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The Scoop: El Morelia Supermercado owners to open The Taco & Ice Cream Joint

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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More tacos and ice cream are coming to Cherokee Street. The team behind El Morelia Supermercado in Bridgeton will open The Taco & Ice Cream Joint at 2738 Cherokee St., at the end of April, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

Building on the success of the Bridgeton market’s popular Taco & Ice Cream weekend brunch, The Taco & Ice Cream Joint will offer a wide variety of street tacos alongside house-made ice cream and paletas, Mexican ice pops.

Karen Rico, daughter and business partner of owner Salvador Rico, said the new restaurant gives the El Morelia team a chance to innovate. “It’ll be really unique, not just tacos, but different types of ribs and make-your-own burrito and taco stations. We’ll also have all our usual ice cream flavors ­– mango, coconut, Mexican Twinkie, the favorites, and some new, exotic flavors we’ve been coming up with,” she said.

El Morelia will continue its weekend brunch service. Rico said they plan to open The Taco & Ice Cream Joint daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Sam Flaster is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

Photo courtesy of Google Street View

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The Scoop: Zac Adcox moves from Blood & Sand to Reeds American Table

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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In just a few months, Zac Adcox has made a name for himself in the St. Louis wine world, helming the wine program as general manager of Blood & Sand. Now, the 22-year-old member of Sauce Ones To Watch class of 2017 is embarking on a new adventure as a sommelier at Reeds American Table.

After staging at Reeds to enhance his knowledge base, Adcox was offered a permanent gig in March. “I just wanted to learn from Andrey (Ivanov) and Alisha (Blackwell), and this situation just kind of organically happened,” he said.

Currently, he works the floor at Reeds on weekends, and during the week, he assists Blood & Sand’s Juliette Dottle as she transitions to her new role as general manager and wine director. Once Dottle sits for her Level 1 certified sommelier exam in early June, Adcox will move to Reed’s full time.

He said he’s excited to be able to focus primarily on the wine side of the business and continue working with the staff there. “Alisha and Andrey have boosted my confidence,” he said. “They’ve empowered me and made me more passionate. I really love working with them.”

Photo by Carmen Troesser

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The Scoop: Spice of India opens in Olivette

Friday, April 7th, 2017

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Restaurateur Sukhjinder Singh has added a third restaurant to his portfolio of eateries. As first reported by St. Louis Magazine, Singh opened Spice of India in Olivette last month at 10633 Page Ave., in the space that formerly housed Peshwa. Singh also owns Aroma Indian Grill in Hazelwood and Taj Indian Cuisine in Edwardsville.

Singh said the location was a logical choice for another restaurant. “We have an Indian store next to us, and there is a large Indian population in the area,” he said.

Spice of India specializes in cuisine of northern India, and the expansive menu is loaded with appetizers, street food items, soups, salads and a host of larger plates. Beverages include a small selection of beer and wine, plus a couple of lassi variations.

The restaurant also has a daily lunch buffet and an all-day Sunday buffet for those who want a smaller selection to choose from. The space seats approximately 55, and catering is also available. Spice of India is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 9:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Spice of India

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The Scoop: Sophie’s, an artist lounge and bar, to open in .ZACK space

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

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Grand Center will welcome a new addition to the neighborhood next week when Sophie’s Artist Lounge & Cocktail Club opens its doors on Friday, April 14.

The club will be located on the second floor of the .ZACK multipurpose arts venue at 3224 Locust St., the former home of Plush, which is owned by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Other .ZACK tenants include the restaurant Turn by David Kirkland, a 200-seat theater, an art incubator, a record store, a ballroom and a variety of offices and commercial spaces.

“Sophie’s Artist Lounge & Cocktail Club is meant to be an amenity for our resident organizations and their cast, crews and patrons to come together to connect and celebrate their work,” said Chris Hansen, executive director of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, adding that the club will also be open to the general public.

The interior of the space, which seats approximately 50, was designed by SPACE Architecture & Design. It will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sophie’s patrons can indulge in a selection of cocktails, beer and wine, along with a small menu of bar snacks and play classic board games. Hansen said the venue will also play host to networking and connectivity events designed to help bring together the arts community.

