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The Scoop: City Foundry to open in Midtown 2018

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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The Cortex in Midtown will soon be home to a food hall and market. City Foundry is planned to include three brick-and-mortar restaurants as well as 20 food kiosks set to open around Labor Day of 2018.

The project, which is being developed by Lawrence Group, is part of a $340 million development that will include creative office space, apartments, retail shopping and outdoor space that will connect to Great Rivers Greenway.

Brad Beracha, known for area restaurants including BaiKu Sushi Lounge, Triumph Grill and City Diner, has been tapped for director of culinary services. “I’m really excited to create a culinary community here,” Beracha said. “There’s so much talent in St. Louis; I’m looking forward to getting everyone under one roof.”

The list of restaurants expected for the space will be announced soon. Follow Sauce on social media for the latest.

The Scoop: Shisha to open in former SOHO space

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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Yet another new establishment is opening doors in The Grove. Co-owners Ricky Barakat and Ahmad Salameh are putting the finishing touches on Shisha at 4229 Manchester Ave., the former home of SoHo Restaurant and Lounge. Barakat said they hope to host a soft opening by mid-September.

“The Grove took me back to the Delmar Loop area 10 years ago,” Barakat said. “When you go into The Grove, all you see are locally owned businesses.”

Barakat said they are currently renovating the 5,200-square-foot space to accommodate 100 diners for a Mediterranean-inspired menu. The owners and kitchen team are developing recipes for beef, chicken and fish shawarma served traditionally wrapped in pita or as panini, gyro sliders, falafel and more.

Shisha will also boast a full bar and a patio with 40 seats where patrons can enjoy hookah outside, a favorite pastime for Barakat and Salameh. “We love food and love to smoke hookah… it’s a soothing type of thing,” Barakat said. “We wanted to incorporate what we do … bring (those things) to everybody.”

Development in The Grove has boomed in recent weeks. Beth Styles announced the arrival of her kitchen goods store, Lemon Gem, late last week, and Intoxicology co-owners Andy Foerstel and Melissa Pfeiffer are opening their spirits shop and bar supply store this fall.

The Scoop: Intoxicology spirits and bar supply store to open in The Grove

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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A new cocktail supply and spirits shop is coming to The Grove this fall. Intoxicology will open doors at 4321 Manchester Ave., next door to Layla. The 1,600-square-foot shop will focus on cocktail mixers and accessories for the home bar, including shrubs, bitters, artisan spirits and vintage glassware. The space will also feature a tasting bar, so people will be able to try before they buy.

Co-owners Andy Foerstel and Melissa Pfeiffer are bringing their retail and restaurant experience together to make the dream a reality. Foerstel has been working in retail and merchandising for years. “I’ve done a little bartending, too, and entered in some competitions before,” he said. “Melissa comes from CJ Muggs and brings about 23 years of customer service experience to the table.”

Both cocktail enthusiasts, they decided to open the shop after realizing that there wasn’t anywhere local to go for the specialty barware, mixers and supplies for their home bar.“We kept looking around for specialty things, and often had to go online to buy them,” Foerstel said. “We decided to open a store to make these things would be available locally.”

This is the second of two home supply stores that have announced locations in The Grove in recent weeks. Beth Styles of Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods said she will open her shop at 4180 Manchester Ave., this fall.

The Scoop: Shack to open third location in Chesterfield

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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Good news for early risers in Chesterfield: Pancakes, omelet and hashbrown skillets will soon be served at a third location of Shack, opening in October at 14810 Clayton Road.

Owner Brant Baldanza said he is “super excited” to bring an outpost of his breakfast and lunch restaurant to the town where he grew up. He thinks the location – formerly home to a Lester’s – has a “vacancy for breakfast,” and he hopes to attract diners from Wildwood, Ballwin and Chesterfield Valley.

The restaurant will have the same hours (breakfast 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday) and menu as its sister Shack in Frontenac, and all three locations will start serving a few new dishes in October.

