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Sugarfire Smoke House to open in O’Fallon, Illinois

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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Barbecue powerhouse Sugarfire Smoke House is making its way across the Mississippi to open a franchise at 1405 Green Mount Road in O’Fallon, Illinois by early 2018.

As reported by the Belleville News-Democrat, co-owners Mike Johnson and Christina Fitzgerald said plans are in place to break ground at the site this October.

Fitzgerald said they are excited to bring their food to Illinois since so many people travel to Missouri enjoy it already. “Sugarfire is a destination,” she said. “People travel from Illinois to get barbecue, so we’re excited to bring it to them.”

In addition to the O’Fallon franchise, Johnson and Fitzgerald plan to open at least four more Sugarfire restaurants before the end of the year in Farmington, Wentzville, Indianapolis and Tampa, Florida.

The restaurant will open its doors soon after construction of the freestanding building is complete. The look, feel and menu at the new establishment will be reminiscent of its predecessors. “We’re really excited to be in Illinois and be more accessible,” Fitzgerald said.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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Frankly Sausages announces details, location on Cherokee Street

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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Frankly Sausages now has an official address for its new concept: 2744 Cherokee St.

As The Scoop reported in July, Frankly Sausages co-owners Bill and Jamie Cawthon announced their intent to open a brick-and-mortar location somewhere on Cherokee Street. Now, the concept and the exact location have been revealed, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

Jamie Cawthon said the restaurant will be called Frankly on Cherokee in the space that once was home to Calypso Cafe. The space will have 38 seats.

“It’s an expansion on the concept,” Cawthon said. “We’re going to have shareable plates, and Bill is going to do a weekend dinner plate that will be completely different from us before, and it’ll be different every weekend.”

There will also be a monthly featured sausage made with ingredients from a local farm.

Frankly fans can get a taste of the new menu at Cherokee Beach this Saturday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 10 p.m., including a duck sausage from Grand Army Farm and desserts.

There will be additional pop-ups scheduled leading up to the grand opening, which Cawthon said should be in early October.

 

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Seoul Taco will open new location in Chesterfield

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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Seoul Taco continues to grow, and this time it’s headed to West County. The popular Korean-Mexican eatery will open its fifth location in Chesterfield at 46 Four Seasons Shopping Center later this fall. In addition to the Seoul Taco food truck and the original brick-and-mortar location in the Delmar Loop, Seoul Taco has locations in Columbia, Missouri; Champaign, Illinois and Chicago.

“I grew up out here,” owner David Choi said of Chesterfield. “More than anything, I’m familiar with the area, and there’s not much food like ours out here. We thought it’d be a good fit.”

Choi said the space, which used to be a Panera location, will seat approximately 100. Alex Morales of Smartmouth Design in Chicago will design the interior of the restaurant, and local company Shellback Iron Works will design the furniture.

“Having been an existing restaurant, [the space will] be easy to transition into what we do,” Choi said. “We’ll need to put in new hoods, but it’s nice that a lot of the plumbing and mechanicals are intact.” He said construction is scheduled to begin next week.

Choi said the Chesterfield menu will be basically the same as the other locations.

“We’ve been messing around with some menu concepts that we could add across the board,” he said. “Anytime we launch a new store, we review what we want to do with the menu. As of now there’s nothing concrete, but we’ll have a little bit of change. If we change in one, we like to change across the board.”

Choi said he hopes to open the doors in November, before the holiday season.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Nixta earns spot on Bon Appétit’s top 10 new restaurants list

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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{ from left, Nixta executive chef Tello Carreón and owner Ben Poremba} 

The hits just keep on coming for the St. Louis restaurant scene.

As The Scoop reported earlier this month, Nixta and Vicia earned slots on Bon Appétit’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants in America list. Today, Bon Appétit announced  Nixta had earned the No. 9 spot on its coveted Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America list.

“I’m shocked,” said Nixta owner Ben Poremba. “I did not see that one coming. In my mind I knew we were top 10 quality, I won’t deny that. I knew we were doing something unique and special.”

Poremba, who also owns Elaia, Olio and Parigi, said Nixta executive chef Tello Carreón was also excited about the accolade, but typically humble in his response.

“I called him, and in typical Tello fashion, he was excited, but he was grocery shopping, and said ‘I have a 100 people to feed tonight, so…’”

Carreón could not immediately be reached for comment.

