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4204 Main Street Brewing rebrands as The Perfect 10 in Alton

Friday, August 4th, 2017



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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Sunday, June 15th, 2014



Sweetology: 9214 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.736.4800, sweetology.com

Just when you thought you’d exhausted your outings-with-kids options, sucrose playground Sweetology opens its doors. At this interactive retail concept, patrons young and old can get their hands sticky decorating cookies, cupcakes and cakes (including gluten-free varieties). The process includes stopping at the wish machine, which dispenses edible candy that you can write on and then insert inside your treat; using the frosting dispenser and mixology machine that will squirt out just the right shade of chartreuse; and choosing from nearly 200 sugar art options for decorations to turn that cupcake into a sugary masterpiece. Exhausted parents: Let the Sweetologists guide the kiddos through the decorating experience while you relax in The Drinkery with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Good luck leaving without a bag of candy tapped from a massive bulk selection that also includes all-natural and dye-free sweets.



Lulu’s Local Eatery: 3201 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.300.8125, luluslocaleatery.com

Popular food truck Lulu’s Local Eatery has found its abode on bustling South Grand. You’ll find hearty wraps and sandwiches filled with local produce and served up with scratch sauces, plus a handful of noodle and stir-fry bowls and even a kids menu. Followers of this lunch wagon will notice that many of their favorite rotating specials now have a permanent place on the brick-and-mortar menu. As for sides, expect to find us indulging in both the kale salad and tater tots. After ordering from the counter that’s sustainably outfitted with repurposed wood, head to the patio where you can admire vegetables and herbs growing in recycled yellow filing cabinets. Food this fresh, flavorful and filling – not to mention super affordable – will keep even meat lovers contented. Just wait until the meal is over to tell them that Lulu’s isn’t just a vegetarian restaurant; it’s vegan.



4204 Main Street Brewing Co.: 4204 Main St., Belleville, 618.416.7261, mainstreetbrewingco.com

Belleville’s first brewery in decades towers above surrounding fast-food chains and mom-and-pop spots lining Main Street. The former Amarillo Tex now sports dark leather, gleaming wood and shining fermentation tanks. Order a four-brew flight from the seven options currently on tap (Make sure two of your picks are the saison and California Common Rye.). The meat-and-potatoes crowd will find a wide selection of Certified Angus Beef steaks and burgers. Among the many dishes with flavor twists, try the stuffed mushrooms with pickled beet-horseradish sauce. House-made whole-grain mustard spiked with beer accompanies a croque-monsieur stuffed with smoked ham, apples, shallots and caramelized aged white cheddar. An open-faced meatloaf sandwich is packed with flavor, wrapped in applewood bacon and smothered in gravy. For dessert, pair a chocolate stout with the profiterole, which eschews traditional choux in favor of fried biscuit dough.



ArtBar Saint Louis: 2732 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.769.9696, artbarstl.com

This colorful watering hole on Cherokee Street is to the creative set what sports bars are to Cardinals fans. Art lines the walls and artists in all media are encouraged to use the space to perform, create and imbibe. Cozy up to the 54-foot bar and choose from 15 wines by the glass and nearly 20 local brews, or have the bartender craft a cocktail using small-producer spirits and house-made syrups. Build a board from a changing selection of local meats, cheeses and house-made pickles. Or fill a paper cone with the daily popcorn flavor. And if all that inspiration moves the artist in you, pick up the colored pencils and paper handed to you when you sit down and doodle away.


 -photos by Michelle Volansky




The Scoop: Southern Illinois breweries continue to multiply

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014



Southern Illinois looks to become a hotbed for craft brewing in 2014. Granite City will see Six Mile Brewery and Smokehouse open sometime in late spring or early summer; Recess Brewery is expected to begin brewing this fall on Main Street in Edwardsville. A third brewery, 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., is coming to Belleville, and if everything goes as planned, its beer will be flowing by May 1.

As the name implies, 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., will make its home at 4204 W. Main St., in downtown Belleville. The brewery, which will also have a restaurant and bar, is located in the former space of now defunct Amarillo Tex’s Steakhouse. Amarillo’s and Main Street Brewing are both ventures by Todd Kennedy and his wife Julia Kennedy, along with Todd Kennedy’s parents. The couples also own four area Golden Corral locations as well as Julia’s Banquet Center in East Alton.

The brewmaster for Main Street will be Tony Toenjes, former brewmaster for Excel Brewery, in Breeze, Ill. Toenjes worked at Excel for a year and a half, helping to get its brewing operation off the ground, he explained. He left Excel in January to join the Kennedys. At Main Street, Toenjes plans to have eight beers available at any given time. Beer drinkers can look for a California common rye, a lager, an American wheat, a blonde ale and an IPA. Toenjes is also considering a hefeweizen, a blackberry porter, brown ales, Scottish ales and even seasonal ciders. “We’ll mix it up quite a bit,” he said. He noted that this year marks the 200th anniversary for the city of Belleville, and that he’ll be creating a pecan ale for that occasion.

Toenjes anticipates brewing between 500 and 800 barrels in the first year of operation. Main Street’s brews will be available on draft at the brewery, and down the road, Toenjes hopes to get them in other area watering holes. “We’re going to self-distribute at first,” said Kennedy, who plans to focus on distribution in Madison and St. Clair counties. The brewery does not have immediate bottling plans.

Those looking to grab a bite at 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., can expect a burger-centric lunch menu and a dinner menu with a “steakhouse-theme,” said Kennedy. “The real neat part is that we’re going to use spent grain and spent yeast to make our own beer bread, beer pretzels and beer cheese,” he added, noting that everything, including the bread, will be made in-house.

Those familiar with Amarillo Tex’s Steakhouse will notice a transformation to the space, which has undergone a gut renovation. Glass windows in the dining area will provide a view to the brewing operation. “It was a rustic look,” Toenjes said. “Now, it’s more elegant: a lot of stone, dark woods, lots of glass.”

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