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Retreat Gastropub team will bring Yellowbelly to the CWE

Monday, December 11th, 2017

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The team behind Retreat Gastropub is set to open a new concept. Yellowbelly, a restaurant and bar focused on seafood, rum and classic cocktails, will open in the new Citizen Park Building at 4659 Lindell Blvd., in the Central West End in 2018.

Owner Travis Howard said the name of the new place denotes the yellow bellies of many fish and birds in tropical areas. It also serves as a call for patrons to try something new and different and not be a “yellow-belly.”

“We’re wanting to take inspiration from Polynesian islands,” Howard said. Rather than focusing on the beach, Yellowbelly will evoke a jungle or rainforest vibe. Howard said the food menu will have a seafood focus.

“We’ll be sort of doing the California, West Coast approach to seafood,” he said. “We’ll be keeping things a little bit lighter and doing some cold things, as well.” Dishes may include ceviche, other cold fish dishes and possibly a whole fish preparation.

“We’re trying to do a combination of pulling inspiration from the islands and the way they eat, as well as incorporation some of the Midwest produce, as well.” Howard said. No one has been tapped to helm the kitchen yet.

 

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{ from left, Tim Wiggins and Travis Howard } 

 

Howard said Retreat’s beverage manager Tim Wiggins, who is also a partner in the new venture, will put together a drinks list heavy on rum, but Yellowbelly won’t be a tiki bar.

“We’re going to be doing a lot of cocktails in that tiki style, with a lot of fun glassware and a rum focus,” Howard said, adding that a lot of tropical flavors will be utilized, such as coconut, passionfruit and pineapple. “But we want to be a neighborhood bar, so we’ll still be hitting a lot of the classic cocktails, and we’ll have a fully rounded spirits and beverage program.”

Howard said the space will have 90 to 95 seats inside with a sidewalk patio area that may seat up to 40 or so. Howard said the plan is to open sometime in mid-2018, and construction should begin in the next few months.

Photos courtesy of On Point Hospitality 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Coffee shop and cocktail bar Trust opens Thursday

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

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The people who brought St. Louis outdoor bar The Bronson House has a new project in store: Trust, a coffee shop and cocktail bar opening Thursday, Dec. 7.

Artisan Well Bar Services, the team behind the bar program at The Bronson House, partnered with Covo, a coworking company based in San Francisco. Covo recently set up its second location downtown at 401 Pine St., in the historic Mississippi Valley Trust Company Building, where Trust will be located.

Artisan Well co-founder Noah Prince-Goldberg said Artisan Well helped set up Trust’s beverage program and will run the space initially.

“It’s a coffee bar by day and a cocktail bar by night,” Prince-Goldberg said. “Part of Covo’s twist on coworking is to build a community and center it around a bar and coffee shop that kind of works as a networking hub.” Though its located inside the shared office space, Trust is open to the public.

The coffee shop will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, featuring Kaldi’s coffee and pastries from Whisk! A Sustainable Bakeshop.

The bar will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight. The bar menu features a handful of house cocktails, beer and wine, as well as the capacity to make classic drinks. The space seats 40 for regular service but can be configured to seat more than 100 for special events.

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Garden on Grand closes shortly after the one-year mark

Monday, December 4th, 2017

The long bar seats more than a dozen and offers classic and house cocktails, as well as wine and beer. Customers perched at the far end can watch the action in the partially open kitchen.

 

After just over a year in business, The Garden on Grand at 2245 S. Grand Ave., has shuttered, as reported by St. Louis Magazine. The announcement of the closure was made on the restaurant’s Facebook page: 

“Regretfully, after a little more than a year, The Garden on Grand will be closing its doors after a final dinner service on Saturday, Nov. 24. We have had an incredible year, filled with ups and downs, and in this season of gratitude, we want to thank you – our customers, staff, friends and family – for your invaluable support throughout the year. We are already working on the next chapter ­– stay tuned!”

The Garden on Grand opened in September 2016. Owner Cevin Lee and then-executive chef Kore Wilbert wanted to create health-focused dishes without sacrificing flavor. Sauce reviewed The Garden on Grand in December 2016.

