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Planter’s House owners will open Small Change in Benton Park

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

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 { from left, Ted Charak, Jamie Kilgore and Ted Kilgore }

Big news for cocktail aficionados: Planter’s House owners Ted Kilgore, Jamie Kilgore and Ted Charak will open their second bar, Small Change, in mid-January at 2800 Indiana Ave., in Benton Park.

More minimal than Planter’s House, Ted Kilgore said Small Change, named after a Tom Waits tune, will feature canned and draft beer, a small selection of spirits and a tight menu of five to six rotating cocktails, along with some bartender’s choice specials. There won’t be a formal menu per se, just a chalkboard with the day’s featured drinks.

“We’ll still have quality ice and fresh juices and some geeky stuff, but also beers and shots of quality whiskey that won’t break the bank,” Kilgore said.

Small Change won’t have a kitchen, though there will be a vending machine and a microwave on hand for those who crave some low-brow, late-night eats. “Think truck-stop sandwiches and noodle bowls, some healthy stuff, and some not-so-healthy stuff,” Kilgore said.

The trio intends for Small Change to be a neighborhood joint where guests can unwind without pressure or pretense. “The space is comfortable and laid back,” he said. “It’s similar to Planter’s House, where it feels like it could’ve been around for a while or brand-new at the same time.”

The “hobo chic” interior, which seats 49, includes repurposed chairs, tables and doors. The ancient Falstaff sign outside above the entrance, though, will eventually be replaced with the Small Change logo.

Planter’s House vet Harrison Massie will helm Small Change, and Sam McCulloch, who has previously worked at Cleveland-Heath and Niche Restaurant Group, will serve as assistant bar manager. The space will be open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

 

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The Kilgores and Charak are warming up the space Friday, Nov. 24 when Miracle, the Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar franchise, returns with a few changes. This year, Miracle will remain open through Dec. 31 (the last day of service in 2016 was Christmas Eve), only closing on Christmas Day.

Reservations will also be available this year via Tock, and bar seats and standing room will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Miracle will be open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Kilgore said Miracle is also partnering with Tom’s Town Distillery. A portion of the sales of drinks featuring Tom’s Town gin and vodka will support Santa’s Helpers, an area nonprofit that assists families in need.

Owners photo by Michelle Volansky, Miracle photo courtesy of Jamie Kilgore

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Sommelier Andrey Ivanov will leave Reeds American Table at the end of the year

Monday, November 20th, 2017

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A pillar of the St. Louis wine scene will soon leave for the West Coast. Andrey Ivanov, executive beverage director at Reeds American Table, will relocate to San Francisco at the end of the year to further his position as national sales manager for Bliss Wine Imports, which is based in Napa Valley, California. He’ll remain at Reed’s through Tuesday, Dec. 26.

Ivanov, who has worked with Bliss for about two years, said it no longer makes sense for him to be based in St. Louis and fly to the company’s largest market eight or nine times a year.

“It’s kind of a bummer, because I wanted to pass my master sommelier [exam] here and not leave the community,” Ivanov said. “But my long-term plan and passion is to import wine and be on that side of it.”

The advanced sommelier has been a leader in the St. Louis community of wine professionals. He made a name for himself at Elaia, Olio, 33 Wine Bar and Brasserie, before he stepped into the role of beverage director at Reeds American Table before it opened in 2015 and has earned national recognition for his wine expertise.

Reeds chef-owner Matthew Daughaday said Ivanov’s contributions to the Maplewood restaurant were invaluable.

“I couldn’t have asked for someone better to work with over the past few years in terms of what he’s done building the program here,” Daughaday said. “He’s always been really good at bringing up the next young somm. I feel lucky to have him for the time that we did, knowing that he has his pick of what he wants to do.”

Ivanov said he’s leaving the wine program at Reeds in the capable hands of beverage director Alisha Blackwell-Calvert and her team.

