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First Look: Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods in The Grove

Monday, November 28th, 2016

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Just in time for holiday shopping, Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods has opened doors at 4180 Manchester Ave., in The Grove. The space that formerly housed Rise (fear not – the coffee shop moved to a larger location next door) has been transformed into a small retail shop showcasing home goods and accessories.

This isn’t owner Beth Styles’ first foray into retail. As The Scoop reported in August, she also owns Parismonia, a vintage clothing store on South Grand Boulevard. At Lemon Gem, Styles turns her attention to cookware, knives, baking tins and more. The shop features a mix of brands like OXO, Cuisinart and Victorinox alongside local artisans like Sprouted Designs, Collin Garrity woodworking and Conscious Apothecary. Styles also offers products new to the St. Louis market, like Skinny laMinx textiles and Short Stack Editions, a single-ingredient-focused cookbook series.

Styles is still putting finishing touches on the upstairs space, which will feature a small children’s play area, an event space and a cookbook nook filled with donated copies of everything from The Joy of Cooking to Cooking Light. Customers can peruse the options and copy down their favorite recipes for inspiration at home.

Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Styles will host a grand opening celebration Dec. 11. Here’s a first look at what to expect at The Grove’s first kitchen goods store.

 

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• The Scoop: Parlor to open in The Grove
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• The Scoop: Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods to open in The Grove
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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

First Look: Intoxicology in The Grove

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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A new cocktail supply and spirits shop is now open in The Grove. Intoxicology opened doors Friday, Nov. 18 at 4321 Manchester Ave. As The Scoop reported in August, co-owners Andy Foerstel and Melissa Pfeiffer aim to supply small batch spirits, bitters and barware to cocktail enthusiasts.

In addition to liquor and an extensive collection of bitters, Intoxicology sells tools of the trade, right down to Kold-Draft ice cubes by the bag. “We were sick of having to go around to multiple stores to find everything we needed to make a cocktail,” Pfeiffer said. “We wanted to create a place where you can find everything you need in one place.”

Foerstel and Pfeiffer credited Planter’s House co-owner Ted Kilgore with introducing them to a proper drink. “Ted really got us into cocktails about 12 or 13 years ago, back when he was at Monarch,” Foerstel said. “He’s been really encouraging and helpful during this whole process.”

Intoxicology is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect:

 

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Read more about The Grove
• The Scoop: Parlor to open in The Grove
• The Scoop:Rockwell Beer Co. announces location in The Grove
• The Scoop: Intoxicology spirits and bar supply store to open in The Grove
• The Scoop: Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods to open in The Grove
• The Scoop: Gezellig Tap House & Bottleshop to replace The Demo in The Grove

-photos by Michelle Volansky

First Look: Cibare at River City Casino

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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Italy came to River City Casino last week when Cibare Italian Kitchen opened on Thursday, Nov. 3. Located in a 3,644-square-foot space inside the casino, Cibare offers 83 seats where patrons can enjoy a menu of fresh pastas, Neapolitan-style pizzas and Italian entrees.

Though River City is most well known for its casino, “We’re a restaurant destination, too,” said executive chef Josh Schlink. Cibare’s chef de cuisine Pierpaolo Pittia, who is from Udine, Italy, said the kitchen is focused on the simplicity of Italian cuisine, using just three or four ingredients in dishes.

Fresh pasta is made for dishes like the classic bucatini all’amatriciana, featuring San Marzano tomatoes and a hint of chile, or the strozzapreti made with braised beef, pancetta and caramelized onions. The 6-foot-tall Wood Stone oven towering in a corner of the dining room can turn out seven to eight Neapolitan-style pizzas at once for lunch or dinner. The shorter lunch menu also features panini sandwiches.

Executive pastry chef David Laufer prepare sweet treats, which are available from the attached coffee shop and bakery beginning at 6 a.m., daily. Laufer, who previously worked at The Preston in The Chase Park Plaza, moved to River City for the chance to showcase more desserts in a retail outlet alongside his restaurant menu. “It’s the best of both worlds,” Laufer said. Customers can pick up whole cakes, pies or an assortment of cookies and pastries from the attached bakery, along with Laufer’s house-made gelato.