Bon Appétit senior editor Julia Kramer lauded Nixta’s popular octopus dish, the space’s fun vibe and heralded Carreón’s knack for creative flavor combinations in his Mexican fare. “They could easily have used this fun, colorful space as home to a crowd-pleasing, money-printing taco bar,” Kramer wrote. “Instead, Carreón turns out an ambitious menu that doesn’t limit itself to any particular region of Mexico.”

Poremba said his team will put together some sort of celebratory event to commemorate the honor in the near future.

It’s the latest in a slew of national honors for St. Louis restaurants and chefs. In May, Sidney Street Cafe chef-owner Kevin Nashan brought home a James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: Midwest, and in July, Eater listed Vicia among its top 12 best new restaurants in St. Louis.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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Blueprint Coffee will open new location in Lindenwood Park

Friday, August 11th, 2017

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Lindenwood Park will soon become a destination for those in search of a quality cup of coffee. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Blueprint Coffee co-owners Mike Marquard and Kevin Reddy have announced they will open a second location at 4206 Watson Road this November.

“The two things that attracted us to the space is its an area that we feel is pretty primed for specialty coffee, and it’s an area where some of us live,” Marquard said. “I’m over there a lot for my kid’s soccer tournaments at Lindenwood Park or Francis Park.”

Marquard said the building, which used to house a brake repair shop, measures approximately 1,100 square feet and will have 20 to 30 seats inside with an additional 10 to 20 seats outside. Marquard said it won’t take much work to get the building coffee-ready, since there won’t be roasting facility at this location, unlike Blueprint’s original spot on Delmar Boulevard.

 

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“It’s kind of a blank canvas right now,” he said. “It’s just a matter of digging some trenches to run plumbing and drainage and building the bar and adding the bathrooms. There’s not too much structural work we’ll be doing to the building. We’re going to try and keep it an open and breezy space.”

The breeziness should be facilitated by the building’s five garage doors, two of which will open onto the bar to facilitate walk-up service and one that will become the entrance to the rear patio space. Marquard said he’s particularly excited about the patio possibilities, something the Delmar location lacks.

The coffee and food menus will also be different than those at the Delmar location.

“We won’t have a full kitchen, but we’ll have some good prep equipment and be able to do some food,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re capturing what is and isn’t in the neighborhood, so we’re not overstepping too much on things that are already there and also bring in something new.”

Construction is scheduled to begin next week.

Reddy photo courtesy of Blueprint Coffee; Delmar photo by Jonathan Gayman

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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4204 Main Street Brewing rebrands as The Perfect 10 in Alton

Friday, August 4th, 2017

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4204 Main Street Brewing in Alton recently closed its doors, only to rebrand and open as The Perfect 10 Pub & Grill on Friday, July 28.

As reported by the Belleville News-Democrat, the new restaurant occupies the same space behind Alton Square Mall at 180 E. Center Drive.

4204’s director of marketing Rebecca Wuest said the concept of The Perfect 10 came from the sum of the numbers in the brewery’s name.

With a new name comes a new menu featuring items all priced less than $10 including burgers, chicken wings and endless sides. Daily specials include an entree, side and a tall glass of 4204 beer all for $10. “You get a good bang for your buck and still get access to craft beer,” Wuest said.

Customers can now get boozy milkshakes with their meals – an option that was not available before. Along with 4204 brews, The Perfect 10 also offers full bar access and soft drinks.

The interior of the 144-seat restaurant is “similar, but definitely updated,” Wuest said. Changes include different signage and paint, as well as new kitchen equipment.

“We’re really excited that we get to do this with Alton. The [owner’s] family grew up in Alton, and it’s important to us to show our hometown our support,” Wuest said.

Photo courtesy of The Perfect 10 

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Good News Brewing in O’Fallon, Mo.

Friday, August 4th, 2017

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The St. Louis craft beer boom continues, and it’s finally starting to take root out west. Case in point: Good News Brewing Co., which opened a brewpub in mid-July at 330 Sonderen St., in O’Fallon, Missouri.

As The Scoop reported in January, co-owners Dan Tripp, Josh Miller and Matt Fair announced they would turn their homebrewing hobby into a full-time business venture.

Good News brews 10 different beers from a crisp Citra Wheat IPA to an earthy Smoked Cherrywood Wheat. The brewery utilizes a one-barrel system, so what’s on tap changes up often and beers must be enjoyed onsite (no growlers for now). Several guest taps are also available, and customers can try all of the offerings by the pint, 10-ounce glass or 4-ounce sampler.

