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First Look: Pig & Pickle in DeBaliviere

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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Chef-owner Ryan Lewis is putting the finishing touches on his new restaurant, Pig & Pickle, opening at 5511 Pershing Ave., on Friday, Sept. 29.

Those who’ve passed through Springfield, Illinois in recent years may have stopped at Lewis’ previous restaurant, Driftwood Eatery & Cocktail. As The Scoop reported in July, he decided to close the popular restaurant this summer and open an updated concept with a new name in St. Louis.

Lewis, who grew up across the Mississippi River in Bethalto, said the St. Louis market was a better fit for the type of food he wanted to do. He described Pig & Pickle as a “southern-inspired small plates restaurant” offering sharable dishes of veggies, meat and seafood with southern accents like buttermilk biscuits or pimento cheese.

The space that formerly housed Atlas Restaurant received a fresh coat of paint, new floors and barnwood shelving behind the bar. Lewis said he was attracted to the neighborhood’s residential density and hopes to fill the roughly 50 seats with area regulars.

Some Driftwood favorites like the fried chicken and biscuit and pretzel-crusted cheese curds have landed on Pig & Pickle’s menu, but Lewis said he’s looking forward to new items like a gremolata-style mushroom small plate and a charred octopus dish.

Lewis will continue relationships with several Illinois purveyors like Garden Gate, who produces his grits and cornmeal, but he’s also working with new area vendors like Ozark Forest Mushrooms and Theis Farms.

Once Pig & Pickle receives its liquor license, the bar program will feature house cocktails (Driftwood once boasted a 70-drink menu) and local brews on four taps and in 20 to 30 bottles and cans.

The restaurant will open with dinner service Tuesday to Saturday from 4:30 to 10 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday brunch soon to follow. Here’s a first look at what’s to come from Pig & Pickle:

 

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Photos by Meera Nagarajan

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Earthbound Beer on Cherokee Street

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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At long last, Earthbound Beer’s new home is ready to welcome customers. The brewery and tasting room at 2724 Cherokee St., opens Saturday, Sept. 23.

The massive 2,500-square foot tasting room has been a project two years in the making. As The Scoop reported in September 2015, co-owners and brewers Stuart Keating, Rebecca Schranz and Jeff Siddons announced they were moving from their flagship location down the street at 2710 Cherokee St. The space was less than 1,000 square feet and only allowed the brewers to make one beer at a time.

Eight old Earthbounds could fit into the new space that once housed part of Cherokee Street Brewing in the late 1800s. The tasting room seats around 80 on the first level and mezzanine, a feature designed by architecture and general contractor Nathan Dirnberger. The mezzanine appears to float above the tasting room thanks to railings made of tension wire and heavy-duty chains suspended from the 17-foot barrel ceilings.

Read more: Go underground at Earthbound Beer during construction

Behind the bar, 16 taps will pour Earthbound brews and a few guest taps, with another two nitro taps available. A small selection of spirits will be available (still no mixers or ice, the owners noted) with the potential for batch cocktails in the future. Earthbound patrons can now enjoy wine, too, with two reds, two whites and a rosé available by the glass.

Below the tasting room, a 7-barrel system will increase Earthbound’s production tenfold. The space also houses a canning line that will crank out 16-ounce four-packs of staple brews. Caves underneath neighbor 2720 Cherokee St. will allow for a barrel-aging program in the future.

As The Scoop reported in August, Vista Ramen chef-owner Chris Bork will helm the food program at Earthbound. The menu will feature smoked meats, sausages and sandwiches, though food won’t be available until November at the earliest.

Earthbound’s new location means new hours, too. It will be open Tuesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. Here’s a first look at Earthbound Beer’s new home.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Hugo’s Pizzeria in Midtown

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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Restaurateur Dave Bailey’s latest venture, Hugo’s Pizzeria, opened doors today, Sept. 20, at 3135 Olive St., in Midtown, formerly home to The Good Pie.

As The Scoop reported in March, Hugo’s marks Bailey’s seventh restaurant concept in the St. Louis area. He named the pizzeria for his son.

The menu at Hugo’s is based around a variety of hand-tossed pizzas. Bailey said they are akin to Roman-style pies with a yeasty pillow-like dough. The pizza selection includes classics like pepperoni and sausage and a white pizza with bechamel, prosciutto and lemon zest topped with charred grapes. For an additional charge, diners can add house-made pepperoni in five varieties: beef, spicy beef, duck, Buffalo chicken or a vegan variant. Vegan cheese and gluten-free dough can be subbed in, too.

