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The Scoop: Blues Fired Pizza food truck to open a brick and mortar

Thursday, January 5th, 2017


Another area food truck is putting down roots. The owners of Blues Fired Pizza (formerly Pyro Pizza) are in the process of opening a drive-up/walk-up brick and mortar location at 10800 Big Bend Blvd. in Kirkwood.

Co-owner Tony Lee said the location, which has formerly housed coffee and custard stands, will serve as a commissary for the truck, as well as another place to sell its pizza. The new space will share the same menu as the truck and will utilize a similar wood-fired grill. Lee said there will be tables outside during warmer weather for those who want to “dine in.”

The space will be convenient for diners who can’t follow the truck, and for the owners as well.

“My business partner and I both live in Kirkwood, and this is only a few blocks from our houses,” Lee said.

He hopes the location will be up and running by late January or early February.

-photo by Matt Sorrell

The Scoop: Cha Cha Chow to open brick-and-mortar shop on The Hill

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015



Fans of roving eatery Cha Cha Chow can soon get their taco fix at a permanent location. Owner Kandace Davis announced today, Sept. 16, that a brick-and-mortar location is set to open at 4916 Shaw Ave., in mid-November.

Davis will continue to operate the truck, but its former general manager Sam Burke has returned to take ownership of Cha Cha Chow on Shaw. The two will share the kitchen space, and the permanent eatery will offer the same recipes that put the food truck on the map.

While Davis had entertained the idea of brick-and-mortar, she hadn’t pursued it in earnest until she was approached by Matt Stelzer of Amsterdam Tavern. Stelzer is set to open a bar and club, The Gaslight Lounge, currently under construction at that location. He and the building’s developers contacted Davis about opening a small shop next-door to The Gaslight. “It’s been discussed for a long time, but we weren’t actively looking for a place, so this came out of the blue and made it manageable and easy for us,” Davis said.

Cha Cha Chow on Shaw will have a few seats inside, but will largely serve as a carryout eatery when it opens in November. Burke said when summer 2016 rolls around, Cha Cha and The Gaslight will share a Biergarten, where customers can kick back with a beer and a taco.


-photo by Carmen Troesser


The Scoop: Guerrilla Street Food signs on for a brick-and-mortar

Monday, January 19th, 2015


{Guerrilla Street Food at Food Truck Friday}


Heads up, South Grand: a Filipino invasion is headed your way this spring. Co-owner Brian Hardesty announced that his popular food truck Guerrilla Street Food has signed a lease to open a brick-and-mortar location at 3024 S. Grand Blvd., as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

The space, formerly occupied by Sekisui, sits at the intersection of Grand and Arsenal Streets at the burgeoning dining and entertainment district in Tower Grove. Hardesty said he anticipates an April opening. “We love the South Grand neighborhood,” he said. “It’s a place that we go when we get off work … It’s a great community and we just want to be a part of it.”

Hardesty, who left his position as executive chef at Element in November, said the 1,500-square-foot space would allow for about 24 seats inside and about 12 on the adjoining patio. He envisions a fast-casual spot open for lunch and dinner service with an expanded menu of Guerrilla Street favorites and new offerings. “(We’ll) more than double our current menu,” Hardesty said. “We’ll add a bunch of side dishes … There are so many new dishes from the Philippines we have yet to explore.”

Guerrilla Street Food joins a growing list of food trucks that have added brick-and-mortar spaces to their operations. Lulu’s Local Eatery opened in May 2014 in the same neighborhood, and Seoul Taco relocated to a larger location at 6665 Delmar Blvd. in University City in December 2014.

Can’t wait until April to get your Filipino fix? It’s business as usual on the food truck, which will continue to roll after the brick-and-mortar opening. Hardesty is also opening a Guerrilla Street satellite kitchen at 33 Wine Bar at 1913 Park Ave., in Lafayette Square. The food begins flying this Friday, Jan. 23, and will continue every Friday and Saturday night.

-photo by Michelle Volansky


The Scoop: Vincent Van Doughnut to open shop in Clayton

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014



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: Lulu’s Local Eatery to open a brick and mortar on South Grand

Friday, February 14th, 2014


{Lulu’s owners Robbie Tucker and Lauren Loomis}

Vegetarian food truck Lulu’s Local Eatery is getting a permanent home. Earlier this week, owners Robbie Tucker and Lauren Loomis, aka Lulu, signed the lease on the space at 3201 S. Grand Blvd., recently vacated by Natty’s Pizza. Natty’s is joining forces with and moving its operation to nearby Plaza Cafe and Grill at 3182 Morgan Ford Road.

Tucker and Loomis hope to open their restaurant in early May since the 42-seat space needs only minor improvements and cosmetic changes. The pair is designing the space themselves, and Tucker noted that sustainability will be a focus at the restaurant, just as it is with Lulu’s Green Dining Alliance-certified food truck and the organic, from-scratch dishes that they offer. Among design elements, they hope to build a living herb wall and a raised vegetable bed in the 32-seat patio.

The restaurant will be fast-casual; customers will order at the counter, but servers will deliver food to their tables. Loomis and Tucker expect this service model to result in a wait time of less than 10 minutes. Lulu’s will offer lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on weekends. The menu will be “a continuation of what we are serving on the food truck,” said Loomis, noting that the brick-and-mortar restaurant will offer additional items not available from the food truck.

In addition, it will offer wine and beer – both on tap and in bottles – with special attention to local brews. “Robbie is super-passionate about local craft beer,” Loomis said.

“I want to make it the place to come have a beer in St. Louis,” Tucker added, saying he envisioned Lulu’s patio as a spot for a relaxing drink during warm weather months.

Lulu’s rolled onto streets in April 2012, and the owners say the truck will still roll the streets as they prepare the South Grand space. Tucker and Loomis said they have been looking for a permanent home for Lulu’s since June 2013. They settled on the South Grand business district because “we are so passionate about South City,” Loomis said. “We live in South City. We moved from Chicago to be in South City.”

The former Natty’s space was an ideal spot for their needs. “We love the patio seating capability and the logistics of running the food truck as well,” she said, noting that the proximity to Tower Grove Park will be helpful when participating in events such as the Tower Grover Farmers Market and Sauce-sponsored Food Truck Friday.

As for Natty’s Pizza, owner Brian Williams said he is teaming up with Plaza Cafe and Grill owner Todd Alexander. Williams will helm the pizza-making operation, while Plaza Cafe’s current culinary crew will prepare the other menu items already offered at the restaurant. Williams expects pizza-tossing to commence there in two weeks and said those familiar with Natty’s pies will notice an expansion into “artisanal pizzas.” I’m going to expand on what I was doing at Natty’s, but push the envelope a little more,” Williams said.

-photo by Sarah Crowder/Ladue News


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