The Good News folks are tightly focused on their mission of brewing beer, so the food menu is limited to a handful of rotating personal pizzas cooked in brick oven on a sourdough crust made daily in-house. No appetizers, no kid’s menu and no takeout. “We’re a brewery that makes pizza,” Tripp said.

Good News seats 44 inside, including bar seats and communal tables, and the covered, pet-friendly patio boasts 11 picnic tables for al fresco dining and imbibing.

Good News is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a first look at what to expect from O’Fallon’s newest brewery:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Ari Jo Ellis to open The Cut inside The Fortune Teller Bar

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

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Ari Jo Ellis has worked in some of the top kitchens in town, including Quincy Street Bistro, Southern, Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions and Kitchen Kulture. Now Ellis, a member of the Ones To Watch class of 2016, is striking out on her own.

As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Ellis will open The Cut, which will replace the recently closed Little Dipper inside The Fortune Teller Bar at 2635 Cherokee St., at the end of August.

“I would be stupid to pass up this opportunity,” Ellis said. “It just all came together. The stars aligned and I had to do it.”

The Cut will focus on sausages. Ellis intends the initial menu to feature four bratwursts and sausages and a fifth vegetarian option featuring Mofu Tofu, along with a monthly special and several sides, including cole slaw, potato salad and baked beans. She also plans to carry chips from local favorite Rap Snacks.

“I feel that if I do bratwurst, I have to do a straight-up OG bratwurst with grain mustard and sauerkraut that I plan to make in house” Ellis said.

In homage to the Mexican influence on Cherokee, she plans on making chorizo. Ellis intends to break down whole pigs on site and hopes to source most of them and the rest of her ingredients from Such & Such Farms and other local purveyors.

To that end, Ellis said The Cut will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight. She also plans to keep The Cut a simple proposition.

“I’m determined to start small and expand, rather than start bigger than I think I can do and contract,” she said. “I’m not necessarily going to be exploring anything far from what I know. I want to make this work in this spot more than anything.”

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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New bakery Sweetfixx offers cupcakes, cake pops in The Grove

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

 

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Satisfy your sweet tooth at a new bakery in The Grove. Sweetfixx, located at 4420 Manchester Ave., opened July 29, and is serving up sweet treats.

Owner Katina Mims described her cake pops, candy apples and cupcakes as “old-fashioned homemade desserts with a more contemporary look and feel.”

Mims, a self-taught baker, ran her business out of her home for the past four years until she decided it was time to expand.

“I was outgrowing the home, and since I had a customer base I decided to open the brick-and-mortar location,” Mims said. “I didn’t want anything massive, but I wanted something bigger than the home.”

 

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She describes the 600-square-foot, boutique-like space as “cute, quaint and kind of swanky.” Highly stylized treats are displayed on clear acrylic shelves. “I wanted the desserts to speak for themselves,” she said.

Mims’ social media accounts feature a wide array of too-pretty-to-eat desserts and custom cakes. The shop regularly sells cupcakes, cake pops, candy apples and chocolate-covered Oreos, but the colors and themes will change each week.

Sweetfixx is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Sweetfixx

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Sweet Divine reopens today in Soulard

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

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After a fire destroyed The Sweet Divine in October last year, the Soulard bakery reopens its shop at 1801 S. Ninth St., today, Aug. 3.

Throughout the renovation, The Sweet Divine relied heavily on its cupcake truck to continue business. Co-owners Jason and Jenna Siebert used MacArthur’s Bakery on Delmar Boulevard served as a temporary commissary kitchen until the storefront was complete. Jason Siebert said old wiring in the building’s basement caused the fire.

Siebert said they collaborated with contractors to design a completely new space. The interior is completely open, and guests can now watch bakers create their confections while seated at the bar area enjoying treats and Park Avenue coffee. The space now seats around 20 people.

“The inside is hardly recognizable,” Siebert said.

There will also be a few changes to the menu and store hours. “We’re not taking anything away, but we’ll be adding things,” Siebert said.

Look for croissants, muffins and chocolate in addition to its renowned cupcakes, as The Sweet Divine will now be open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

The store also plans to stay open later to catch the after dinner crowd in Soulard, closing at 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

“We think people are going to enjoy hanging out here,” Siebert said.

Photo courtesy of The Sweet Divine

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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