“Alisha has been beverage director for quite a few months now, so she’s going to take over even more of the program,” he said. “We still have a total of three sommeliers who work at Reeds, there’s always at least one of them on the floor during every shift, so Reeds is in a good place.”

Photo by Ashley Gieseking

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Olive & Oak shares details on new concept, The Clover and The Bee

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

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The latest project from the folks behind Olive & Oak now has an official name, The Clover and The Bee, and an almost official opening date.

As reported by St. Louis Magazine, co-owner Mark Hinkle said the restaurant should debut at the end of this month. “As far as opening day, I hate to throw anything firm out there, but hopefully not long after the Thanksgiving holiday,” Hinkle said.

As The Scoop reported in January, Hinkle announced his plans to open another spot at 100 W. Lockwood Ave., in Webster Groves, next door to his successful restaurant, Olive & Oak.

The Clover and The Bee’s name is taken from a line in Emily Dickinson’s poem “To Make A Prairie.” It is an homage of sorts to the space’s former tenant, Webster Groves Bookshop, and the teamwork needed to open a new venture.

Hinkle said at first The Clover and The Bee will serve only breakfast and lunch, though he expects to start dinner service in early 2018. The restaurant has 40 to 45 seats, and unlike Olive & Oak, will have counter service and be a more fast-casual experience. A walk-up coffee window, delivery service and carryout will also be available.

Hinkle said the menu is still a work in progress, but will have fun twists on breakfast items. “We’re going to try and get out of that normal box you see at breakfast,” Hinkle said. “It’ll be Olive & Oak-style food, but tweaked a little bit for the daytime.”

 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Humble Pie makes way for Dottie’s Flour Shop in Ladue

Monday, November 13th, 2017

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Pizza takeout spot Humble Pie, which opened in April, has officially closed its doors, but the space at 9783 Clayton Road in Ladue won’t be empty for long.

As reported by the Riverfront Times, Jessica Lucas, who owns both Humble Pie and Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium with husband Mark Lucas, will open Dottie’s Flour Shop in the space with her business partner, Dottie Silverman.

Mark Lucas said Dottie’s will be an organic bakeshop that will also feature upscale kitchen goods. “We’re starting on the changeover this week,” Lucas said. “We have to do a couple of cosmetic things and some equipment swaps, but they should be in there within a week or so.”

Lucas said Humble Pie initially closed in mid-October for a menu overhaul, but it became apparent that a concept change was needed.

“We just found that the kitchen space was just too small for that menu,” he said. “[Dottie’s Flour Shop’s] business has just grown, and they were looking for a space, so it just made sense.”

Lucas said he plans to revisit Humble Pie at some point. “We’re kind of putting it on the back burner,” he said. “It’s just a matter of finding the right space for it. Right now we have enough going on with the transition, and I’d like to do some stuff with Fozzie’s, so I’d say we’ll revisit it in maybe six months or a year and see where we are.”

Photo courtesy of Humble Pie 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Barrister’s closes doors for good in Clayton

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Barrister’s in Clayton has closed its doors, effective today, Nov. 10. As reported by the Post-Dispatch, the announcement was made via the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“We’ve truly enjoyed bringing our dreams to reality during this chapter of our lives That is why, with a heavy heart, we are announcing that we have decided to close Barrister’s day to day operations effective Nov. 10, 2017,” the post read.

“More recently, we have had a few unforeseen personal circumstances develop that will require our full and undivided attention. We appreciate your support as we move forward into the next chapter of our lives.

“We cannot thank you all enough for your understanding. We will always hold a special place in our hearts for the Clayton community, our patrons and our staff that have become more like our family.”

Calls and messages to Barrister’s owners Kristie and Sam Boctor were not returned. The couple purchased Barrister’s from Jason Tilford of the Tilford Restaurant Group in 2015.

