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Sunday, August 6th, 2017

It’s been a busy week in the STL restaurant scene with openings, closings and national accolades. Here’s what went down, ICYMI.

 

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1. Bon Appétit has announced its list of 50 Best New Restaurants in America, and two of St. Louis’ hottest eateries, Vicia and Nixta, made the cut.

2.  Chef-owner Michael Pastor debuted his new pizza-themed food truck, Pie Hard, on Saturday, July 29, at a soft opening event at his commissary kitchen, located at 8201 W. Main St., in Belleville.

 

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3. Ari Jo Ellis, a member of the Ones To Watch class of 2016, is striking out on her own. 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.

4. 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.

 

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5. The later is still a work in progress (look for an opening later this month), but the new Baileys’ Chocolate Bar reopened yesterday, Aug. 3, after just three weeks of frenzied activity.

6. 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.

 

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7. 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.

8. Manchester has a new specialty store: Pan-Asia Supermarket at 14246 Manchester Road. The 30,000-square-foot grocery hosted its grand opening Saturday, July 22, and offers a wide variety of Asian products, including fresh seafood, dry goods, fruit and veggies, international liquors and spices.

 

 

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

10. Stage Left Diner quietly closed its doors on Monday, July 31. The diner, located at 541 N. Grand Blvd., debuted in September 2016, when owner Steve Smith and restaurant consultant Brad Beracha took over the space next-door to the Fabulous Fox Theatre from the former City Diner.

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Sunday, July 30th, 2017

From one of the area’s most anticipated restaurant openings to national accolades for Vicia, here’s what went down last week, ICYMI.

 

1. After years of anticipationNudo House made its debut. The ramen and pho shop from co-owners Qui Tran and Marie-Anne Velasco opened this Thursday, July 27 in Creve Coeur.

2. A new restaurant downtown has sprung up and is starting to grow on people. Red Oak Eats ‘n Treats, located at 1330 Washington Ave., opened on Wednesday, July 19. The fast-casual eatery features hydroponic plants on its menu.

 

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3. Vicia has made a splash on the local and national dining scenes even before its highly anticipated opening in March, and now, the Central West End restaurant has just been named one of Eater’s 12 Best New Restaurants In America.

4. Fans of sparkling will soon have an oasis in which to imbibe a wide variety of bubbles. Extra Brut, a sparkling wine and oyster venue from the folks behind Louie’s Wine Dive, is set to debut at 16 S. Bemiston Ave., in Clayton on Friday, Aug. 4.

 

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5. Chef-owner Ryan Lewis is moving his popular Springfield, Illinois, restaurant Driftwood Eatery & Cocktail to St. Louis. The restaurant – to be renamed and rebranded Pig & Pickle Eatery – is set to open this fall at 5511 Pershing Ave., and includes the space that formerly housed Atlas Restaurant.

 

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6.Southern comfort food spot Juniper will move to a new location in April 2018. Chef-owner John Perkins said the eatery’s new digs would be located on the first floor of the new mixed-use building currently under construction at 4101 Laclede Ave., in the Central West End.

 

 

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Monday, July 24th, 2017

St. Louis is popping with new food ventures from big name restauranteurs to local families just starting out. Here’s a quick rundown of the food news from last week, ICYMI.

 

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1. Dave Bailey has tackled burgers, breakfast and a vegetarian whiskey bar, and now he’s adding L’Acadiane, a Cajun and Creole eatery, to his restaurant portfolio.

 

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2. Grab your bibs and crackers – Mad Crab is now open in University City. The seafood boil spot opened doors July 17 at 8080 Olive Blvd., in the former home of Kim Son Seafood.

 

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3. National steakhouse chain The Capital Grille will soon open its 57th location –  and the first in the St. Louis area – in the former J. Buck’s space at 101 S. Hanley Road in Clayton in mid-September.

4. Three years after launching MK’s Rolls and Wraps food truck, owner MK Vongnarath has parked the mobile eatery and opened a permanent location, MK’s Asian Persuasion.

 

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5. Center Ice Brewery is keeping things cool in Midtown. The hockey-themed brewery opened July 21 at 3126 Olive St., just a couple doors down from Pappy’s Smokehouse and Southern.

 

 

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Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

From our new issue featuring the best of brunch to big changes for Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, here’s what went down last week in the STL dining scene, ICYMI.


1. Our July issue hit stands and we’re ready to brunch hard. Don’t wait – click here to read online now!

2. Things are heating up at the Mad Crab, a new seafood boil concept set to open July 17 at 8080 Olive Blvd., in University City.

 

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3. A Lafayette Square favorite is being reimagined and a new concept introduced – all in the same space. Owner Dave Bailey announced he will pare down Baileys’ Chocolate Bar and reopen part of the space at 1915 Park Ave., as a new restaurant.

4. Ellisville’s first brewery is officially open. Brewer-owner Chris Greer opened Greer Brewing Co. at 16050 Manchester Road on June 24.

 

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5. Two local favorites, 2nd Shift Brewing and Guerrilla Street Food, are teaming up for a one-two punch of food and drink. The popular Filipino food purveyors will run the kitchen at 2nd Shift’s brewery and tasting room at 601 Sublette Ave., starting Wednesday, July 5.

6. Got $10 and a friend? Then Budget Crunch has 10 tasty deals you must try now.

 

Don’t miss out! Follow Sauce on Facebook and Twitter to get The Scoop on all the area dining news first. 

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Sunday, June 11th, 2017

From new locations of Craft Beer Cellar and Jilly’s to the closure of Scapegoat in the Central West End, here’s what went down last week the STL food scene, ICYMI.