The menu also includes salads and shareable plates like meatballs or fresh mozzarella with garlic oil, black honey, toast and more of those charred grapes. On the beverage front, Hugo’s offers a small selection of cocktails, a wine list heavy on Italian varietals, plus approximately 25 beers on tap.

Hugo’s seats approximately 100 inside and also boasts a partially covered patio space. The interior’s centerpiece is an open kitchen, fronted by the bar, for pizza aficionados who want to see the action up close. Rough-hewn wooden tables with fresh flowers and colorful metal chairs soften exposed brick and concrete floors in the dining areas.

Hugo’s is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Here’s a first look at Bailey’s latest new project.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: St. Louis Soup Dumplings in University City

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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St. Louis is home to dozens of Chinese restaurants, and this week, one more will join the ranks when St. Louis Soup Dumplings opens Friday, Sept. 22, at 8110 Olive Blvd., in University City.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Lawrence Chen and his wife, Emily Yang, who own Private Kitchen, located just two doors down at 8106 Olive Blvd.

As The Scoop reported in March, Chen said the inspiration for the new restaurant came from the popularity of the pork and crab soup dumplings served at Private Kitchen.

Those dumplings will now be available at St. Louis Soup Dumplings, along with fish, chicken, beef and shrimp and mozzarella versions. Chen said other fillings would likely be added in the future, including a veggie option.

A small selection of cold items, including salads, will be available in a refrigerated grab-and-go case near the counter, but Chen’s focus is squarely on the soup dumplings.

The minimalist interior has undergone extensive renovations and retains no hint of its former incarnation as a cell phone store. The space seats approximately 30 and features light wood, neutral colors and light fixtures resembling bamboo lanterns.

St. Louis Soup Dumplings will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Here’s a first look at what to expect from St. Louis’ first soup dumpling shop:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Westport Social in Maryland Heights

Friday, September 8th, 2017

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Get in touch with your inner child at Westport Social, which opened earlier this month at 910 Westport Plaza Drive in Maryland Heights.

The cavernous, adults-only space – almost 14,000 square feet – is billed as a “classic bar and gaming lounge” with an extensive selection of beer, wine and house cocktails, elevated pub grub and an adult playground with all manner of diversions.

Patrons can grab a drink and try their hands at bocce ball, table tennis, foosball, or even shoot a few free throws. Those who don’t feel like playing can catch the latest college or pro game of the moment on banks of ginormous TVs or play rock star in the karaoke lounge on the second floor.

Westport Social pairs industrial elements like ultra-high ceilings, exposed ductwork and brick walls with warm wood, metal and leather accents. An entire wall in the front of the space features a colorful mural highlighting Westport amenities. There’s plenty of room for 175 or so to spread out at two bars, tables, patio seating with fire pits and indoor alcoves replete with upholstered armchairs, rockers and couches.

The menu features several shared plates and pub fare like pulled pork or chicken sliders, burnt end nachos and meat skewers. Tacos, pizzas and a handful of entree-sized plates are available, as well. The beverage program at Westport Social is rife with libations from curated wine and beer lists to classic and house cocktails available solo or by the pitcher.

Westport Social is open Tuesday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Here’s a First Look at Westport’s newest happy hour hotspot:

 

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Photos by Meera Nagarajan

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

 

First Look: Essentially Fries Food Truck

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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Kick off the weekend with a basket of fries from one of the city’s newest food trucks, Essentially Fries. The truck debuts this Friday, Sept. 8, at Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park.

As The Scoop reported in May, Edibles & Essentials chef-owner Matt Borchardt announced plans to launch a food truck concept around his Southampton restaurant’s popular french fries. To maximize efficiency, Borchardt kept the menu narrow menu with one main dish and a variety of toppings.

“People constantly come up [at Edibles & Essentials] and say they’re the best freaking fries they’ve ever had,” Borchardt said. “Not a day goes by.”

Toppings range from Carolina pulled pork to fajita vegetables to white chicken chili. You can also order a classic basket, topped with just garlic and Grana Padano and served with a rich truffle aioli and a house-made smoked ketchup for dipping.

Edibles & Essentials chef Steven Teters, who has previously worked at Sidney Street Cafe, will man the truck. Borchardt and a few others will help out at big events and festivals.

“Our plan is to do primarily corporate events and obviously any festivals, Food Truck Friday-type events and community events we can,” Borchardt said. Customers can follow the truck on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updated locations.

