wood bar and tables in the 2,000-square-foot main bar area used to make up the arena’s roof, and the old penalty box door can be found as a photo-op box adjacent to Center Ice’s brewing equipment. The brewing floor is separated from customers by a low rink wall, which also curves around a private event space that will accommodate 30 to 40 people and offers 10 private taps.

A long time homebrewer, Albers planned to open with three of his own brews along with supplemental taps from area breweries like Main & Mill and Charleville Brewing Co. Center Ice’s opening lineup includes Golden Contract (an American golden ale contract brewed with Charleville), Hop Shelf IPA (a West Coast-inspired IPA) and Off Season Saison (a light, summery example of the style).

Albers said he chose approachable styles to open, but plans on starting a berry series made with fresh fruit and other more unusual beers soon. “With so many beers out there, you should set yourself apart and make something exciting,” he said.

Center Ice is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from St. Louis’ first hockey-themed brewery:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Heather Hughes is managing editor, print at Sauce Magazine.

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First Look: Clementine’s Creamery in Clayton

Monday, July 10th, 2017

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Location number two of Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery is now open for business at 730 DeMun Ave., in Clayton.

Picture a combo of a classic European cafe and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, and you’ll have the vibe of the new spot. Outdoor seating, restored copper trim around the front windows and window art from local artist Phil Jarvis set the scene outside. Inside, details like charcoal and white Portuguese floor tile, an antique sideboard and a wall full of copper molds create an atmosphere both rustic and urbane.

Clementine’s has 24 flavors of ice cream on hand – eight “naughty” (with booze) and 16 “nice” (sans alcohol), which can be had in cups, by the pint or ensconced in a variety of cones, including house-made waffle cones and flavored cones from The Konery in Brooklyn, New York.

Floats are available, too, and owner Tamara Keefe said shakes will also be a thing in the next week or so. The location is also offering macaroons from Like Home/Comme A La Maison.

Hours for the new location are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Heres’s a first look at Clayton’s newest ice cream shop:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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First Look: Greer Brewing in Ellisville

Friday, June 30th, 2017

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Ellisville’s first brewery is officially open. Brewer-owner Chris Greer opened Greer Brewing Co. at 16050 Manchester Road on June 24.

After scouting several locations in the West County area, Greer settled on a former lawn and garden shop as the spot to make his homebrewing hobby a full-time job. He spent the last nine months gutting and renovating the space, which was vacant for 14 years, to house a 15-barrel brewing system and 92-seat tasting room.

Greer keeps his brews true to style, focusing on German beers like a hefeweizen and Vienna lager. In addition to eight taps, Greer also installed a cask system to pull his traditional English ordinary bitter. A small kitchen turns out pub fare like Irish nachos, pretzels served with beer cheese and bratwurst sliders.

Greer Brewing is open Wednesday through Friday from 2 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from Ellisville’s first brewery:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Third Wheel Brewing in St. Peters

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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St. Peters has welcomed its first brewery. Third Wheel Brewing opened doors at 4008 N. Service Road on Wednesday, June 7.

As The Scoop reported last September, Third Wheel is a six-person partnership among Ron and Valerie Woerndle, Wade and Erin Alberty, Brad Wheeling and brewer Abbey Spencer, who is a co-founder of The OG, a St. Louis women’s craft beer collective.

Wheeling said the massive space sat vacant for a decade before Third Wheel moved in. The nearly 10,000-square-foot tasting room offers plenty of space for patrons to spread out and enjoy full or half pours of the five house brews and seven guest taps currently available.

Third Wheel’s current offerings lean lighter (though Spencer said a porter and chocolate stout will debut in a few weeks) with a Belgian wit, American pale ale, a double IPA, a Berliner Weiss and an American brown ale. Growlers are available to go and a Crowler machine is on the way, but Spencer said no plans are in the works to distribute Third Wheel at this time.

From the beginning, Wheeling wanted Third Wheel to be “a brewery with food, not a restaurant.” Enter brothers Scott and Steve Kline and chef Kevin Hummel, who operate The Window, a separate business that serves food inside the brewery. As the name implies, customers step up to the window to order from a menu of burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. Sides like house-made chips, fries and sweet potato fries come with a selection of 14 dips from ranch to marinara to gooey warm marshmallow.

Third Wheel Brewing is open Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from St. Charles County’s newest brewery:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.

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First Look: Lemmons in South City

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

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Lemmons in South City has been known for many things over the years, from fried chicken to pizza to live music. Today, May 24, the space reopens as Lemmons by Grbic, soon to be known for Balkan-American cuisine and cold beer.

As The Scoop reported in August 2014, Grbic family, known for Grbic Restaurant, bought the building at 5800 Gravois Ave., nearly three years ago. Chef Senada Grbic said her father, Sulejman Grbic, initially had plans to reinvent Lemmons as a sports bar, but soon changed course.

The result was a complete gut rehab of the building. “There’s not an original electrical wire left,” Senada Grbic said, adding that the only appointment former Lemmons patrons will likely recognize are the exposed brick walls.

The interior is eclectic, owing to the different tastes of the three Grbic siblings, who were let loose to handle the decor: Erna, who employs a modern sensibility; Ermin, who favors a more industrial vibe; and Senada, who tends toward farmhouse chic. Appointments range from old school graffiti to light fixtures hanging from knotted ropes to an eclectic array of collectible salt-and-pepper shakers on the tables.

The menu features what Grbic describes as Balkan-American fusion. Some dishes are more traditionally American, like the smoked chicken wings, while others include a distinctive Balkan influence, like Babo’s flatbread, which features grilled chicken and an ajvar spread made with roasted peppers and eggplant.

Grbic said Lemmons aims to maintain its reputation as a neighborhood place where everyone is welcome. “It’s about giving something to everyone,” she said.

Lemmons opens tonight at 4 p.m. Regular business hours will Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer for Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern in Lafayette Square

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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{ Charleville director of operations Tait Russell } 

 

After 14 years brewing in Ste. Genevieve, Charleville Brewing Co. has a second home in Lafayette Square. Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern opened its 7-barrel brewery and restaurant at 2101 Chouteau Ave., yesterday, May 16.

As The Scoop reported in October 2016, the new space is a partnership between Charleville co-owners Jack and Joal Russell and Hamilton Hospitality co-owners Paul and Wendy Hamilton. The Hamiltons own the building, as well as surrounding restaurants 21st Street Brewers Bar, Eleven Eleven Mississippi, PW Pizza and Vin de Set.

Charleville director of operations Tait Russell said the 15-barrel brewhouse in Ste. Genevieve will continue to produce the brewery’s core portfolio and seasonal offerings, while the smaller St. Louis brewery will allow his brewing team to play with one-off and limited-release beers. They hope to start brewing in two weeks.

Until then, patrons can grab a pour of 14 Charleville brews, including new offerings like the 2101 Pale Ale brewed with Cascade hops and the Chouteau Common, the brewery’s take on a California common. Four Charleville wines are also available to sip.

Executive chef Ryan Luke developed an extensive menu of comfort food options done with a creative flair, like a lobster corn dog appetizer or chicken curry hand pie. Many dishes incorporate Charleville beer or byproducts of the brewing process like a spent grain soft pretzel or beef patty melt topped with amber ale-caramelized onions.

Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Brunch service takes place on the weekends until 2 p.m.

Take a first look at Charleville’s new St. Louis home:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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