Lee said the restaurant got off to a fast start and was never able to catch up. “We didn’t really get a chance to slowly grow the concept,” he said. “We got slammed from day one. The food and service was well received. We just came hard out of the gate and never recovered.”

Lee, who owns the property, said he is talking to some potential buyers, but nothing has been signed. He plans to open another concept at some point but said he intends to take his time and incorporate the lessons learned from the closure.

Editor’s note: This post was updated at 4:30 p.m. to include comments from Cevin Lee and to correct a statement describing dishes at the restaurant.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Coma Coffee will open another location in The Grove

Monday, December 4th, 2017

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Coma Coffee Roasters is getting ready to expand its brand. The company, which also has a location at 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd. in Richmond Heights, plans to open a second cafe at 4013 Papin St., on the eastern edge of The Grove.

Owner Macy Holtzman said she’s in the process of approving architectural drawings and hopes to start construction by the end of the year. The space is currently being used as Coma’s roasting facility. “My goal is to be open by spring,” Holtzman said.

To get customers engaged in the process, the roaster will be visible to the dining area. The menu will include hand brews, pour-overs and a selection of craft cocktails. Holtzman said she plans on having approximately 50 seats, and there’s a potential for mezzanine seating as well.

“It’ll be an extension of what we have now, just offering customers a different experience,” Holtzman said.

There will also be a full kitchen. “We’re going to keep the menu really small, but super fresh and seasonal, and keep as many of the ingredients local as possible,” she said.

Holtzman’s family owns the building, and plans to convert the rest of it into a boutique hotel or apartments, with additional retail space on the first floor.

“We’re talking to some breweries about their interest in moving in, and other craft specialty shops,” she said.

Photo courtesy of Coma Coffee

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Shake Shack will open Dec. 11 in the Central West End

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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The wait is almost over. Almost two years after The Scoop first reported Shake Shack was coming to St. Louis, the popular burger chain will debut at 32 N. Euclid Ave,. in the Central West End on Monday, Dec. 11.

St. Louis native Danny Meyer founded Shake Shack in New York City and has opened locations all over the world, but this will be the first in his hometown. The CWE location will include plenty of nods to St. Louis, along with standbys like smash burgers and crinkle fries. The Mound City Double cheeseburger features Provel cheese, Niman Ranch bacon and “STL Sauce.”

“I learned the meaning and feeling of genuine hospitality while growing up in St. Louis, a lesson that has shaped my life and guided my career,” Meyer said in a statement. “When I jotted down the first Shake Shack menu, it was my favorite childhood food memories that most inspired me, and I’m thrilled that Shake Shack has at last found a home in my hometown.”

There are also three local frozen custard concoctions: the Central West End Blend, made with vanilla custard, salted caramel sauce and Park Avenue Coffee gooey butter cake; the Chocolate Chip Cookie with chocolate custard, a chocolate chip cookie from Winslow’s Home, chunks of Askinosie dark chocolate and salted caramel sauce; and the Pie Oh My, vanilla custard with a slice of Pie Oh My! seasonal pie. Local beers from Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Schlafly will also be available.

Photo courtesy of Shake Shack

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Plantain Girl will open Alpha-Teria inside new Alpha Brewing space

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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One current local brewery trend has nothing to do with beer. Breweries tap a local restaurateur to provide quality eats for taproom customers while brewers concentrate on what they do best – beer. The latest of these collaborations is between Alpha Brewing Co. and Plantain Girl owner Mandy Estrella, who built a following for her Caribbean catering services and pop-up events.

As The Scoop reported in April, Alpha is currently constructing a new facility at 4310 Fyler Ave., slated to open in mid-February. In addition to a 15-barrel brew house, co-owner and head brewer Derrick Langeneckert said the new digs will also boast a taproom, restaurant and beer garden area with seating for approximately 300.