Photo courtesy of Barrister’s 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Devil Dogs Wienery will open hot dog eatery inside The Silver Ballroom

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Local hot dog cart Devil Dogs Wienery has found a permanent home inside The Silver Ballroom at 4701 Morgan Ford Road.

Co-owners Bill and Jamie Wiser will serve their signature hot dogs over the bar, as well as through an exterior window at The Silver Ballroom, beginning in December or January.

The Wisers launched Devil Dogs Wienery in 2015 as a collaboration with chef Christopher Lee featuring loaded hot dogs like the Common Enemy, a slinger-inspired hot dog with a scrambled egg patty, chili, bacon crumbles and white gravy; and the Mexican-inspired El Diablo infused with chorizo spices and topped with refried beans, sour cream and crispy tortilla crumbles.

Lee creates the individual hot dogs’ spice blends, and they’re processed and cased at Trenton Processing Center in Illinois. “We’re trying to keep everything as local as possible,” Wiser said

The couple has parked their cart around St. Louis, including concert venues like Off Broadway and CBGB, before committing to a more permanent space. The Silver Ballroom offers Australian meat pies, but doesn’t have a full-service food program. “We’ve had very positive feedback on our hot dogs,” Wiser said. “Now [The Silver Ballroom] is a good transition into something bigger.”

Wiser said he grew up listening to punk rock and enjoys the vibe at The Silver Ballroom. “It’s punk rock pinball, and what goes best with that? Wieners,” he said. “I think it’s a really good fit.” Wiser said general manager Matthew Gallagher will helm the kitchen day-to-day.

When the space opens, Devil Dogs will unveil its newest offering, the Mogwai: a teriyaki dog infused with soy sauce powder and topped with chow mein noodles, Chinese slaw, barbecue-teriyaki sauce and wasabi mustard. Wiser said he also plans to have rotating monthly specials and serve Billy Goat Chips and Lucky Cola through the service window.

Photo courtesy of Devil Dogs Weinery

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Peel Wood Fired Pizza inks a lease on first Missouri location

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

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Peel Wood Fired Pizza will head across the river next year. The popular Illinois eatery, which has locations in O’Fallon and Edwardsville, will debut its first Missouri restaurant in Clayton, according to co-owner Brandon Case.

The newest Peel will take up residence in the main floor of 212 S. Meramec Ave., currently under construction in downtown Clayton. Case said the 8,800-square-foot space will feature a patio and three wood-fired pizza ovens. He estimated the doors would open around the middle of 2018.

The menu will include some favorites from the other restaurants, along with some items specifically made for the Clayton crowd.

“Both of our current locations’ menus are about 95 percent the same,” Case said. “And they both have nine to 12 new items, and we’re changing those monthly. We have ideas for the [Clayton] menu, but we know we’ll be doing something different for that location. We want to do something a little different so the ones that know us in Illinois have a reason to go over there and vice versa.”

Case said there would be 36 beers on tap, focused on craft and import offerings. Peel is looking to pick up a Missouri distributor for its own beer, which is brewed at its O’Fallon location.

Case said he and co-owner Patrick Thirion wanted to bring Peel to Missouri for a while, and Clayton offers the opportunity to serve a large population.

“It’s a very growing, diverse area,” Case said. “It’s a little bit different than our demographic in O’Fallon and Edwardsville. Going to Clayton, it’s almost two times the amount of people in a 15-mile radius.”

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Vista Ramen chef-owner shares plans for Mothership at Earthbound

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Executive chef and co-owner Chris Bork created a menu inspired by several Asian cultures. Dishes include  Japanese ramen, Thai sausage and Korean fried chicken.

 

Vista Ramen chef-owner Chris Bork will land the Mothership at Earthbound Beer this winter.

As The Scoop reported in August, Earthbound Beer announced Bork would helm the kitchen at its new location at 2724 Cherokee St., which opened in September, but the concept was still in the works. Now, Bork has announced the initial menu lineup and a tentative opening timeline, as reported by Feast.

“My inspiration was to find a niche on Cherokee that didn’t exist,” Bork said. “We really just bought a smoker and built the menu around that.”

 

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While bowls of ramen won’t make the move to Mothership, Bork has put together a tight inaugural menu focusing on smoked meats. In addition to a rotating barbecue plate, Mothership will feature smoked turkey with pita, sumac, pickles and yogurt; smoked chicken chili with cottage cheese and pickled daikon; a veggie burger topped with fontina, Kewpie mayo, lettuce and red onion; and kielbasa with mustard and onions.

Sides also follow the barbecue theme: beans, potato salad and coleslaw, along with a variety of kimchi and pickles. House sauces will include pomegranate, root beer, Carolina, Korean barbecue and vinegar. Hawaiian rolls with gochujang honey butter will round out the offerings.

Bork said some of the new menu items will be available at Earthbound’s third anniversary party, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17, and Mothership should open “a week or two after Thanksgiving.”

Photo by Michelle Volansky; logo courtesy of Chris Bork 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Executive chef Michael Friedman has left Retreat Gastropub

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

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{ from left, beverage director Tim Wiggins, owner Travis Howard and executive chef Michael Friedman just before Retreat opened in 2015 } 

Chef Michael Friedman has left his post as executive chef at Retreat Gastropub in the Central West End. His last day of service was Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Friedman, who helped open Retreat in 2015, said he doesn’t have any definite plans yet, but he’s weighing his options.

“I want to challenge myself and do a little bit of personal growth,” Friedman said. “I had definitely hit the ceiling at Retreat and wanted to expand my range and fly a little bit. I think the long-term goal is to definitely open something up on my own. I’ve been talking with a couple of investment partners about that. But until that pans out, I’m doing some consulting work and I’d like to get into another restaurant.”

Retreat owner Travis Howard said in a statement that he is not naming a replacement for Friedman yet.

“Currently, we will be operating with the team that we’ve built over the past two years. We are confident in their ability to deliver all of the favorite dishes from our Retreat menu to the quality that our guests expect,” Howard said in the statement.

“We wish chef Friedman the best of luck in his future endeavors. We’re appreciative of the time that he spent with us at Retreat, and we’ll continue to feature the dishes that our guests have come to know and love, from our burger to the bread pudding.”

Photo by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Edible cookie dough spot Dough Co. to open in West County Center

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

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If your idea of the best cookie is one that never saw the oven, you’re in luck. Dough Co. will open for business on Nov. 15 at West County Mall, serving up edible cookie dough by the scoop and pint, as well as other cookie dough-themed treats.

Owner Martha Sneider said the inspiration for the business came from her 14-year-old daughter, Bonnie. “She’s the driving force,” Sneider said. “[Bonnie] loves the idea of baking and of enterprise.”

Sneider is a St. Louis entrepreneur who founded Logo Loops, a customizable headband company, eight years ago. Dough Co. is her first food venture, and she hired Heidi Haller to be executive chef and manager.

Sneider said all Dough Co. cookie dough is made with heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs, making the dough safe to eat raw – though it can be baked, too. Customers will choose between nine regular cookie dough flavors, with scoops served in either a cone or cup. The cookie dough can also be bought in pints to take home and eat later or bake into a dozen 1½-ounce cookies.

Flavors include a classic chocolate chip, snickerdoodle with white chocolate chunks, oatmeal cookie and a turtle with caramel and pecans. Sneider said the 24/7 Chocolate flavor is one of her favorites. “It’s German cocoa and chocolate chunks and just really rich,” she said. “We overdid it. We went as far as we could.”

Dough Co. will also serve baked cookies, cupcakes and brownies iced with cookie dough, and even Bonnie’s creation, The Bon Bon: three mini scoops of chocolate chip dough dipped in chocolate. Beverages include milk, iced coffee and lemonade.

Photo courtesy of Dough Co. 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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