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Tiny Italian eatery Parm Pasta & Sandwich Co. will open on Cherokee

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Chalk up another restaurant for Cherokee Street. As reported by the Riverfront Times, Parm Pasta & Sandwich Co. is scheduled to open its doors this week at 2619½ Cherokee St., in the original Teatopia space.

“We’re shooting (to open) either Jan. 15 or 16,” said Sal D’Ippolito, who owns the shop with his daughter, Diane Maijala.

By his count, D’Ippolito has around 40 years in the restaurant industry, including six years at Cunettos, which is owned by his family, as well as 12 years at his own place, Salvatore’s Casa di Pasta in Lafayette Square. Maijala has spent her career in the medical field and Parm is her first official restaurant gig, though she grew up spending a lot of time in her family’s eateries.

“I’ve always been interested (in the industry),” Maijala said. “I’ve always wanted to do this, and this is the time.”

Parm will have a menu of six hot and cold sandwiches, including a meatball sub, an eggplant parm and a salsiccia sandwich featuring house-made sausage. Other menu items will include mostaccioli with meat sauce plus  daily pasta and soup specials, an Italian salad, chili and homemade cannolis. Maija said all of the dishes are her father’s creations.

“It’s all his recipes,” she said. “His pasta, his meatballs, his salsiccia, everything.”

Due to the diminutive size of the spot, Parm will be a carry-out only affair, according to D’Ippolito. Maijala said the days and hours of operation are still a work in progress, but added Parm will be open Tuesday through Saturday starting at 11 a.m.

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First Look: Mothership at Earthbound Beer

Friday, December 1st, 2017

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Mothership has landed inside Earthbound Beer at 2724 Cherokee St. The new food program, run by Vista Ramen’s Josh Adams, starts serving Asian-inspired barbecue tonight, Friday, Dec. 1, inside the recently expanded brewery.

“We didn’t want to take Vista and just move it down here,” said chef-owner Chris Bork. He and Adams worked to develop smoke-heavy dishes better suited to a brewery than a ramen shop. Dishes include a smoked kielbasa and a pulled pork barbecue plate that comes with two of three classic side options: potato salad, slaw or baked beans.

“It’s beer food,” Adams said. “We’re doing barbecue, but we’re still Vista.” That means the potato salad is made with Kewpie mayo and funky, salty Hondashi broth, and the bricks of slightly sweet cornbread on the menu come with gochujang butter.

Other surprises include the house-smoked turkey dish that leans Mediterranean, served sliced on a pita topped with yogurt, crisp house pickles and a sprinkle of sumac. Customers place their counter-service order at the bar while scoping out their next beers.

Mothership will be open inside Earthbound Beer Tuesday to Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Here’s a first look at the menu:

 

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Photos by Meera Nagarajan 

Heather Hughes is managing editor at Sauce Magazine. 

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What I Do: Reginald Quarles at Teatopia

Friday, December 1st, 2017

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Reginald Quarles is a contradictory man. A competitive athlete obsessed with jujitsu, he’s also a peaceful vegan who loves Paulo Coelho and Deepak Chopra. After the sudden death of his mother two years ago, Quarles quit an unfulfilling career in insurance to open his teeny tea shop, Teatopia, on Cherokee Street in January. Less than a year after opening, he has a new, larger space down the block with around 70 teas and blends available. Here, Quarles shares his experiences with meditation, secret tearooms and finding balance.

 

“The biggest thing behind Teatopia – our mission statement – is brewing better lives one leaf at a time. We encounter so much negativity on a daily basis, and we need a space to counter that, to make us feel safe. That’s why it’s so peaceful and clean-cut and relaxing. I feel like we need that.”

“Before I opened this, I worked at a mental health insurance company. I worked with the critical incident team: robbery and homicide, suicide, major layoffs anywhere across the U.S. My job was to provide counselors to respond to it. … I was 27 at the time, and everyone else I worked with was fine with where they were at. They were complacent. I wanted to be more. I wanted to do more, so in June of last year, I walked out in the middle of the day.”

“I took an extended trip to New York, and I spent a ton of time in Chinatown. I had this guide show me around. I like to call them secret tearooms because they’re so easy to miss. They’re probably smaller than the small space I was in at first, but there is so much knowledge and culture. I learned a ton.”

“Everyone has their way of meditating. My way of meditating is making tea. Sometimes I get a ton of meditating done in a day just because I make so many different teas.”

“If you use water that is too hot for a white tea or a green tea, it will scorch the tea leaf and get really bitter and dry. Tea has tannins just like red wine has tannins, and the more that you steep it and the hotter the water, that’s when those tannins start to release.”

“I’m currently drinking a tea that’s called pu-erh tea. Raw pu-erh is the tea you would buy and probably give to your grandkids. It can take 20 years to age and ferment. All teas ferment to an extent. This tea takes a long time to ferment, and the idea is the longer it ferments, the better it will be. These tea leaves come from tea trees that are about 500 to 1,000 years old, if not older.”

