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The Scoop: Vincent Van Doughnut to open second brick-and-mortar in The Grove

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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The Grove is about to get a little tastier. With a year under its belt in Clayton, owner Vincent Marsden plans to open a second brick-and-mortar Vincent Van Doughnut at 1072 Tower Grove Ave., in mid-October.

“We looked in The Grove before we opened the Clayton location,” said Marsden, who launched Vincent Van Doughnut as a food truck in 2013. “I like the idea of having a shop in the city and with so many people investing in the area, hopefully we’ll help fill in the whole strip.”

The Grove store will be about the same size as the Clayton location but will feature a more open kitchen and will have extended hours to serve the neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife. Marsden said he potentially will pursue a liquor license to offer hungry partiers a place for a sweet treat and perhaps beer, wine or spirit-laced concoction.

“I like the idea of liquor and doughnuts,” said Marsden. “We’ve used liquor in our doughnuts before so this gives me a good crowd to test stuff. It’d be nice to be able to fry some to order so people can have a hot cake doughnuts and a nightcap. This wouldn’t be a place to belly up to a bar, just a place to get a sweet and after-dinner drink.”

Vincent Van Doughnut will be open (maybe daily) for the morning rush, serving its doughnuts, pastries and Sump coffee to groggy working stiffs and will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights slinging its award-winning donuts to a late-night, carb-craving crowd.

 

The Scoop: Change is in the air for several Clayton restaurants

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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Open, closed or relocating – a handful of Clayton eateries are in the midst of change.

Say farewell to the soda shop at Jennifer’s Pharmacy. An old-fashioned soda fountain is not part of owner Jennifer Rich’s future plans when she relocates her pharmacy from 30 N. Central Ave., to The Oxford Building in Clayton at 141 N. Meramec Ave., Suite 315 at the end of March.

“(Rich) sees this health pharmacy as something that’s really taking off. She likes that and wants to concentrate on that more and be there for the patients,” said employee and spokesperson Isabel Biesterfeld.

March 14 is the last day for the soda shop. “We have had an amazingly wonderful time here,” said Biesterfeld, who has worked the soda fountain for the last decade.

Tani Sushi Bistro will also have a new home by April if construction continues as scheduled. Owner Eric Heckman is moving the restaurant from its perch at 16 S. Bemiston Ave., to 7726 Forsyth Blvd., in a two-level space next to Kakao Chocolate in the Centene Building. Look for minimal changes to the menu with minor swaps to hot entrees.

House of Wong has moved around the corner from its spot at 46 N. Central Ave., to a new home at 19 N. Bemiston Ave. Restaurant manager P.J. Lohani said the move occurred three weeks ago. The new space is smaller than House of Wong’s previous home, offering seating for 32 diners.

Look for doors to open in early March at Vincent Van Doughnut’s first brick-and-mortar location at 40 N. Central Ave., the space vacated by Pomme. Owner Brian Marsden had originally hoped to unlock doors by late December, as Sauce reported last fall.

-photo by Jonathan S. Pollack

 

 

 

The Scoop: Vincent Van Doughnut to open shop in Clayton

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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For Brian Marsden, owner of Vincent Van Doughnut food truck and soon-to-be Clayton storefront at 40 N. Central Ave., the love of doughnuts runs deep.

“As a kid, I would go through sleeves of those processed, powdered sugar doughnuts,” said Marsden, a more than 20-year veteran of the restaurant industry. Love for the fried treat followed Marsden into adulthood, and in November 2013, a 1960 Ford Grumman Olson step van known affectionately as “Clyde” began rolling St. Louis streets, serving up a wide variety of classic and specialty doughnut creations.

“Things just took off,” said Marsden, who received a call to compete on the premiere of Cooking Channel’s “Donut Showdown” soon after launching the food truck. Vincent Van Doughnut clinched first place, bringing home bragging rights and $10,000.

As first reported by Feast Magazine, Vincent Van Doughnut is now expanding its business with a brick and mortar slated to open late December. “We have been looking for a storefront for over a year,” explained Marsden. “In Clayton, we found what we wanted.”

The new Vincent Van Doughnut will land next door to Barcelona Tapas in the space that was previously home to Pomme, at 12 N. Meramec Ave. Marsden says fans of the food truck needn’t worry; they can continue to catch Vincent Van Doughnut curbside throughout St. Louis, too.

Marsden envisions the storefront like a European cafe, offering breakfast and coffee options to complement its lineup of classic and artisanal doughnuts. Other offerings will likely include scones and croissants, and Marsden is also considering items like Alumni’s decadent Vincent Van Doughnut-pudding made with his cake doughnuts.

