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The Scoop: Gluten-free A2 Cafe closes downtown

Thursday, October 13th, 2016



After less than a year in business, A2 Cafe has closed its doors downtown. Its last day of business was Monday, Oct. 10, as reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Owner Audrey Faulstich posted notice of the closure online on Monday, Oct. 9. Faulstich said while she had a solid customer base, the cost of doing business downtown was too high. “We would have done well had I been in a suburb like Webster Groves where rent was a lot lower, and we didn’t do such a big build out,” she said.

Faulstich and Audra Angelique opened A2 Cafe in April with the goal of providing healthy alternatives to those with gluten and dairy intolerances. Faulstich took over operations after Angelique left the business in June.

Faulstich said she intends to pursue her doctorate in nursing practice. She hopes to work in health policy using what she has learned from her time in the restaurant industry. “I had no business background or really any restaurant experience. I learned how to be a leader. I gained business skills, marketing skills, cooking skills,” she said. “I feel a lot brighter.”



-photo by Michelle Volansky  

First Look: A2 The GFCF Cafe & Restaurant in downtown St. Louis

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016



Audra Angelique and Audrey Faulstich are on a mission to provide downtown St. Louis healthy alternatives for those with food allergies and intolerances. Their experiences with specialty diets inspired them to launch A2 The GFCF Cafe and Restaurant, which opened doors on April 11 at 1330 Washington Ave.

As The Scoop reported in September 2015, co-owners Angelique, who serves as head chef, and Faulstich, a registered nurse, wanted to provide healthy food and to educate others about the potential health benefits of removing foods containing gluten and casein (a protein found in mammal milk).

At first glance, the 35-seat dining room feels like a coffee shop, complete with an espresso bar and bakery case, but the restaurant has a gluten-free lunch and dinner menu featuring sandwiches, salads and pizzas with casein-free options.

A2 worked with Wildwood-based Think.Eat.Live. to develop a variety of breads and the pizza crust made with the company’s sunflower seed-based flour blend. They also brew Mississippi Mud coffee and offer tea from London Tea Room. A2 also strives to use recyclable and compostable carryout boxes, utensils, cups and straws.

A2 is open Tuesdays though Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with plans to add a weekend brunch service. Here’s a first look at what to expect at downtown’s newest eatery.


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-photos by Michelle Volansky 


The Scoop: Gluten-free, casein-free restaurant to open downtown

Friday, September 11th, 2015



A2 The GFCF Cafe & Restaurant is bringing gluten- and casein-free fare to downtown at 1330 Washington Ave.

The restaurant is named for co-owners Audrey Faulstich and Audra Angelique. Faulstich, a registered nurse, eschewed foods containing gluten and casein (a protein found in mammal milk) in early 2014. After noticing the positive health benefits it had for her friend, Angelique also began following a gluten- and casein-free lifestyle. Angelique experimented with recipes in her home kitchen before deciding to take her health-focused dishes to the masses with a new restaurant downtown.

Starting in early November, A2 will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch. The menu will feature gluten- and dairy-free pizzas and sandwiches served on freshly baked, gluten-free bread. The St. Louis Club will feature turkey, avocado aioli and fresh tomatoes on gluten-free, casein-free cheddar-bacon focaccia. Look also for creative takes on pasta salads, including a pad Thai salad with glass noodles and “spaghetti and meatball salad” using quinoa-brown rice noodles tossed in a sun-dried tomato dressing.

On the beverage side, A2 will offer a full espresso bar, as well as healthy, house-made soft drinks like the Audrey Temple with sparkling black cherry juice, cherry-infused water, black cherry-chia seed probiotics and honey-soaked cherries. They will also install an oxygen bar.

Angelique said she hopes to support as many local purveyors as possible. They plan to use produce from the Urban Harvest rooftop garden, coffee from Mississippi Mud and gluten-free sunflower-based flour from Think.Eat.Live. “I’m obsessed with St. Louis,” Angelique said. “I think it’s one of the best cities in the country, possibly the world.”






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