“Jujitsu is really difficult because it’s like chess with your body. That’s what it boils down to. It’s getting in and out of certain situations and being able to protect yourself. When I compete, I’m at peace.”

“I’m actually super hard on myself. It may not seem like it, but I have a very high standard for myself. I have this belief that no one should want my goal more than I want it.”

Photo by Ashley Gieseking

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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Vista Ramen chef-owner shares plans for Mothership at Earthbound

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Executive chef and co-owner Chris Bork created a menu inspired by several Asian cultures. Dishes include  Japanese ramen, Thai sausage and Korean fried chicken.

 

Vista Ramen chef-owner Chris Bork will land the Mothership at Earthbound Beer this winter.

As The Scoop reported in August, Earthbound Beer announced Bork would helm the kitchen at its new location at 2724 Cherokee St., which opened in September, but the concept was still in the works. Now, Bork has announced the initial menu lineup and a tentative opening timeline, as reported by Feast.

“My inspiration was to find a niche on Cherokee that didn’t exist,” Bork said. “We really just bought a smoker and built the menu around that.”

 

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While bowls of ramen won’t make the move to Mothership, Bork has put together a tight inaugural menu focusing on smoked meats. In addition to a rotating barbecue plate, Mothership will feature smoked turkey with pita, sumac, pickles and yogurt; smoked chicken chili with cottage cheese and pickled daikon; a veggie burger topped with fontina, Kewpie mayo, lettuce and red onion; and kielbasa with mustard and onions.

Sides also follow the barbecue theme: beans, potato salad and coleslaw, along with a variety of kimchi and pickles. House sauces will include pomegranate, root beer, Carolina, Korean barbecue and vinegar. Hawaiian rolls with gochujang honey butter will round out the offerings.

Bork said some of the new menu items will be available at Earthbound’s third anniversary party, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17, and Mothership should open “a week or two after Thanksgiving.”

Photo by Michelle Volansky; logo courtesy of Chris Bork 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Saint Louis Hop Shop on Cherokee Street

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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After being closed for nearly a month, Saint Louis Hop Shop recently reopened at its new location 2600 Cherokee St., offering a larger selection of beverages for craft beer connoisseurs and beginners alike.

At the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Cherokee Street, the 1,500-square-foot storefront is a few doors down from its former address at 2606 Cherokee St., but it gives co-owners and brothers Justin Harris and Ryan Griffin nearly double the space to grow.

“[The other space] was small and we could see that we needed more room,” Harris said. “We really liked what we developed over there, and the goal is to bring that same formula over here and expand on it.”

The new location offers increased refrigeration and more shelving for beer, apparel and glassware. Additionally, a larger variety of ciders, spirits and imports, including more Belgium and lambic options, will be available. The new Hop Shop also features a larger bar area with six rotating taps. Harris said guests can expect a different brew every seven to 10 days.

“We do a lot of sixth barrels, so that gives us the flexibility to constantly bring in new stuff,” Harris said.

Brews currently on top include Dogfish Head Lupu-Luau Coconut IPA, Modern Brewery Citrapolicious, Ace Pineapple Cider, Prairie Artisan Ale Birthday Bomb, Urban Chestnut O-Katz and 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout.

With more space, Harris and Griffin also plan to host monthly events and weekly tastings through October. “It gives people a chance to come in and try some seasonal stuff before having to purchase it,” Harris said.

Saint Louis Hop Shop hosts a grand reopening this Saturday, Oct. 7 from noon to 10 p.m. The new location is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect from Hop Shop’s new home:

 

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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Earthbound Beer on Cherokee Street

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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At long last, Earthbound Beer’s new home is ready to welcome customers. The brewery and tasting room at 2724 Cherokee St., opens Saturday, Sept. 23.

The massive 2,500-square foot tasting room has been a project two years in the making. As The Scoop reported in September 2015, co-owners and brewers Stuart Keating, Rebecca Schranz and Jeff Siddons announced they were moving from their flagship location down the street at 2710 Cherokee St. The space was less than 1,000 square feet and only allowed the brewers to make one beer at a time.

Eight old Earthbounds could fit into the new space that once housed part of Cherokee Street Brewing in the late 1800s. The tasting room seats around 80 on the first level and mezzanine, a feature designed by architecture and general contractor Nathan Dirnberger. The mezzanine appears to float above the tasting room thanks to railings made of tension wire and heavy-duty chains suspended from the 17-foot barrel ceilings.

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Behind the bar, 16 taps will pour Earthbound brews and a few guest taps, with another two nitro taps available. A small selection of spirits will be available (still no mixers or ice, the owners noted) with the potential for batch cocktails in the future. Earthbound patrons can now enjoy wine, too, with two reds, two whites and a rosé available by the glass.

