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First Look: Boundary

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016



Boundary at The Cheshire opened doors yesterday, Feb. 8 at 6300 Clayton Road, in the space formerly known as The Restaurant. As The Scoop reported in December, The Restaurant at The Cheshire closed in January for significant renovations and a complete rebranding. Boundary aims to move away from The Restaurant’s identity as a special-occasion spot, toning down the formality of the space by replacing Tudor wood details with exposed brick, expanding the bar into the dining room and adding green and tan leather couches.

The bar and food menus have also been overhauled, replacing traditional courses with more fluid categories like To Share, And Then Some, Hot and Cold, Raw Bar and For the Table. The menu ranges from perfectly executed rainbow trout to homey poutine.

“The point is to make the food approachable, comfortable, shareable,” said executive chef Rex Hale. “Make it so you can come in no matter what the occasion.”

For now, Boundary is open with limited hours: Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Beginning Feb. 22, it will open for lunch at 11 a.m., and on Feb, 28 Boundary will open for brunch on Sundays at 9 a.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect at The Cheshire’s newest eatery:


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-photos by Meera Nagarajan

First Look: The Preston in the Central West End

Friday, February 5th, 2016



After four months of renovation, the space in The Chase Park Plaza that formerly housed Eau Bistro, which closed on Nov. 3, 2015, has been transformed into The Preston. The new space, freshly painted and completely renovated from floor to silverware, opened its doors Monday, Feb. 1 inside the hotel at 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., in the Central West End. The bar was named for The Chase Park Plaza’s architect, Preston Bradshaw.

Up to 104 diners can order from more than 20 shareable small plates priced from around $6 (charred shishito peppers or citrus marinated olives) to $20 (bone-in short ribs or grilled lamb T-bone steak) from The Preston’s chef de cuisine, Collin Smelser. The hotel’s executive pastry chef, David Laufer and his team created four sweet endings: two citrus options and two chocolate options.The bar offers four signature cocktails and four modern classics, as well as red, white and sparkling wine by the glass and 12 bottled craft beers.

Food and drink menus will rotate seasonally. The Preston will also serve breakfast Monday to Saturday from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular evening hours are Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Here’s a First Look at what’s in store at The Preston:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

First Look: Pappo’s Pizzeria & Brew Co. in Midtown

Friday, January 29th, 2016



Beer is fermenting again at the former Six Row Brewing Co., space in Midtown – and it’s served with fresh pizzas. As The Scoop reported in August 2015, Pappo’s Pizzeria announced the opening of its third Missouri location at 3690 Forest Park Ave., and doors open today, Jan. 29.

Owner Chris “Pappo” Galloway recruited former Six Row brewmaster Evan Hiatt to return to the kettle, creating Pappo’s house beers for the St. Louis location that will also be distributed to the Springfield and Osage Beach locations. Eight house brews are currently on tap; look for approachable, low-ABV options like the 4.7 percent Fun in the Sun witbier or the robust, cinnamon-inflected Phat Ash Stout poured on draft or nitro. Another 10 taps are available for national craft beers.

The St. Louis location features the same menu as Pappo’s other two eateries, including appetizers that take advantage of the restaurant’s ripping hot stone pizza oven like oven baked wings and house-made breadsticks. Twenty-four specialty pizzas range from German-inspired sausage and sauerkraut to a pie topped with house-made apple bourbon pulled pork. Customers can also customize their pizzas with dozens of cheeses, meats, veggies and sauces tossed atop a house-made, hand-tossed crust. Sandwiches, salads and calzones round out the menu.

In addition to dine-in service at the 70-seat eatery, Pappo’s will also offer carryout and currently delivers in a 1- to 2-mile radius. Pappo’s is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Here’s a first look at what’s inside Midtown’s newest restaurant and brewery:


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-photos by Meera Nagarajan


First Look: Catrinas in Edwardsville

Thursday, January 28th, 2016



It was out with the arcade and in with asada when Catrinas opened on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 1027 Century Drive in Edwardsville. As The Scoop reported Monday, Jan. 26, Catrinas moved into the space formerly occupied by Unkle Munkey’s Coin Club after it closed doors in November 2015.

Co-owners Megan and Ana Becerril serve up Mexican-inspired fare that aims to go beyond the Tex-Mex chimichanga. Eight starters range from octopus salad with avocado toast to taquitos to corn and bean salsa and chips. The taco selection eschews ground beef or shredded chicken with offerings like a chicharrón and a pulled pork version with habanero onion slaw. Hungrier diners can choose from nearly a dozen platters featuring chicken, pork, beef and fish, as well as a vegetarian option.

Margaritas made with house-squeezed juice feature Tres Agaves tequila with additional flavors like strawberry-habanero available on Margarita Mondays. Catrinas is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Here’s what to expect when you step inside Edwardsville’s newest eatery:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky 



First Look: Moya Grill in University City

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016



After nine years operating Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant in the international South Grand neighborhood, co-owners and husband-wife duo Henok Gerbi and Alsede Wondem launched their second eatery, a fast-casual Ethiopian concept. Moya Grill quietly opened at 567A Melville Ave., in University City, just off the Delmar Loop on Dec. 31, 2015.

Gerbi and Wondem curated the menu based on best-selling dishes from Meskerem that were easy to eat and simple to prepare. Unlike its sister restaurant at 3210 S. Grand Blvd., Moya caters to diners looking for a quick meal or carryout. The new restaurant also partners with online delivery services like Food Pedaler. Soft drinks, juice and water comprise the beverage program at the moment, but Gerbi and Wondem said a liquor license is in the works.

