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The Scoop: Shack to open third location in Chesterfield

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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Good news for early risers in Chesterfield: Pancakes, omelet and hashbrown skillets will soon be served at a third location of Shack, opening in October at 14810 Clayton Road.

Owner Brant Baldanza said he is “super excited” to bring an outpost of his breakfast and lunch restaurant to the town where he grew up. He thinks the location – formerly home to a Lester’s – has a “vacancy for breakfast,” and he hopes to attract diners from Wildwood, Ballwin and Chesterfield Valley.

The restaurant will have the same hours (breakfast 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday) and menu as its sister Shack in Frontenac, and all three locations will start serving a few new dishes in October.

There may be more Shacks springing up in the near future. Baldanza plans to expand his restaurant concept in the St. Louis market and hopes to open two or three more locations next year, with possible openings in St. Charles, St. Peters and Edwardsville. He’s looking for neighborhoods with high schools, churches and young communities with growing families. “Every Saturday and Sunday, we have lots of family breakfasts,” he said.

The Scoop: Yori opens in Chesterfield

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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Don’t let the Kampai Sushi Bar sign fool you. Yori, a new Korean restaurant, has opened at 1637 Clarkson Road in Chesterfield.

As reported by Feast, co-owners Sae Kim and Jay Moon were looking for a place to expand from their flagship location in West Lafayette, Indiana, and discovered one of Kim’s St. Louis friends, the owner of Kampai Sushi Bar, wanted to leave the 2,200-square-foot space in West County. Kim and Moon said they welcomed the opportunity to expand the neighborhood’s palate. “We’re trying to introduce our authentic Korean food to people who aren’t so familiar with it,” said Moon.

A few signature dishes include the galbi, short ribs marinated with Korean barbecue sauce, and soon tofu soup. “The tofu has a very silky smooth texture, and we make the broth with seafood and beef stock so it has a very deep flavor,” said Moon.

Kim and Moon quietly opened the 85-seat space three weeks ago, and it will hold a grand opening next week partly to celebrate one important change. “Our sign still shows Kampai Sushi Bar. We are just waiting to get a new sign,” said Moon, laughing.

Yori is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 9:30 p.m.

First Look: Absolute BBQ Indian Wish Grill in Chesterfield

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Absolute BBQ Indian Wish Grill opened doors at 17409 Chesterfield Airport Road on June 23.

Absolute BBQ Indian Wish Grill, Chesterfield’s new Indian fusion joint, started serving up lunch and dinner on June 23 at 17409 Chesterfield Airport Road.

As The Scoop reported in February, the menu is inspired by first-time restaurant owner Venkatesh Sattaru’s travels. Various curry, kabab and biryani dishes are offered with a choice of protein, and Sattaru hopes to add Naan wraps and Chinese barbecue dishes to the menu soon.

Sattaru has big plans for his new venture, hoping to open a second location in The Loop, a food truck and franchises across the country. For now, the Chesterfield Absolute BBQ Indian Wish Grill is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Here’s a first look at what the restaurant has to offer:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

Eat This: Wow Board at Annie Gunn’s

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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We don’t know who named the Wow Board at Annie Gunn’s – the staff or the customers presented with a plank piled high with house-made charcuterie, rich cheeses and pickled vegetables, seasonal chutney and ubiquitous Irish soda bread. The dozen or so offerings change daily according to chef Lou Rook III and butcher Andrew Jennrich’s whim, from blood sausage terrine to dry-aged Kobe-style beef. Don’t pester your server for details. You’ll ruin a wow-worthy surprise

-photo by Carmen Troesser

The Scoop: StackHouse Pub & Grill to open in former Miller’s Crossing space

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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Chesterfield residents started the new year without their neighborhood joint when Miller’s Crossing at Hog Hollow closed on December 31, 2015. Now, the space at 14156 Olive Blvd., will see new life at the end of June when it reopens as StackHouse Pub & Grill. Pitmaster Matt Thornton said he and executive chef Christopher Leith will offer the same atmosphere with a completely revamped menu.

“The owners have given us free run of creativity,” Thornton said. “We get to use our minds and do the things we were trained to do in culinary school, and it’s going to show in the food.”

The menu will feature barbecued ribs, smoked brisket and turkey, as well as cut-to-order Delmonico and New York strip steaks. Thornton and crew also plan to break down whole fish in-house, and many items will be cooked over an outdoor wood-fired grill.