Cibare is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Here, a first look at River City Casino’s newest restaurant:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

First Look: The B-Side on Cherokee Street

Friday, October 28th, 2016

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Cherokee Street has a new spot for cheap, late-night eats and just one more round. The B-Side hosted a soft opening on Friday, Oct. 21 at 2709 Cherokee St.

As The Scoop reported in March, co-owners Francis Rodriguez and Joe Timm had their eyes on the spot down the street from their restaurant, Yaqui’s, when Los Punk unceremoniously shuttered doors at the end of 2015. The newly stripped down, 49-seat space is dominated by a large neon B hovering about an old-school jukebox. A patio out back seat a dozen more.

Timm said the goal was to have a late-night hangout where people could grab a burger and pint of beer in two minutes for less than $5. Hence, The B-Side’s single draft beer (Stag) and four canned options: Busch, Budweiser, Pabst Blue Ribbon and 4 Hands Citywide. A small spirits selection is available, too.

The B-side’s food menu consists of two primary items: burgers and vegan chili. The restaurant grills the patties outside on patio, then holds them in a broth of Stag, Worchestershire sauce and onions. Single and double patties and the usual toppings are available, as well as the house Comeback Sauce – a spicy mayo-based dressing reminiscent of In-N-Out’s famous burger sauce.

The B-Side is currently open Monday to Saturday from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight. Here’s a first look at what to expect when you swing by for a late-night snack:

 

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Editor’s note: This post originally misspelled Joe Timm’s last name. It was updated to correct the error. 

-photos by Michelle Volansky 

First Look: Mona’s on The Hill

Monday, October 24th, 2016

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Two months after closing doors at his Spanish tapas restaurant, owner Brendan Marsden opened doors at Mona’s, an American-Italian joint, on Oct. 19. As The Scoop reported in August, Marsden closed Modesto after 15 years, announcing that it was time for a concept change at the space on 5257 Shaw Ave.

The Hill is known for Italian-American eateries, but Marsden has his own spin. Pizzas feature toppings inspired by different American culinary regions, like a smoked chicken pizza with corn, red onion and grilled red pepper. While the ultra-thin pizza crusts lean toward the lighter side, four pasta dishes offer heartier fare.

Marsden spent the last two months updating the interior, which now features white and blue walls. The space seats roughly 100 in bright yellow chairs. While the menu is new, loyal Modesto fans will find a pleasant surprise: the bacon-wrapped dates and bread pudding still make an appearance.

Mona’s is currently open Monday to Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10:30 p.m.; Marsden plans to add lunch service in the coming weeks. Here’s a first look at The Hill’s newest eatery:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

First Look: Hopskeller Brewing Co. in Waterloo

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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Three years ago, Matt Schweizer was a high school history teacher with a passion for homebrewing. Today, he’s the owner and brewer at Waterloo’s newest brewpub, Hopskeller Brewing Co., which opened at the end of September. As The Scoop reported in July 2015, Schweizer had support from several Waterloo residents, including Mayor Tom Smith, who approached him about starting a brewery in the area.

Schweizer spent more than a year renovating the building at 116 E. Third St., which was constructed in 1853. He exposed much of its original design, including brick walls and floor joists. Rehabbed beams from an Illinois barn and a functioning wood-fired oven from 1854 were also brought into the space.

Schweizer’s tap list features a lineup of mostly English and American-style ales, including an American amber ale, a Northern English brown, a pale British mild ale and a dark British mild ale. A selection of wine from Illinois’ Hedman Vineyards and Starview Vineyards is also available, along with a small cocktail list featuring Illinois distilleries like Stumpy’s and North Shore. While they sip on house brews, hungry customers can step up to the kitchen counter and order a wood-fired pizza or a sausage piled high with toppings from sweet cherry peppers to pineapple.

Hopskeller is open Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from Waterloo’s newest brewery:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

 

First Look: Egg in Benton Park

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

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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. As reported by The Scoop in July, Egg is an expansion of the brunch popup by the same name. Spare No Rib has opened with the same menu in its new location at 3701 S. Jefferson Ave. (formerly the home of Lucky Buddha). Owner Lassaad Jeliti quietly transitioned the two concepts in recent weeks.

Few changes were made to the interior of the 60-seat Benton Park restaurant, but the menu has expanded from its popup days and lost most of its barbecue flair. It got rid of the pulled pork, added brioche French toast and took on a unique lunch menu that strays far from its barbecue roots with dishes inspired by Jeliti’s Tunisian heritage.

Aside from the Tunisian salad made with tomato, onion, cucumber, jalapenos and apples in a lemon vinaigrette, there is a salad nicoise on the lunch menu. “Nicoise is a big salad in Tunisia,” Jeliti said. There is also chakchouka, a stewed tomato and vegetable dish served with baked eggs. “Growing up that was the breakfast thing,” he said.

The bar dominating the space serves a short menu of brunch cocktails along with espresso drinks and freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juices. A classic mimosa and bloody mary are available, as well as more creative sippers like the Sidi Bou Spritz made with hop vodka, jasmine and elderflower liqueurs and fresh orange juice.

Egg is open Tuesday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click below for a first look at what’s for breakfast on Gravois:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

 

First Look: Stage Left Diner in Grand Center

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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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.

Rev Hospitality president Brad Beracha frequently consults at Smith’s restaurants (including Triumph Grill and BaiKu Sushi Lounge), and he lent his expertise to the latest project. Beracha said he and the new management focused on improving the overall customer service experience and brightening up the space with a fresh coat of paint.

Arguably the most notable change is executive chef Ryan Cooper’s new menu, which includes classic diner dishes like smashed griddle burgers and lighter fare like a portobello sandwich. A forthcoming liquor license will see boozy milkshakes, but customers can also enjoy a full menu of espresso coffee drinks and or a pull of nitro cold brew coffee.

Stage Left Diner hosts its grand opening Sept. 24, and it is currently open Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight. Here’s a First Look at the new face of a familiar diner in Grand Center.

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

 

 

First Look: The Garden on Grand

Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Just north of the hustle and bustle on South Grand, The Garden on Grand has opened with limited hours at 2245 S. Grand Blvd. As The Scoop reported in August 2015, owner Cevin Lee and executive chef Kore Wilbert hope to provide meals that are health-focused without sacrificing flavor.

Lee and Wilbert spent more than a year transforming the former Islamic Information Center into a 68-seat restaurant. Lee designed the interior, which features a long bar, exposed brick, repurposed metalwork and live plants. Dining tables were hewn from a single tree trunk.

The dinner menu includes eight appetizers like duck pot stickers and cashew and almond hummus along with eight entrees including coconut fried rice with shrimp, grilled lamb and roasted salmon. Wilbert sources some produce locally through vendors like Double Star Farms, Such and Such Farm and Hosco Farms. A full bar is available with more than a dozen house cocktails, as well as bottled beer and wine options. Seven brunch cocktails take a slushy turn; all but one features Hosco Farms sorbets.

The Garden on Grand is currently open Fridays and Saturday from 5 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch. Lee and Wilbert will launch into regular hours Sept. 23, starting at 8 a.m. for breakfast. The restaurant will close after lunch and reopen at 5 p.m. for dinner service. Here’s a first look at The Garden on Grand:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

 

First Look: Sarah’s on Central in Eureka

Friday, August 19th, 2016

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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. As The Scoop reported in June, the new cafe adds breakfast and lunch fare to the usual desserts Sarah’s Cake Shop is known for.

For breakfast, visitors can choose from pastries, quiches, breakfast sandwiches and sweet or savory muffins. A dedicated toast menu features sweet and savory toppings including house-made jams on slices of Companion bread. For lunch, sandwiches, salads and soups are offered, and daily after-school specials are a weekday treat; right now, it’s $1 grilled cheese sandwiches.

“I’m from Eureka, so I’m excited to be here,” Umbarger said. “As soon as I saw (the space) was for sale, I knew I had to have it.” Sarah’s on Central is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here’s what to expect when you walk in:

 

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

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