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The Scoop: Bob Komanetsky leaves Mac’s Local Eats in Dogtown

Friday, May 12th, 2017

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 { from left,  Bob Komanetsky and Chris “Mac” McKenzie } 

 

Bob Komanetsky, the chef-owner of Completely Sauced food truck who recently began helming the kitchen at Mac’s Local Eats, has parted ways with the restaurant, effective Wednesday, May 10. Komanetsky cited “philosophical differences” as his reason for leaving.

“During my time there I developed some good relationships with some great people,” he said. “I think Tamm Avenue is a great establishment in a great neighborhood. You couldn’t ask for a better place than Dogtown, if you ask me. It’s been my pleasure to help things get up and running and I wish Tamm Avenue and Mac’s great success.”

Komanetsky’s departure from Tamm doesn’t necessarily mean that the Completely Sauced truck, which has been on hiatus, will hit the road again in the near future, though.

“It’s an asset that I have and if I can utilize it I will,” Komanetsky said. “If I decided to pursue that right now, it’d take me a month to get up and running.” He added that the food truck scene has changed significantly.

“I was No. 16 out of the gate, and now there are probably well over 80 trucks at this point,” Komanetsky said. “I’m really not sure what lies ahead, or where I’ll land, but I’m exploring several opportunities. One thing that I can tell you for sure is that I’ll always remain 100 percent from scratch, local and high quality. I have no intention of leaving the culinary industry at this point, and I’m looking forward to what’s next for sure.”

 

Photo by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Last year, a broken sewage line during Game 7 of the World Series shuttered Tamm Avenue Grill for several months, during which the Dogtown bar and restaurant underwent a total renovation. During the hiatus, co-owner Bob Brazell (who also co-owns Byrd & Barrel and upcoming Good Fortune) said he and his partners decided to up the bar’s food game.

They approached Chris “Mac” McKenzie of local food distributor Mac’s Local Buys to start a new concept that would a step or two above the usual bar food. McKenzie partnered with Completely Sauced owner Bob Komanetsky to operate an independent kitchen inside Tamm Avenue Grill. And so Mac’s Local Eats was born on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Mac’s menu features items made with premium ingredients like dry-aged beef for the smashed burgers (which come in single, double, triple and quadruple patty versions), sausage links and boudin balls. Most everything at Mac’s is made in-house, and since Mac’s buys whole animals, the menu frequently changes.

McKenzie said sometime before May, he’ll open Mac’s Local Market in the same building, where he’ll offer fresh cuts of meats and other local products. The market will also serve as Mac’s Local Buys HQ for CSA and meat share pickups.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

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The Scoop: Completely Sauced on Wheels food truck to roll onto streets soon

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Bob Komanetsky, owner of small-scale catering company Completely Sauced, will soon be launching a food truck segment to his business. The truck, Completely Sauced on Wheels, is slated to hit the streets of St. Louis city and county within the next three to five weeks.

The menu will include traditional Cajun and Creole fare such as chicken-and-sausage jambalaya, red beans and rice, étouffée, and gumbo. Look also for less common takes on old favorites. For example, Komanetsky explained that he won’t be deep-frying any proteins for his po’ boy sandwiches; he will instead feature grilled shrimp on his seafood version. Another to watch for will be a cochon de lait po’ boy featuring slow-roasted suckling pig.

Komanetsky told The Scoop that the food truck project is a year in the making but that he has operated his catering company for two and a half years. “The name [of the business],” said Komanetsky, “is something my wife came up with when I was in culinary school. It’s a play on getting sauced, getting half-baked. It’s a playful name.”

The Completely Sauced website is currently under construction. However, you can track the progress of the truck via Twitter or Facebook.

 

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