Inside, the storefront has exposed brick, hardwood floors and enough space for just under 20 seats. Marsden expects to be open early, around 6 a.m., to cater to the Clayton work crowd, but he said he might have late-night hours on the weekends to accommodate bar goers.

The new location will also place Marsden near his brother, Brendan Marsden, who heads Whitebox Eatery at 176 Carondelet Plaza. “We’re stoked,” Brian Marsden said. “The response to Vincent Van Doughnut has been overwhelming, and we’re excited to keep growing.”

 

The Scoop: Vincent Van Doughnut wins Cooking Channel’s “Donut Showdown”

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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{Vincent Van Doughnut co-owner Vincent Brian Marsden}

Local doughnut truck Vincent Van Doughnut made a national splash last Friday, July 11, when owner Vincent Brian Marsden and pastry chef Jamie Hardesty took home first place and $10,000 on the season premiere of Cooking Channel’s “Donut Showdown.” Marsden said this victory places the mobile doughnut shop in the growing circle of other local eateries with national competition chops. “Jilly’s has won (“Cupcake Wars”), Sweet Devine has won and Vincent Van Doughnut has won. It speaks volumes to the talent of St. Louis,” he said. “I’m happy to be included in that realm.”

Marsden and Hardesty survived two rounds against two other competitors, Toronto-based Amazing Donuts and Tucson, Arizona spa Miraval. The first round required the use of a secret ingredient: jelly beans. Vincent Van Doughnut created an anise mascarpone orange-topped doughnut garnished with a melted jellybean glaze. The final round required three Las Vegas-themed entries. Marsden and Hardesty wowed judges with The Bellagio, a doughnut filled with caramel pastry cream, glazed with chocolate ganache and topped with hazelnut-caramel crunch; The Venetian, filled with ricotta pastry cream, glazed with lemon and topped with pistachios and tarragon; and The Flamingo, a cherry cake doughnut topped with a maraschino cherry glaze and silver nonpareils.

Filming took place in February, and the Vincent Van Doughnut team had to keep mum on its victory until after the premiere. Marsden said the prize money will go toward truck improvements, including the purchase of a new fryer, and will come in handy when he starts hunting for Vincent Van Doughnut’s brick-and-mortar home.

Forgot to set your DVR? The season premiere of “Donut Showdown” airs again July 19 at 7 p.m. on Cooking Channel.

 

The Scoop: More trucks rolling out morning meals on wheels

Monday, October 21st, 2013

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Lunch is usually the time when area food truck windows open, but a trio of trucks – one established, the other two coming soon – have us thinking about meals on wheels a lot earlier than noon.

For almost a year, husband-and-wife team Jack and Pat Williams have served Belgian waffles out of their truck, Walk Away Waffles (@WalkAwayWaffles) as early as 7 a.m. In addition to their variety of waffles flavors (like peach, blueberry, apple cinnamon and pumpkin, to name a few) each paired with a complementary dipping sauce (syrup, chocolate, apple butter, pumpkin butter and strawberry jam), customers can now add sausage and bacon their waffle’s batter. Additionally, the truck will now serve lunch on certain days, offering fruit waffles along with the newest option, chicken and waffles.

Expected to roll onto streets in mid-November is Vincent Van Doughnut  (@vinvandoughnut). The truck will offer a rotation of artisan doughnuts, traditional and creative. “You have to have some of the well-known classic ones and cater to the foodies with artisan creations,” said co-owner Brian Marsden, former co-owner of now defunct Mirasol, who has more than 20 years working in the restaurant industry. Among unique doughnuts, watch for infused gooey butter with a brown sugar cookie crumble and vanilla icing, Vahlrona chocolate and peanut butter stripes, lemon meringue, and lemon iced buttermilk cake doughnut with sprinkled with crushed pistachio (pictured).

Marsden explained that he originally planned to open Vincent Van Doughnut as a brick-and-mortar doughnut shop. The food truck craze prompted him to do a U-turn and make it a mobile operation. “There isn’t one in St. Louis. We want to corner the market on it,” he said. Marsden plans to tootle the streets of St. Louis city and county. He has the necessary permit for the latter and hopes to secure his license from St. Louis City this week. Marden said he expects the truck to make its debut at a launch party at newly opened Heavy Riff Brewing Co.

Finally, you’ll soon be able to get your caffeine jolt from new coffee truck The Gateway Grind (@GatewayGrind). Feast reports that the coffee truck, a venture by a Sweet Divine employee, will get rolling – and brewing with Goshen coffee – in November.

UPDATE: The Scoop failed to include Deli on a Roll (@DELIonaROLL), in business for more than a year, as one of the food trucks also offering breakfast items. Among morning-centric bites are: omelets, lox and bagels, buttermilk pancakes, vanilla-flavored challah French toast, corned beef hash and bagel sandwiches.

 

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