Logo courtesy of Kranzberg Arts Foundation 

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The Scoop: Food truck food court to open in South City

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

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A new “food court” for area food trucks is in the works in South City.

Earlier this year, Steak Louie owner Paul Listenberger bought the 2,200-square-foot building at 4001 Utah St., which formerly housed Annie Moons Bakery. The space has served as a commissary kitchen for Steak Louie, as well as fellow trucks Farmtruk and Go! Gyro! Go! Now, Listenberger plans to turn it into a one-stop shop where food truck fans can indulge in their favorite fare in one central location.

According to Listenberger, the actual rehab of the space will be minimal. “It’s a great building as-is,” he said. “We’re just doing basically cosmetic changes.”

Listenberger said the plan is for customers to order at a counter, and then food will be brought to their tables. Inside and outside seating will be available, and he plans to serve beer as well.

Steak Louie, Farmtruk and Go! Gyro! Go! have all signed on to participate in the venture, and Listenberger said he hopes to have Holy Crepe on board soon, as well. He also intends to eventually bring in other trucks for collaborations and events.

Initially, Listenberger said the food court would be open for Friday dinner service, and breakfast, lunch and dinner service on Saturday and Sunday. The space, which has no official name as of yet, is about four to six weeks from opening. “We want to get the patio open as soon as we can,” he said.

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The Scoop: Patois to open in former Rustic Goat space downtown

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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Downtown’s The Rustic Goat will soon be replaced with a new, multifaceted concept. As reported by the Riverfront Times, the restaurant at 2617 Washington Ave., will close and reopen as Patois Eatery & Social Lounge on Saturday, April 15.

“We’re rebranding and going in a different direction,” said Johnnie Franklin, marketing director for the restaurant’s new management team. “We’re going to change the whole concept to more of a Caribbean-Creole-American fusion eatery and social lounge.” Franklin said ownership hasn’t changed, but the restaurant is under new management.

The Patois menu will boast a wide variety of items from jerk chicken and oxtail to seafood and pasta. Weekday lunch and Sunday brunch service will also be available.

The new direction will also include a hookah lounge and live entertainment. On Fridays, Patois will host After Work Office Lounge, or AWOL, which will spotlight live Caribbean music and a DJ playing between sets. On Sunday evenings, the restaurant will play host to live comedy acts. Franklin said only minor cosmetic changes will be made to the space.

Franklin said in the interim before the official reopening, The Rustic Goat will remain open for previously scheduled private events, but regular service has ceased.

Photo courtesy of Patois

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The Scoop: Russell’s to open third location in Chesterfield

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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Restaurateur Russell Ping will soon open a third bakery and restaurant to complement his other two locations, Russell’s on Macklind and Russell’s Cafe & Bakery in Fenton. The new spot, which will also be named Russell’s Cafe & Bakery, is slated to open later this fall (hopefully September) at 14888 Clayton Road in Chesterfield.

“We’ve been looking for a while at opening a third store, and weighing our options on whether another city location would be good, or something else out in the county,” Ping said. “And it really came down to the space being a good fit.”

The 4,000-square-foot space, formerly a St. Louis Bread Co. location, will receive a complete gut rehab, including a full kitchen and a bakery production area. Construction is slated to begin in the next few weeks.

Ping said initially the cafe will be open for breakfast and lunch, and there will be items from both the Fenton and Macklind menus available. He said there are items, like biscuits and cinnamon rolls, which are available only on Sundays at Russell’s on Macklind that may make regular appearances on the Chesterfield menu as well.

“Having the bigger kitchen will allow us to expand,” Ping said. “So we’ll start out with the things everyone loves, and then add to the menu as we grow and expand.” He said the beverage program would be ramped up as well.

“We’ve worked with Kaldi’s for a very long time, but we’re looking to add to our coffee program,” Ping said, adding that Kaldi’s is in the process of refurbishing an antique espresso machine for the new location. Beer and wine will also be available.