 

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1. A second Craft Beer Cellar is set to open in at 5760 Chippewa St., near the Hampton Village shopping center. Owner Brandon Nickelson is hoping to open doors at the beer-focused bottle shop by end of the year.

 

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2. Scapegoat Tavern & Courtyard, the more casual arm of fine dining restaurant Scape in the Central West End, has closed its doors. The restaurant ceased operations after Memorial Day, according to Bob Koplar, general counsel for Koplar Properties, which owns the space.

 

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3. Popular sweets purveyor Jill Segal, owner of Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café, is heading east to open her latest project, Jilly’s. Segal expects to debut in late June at 222 E. Park St., in Edwardsville, just in time for the flagship restaurant’s 10th anniversary in July.

 

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4. Condensed milk and hazelnut praline take basic pound cake to the next level. Get the recipe in this week’s Baked. 

 

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Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

 

1. Our June issue featuring our annual Readers’ Choice results is online and on stands now! Click here to read now, and meet the winners tomorrow evening at Saucy Soirée at Union Station.

 

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2. Rick Lewis is stepping down from his role as executive chef at Southern to open up his own place with his wife, Elisa Lewis. The new venture will be located at 4270 Manchester Ave., the former home of Sweetie Pie’s in The Grove.

 

The Sloppy Joe Joe, named for co-owner Wendy Hamilton’s brother, is served open-faced and doused in beer cheese sauce on spent-grain sourdough.

 

3. Don’t miss 4 new places to try this month on our June Hit List including Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern, Humble Pie, Pizza Head and Das Bevo.

 

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4. The Red Shack in Dogtown has shut its doors at 6401 West Park Ave. The Tex-Mex restaurant’s last day of service was Friday, May 26. It opened last year on Memorial Day weekend.

 

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Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Local chefs have found new homes and Bevo is abuzz. Here’s what went down this weekend, ICYMI…

 

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1. Another Sauce One to Watch is striking out on her own. Jessie Gilroy, currently sous chef at Sidney Street Cafe, will soon head west to start her own restaurant, Pangea. Gilroy plans to open doors in The New Town  neighborhood in St. Charles this September.

2. Tin Roof, the Nashville-based chain of music venues/fast-casual eateries, is set to open up a St. Louis location this summer, and they’ve tapped a local culinary up-and-comer to helm the kitchen.

 

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3. Edibles & Essentials is hitting the streets this summer with a new food truck, Essentially Fries.

4. University City will soon be home to another taco spot. Taco Buddha is slated to open at 7405 Pershing Ave., this summer in the former home of short-lived Perjax American Kitchen.

 

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5. Former Sardella executive chef Nick Blue has left fine dining behind and is headed in a more casual direction. Last week, he began a new chapter at Sugarfire Smoke House.

6. The Bevo neighborhood welcomes a new Mediterranean eatery this weekend. Husband-and-wife duo Zamir and Josi Jahic are scheduled to open J’s Pitaria on Saturday, May 27, at 5003 Gravois Road.

 

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7. Lemmons in South City has been known for many things over the years, from fried chicken to pizza to live music. The space reopened Wednesday as Lemmons by Grbic, soon to be known for Balkan-American cuisine and cold beer.

8. Got $10 and a friend? Then Kevin Korinek has 8 tasty deals you must try now.

 

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Sunday, May 21st, 2017

It was a week of new looks for old favorites in the St. Louis dining scene. Here’s what went down, ICYMI…

 

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1. After 14 years brewing in Ste. Genevieve, Charleville Brewing Co. has a second home in Lafayette Square. Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern opened its 7-barrel brewery and restaurant at 2101 Chouteau Ave., on May 16.

 

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2. The chef-owner of the recently shuttered Three Flags Tavern has landed a new job as executive chef at Herbie’s in Clayton. John O’Brien’s first day at the helm was May 17.

 

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3. Turn, the breakfast and lunch spot from chef-owner David Kirkland, officially opened on May 7 on the first floor of the .ZACK building at 3224 Locust St. in Grand Center.

 

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4. An old favorite is getting a new lease on life, thanks to the folks behind Grbic Restaurant. Lemmons by Grbic is slated to open on Wednesday, May 24, at 5800 Gravois Ave.

 

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5. Six Mile Bridge Beer has joined the hop wave and released Mosaic IPA, the first in a series of single-hopped IPAs on draft this weekend at the Maryland Heights brewery.

 

 

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Sunday, April 16th, 2017

From a rising star somm moving on to a more tacos and ice cream on Cherokee Street, here’s what went down last week in the STL restaurant scene, ICYMI…

 

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1. 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.

 

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2. Grab a bag of jelly beans and pair each flavor with locally available brews. Consider it the adult version of an Easter egg hunt – a Beer-ster Egg Hunt, if you will.

 

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3. 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.

Don’t miss a word of the latest St. Louis restaurant news! Follow Sauce on Facebook and Twitter!  

 

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Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Restauranteurs are announcing new concepts and big plans are in the works for area food trucks. Here’s what went down last week, ICYMI…

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1. A new “food court” for area food trucks is in the works in South City. Earlier this year, Steak Louie owner Paul Listenberger plans to turn the former Annie Moon’s Bakery into a one-stop shop where food truck fans can indulge in their favorite fare in one central location.

2. 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.

 

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3. 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.

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

 

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5. Restaurateur Sukhjinder 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.

6. 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.

 

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7. 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 in Chesterfield.

8. Kirkwood has a new destination for fried chicken. The Fryer’s Daughter opened doors April 2 at 10332 Manchester Road, the former home of The Wood Cask. 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.

 

 

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