 

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Editor’s note: Food Truck Friday is a Sauce Magazine event. 

Photos by Meera Nagarajan 

Heather Hughes is managing editor at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Grace Meat & Three in The Grove

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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Chef Rick Lewis is bringing his southern food to The Grove. Grace Meat & Three will open Wed., Sept. 13 at 4270 Manchester Ave., in the former home of Sweetie Pie’s at The Mangrove.

As The Scoop reported in June, Lewis left his role as executive chef of Southern to open his own project with wife Elisa Lewis. Grace will offer a traditional “meat and three” menu featuring mains and rotating seasonal sides like greens, biscuits and mac and cheese.

“It’s all the things we’ve learned over the years coming to fruition here,” Rick said.

Elisa designed the 4,000-square-foot space with finds from rummage sales and items they’d collected over the years like old mattress springs that were turned into living wall decor with succulents and Spanish moss. The space will seat 100, and features a community table and bar stools designed by Goebel & Co.

 

 

Place your order at the counter, then grab a seat and wait for runners to drop off cafeteria trays laden with comfort food. Pick from mains like sweet tea-brined turkey legs, catfish bites or fried chicken, then pick two or three sides. Sandwiches including Rick Lewis’ famous house-made fried bologna and a burger are available, as well as a handful of salads and sharable starters.

Nonalcoholic beverages are self-serve, but customers can pick up canned and bottled beer, a few local draft options and a small selection of cocktails like ice picks, mint juleps and bloody marys at the bar.

Grace will start with lunch service Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with dinner service soon to follow. Here’s a first look at the newest project from Rick and Elisa Lewis.

 

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Photos by Meera Nagarajan and Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Pangea in St. Charles

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

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Pangea, the debut restaurant from chef-owner Jessie Gilroy, is set to open Thursday, Sept. 7, at 3245 Rue Royale St., in The New Town neighborhood in St. Charles.

“We’re focusing on simple food with bold flavors,” said Gilroy, who most recently served as sous chef at Sidney Street Cafe.

To that end, she’s put together a menu of eclectic dishes that lives up to the restaurant’s expansive name, from salmon crudo topped with slivers of radish and pickled cucumber, to flaky potato-crusted snapper augmented by roasted beets. Many of the dishes feature ingredients from nearby Herman’s Farm Orchard and GlenMark Farms.

Pangea features a tight list of cocktails, like the Negroni-esque Camillo’s Cousin, featuring local Pinckney Bend gin, Aperol and Lillet Blanc, and a selection of wines by the bottle and glass.

Pangea boasts 64 seats in the dining room plus another 10 at the bar and a few seats are available outside for those wanting to dine al fresco. The restaurant’s minimalist decor underscores Gilroy’s less-is-more aesthetic: muted colors, exposed ductwork and understated table settings are accented by streams of natural light, thanks to the building’s abundance of windows.

Pangea will be open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect when this Sauce One to Watch alumna opens doors:

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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First Look: The Cut on Cherokee Street

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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Ari Jo Ellis is sharpening her knives for the first service at The Cut, her new restaurant inside The Fortune Teller Bar at 2635 Cherokee St. Doors open tonight, Sept. 1, at 5 p.m.

As The Scoop reported in August, The Fortune Teller Bar’s owners approached Ellis (Sauce Ones to Watch class of 2016) with the opportunity to run a restaurant out of their kitchen a few months after The Little Dipper closed. Ellis has long had an interest in whole-animal butchery, working at Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions, Quincy Street Bistro, Southern and, most recently, Kitchen Kulture.

The Cut’s menu consists of five regular sausages and one special, along with a handful of side options. Customers can try classic bratwursts with beer mustard and sauerkraut or more creative options like the Cherokee-rizo, a nod to the neighborhood’s Mexican heritage. Plant-based eaters won’t be left out, either, with a tofu-based sausage using local Mofu tofu, navy beans, nutritional yeast and spices. All sausages are served on buns from Vitale’s Bakery.

Side options include backyard grilling classics like baked beans and cole slaw, as well as Rap Snacks chips and a “wild card” side that will change depending on that week’s produce delivery.

Ellis will break down about two whole hogs a week (sourced from Such and Such Farms) to create her sausages and some condiments and specials. Ellis said she also hopes to sell some cuts and links for customers to prepare at home.

The Cut will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 4 to 11 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from The Cut inside Fortune Teller Bar tonight:

 

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Photos by Meera Nagarajan

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.

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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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