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The Scoop: MK’s Asian Persuasion swaps wheels for a brick and mortar

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

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Three years after launching MK’s Rolls and Wraps food truck, owner MK Vongnarath has parked the mobile eatery and opened a permanent location, MK’s Asian Persuasion.

As reported by St. Louis Magazine, the fusion restaurant opened its doors at 6417 Hampton Ave., last month and sold its food truck. “By having a permanent location, we get to add on certain things we cannot carry on the food truck,” Vongnarath said.

Guests can expect Asian-inspired dishes including crab Rangoon, spring rolls, spicy beef, chicken, shrimp and more. Vegetarian and gluten-free options like tofu and rice paper will also be available.

“Not everything will be authentic – things change, time changes and people want to eat healthier,” Vongnarath said.

The space features table and bar seating, two lounge areas and a patio, seating 90 total inside and approximately 20 on the patio. With coffee, tea and boba smoothie options, Vongnarath hopes to offer a relaxed, cafe experience. Once the restaurant’s liquor license is approved, look for beer and wine options as well, all the better to enjoy the Friday karaoke nights from 9 p.m. until midnight.

Vongnarath has lived in South City for more than 30 years, and his wife, Sheila Vongnarath, a St. Louis native. “We don’t want to be just a restaurant,” he said. “We want to be a part of the community.”

MK’s Asian Persuasion is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Photo from Google Maps

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

 

The Scoop: The Capital Grille will open first St. Louis-area location

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

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National steakhouse chain The Capital Grille will soon open its 57th location –  and the first in the St. Louis area – in the former J. Buck’s space at 101 S. Hanley Road in Clayton in mid-September.

According to managing partner Geoff Dill, who will also be the onsite manager, the restaurant group turned its eyes to the St. Louis market after 17 successful years in Kansas City. “It was only a matter of time before we opened one on the other side of the state,” Dill said.

The restaurant will feature traditional steakhouse options, including large cuts aged up to 24 days in-house, as well as seafood, vegetarian options and seasonally and locally sourced produce.

The 8,700-square-foot space will be open for lunch and dinner, and will accommodate up to 250 people and offer four private dining rooms. Dill said the interior would be modern and upscale but remain approachable and comfortable. He said the company likes to make each restaurant unique to the city it’s located in.

“There will be a lot of pictures and memorabilia celebrating all things St. Louis,” he said.

Additionally, Dill said the large bar will be a focal piece that will grab guests’ attention when they enter. The full bar program will feature an award-winning wine list as well as plenty of cocktails, like one of the restaurant’s best-sellers, the Stoli Doli made with Stolichnaya vodka infused with pineapple.

“We pour so many it could serve the entire country of Iceland for one night,” Dill said.

Photo courtesy of The Capital Grille

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Chihuahua’s to re-concept, relocate as Casa Juarez Mexican Town

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

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{ margarita at Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant }

 

Chihuahua’s Mexican Restaurant in Maryland Heights will soon close its doors – only to welcome a new venture.

Owner Alfredo Flores is branching out to launch a new concept, Casa Juárez Mexican Town. He said the new restaurant is slated to open second week of August at 12710 Dorsett Road, but Chihuahua’s will remain in business until the new restaurant is finished.

The new 11,000-square-foot space will feature an open kitchen, a counter-service street taco area for quick to-go orders and a fully stocked tequila bar with more than 500 varieties of the spirit.

Flores said guests can expect hourly tours to learn more about the process and history behind the liquor. “It’s actually like vodka for Russia,” Flores said.

Additionally, an onsite store will feature authentic Mexican art, ceramics and other memorabilia. Flores said anything seen in Casa Juárez – from the decor to the furniture – will be available for purchase.

Flores said walking into Casa Juárez will be similar to a walk through the streets of Mexico. “This is going to be a destination, not just a restaurant,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Seafood boil spot Mad Crab to open mid-July

The Scoop: Seafood boil spot Mad Crab to open mid-July

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

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Things are heating up at the Mad Crab, a new seafood boil concept set to open July 17 at 8080 Olive Blvd., in University City.

As reported by the Riverfront Times, Victor Ho, whose family also owns Max Beauty Source, will open Mad Crab first restaurant venture with brother Nam Ho as manager.

Similar seafood boil concepts in Dallas inspired Ho to bring the concept to his hometown. Friend Bon Quach will help give the 5,000-square-foot space an oceanside vibe to go with the relaxed atmosphere.

Ho said customers will peel and eat shellfish atop paper-lined tables. Look for boils with options like lobster, oysters, mussels, shrimp and crawfish – not to mention plenty of crab. Those who prefer utensils can order from a short list of dishes like crawfish pasta and fried catfish.

“I hope that [people] come and try it because it’s going to be one-of-a-kind,” Ho said.

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Pot sticker restaurant, retail business to launch this fall

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

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{ Crispy Edge owner David Dresner } 

 

David Dresner intends to open the “mecca of pot stickers” this fall at 4168 Juniata St., in Tower Grove South.

As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Dresner is finalizing his two-year long endeavor to launch a production facility for his retail line of pot stickers, Crispy Edge, and a yet-to-be-named restaurant.

“I was building this on my own vision and own intuition, and over the past several years of development, I have found an unbelievable following for pot stickers – the love of it is there,” Dresner said.

Dresner, who also owns custom coffee-sleeve printing company Sleeve A Message, began making pot stickers as a child. This is his first food and restaurant venture.

“A lot of my inspiration came from my father, who saw me making pot stickers all the time,” he said. “He suggested I expand beyond an ordinary pot sticker and make something far more extraordinary.”

With flavors inspired by Mediterranean, Spanish and Asian cultures, Dresner said nothing is off limits when it comes to ingredients. “I would say our pot stickers have an immense amount of creativity from the dough, filling, edge, sauce and pairings,” he said.

Dresner said the “pot sticker-centric” restaurant will be set up as a 76-seat modern cafe and will feature a hot beverage and bar program to accompany the globally influenced dumplings. He said guests can expect a clean space with warm lighting large enough to relax while enjoying the fare.

St. Louisans can look for Crispy Edge in local grocery stores this fall.

Photo courtesy of Crispy Edge

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Denver-based Garbanzo to open first St. Louis location

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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A tasty little bean is taking over Clayton this September when Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh opens at 8143 Maryland Ave.

With the help of St. Louis investor Michael Staenberg of The Staenberg Group, St. Louis native and CEO James Park is bringing the Denver-based chain home to offer fresh, healthy flavors in a casual, quick setting.

Park said the onsite Clayton manager will be Marvin Brown, who has been with the company for eight years. “We believe there’s a great opportunity in St. Louis,” Park said. “The universe was coming together, and it was the right time for us. We’re excited to bring [Garbanzo] to St. Louis and celebrate with St. Louis.”

Serving up falafel, shawarma, gyros, falafel and pita, Garbanzo’s menu is friendly to vegan, vegetarian, paleo and gluten-free diets.

“The Mediterranean diet is the healthiest recognized diet in world,” Park said. “It’s delicious and nutritious. A lot of food today unfortunately doesn’t follow those guidelines — they can be incredibly tasty, but poor in nutrition.”

The idea for the restaurant came from the founder’s Mediterranean roots and got its name from a core ingredient derived there — the chickpea, aka the garbanzo bean. “The original founder was from Israel, so a lot of the food was inspired from the cooking of his grandmother back home,” Park said.

Park said there are plans to open at least two more stores in the year following Clayton location’s grand opening.

“We’ve already planned out 10 potential sites in St. Louis,” Park said. “We’re looking to go full steam ahead and target those sites aggressively.”

Photo courtesy of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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