The restaurant, called Alpha-Teria, will feature Estrella’s signature Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican cuisine. The menu will include shareable plates like empanadas, pollo con queso and a rotating selection of tacos, along with mains like the ropa vieja plate (braised flank steak, white rice, black beans, maduros, pickled red onions and cilantro), and sandwiches like the tripleta with diced steak, pork, ham, Swiss cheese, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato on toasted French bread.

 

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Langeneckert said he was looking for something different to complement Alpha’s variety of beers. “Our beers are more aggressively flavored,” he said. “We just didn’t want to do the typical hamburger or pizza, because the food would get really lost. We were looking for something spicy.”

Langeneckert happened to visit Six Mile Bridge Beer during one of Estrella’s pop-ups there, and the rest was history.

“We were getting to the point where we were already going to phase out the pop-ups,” Estrella said. “We were about two years out from opening some form of a Latin fast-casual restaurant, so when Derrick approached me with this, it wasn’t exactly what I was going to do, but was kind of the middle ground. I could open a kitchen without having to open a full restaurant. It seemed like a great opportunity with less risk.”

She said the built-in audience of Alpha fans was also an incentive, as well as the fact that many Plantain Girl followers are from the Tower Grove area, where the new Alpha location will be. Estrella said she’ll continue to cater under the Plantain Girl moniker.

Plantain Girl photo by Ashley Gieseking

Matt Sorrell is a staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Wellbeing Brewing Co. launches St. Louis’ first nonalcoholic brewery

Monday, November 27th, 2017

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St. Louis has long been a center for innovation in beer, and now there’s another to add to the extensive list: nonalcoholic craft beer. Wellbeing Brewing Co., a new brewery that specializes in NA beers, aims to have its wares on area shelves by Jan. 2, as reported by the Post-Dispatch.

Husband-and-wife team Jeff Stevens and Genevieve Barlow started Wellbeing, one of the country’s two breweries dedicated to solely brewing nonalcoholic beers, earlier this year. Although he has an extensive background in marketing beer and spirits at companies such as Momentum Worldwide, Stevens stopped drinking alcohol when he was 24.

“I went to tastings, had to write beer copy, knew a lot about the brewing process and how all kinds of beers around the world were brewed, but never got to drink any of it,” he said.

Stevens said he always looked for booze-free options when he went out and often came up short. Then about a year ago, he was in London with some coworkers who showed him how popular nonalcoholic beers were becoming in Europe. The experience inspired him to try his hand at brewing his own version.

“The market [in the U.S.] isn’t quite there yet, but I think all the signs point that way,” Stevens said. “I think bars and restaurants are going to have to give people who don’t drink alcohol just as good of an experience as those who do and offer just as many choices, versus just a Diet Coke or a coffee.”

Currently, Wellbeing contract brews through O’Fallon Brewery to produce Wellbeing’s first release, Heavenly Body Golden Wheat, a dry, crisp wheat beer. Next up is Hellraiser Dark Amber, available Feb. 1, which Stevens described as pale ale-like with more of a hoppy characteristic. He said future offerings will include a stout and a Radler. The beers will initially be sold in bottles with cans and kegs following later next year.

Stevens said he’s content to brew at O’Fallon while he judges the response to his beers. “We should be good [at O’Fallon] for a couple of years,” he said.

He said Whole Foods in Brentwood and Fields Foods have expressed interest in stocking the beer come January, and Tapped in Maplewood has committed to putting Wellbeing on tap when kegs are available.

Photo courtesy of Wellbeing Brewing

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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PM BBQ will close for good this weekend

Monday, November 27th, 2017

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PM BBQ has announced it will shut doors at 161 Long Road No. 103 in Chesterfield this week, but co-owner and pitmaster Paul Lammers said the popular restaurant will return in some form. The last day of service will be Saturday, Dec. 2.

Lammers said he and co-owner Mark Ruck, who have been in the space for almost nine years, were trying to renegotiate the lease on the space for the past eight months, but they were only able to get an extension through the end of the year.

“You get to a point where it’s a losing proposition, as far as price per square foot,” he said. “We’re sorry to leave the (Chesterfield) Valley, but we’re looking forward to the next chapter.”