Thornton said the beverage program will remain largely the same as Miller’s Crossing with a large wine selection and 12 beer taps. Similarly, the 110-seat interior space has been moderately renovated but kept largely the same to preserve the atmosphere.

The Scoop: The HotPot to rebrand, open new location in Chesterfield

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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The HotPot in Kirkwood will open a new location in the old Surf Dogs building at 137 Chesterfield Town Center.

While the Kirkwood location is slated to remain as is, the Chesterfield location will take on a different moniker, Sym•Bowl. The location is also getting a new chef, Robert McClellan from now-shuttered Gringo. “We want to focus on making it easy for families to have dinner together,” said HotPot general manager Becky Schoenig. “In the restaurant, yes, but more also to take home.”

The menu at the new location will be the similar to The HotPot, including fresh smoothies and juices, salads and customizable bowls featuring Asian and Indian inspired fare with additional globally influenced flavors in the works. The larger location will also allow for expanded catering and private event space, which will be available to reserve on weekend evenings.

Schoenig said the team is planning to open around early April. Lunch and dinner will be served Monday through Friday, while and lunch will be available on the weekends. Diners are welcome nosh in the 40-seat space or take their meals to go.

 

The Scoop: Absolute BBQ to open in Chesterfield Valley

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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A taste of China, India and the Mediterranean is slated to open at the end of March when first-time restaurant owner Venkatesh Sattaru welcomes diners to Absolute BBQ – Indian Wish Grill. The restaurant will be located at 17409 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield and will serve food inspired by Sattaru’s travels while in the military.

“It’s a fusion and continental grill,” Sattaru said of his 90-seat restaurant. The menu will include Chinese fried rice and chow mein, spicy chicken 65, shawarma and more. Serving lunch and dinner, Absolute BBQ aims to have speedy counter service and combo lunches as well as a la carte dinner choices and a full bar.

Pending approval, Sattaru will have flattop grills at each table. Patrons will be able to select their protein (lamb, goat, chicken, fish or shrimp) and sauce. The protein of choice will arrive on a skewer for diners to eat right then or add extra sear with a quick hit on the grill.

Sattaru hopes to expand quickly, looking to open a second location in the Delmar Loop by the end of the year.

 

 

The Scoop: Nadoz Bakery Cafe closes in Chesterfield

Friday, January 15th, 2016

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With almost two years at the Taubman Outlet Mall in Chesterfield, Nadoz Bakery Cafe shuttered its doors after service on Saturday, Jan. 9.

“We loved the cafe and built out a beautiful little space,” said Kathy Becker, who co-owns Nadoz Bakery Cafe with her husband, Steven Becker. “Since we’re popular for breakfast, but the mall doesn’t open until 10, we couldn’t gain any traction.” She also cited that while the mall is popular on the weekends, crowds were thin during the week.

The Beckers will continue to focus on the Nadoz location at The Boulevard in Richmond Heights, across from the Saint Louis Galleria, as well their catering arm, Steven Becker Fine Dining.

“We appreciate the support of the people from Chesterfield,” Becker said. “Come visit us at The Boulevard when you’re in this area of town.”

 

 

 

The Scoop: Italian restaurant Villa Farotto closes doors in Chesterfield

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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Chesterfield’s Villa Farotto has shuttered. Matt Meyers, who manages sister restaurant Farotto’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, confirmed that yesterday, May 10, was the final day of service at the upscale Italian eatery.

Villa Farotto, located at 17417 Chesterfield Airport Road, opened in 2004, offering pasta, pizza, steak, seafood and other northern Italian and Italian-American dishes. While the West County restaurant has come to an end, its sister restaurant on Manchester Road in Rock Hill, remains open. Owner Jeff Parrott did not immediately return a call for comment.

 

 

The Scoop: WildSmoke to close Jan. 10, will become EdgeWild Bar & Grill

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

 

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After a one-year run, smokehouse and bar WildSmoke is closing doors Jan. 10 and will reopen this spring as EdgeWild Bar & Grill. Owner Andy Kohn announced plans for the space at 12316 Olive Blvd., in Creve Coeur today, Jan. 7.

“We’ve been talking over the last couple months,” said Todd Wyatt, director of operations of EdgeWild and WildSmoke. “We added more of a bar area (to WildSmoke) because we didn’t feel we were getting the traction with the spirits and beer. It moved the needle slightly, but not to where we wanted it to be.” Wyatt said while WildSmoke succeeded with the lunch crowds, barbecue is a competitive environment and the restaurant group wanted to grow the EdgeWild brand. