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First Look: Crispy Edge in Tower Grove South

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018



Pot sticker restaurant Crispy Edge is set to open Friday, April 6, at 4168 Juniata St., in Tower Grove.

Owner David Dresner first announced the internationally influenced pot sticker concept in June 2017. The menu, helmed by executive chef Tori Foster, features a wide variety of fillings, from traditional Asian options like ginger pork and cabbage to American-inspired apple pie made with cinnamon dough. Several vegan and vegetarian options are available, as well. The sprawling kitchen, just visible beyond the bar, also supports the company’s wholesale pot sticker business, which will launch later in the year.

A selection of salads, small plates and entrees are available for those not in a dumpling mood. Dresner and Foster are even delving into breakfast until 11 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and all day Sundays. Look for a mix of traditional American breakfast offerings (eggs your way, bacon, etc.) alongside huevos rancheros and quiche pot stickers. Crispy Edge will offer coffee from Blueprint Coffee, tea from The London Tea Room and a tight list of cocktails, wine and beer, too.

The building has undergone a complete reimagining from its days as a local community center. The interior, which seats 44, features black-and-white photographs from artist Michael Lode and organic elements a living herb wall and tables, shelves and the bar top made from repurposed barn wood. An additional 20 seats are available outside.

Crispy Edge will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Here’s a first look at Tower Grove’s newest restaurant.


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Photos by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Alpha Brewing Co. and Alphateria in Tower Grove South

Thursday, March 15th, 2018



When Alpha Brewing Co. moved into its Washington Avenue location downtown in 2013, it was soon evident a bigger brewery was needed. Five years later, owner Derrick Langeneckert’s dream has been realized with a move to a much larger space at 4310 Fyler Ave. It’s slated to open tomorrow, March 16.

“We couldn’t make enough beer with the old system to even feed our own taproom,” Langeneckert said.

The buildings were constructed in 1966 to house a tile company and later, a rake and shovel manufacturing company. Now, the building has new life thanks to the architecture and interior design by Dadoworks.

“We didn’t want the regular look every brewery has,” Langeneckert said. “We have no exposed brick or wooden benches; it’s more refined with a black and white theme.”

The move also means the brewery is now able to provide food to battle brew-induced hunger. Langeneckert has partnered with Mandy Estrella of catering company Plantain Girl to provide Latin American cuisine in the Alphateria housed inside the taproom. 

The Alphateria is a food window with a variety of Latin American-inspired snacks and meals. The menu isn’t set in stone, but will feature sweet plantains, tacos and mofongo, a traditional Dominican and Puerto Rican dish of fried green plantains mashed with garlic and olive oil, formed into ball and served with chicken broth and fried pork. There will also be tostones con aguacate, green plantain with avocado and pickled red onion.

Many of the brewery’s original downtown offerings will be available at the new location, as well as new barrel-aged beers that will comprise about half of the 20 brews on tap. Langeneckert will also have more room to experiment with sour beers, including pink guava and passion fruit, which will change every two to three months.

Alpha Brewing Co. will be open from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 4 to 10 p.m. Monday. Here’s a first look the brewery’s new space:


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Photos by Lauren Healey

Lauren Healey is associate editor at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Texas De Brazil at the Saint Louis Galleria

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018



Texas de Brazil opened its first St. Louis-area location at the Saint Louis Galleria on Monday, March 12, bringing South American flair to the table with hand-carved meats and gaucho pants. The churrascaria, or steakhouse in Portuguese, offers 15 cuts of meat alongside a 50-item salad bar that includes seafood, pasta, cheeses and more.

For a flat $43, guests can experience interactive dining at their own pace by placing colorful tokens on each table green-side-up when ready for meat. Servers dressed in traditional gaucho garb, then carve the meat tableside right onto the plate.

Staying authentic to Brazilian culture, meats like beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage are cooked over a wood charcoal fire as opposed to a gas flame. “The concept originated in southern Brazil with gauchos, otherwise known as cowboys, living on the grasslands,” said Hannah Thompson, Texas de Brazil director of marketing and PR.

The full bar features wine and spirits with an emphasis on South American varietals and cocktails like caipirinhas. While beverages and dessert are an additional cost, children 6 to 12 eat for half the adult price and those ages 3 to 5 eat for $5. Those who want to forego the meats altogether can have unlimited salad bar access for $25.

The space that formerly housed Casa del Mar will seat 205 inside and another 24 on the patio. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s a first look at St. Louis’ latest churrascaria:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Guerrilla Street Food on The Loop

Friday, March 9th, 2018



Guerrilla Street Food’s Filipino-inspired fare is sweeping St. Louis, with a fourth location to open Tuesday, March 13 at 6120 Delmar Blvd. on The Loop.

“Delmar was one of my must-have spots I wanted to have a place,” said co-owner Brian Hardesty. “I’ve been coming down here since the early ’90s. … It’s really nostalgic for me, and the same for my business partner (Joel Crespo).”

The 2,100-square-foot space will seat 48, with the soon-to-open patio adding about another 30 seats. It joins the original food truck, the first brick-and-mortar at 3559 Arsenal St., and the GSF kitchen inside 2nd Shift Brewing on The Hill. A fifth location inside Tropical Liquors in The Grove is also slated to open this year.

Much of the menu will be recognizable, but along with fan-favorites like chicken adobo and the Flying Pig, the new location will feature 22 new dishes available only at that location. With executive chef Heidi Hamamura in the kitchen, Hardesty said they can experiment with flavors and techniques, pushing the boundaries of what people expect. Look for colorful plates like kinilaw (a Filipino raw seafood dish similar to ceviche), sour fried chicken and pininyahang seitan (a pineapple-marinated version of the popular wheat-based meat substitute).

“We want to keep people entertained,” Hardesty said. “I like to think with this particular menu there are a lot of flavors people aren’t familiar with.”

The restaurant is opening without a liquor license, but Hardesty plans to serve local and Filipino beer and wine as soon as possible.

GSF will be open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here’s a first look at the latest eatery on The Loop.


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Photos by Caitlin Lally

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: VP Square in South Grand

Thursday, March 8th, 2018



VP Square, the latest eatery from the family of restaurateurs behind Café Mochi, is now serving up pan-Asian fare at 3611 Juniata St., just off the South Grand strip.

Like sister restaurant Café Mochi, VP Square is run by three siblings: Victor Pham (the VP in the name) handles the business side of things, while Duncan Pham helms the kitchen and Mina Pham oversees the front of the house. The restaurant boasts a varied menu of dishes from all over Asia: bibmibap from Korea, ramen from Japan, a Sichuan spicy hot pot from China and banh mi from Vietnam. Beverages include bubble tea, and a selection of sake, wine and cocktails.

The building dates back to 1927, and was most recently split into a salon on one side and apartments on the other. After a year-and-a-half gut rehab, the dividing wall is long gone, and the space has been completely reimagined. The interior spacious interior seats 32 on the first floor and approximately 100 upstairs. Soft colors, wood floors and details like unique light fixtures and the building’s soaring ceilings make it airy and bright.

VP Square is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Here’s a look at the latest international offerings in South Grand.


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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Firecracker Pizza & Beer in The Grove

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018



It’s been quite a wait, but Firecracker Pizza & Beer will finally open for business at 4130 Manchester Ave., in The Grove on Wednesday, March 21.

True to its name, Firecracker is all about that perfect pairing: pizza and beer. There’s a full complement of pies on the menu, and executive chef Doug Weerts offers two rotating specials, one inspired by seasonal beers (Beer Forward) and one by rock ’n’ roll (Rock It Forward), A build-your-own option is also available. There’s even a pizza flight, featuring three specialty pizzas sectioned into a single jumbo pie. The majority of toppings are made in-house, from the sauce to the pepperoni, sausage and turkey pastrami.

Not in a pizza mood? There’s also a selection of snacks and sharables on the menu, like a trio of salads; Cherry Bombs, beef and pork meatballs stuffed with blue cheese and roasted cherry pepper relish; and Boom Sticks, pizza dough stuffed with rotating fillings, cheese and sauce.

According to owner Chip Schloss, Firecracker aims to be as earth friendly as possible, so all beers will be on draft. There are 66 taps – 60 for beer and six for other beverages like wine, cider or coffee. While beer is the obvious focus, beverage director Cory Moszer has cocktails available, too, many with beer-inspired ingredients, like syrups made with beer reductions and spent grains.

Outside, the building takes a cue from sister restaurant Atomic Cowboy across the street and features a prominent firecracker-themed mural on one wall. Inside, Firecracker has 72 seats, an open kitchen and a clean red, black and gray color scheme that accentuates the industrial details of the space, like the exposed ductwork and repurposed rolling mechanics’ tool cabinets.

Firecracker will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Here’s a first look at The Grove’s new pizza place:

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Editor’s note: This article originally misspelled Corey Moszer’s name. It was updated at 10:35 a.m. March 8 to correct the error. 

Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Brew Hub Taproom in Dogtown

Friday, March 2nd, 2018



Craft beer fans can toast to Brew Hub when it opens the doors to its new St. Louis taproom today, March 2, at 5656 Oakland Ave. The partner brewing company will feature 20 rotating beers on tap from its 100,000-barrel brewhouse in Lakeland, Florida, in addition to specialty releases from the house 4-barrel pilot system.

“We’ll do some small standard pub beers like a gold or a brown, something that’s pretty drinkable and can pair well with some of the food,” James “Otto” Ottolini said, who is chief of brewing operations at Brew Hub and former Schlafly brewmaster. 

However, there are also opportunities for testing new ideas and theories on their small system. “We’ve got the ability to do some barrel-aging here, and we’ve also got the ability to do some controlled experiments,” Ottolini said. An onsite still means craft spirits are an option, as well.

“Our whole platform is ‘where craft brewers go to grow,’” said Diane Schoen, vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s a unique opportunity to bring our partners’ brands into St. Louis.”

Guests can enjoy Brew Hub’s own Rome City IPA, the Keybilly Island Ale, Deep Dark Secret Imperial milk stout or the Sun Gose Down sour ale.

“Think ‘fun and innovation’ in terms of the styles of beer that are available – not just in what’s made here in a small scale, but also in terms of what we’re bringing up from Florida,” Ottolini said.

The 2,800-square foot space welcomes 120 with a variety of bar and table seating, along with lounge areas. As the weather warms, another 40 seats will be available on the patio.

While they explore Brew Hub’s beers, patrons can enjoy lunch or dinner from chef and general manager Andy White, another Schlafly alum. “It’s going to be very familiar food, but done with the craft to match our beers and our partners’ beers,” White said.

The menu will include a section with small bites like kabobs, sandwiches and tacos. “We want to have things that make you feel comfortable, and somewhat familiar, but done a little more modern,” White said, pointing to items like hand-ground burgers, Moroccan lamb meatballs and a duck Rueben, in addition to several vegetarian-friendly selections.

Brew Hub Taproom will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s a first look at Brew Hub’s newest home:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Growler USA in St. Charles

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018



St. Charles residents don’t need to travel far for their favorite St. Louis brews. Growler USA opened last week at 3833 Elm St., and is now pouring from more than 100 taps.

Co-owners Nicholas and Jody Hester have lived in the St. Charles area for 15 years and began the process of owning a franchise about a year-and-a-half ago when they came across the Colorado-based pub. “They don’t dictate any of the beers that are going to be on our tap. … It ultimately is the owner’s decision,” said Nicholas Hester. “We’re really into the local beer scene ourselves. We want those brewers to be here because a lot of our clientele can’t make it down there (to the breweries).”

Local beers include those from 4 Hands Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Civil Life Brewing Co., Perennial Artisan Ales and 2nd Shift Brewing Co. — just to name a few. As for the craft selection beyond the St. Louis region, guests can taste a variety ranging from the East to West Coasts with pours from brewers like Brooklyn Brewery, Tallgrass Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery and Stone Brewing.

Alongside libations, the lunch and dinner menu offers pub food with “an elevated spin,” Hester said. Guests will find salads, ahi tuna, fresh hummus and chicken and waffles in addition to house-made wings, tenders and burgers.

The 2,300-square-foot space seats 73 inside, and another 50 when the outdoor patio opens. Growler USA is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Take a first look at St. Charles newest beer bar:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Wellspent Brewing Co. in Midtown

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018



St. Louis welcomes another brewery Friday, March 2, when Wellspent Brewing Co. opens doors at 2917 Olive St.

Kyle and Angela Kohlmorgen spent most of 2017 building out the 7-barrel brewery, which features a tasting room, kitchen, barrel room and spacious patio. Kyle, a former homebrewer turned professional, said the Midtown space housed the Bonanza Theater in the early 1900s, but has sat vacant for decades.

Wellspent will focus on “yeast-driven” beers, working with Belgian styles, sours and lagers to start. It will launch with three brews: a Belgian-style single made with buckwheat, a saison and a pale ale. Kohlmorgen has spent nearly 10 years cultivating his yeast cultures and plans to put many beers into spent wine barrels for further development.

The tasting room seats 80 and offers 15 drafts. Until more Wellspent makes its way to the lines, many taps will feature breweries like 2nd Shift, Narrow Gauge, The Bruery and Jolly Pumpkin. Kohlmorgen intends to eventually add a few wine and spirit options for non-beer drinkers . The large kitchen is currently empty. Until the brewery finds a culinary partner, rotating food trucks will park outside to sate hungry patrons.

Wellspent will be open Tuesday to Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. Here’s what’s in store at St. Louis’ newest brewery:


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Photos by Michelle Volansky

Catherine Klene managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Brick River Cider in downtown St. Louis

Friday, February 9th, 2018



Brick River Cider Co., the first cider works in the St. Louis area, is set to open on Friday, Feb. 16, at 2000 Washington Ave. downtown.

As The Scoop reported in April, owner Russ John renovated a former firehouse downtown to launch the cidery. The facility currently produces four ciders in its six 60-barrel fermenters: Cornerstone, Firehouse Rosé, Homestead and Brewer’s Choice. Ciders are available onsite, and head cider maker Evan Hiatt said that the company will soon be self-distributing to select local retailers.

Brick River also has a full compliment of food to pair with its cider. The cuisine is a collaboration between executive chef Carlos Hernandez and consulting chef Christopher Lee. Described as “classic country cooking from England and France,” the menu features sharable plates and flatbreads, salads and soups, sandwiches and entrees like house trout and pork Normandy.

In addition to cider, the bar pours a trio of cocktails made with Brick River offerings: the Irish Winter Cider made with Cornerstone cider, Jameson Irish whisky and lemon; the Firehouse Martini with Firehouse Rosé cider, Big O ginger liqueur and Absolut vodka; and the White Cider Sangria with Cornerstone, pinot grigio, brandy and fruit.

The building dates back to 1892 and still retains many of the interior appointments from years past, including a functional overhead door on the first floor and some of the original wall tiles. The first floor seats 50 with a few flat-screens above the bar and in the dining room are available for those who want to keep track of the score. The second floor dining room, originally the firemen’s bunk area, now seats almost 120 and features a soaring ceiling and large windows overlooking Washington Avenue.

Brick River Cider Co. will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here’s a first look at St. Louis’ first cider works:


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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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