Though the dining room will close this week, Lammers said PM will continue to use the location for its catering business through the end of the year. After that, the business will move its base of operations to The Creative Cookery in Fenton and continue as a catering business with no retail carryout service.

Lammers said he and Ruck plan to re-launch PM BBQ in either a new brick-and-mortar location, or perhaps hit the road with the concept.

“We’re looking pretty seriously at a mobile component,” Lammers said, though they have not decided if that would entail a trailer or a food truck.

Photo by Carmen Troesser 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream will open a second location in West County

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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After a successful Maplewood opening in February, Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream is set to open a second location, this time near Valley Park.

As reported by St. Louis Magazine, owner Eric Moore said he will open the second Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream at 2901 Dougherty Ferry Road in February 2018 in the former home of frozen yogurt shop, Yo My Goodness. The new space will offer more seating and a similar menu to the flagship location: scoops of Serendipity ice cream sandwiched between house-made Belgian waffles, as well as individual waffles and ice cream by the scoop.

Growing up in New Jersey, Moore said he used to go to the boardwalk and order a waffle ice cream sandwich. “They’d throw frozen waffles in a toaster and then scoop some ice cream out of a tub,” said Moore. “I’m doing [that concept] on steroids; we make the waffles right in front of you, and customers get it fresh right in their hands.”

 

Fluffy Belgian waffles are made to order; customers can also order plain waffles and drizzle them with butter and maple syrup.

 

Customers at Boardwalk Waffles can order a quarter-, half- or full-waffle sandwich with one to four scoops of any 16 Serendipity ice cream flavors. Seasonal waffles, like the current pumpkin waffle, are also available, with an upcoming winter red velvet waffle in the works.

At the Boardwalk Waffles’ Valley Park location, Moore noted a few updates were being made to the space, and how the additional seating allowed for some possible menu variations. He also said they plan on having live music on the weekends on the space’s patio. “We might extend hours to breakfast and just serve waffles then,” he said.

Moore also plans to launch at least one Boardwalk food truck in the spring, and a third brick-and-mortar location in Fayetteville, Georgia, also in February. Other locations are in development, including a spot in Peachtree City, Georgia, and Moore is working on getting Serendipity distributed out of state. “I have a goal,” said Moore. “Fifteen [locations] in St. Louis and 15 in Georgia, along with food trucks. From there, who knows?”

 

Photos by Michelle Volanksy 

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First Look: Knead Bakehouse & Provisions on South Hampton

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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Knead Bakehouse & Provisions is officially open for business at 3467 Hampton Ave. Owners AJ and Kirsten Brown opened doors at their bread bakery and cafe on Nov. 18.

As The Scoop reported in September, Knead bread got its start selling bread at farmers markets in St. Charles County before the Browns signed a lease on the former Salume Beddu space.

Knead currently offers two types of bread in whole loaves: a flagship rustic sourdough loaf and a brioche. The grain is sourced from the Missouri Grain Project, Great Harvest of Montana and Heartland Mills from neighboring Kansas.

The naturally leavened loaves use only water, flour, sea salt and a sourdough starter to begin. “When you have only four ingredients, you can’t really hide behind poor quality of those ingredients, so we have to get the best ingredients for that bread,” AJ Brown said.

While bread is the focus of Knead, the 25-seat cafe also serves breakfast and lunch. Doughnuts, morning buns and pastries are available alongside tea and Blueprint coffee in the morning. Sandwiches, salads and soups take over the menu midday. House-made botanical sodas with fresh herbs are offered as well.

Although Brown said in the future, customers can expect Knead bread mixes, house-made jams and butters for sale. Kolache will also eventually appear on the counter, as the Brown family has Czechoslovakian roots.

Brown said the goal of Knead is to revive American bread culture, and the bakery will offer goods that Americans are familiar with. “[You] don’t have to be a bread connoisseur,” Brown said.

Regular business hours for Knead Bakehouse & Provisions are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a first look at what to expect from St. Louis’ newest bread bakery:

 

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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributing writer to Sauce Magazine. 

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