There may be more Shacks springing up in the near future. Baldanza plans to expand his restaurant concept in the St. Louis market and hopes to open two or three more locations next year, with possible openings in St. Charles, St. Peters and Edwardsville. He’s looking for neighborhoods with high schools, churches and young communities with growing families. “Every Saturday and Sunday, we have lots of family breakfasts,” he said.

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

From a new kitchen supply shop on Manchester to a new doughnut shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma, here’s what went down in the STL food scene last week, ICYMI.

 

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1. If you need a tart pan, Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods will surely have them stocked when it opens in The Grove at 4180 Manchester Ave., this fall. Why? Owner Beth Styles’ missing tart pan sparked the idea for her kitchen supply store.

2. Strange Donuts will be no stranger in Tulsa, Oklahoma next spring when it sets up shop at the north corner of East Archer Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

 

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3. 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.

4. This fall, Chris’ Pancakes & Dining will take its breakfast game downtown to a new location, Chris’ @ The Docket, at 100 N. Tucker Blvd.

 

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5. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri will open Anew, a ground-floor restaurant and rooftop event space, at 501 N. Grand Blvd.

 

 

The Scoop: Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods to open in The Grove

Friday, August 19th, 2016

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If you need a tart pan, Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods will surely have them stocked when it opens in The Grove at 4180 Manchester Ave., this fall. Why? Owner Beth Styles’ missing tart pan sparked the idea for her kitchen supply store. With no nearby local shop near her house, she spent nearly an hour driving to and from an independent kitchen goods store.

“I started thinking, ‘Why don’t we a have a cool, really well stocked local resource in the city that has something for situations like these?” said Styles.

Her visits to kitchen supply stores around the country fed the idea, which she eventually shared with a few fellow St. Louis small business owners, including Rise Coffee owner Jessie Mueller. Mueller proposed Styles use Rise’s current location once Rise moves into a neighboring space.

“In a lot of other cities I’ve gone to, you see complementary businesses,” said Styles. “I just closed my eyes and I could see it in there. It just felt like the right fit.”

Styles, who also owns vintage clothing store Parsimonia, hopes to open Lemon Gem in November, pending when Rise moves next door. The lower level of the 1,300-square-foot space will be dedicated to retail. Lemon Gem (which is the name of an edible marigold variety) will carry basic cooking supplies from suppliers like OXO, Cuisinart, Microplane and Victorinox, artisan goods from local and regional craftspeople and items more geared toward gifts and decor. “We’re hoping to bring in some stuff that hasn’t been sold (in St. Louis) before and celebrate the maker,” Styles said.

Styles said she will alter little of the current interior decor or program. She plans to preserve the children’s area upstairs and add a community cookbook library with reading chairs. In the evening, the second floor will be available to hold events and workshops. “I want (Lemon Gem) to be a good local resource for the South City area in general, a good resource … for people for all cooking levels,” she said.

 

The Scoop: Strange Donuts to open Tulsa location

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

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Strange Donuts will be no stranger in Tulsa, Oklahoma next spring when it sets up shop at the north corner of East Archer Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

“We’re ready for the company to expand, and I’ve been looking at Tulsa for a long time,” said owner Jason Bockman. “It has ambitious, cool people that want their city to be great, and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Bockman contacted the George Kaiser Foundation (which is renovating the Tulsa’s Brady Arts District) and fell in love with its work, which includes collaboration with Teach for America and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Bockman secured a 1,200-square-foot space in a 1920s warehouse currently being renovated into apartments and studios for the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

The Tulsa location is the fourth for Strange; they also have shops in Maplewood, Kirkwood and Columbia, Missouri. It will be twice the size of Strange Donuts’  flagship Maplewood space. “St. Louis is really accustomed to grabbing your doughnuts and going home. It’s not like that in a lot of places,” Bockman said. “Tulsa is a lively city where people want to go out and be out.”