Photo by Dustin Bryson 

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The Scoop: Alpha Brewing Co. to open second location

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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Another local brewery is getting ready to expand. Alpha Brewing Co. will open a second location in Tower Grove in late fall. “We’ve closed on the building, ordered the equipment and construction has started,” said head brewer Derrick Langeneckert.

Langeneckert plans to announce the exact address at the brewery’s fourth anniversary party this Saturday, April 8, but he said the 13,000-square-foot space will house a 15-barrel system that should produce 1,000 barrels in the first full year of production. The brewery’s downtown facility at 1409 Washington Ave., currently produces 200 barrels annually.

“The first year we were open we made 200 barrels, and we’re still making 200 barrels a year,” Langeneckert said. “We just don’t have the space to make one more drop of beer.”

The second Alpha location will also feature a taproom with 100 seats inside and a 200-seat Biergarten outside. Langeneckert said there will also be a kitchen, and he plans to partner with a local restaurant for food service.

Photo courtesy of Alpha Brewing Co.

Editor’s note: This article was updated at 1:35 p.m. to correct the size of Alpha’s brewing system. 

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The Scoop: The Fryer’s Daughter opens in the former Wood Cask space

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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Kirkwood has a new destination for fried chicken. The Fryer’s Daughter opened doors yesterday, April 2, at 10332 Manchester Road, the former home of The Wood Cask. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, owner Dan Marten wasn’t throwing in the towel on his former eatery after its last day of service on March 22 – just switching gears.

Most of the renovations to the restaurant were cosmetic, Martin said, and the concept has received a complete facelift. The compact menu is focused on fried chicken by the plate or the piece, and it also includes five sandwiches that can also be ordered as a salad or wrap. Available sides include slaw, three-bean salad, fries, sauteed spinach and cream corn. The full bar is still available for those who’d like some booze with their yard bird. “It’s still probably the best whiskey selection in Kirkwood,” Marten said.

Marten said he rebranded the restaurant after customers couldn’t quite grasp The Wood Cask’s concept. The whiskey bar and restaurant opened in 2015. “I loved the Wood Cask concept,” he said. “We went through a couple of menu changes, and I think maybe it confused customers slightly. You could call it an identity crisis. I also had people who came in and said ‘We thought you were a liquor store for the first year-and-a-half, so we just didn’t come in.’”

The new name is an homage to Marten’s daughters, who helped him start the business, as well as an unambiguous announcement of the restaurant’s new culinary direction (the words “chicken restaurant” are also prominently displayed after the name, just in case). “You read it, it’s catchy, and you immediately know what it is,” Marten said.

During the day, orders are taken at the counter, and Martin said speed is the focus of lunch service. “The goal is to have someone in and out in 30 minutes, max,” he said.

Table service takes over in the evening, and carryout is always available. Marten said a catering menu is in the works as well.

The Fryer’s Daughter will be open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Photo courtesy of The Fryer’s Daughter

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The Scoop: Alton gourmet popcorn shop reopens as PopUtopia

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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The Hive, a gourmet popcorn and confections shop in Alton, officially reopened under a new name last month. PopUtopia opened doors at 231 E. Delmar Road on March 11.

According to owner Rebecca Pattan, support from the Alton community kept the business afloat after the building’s owner closed the storefront in 2014. “We wanted to keep the store in Alton – this is home,” Pattan said. “We had a ton of support, text messages, phone calls, a Kickstarter – with the short attention span people have these days, that blew my mind.”

In addition to PopUtopia’s 150 flavors, the new store also features a taffy wall, nostalgia candies and bulk candies, as well as lighter, healthier popcorn flavors. Pattan said she aims to emphasize a sense of nostalgia through old-school service and fun, atomic decor.

“That’s my age, that’s what I grew up with. We want to do things the old-fashioned way with a really sincere sense of customer service,” she said. “This area needs and deserves really great specialty shops, to really create something our residents are hungry for – not necessarily popcorn, but that type of experience.”

PopUtopia is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of PopUtopia

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