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Coma Coffee will open another location in The Grove

Monday, December 4th, 2017



Coma Coffee Roasters is getting ready to expand its brand. The company, which also has a location at 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd. in Richmond Heights, plans to open a second cafe at 4013 Papin St., on the eastern edge of The Grove.

Owner Macy Holtzman said she’s in the process of approving architectural drawings and hopes to start construction by the end of the year. The space is currently being used as Coma’s roasting facility. “My goal is to be open by spring,” Holtzman said.

To get customers engaged in the process, the roaster will be visible to the dining area. The menu will include hand brews, pour-overs and a selection of craft cocktails. Holtzman said she plans on having approximately 50 seats, and there’s a potential for mezzanine seating as well.

“It’ll be an extension of what we have now, just offering customers a different experience,” Holtzman said.

There will also be a full kitchen. “We’re going to keep the menu really small, but super fresh and seasonal, and keep as many of the ingredients local as possible,” she said.

Holtzman’s family owns the building, and plans to convert the rest of it into a boutique hotel or apartments, with additional retail space on the first floor.

“We’re talking to some breweries about their interest in moving in, and other craft specialty shops,” she said.

Photo courtesy of Coma Coffee

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Olive & Oak owners to open cafe in Webster Groves

Thursday, January 5th, 2017


Webster Groves is getting another restaurant from the owners of Olive & Oak, and it’s right next door. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at 100 W. Lockwood Ave., in the former Webster Groves Bookstore space.

The team chose to stay in the same neighborhood for their second concept because, “the neighborhood needed it,” said co-owner Mark Hinkle. “They were asking for something like this, and I think we can give it to them in a fun way.”

The menu will keep with Olive & Oak’s classic American cuisine in a fast casual format. Expect cafe standards like coffee and pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches, all with Olive & Oak executive chef Jesse Mendica’s special spin.

Hinkle hopes the 2,200-square-foot space will open in the early summer.

Sneak Peek: Mauhaus Cat Cafe & Lounge in Maplewood

Friday, November 11th, 2016



St. Louis cat lovers have a new favorite hangout. Mauhaus Cat Cafe & Lounge opens tomorrow, Nov. 12, at 3101 Sutton Blvd., in Maplewood. As The Scoop reported last year, the 1,500-square-foot space will serve coffee, tea and pastries with international influences. Co-owners Dana Huth and Ben Triola worked with Maplewood architecture firm ADG to create a dual-purpose space that was safe for cats on one side and safe for food preparation and consumption on the other.

Food and drinks will be ordered in a humans-only section with four bar seats, but diners can bring their food into the lounge through a vestibule built between the two spaces. People must walk into the vestibule and close the door behind them before entering the lounge.

The menu features handheld treats like miniature cupcakes, vegan hummus and babka that can be paired with coffee drinks made with nearby La Cosecha Coffee Roasters or even catnip tea. “The idea is to have the food in one hand, and be petting a cat with the other,” said Mauhaus pastry chef Alyssa Bennett,

Mauhaus provides temporary homes for 13 adoptable cats from Tenth Life Cat Rescue, a St. Louis-based shelter and adoption center, and also houses two resident cats. Customers who can’t get enough snuggles with a particular cat, they can apply through Tenth Life to start the adoption process.

Since the cat lounge can only accommodate 20 people at a time, customers are encouraged to make online reservations to play in the lounge; there is a $10 deposit to reserve a time slot, which can be used as a credit for food, drinks and merchandise. There is no charge for walk-ins.

Mauhaus will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Here’s what to expect from St. Louis’ first cat cafe:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky 





The Scoop: R-café, R-space now open in Soulard

Friday, April 11th, 2014



Calling all coffee-hounds: R-café is now open, serving coffee, espresso, pastries, sandwiches and more as part of R-space, an artists’ and merchants’ cooperative located at 1704 S. Broadway in Soulard. A grand opening is scheduled for April 25.

Patrick Reiner, who co-founded R-space with Mei Yang, sees the project as a sanctuary for artists, designers and other creative types plugged into the Soulard community. “We feel Soulard already has a strong local arts scene. Instead of using art from elsewhere in the country, we have a lot of talent right here. The cafe is an extension of that,” he said.

Yang, an avid foodie and experienced home cook, will be behind the counter brewing coffee, pulling espresso shots and making the edibles in house. Looking to keep its footprint local, R-café will source its coffee beans from St. Louis roaster Chauvin Coffee Company.

The space is generous, seating 20 to 30 inside and 25 on the patio. Adhering to R-space’s architectural aesthetic, the cafe sports elegant, mid-century furniture for those looking to lounge in style. Reiner also has plans to host evening events at the cafe, including a continuing education course for architects and designers, a board game night and an open mic night. Exact dates for these, however, aren’t set yet. “We want to bring in traffic by having these events – bring people in and support our local artists,” Reiner said.

R-café is open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Scoop: Mississippi Mud to open coffee house downtown

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013


Local, small-batch coffee roaster Mississippi Mud is teaming up with Art Saint Louis to open a hybrid cafe-art gallery downtown in the Park Pacific building at 1223 Pine Street.

The coffee house will be called Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters and will offer coffee drinks, teas and smoothies, as well as pastries and other fare from Something Elegant Catering. Among the highlights of the planned progressive coffee program will be a pour-over made with a Sowden Oskar SoftBrew coffee brewer. Its filter keeps the ground beans separate from the water and doesn’t force, press, steam or burn the beans. Mississippi Mud is the only retailer in the area with the Sowden system, according to Mississippi Mud owner Chris Ruess.

Besides seating inside the 2,000-square-foot space and outside on the sidewalk, patrons will find bench seating in the gallery area, where beverages will be permitted. The cafe joins recently opened Alumni Saint Louis in the historic Park Pacific building and is slated to open July 13. Its hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with evening and late-night hours on weekends in conjunction with art shows.



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