An expanded beverage program and a far-out interior will also invite patrons to linger. Bockman plans to serve an expanded beverage menu including coffee options, and has enlisted local firm Lilly Architects to make the interior “look like you’re in space.”

The Tulsa location is slated to open in March 2017. In the meantime, Bockman and his Strange squad are hosting pop-ups “to say this is who we are and to meet new friends,” which they will continue until opening day.

“I’m genuinely interested in being part of a community, not just selling people stuff,” said Bockman.

 

The Scoop: Chris’ Pancakes to open downtown location, Chris’ @ The Docket

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

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This fall, Chris’ Pancakes & Dining will take its breakfast game downtown to a new location, Chris’ @ The Docket, at 100 N. Tucker Blvd. As reported by the Riverfront Times, Chris’ will move into the space formerly occupied by The Docket.

“We feel the breakfast market is underserved in the downtown area. We’ve been looking for places for while down there,” said co-owner Chris Saracino. “I think we can serve the area well.”

Rathern than duplicate Chris’ Pancakes, Saracino said they will tailor Chris’ @ The Docket’s menu and hours to the space and local clientele. Since the space included a wood-fire pizza oven, Saracino plans to serve pizzas, including a few breakfast pizza options he is currently testing. To better serve patrons including Saint Louis University law students, court workers and city workers, the downtown location will focus on breakfast and lunch items and feature a grab-and-go section where patrons can quickly pick up sandwiches, salads, pizza slices and breakfast items.

The 105-seat restaurant will be open for full breakfast and lunch service from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the grab-and-go area will remain open until 6 p.m. After those hours, Saracino will make the 4,200-square-foot space available for private events. Chris’ @ The Docket is slated to open by late September or early October.

 

The Scoop: Big Brothers Big Sisters to open rooftop event space, ground-floor restaurant this fall

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri will open Anew, a ground-floor restaurant and rooftop event space, at 501 N. Grand Blvd., as reported by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Creative director Corey Smale (the formerly of Strange Donuts and co-owner of forthcoming Good Fortune) said the restaurant will serve counter-service breakfast and lunch options Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 35-seat space will operate as a test kitchen for area chefs, who will provide tight menus on four-month rotations.

Meanwhile, Anew’s event space seats 80 people inside and another 80 people outside high above on the rooftop. It will be used for Big Brothers Big Sisters and community events; it will also be available to rent for private gatherings. “The space will work for everything from Yoga Buzz to black-tie events,” Smale said.

Catering services for Anew’s event space will be available through Dave Bailey of Baileys’ Restaurants, Holly Cunningham of Hollyberry Catering, Kelly Spencer of The Social Affair and James Allen of Celebrations Restaurant and Bar.

Smale said Anew’s event space is slated to open the first week of October, and the restaurant is expected to open the following month.

 

The Scoop: The Civil Life Brewing Co. to offer first canned beers

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

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After five years of pouring pints in South City, The Civil Life Brewing Co. will finally can its American brown ale. Co-owner Jake Hafner said fans can pick up six-packs of 12-ounce cans at the brewery beginning Aug. 16. This marks the first time the brewery has offered a canned option; previously, if customers wanted Civil to-go, they had to fill growlers onsite.

“The brown is our most popular beer. It makes up 60 percent of our sales,” said Hafner. “We waited a while to start canning because we didn’t really have the space for it.”

Civil Life has made the space, temporarily, bringing in mobile services to can the beer and pack up when the job is done. Hafner said he has no plans to distribute at this time; cans are available at the brewery only. He plans to can once a month, possibly more if demand is high. The English pale ale, rye pale ale and The Angel and The Sword are all on deck to see aluminum in the fall.

For now, the ever-popular American Brown will do. “We’ve had a lot of requests from customers to can the brown,” Hafner said. “We’re excited that customers will be able to drink it fresh from the tap at the brewery, or fresh from the can at home.”

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