The menu is primarily divided between wot, Ethiopian stews featuring meat, lentils or mixed vegetables, and tibs, sauteed or grilled meats, tofu, beans or vegetables. Each dish is served with a choice of rice or traditional injera bread, a spongy, sourdough-like Ethiopian flatbread. Diners can also choose between two sides: a chickpea salad or warm mashed chickpeas.

Moya Grill is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here’s what to expect when you grab and go (or grab a seat) at Moya:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky 


First Look: Midtown Sushi in Midtown

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015



Located in the short-lived Flying Rolls space, Midtown Sushi opened its doors on Monday, Dec. 21 at 3674 Forest Park Ave. Serving more than rolls and nigiri, Midtown Sushi offers Japanese cuisine ranging from traditional appetizers to ramen to curry.

Industry veteran and co-owner Conan Sutton is no stranger to sushi and Japanese cuisine, having spent the last 22 years in local kitchens at Seki’s and as a chef at Wasabi Sushi Bar for two years. Sutton’s mother, Michiko Sutton, is serving as chef and adviser alongside her son.

Diners can get their fix for lunch or dinner in the 49-dining room or opt for carryout or a soon-to-launch delivery service. Midtown Sushi is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect when you step inside Midtown’s newest sushi spot:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky 


First Look: Sheesh Restaurant on South Grand

Monday, December 14th, 2015



A Turkish restaurant has joined South Grand’s international boulevard. Sheesh Restaurant, at 3226 S. Grand Blvd., opened doors Dec. 3 in a completely renovated former Chinese restaurant. Co-owners Baha and Safa Marmarchi are Iraqi, but they fell in love with Turkish cuisine while visiting and living in Turkey. The brothers hired two Turkish chefs to ensure their restaurant’s authenticity.

In the main dining room, gleaming, low-slung copper tables offer seating for 50 with wide, cushioned chairs. Customers can select from a menu of kebabs, lamb or chicken biryani and other entrees, many of which are served with fresh flatbread or rice. Side dishes include soups, stuffed grape leaves, kibbeh and falafel. House-made desserts feature traditional Turkish sweets like knafeh, a sweet cheese pastry covered in crunchy phyllo and sweet syrup, and baklava studded with pistachios and walnuts. Sheesh offers Turkish coffee and tea service, as well as ayran, a salty yogurt drink.

Sheesh Restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect when you step inside:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

First Look: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken in Maplewood

Thursday, December 10th, 2015




Two days after the first St. Louis-area Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken opened to the public, fried chicken fervor has yet to cool. Lines started forming at 10:30 a.m. today, Dec. 10, and by the time doors were unlocked at 11 a.m., the line had rounded the front of the building at 7434 Manchester Road.

As The Scoop reported in April, Gus’s is a Memphis-based franchise that owners Jim and Jane Zimmerman opened in Maplewood. The menu offers starters and chicken in by-the-piece and plate options, which come with baked beans, slaw and a slice of white bread. Five types of pie are available by the slice or whole. Sweetened and unsweetened tea, fountain soda and domestic and craft beers make up the drink menu.

Gus’s is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here’s what to expect when you make it through that door:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

First Look: The Kitchen Sink downtown

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015



Chef-owner Anthony Ellerson Jr. has brought a taste of New Orleans to Washington Avenue. The Kitchen Sink’s second location opened at 626 N. Sixth St., around the corner from the Mercantile Exchange, on Dec. 2.

As The Scoop reported in April, this Kitchen Sink is across the street from the upcoming National Blues Museum. The 225 Union Blvd. location in the Central West End, which has been temporarily closed since Nov. 30 to give Ellerson time to prepare downtown, will reopen for business Dec. 15.

The new location is sizable with 7,000 square feet, lofty ceilings featuring exposed beams and ductwork and large windows that flood the dining room with natural light. Seating is available for 160 with ample room for private events. Eight large-screen TVs dot the walls, and a game room gives diners a place to unwind with a drink and darts or a game of pool with friends.

The 22-seat bar boasts 20 taps featuring national and local craft breweries like Schlafly and 4 Hands. Bar manager Chibueze Onukogo created a house cocktail menu of fruity concoctions as well as classic cocktails like Sazeracs and martinis.

The extensive food menu featuring Cajun and Creole-inspired fare from breakfast through dinner remains the same, but Ellerson said the new space will allow him to be more creative with daily specials. Look for rotating burger and sandwich specials, as well as seafood and steak entrees. Ellerson also plans to install a high-temperature oven and offer a late-night pizza menu in the new year.

The Kitchen Sink is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Here’s a first look at what you’ll find on the corner of Lucas and Sixth streets.


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Editor’s Note: This post originally stated that The Kitchen Sink is located at Locust and Sixth streets. It has been updated with the correct location at Lucas and Sixth streets.


-photos by Michelle Volansky 


First Look: Yo! Salsa in Wentzville

Saturday, November 28th, 2015



Fans of Yo! Salsa food truck won’t have to stand shivering in a line at the curb this winter. The 3-year-old mobile eatery settled down and quietly opened a brick-and-mortar at 2 W. Pearce Blvd., in Wentzville at the end of October. Wanting to distinguish Yo! Salsa from traditional Mexican establishments, co-owner John Lutgen’s menu features 10 different tacos that come two per order. Four appetizers and five entrees round out the choices. The house margarita uses top-shelf ingredients including Sauza tequila and a Grand Marnier float, but the taquiera also offers bottled beer and two reds and two whites.

The newly renovated restaurant can accommodate 45 diners in the main dining room with room for another 24 on the soon-to-be-enclosed patio with heaters and will soon feature a bar. Taco Tuesdays and a happy hour are among the current special events at the brick-and-mortar.

The four-wheeled kitchen will still be out and about (mainly through pre-booked lunch appointments) in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Yo! Salsa is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here’s what to expect when you step inside:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky

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