Below the tasting room, a 7-barrel system will increase Earthbound’s production tenfold. The space also houses a canning line that will crank out 16-ounce four-packs of staple brews. Caves underneath neighbor 2720 Cherokee St. will allow for a barrel-aging program in the future.

As The Scoop reported in August, Vista Ramen chef-owner Chris Bork will helm the food program at Earthbound. The menu will feature smoked meats, sausages and sandwiches, though food won’t be available until November at the earliest.

Earthbound’s new location means new hours, too. It will be open Tuesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. Here’s a first look at Earthbound Beer’s new home.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: The Cut on Cherokee Street

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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Ari Jo Ellis is sharpening her knives for the first service at The Cut, her new restaurant inside The Fortune Teller Bar at 2635 Cherokee St. Doors open tonight, Sept. 1, at 5 p.m.

As The Scoop reported in August, The Fortune Teller Bar’s owners approached Ellis (Sauce Ones to Watch class of 2016) with the opportunity to run a restaurant out of their kitchen a few months after The Little Dipper closed. Ellis has long had an interest in whole-animal butchery, working at Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions, Quincy Street Bistro, Southern and, most recently, Kitchen Kulture.

The Cut’s menu consists of five regular sausages and one special, along with a handful of side options. Customers can try classic bratwursts with beer mustard and sauerkraut or more creative options like the Cherokee-rizo, a nod to the neighborhood’s Mexican heritage. Plant-based eaters won’t be left out, either, with a tofu-based sausage using local Mofu tofu, navy beans, nutritional yeast and spices. All sausages are served on buns from Vitale’s Bakery.

Side options include backyard grilling classics like baked beans and cole slaw, as well as Rap Snacks chips and a “wild card” side that will change depending on that week’s produce delivery.

Ellis will break down about two whole hogs a week (sourced from Such and Such Farms) to create her sausages and some condiments and specials. Ellis said she also hopes to sell some cuts and links for customers to prepare at home.

The Cut will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 4 to 11 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from The Cut inside Fortune Teller Bar tonight:

 

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Photos by Meera Nagarajan

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.

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Frankly Sausages announces details, location on Cherokee Street

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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Frankly Sausages now has an official address for its new concept: 2744 Cherokee St.

As The Scoop reported in July, Frankly Sausages co-owners Bill and Jamie Cawthon announced their intent to open a brick-and-mortar location somewhere on Cherokee Street. Now, the concept and the exact location have been revealed, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

Jamie Cawthon said the restaurant will be called Frankly on Cherokee in the space that once was home to Calypso Cafe. The space will have 38 seats.

“It’s an expansion on the concept,” Cawthon said. “We’re going to have shareable plates, and Bill is going to do a weekend dinner plate that will be completely different from us before, and it’ll be different every weekend.”

There will also be a monthly featured sausage made with ingredients from a local farm.

Frankly fans can get a taste of the new menu at Cherokee Beach this Saturday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 10 p.m., including a duck sausage from Grand Army Farm and desserts.

There will be additional pop-ups scheduled leading up to the grand opening, which Cawthon said should be in early October.

 

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Frankly Sausages to open brick and mortar on Cherokee

Friday, July 14th, 2017

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Another local food truck is going the brick-and-mortar route. Frankly Sausages co-owner Jamie Cawthon confirmed a lease has been signed on a location.

“We’re on Cherokee Street,” said Cawthon, adding the address isn’t being released yet. “We’re still doing some negotiating and bidding on a lot of the work, so it’s still pretty early. We don’t have an opening date.”

Jamie and chef Bill Cawthon launched their popular food truck in December 2015.

Cawthon said the new space would have a larger menu than what’s available on the truck. As things progress, she said the plan is to hold pop-up events in the area to try out dishes.

“You’ll see more than sausages and fries,” she said. “It’s still going to be in the style of Frankly Sausages.”

Photo by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: El Morelia Supermercado owners to open The Taco & Ice Cream Joint

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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More tacos and ice cream are coming to Cherokee Street. The team behind El Morelia Supermercado in Bridgeton will open The Taco & Ice Cream Joint at 2738 Cherokee St., at the end of April, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

Building on the success of the Bridgeton market’s popular Taco & Ice Cream weekend brunch, The Taco & Ice Cream Joint will offer a wide variety of street tacos alongside house-made ice cream and paletas, Mexican ice pops.

Karen Rico, daughter and business partner of owner Salvador Rico, said the new restaurant gives the El Morelia team a chance to innovate. “It’ll be really unique, not just tacos, but different types of ribs and make-your-own burrito and taco stations. We’ll also have all our usual ice cream flavors ­– mango, coconut, Mexican Twinkie, the favorites, and some new, exotic flavors we’ve been coming up with,” she said.

El Morelia will continue its weekend brunch service. Rico said they plan to open The Taco & Ice Cream Joint daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Sam Flaster is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

Photo courtesy of Google Street View

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