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

August 3rd 06:08pm, 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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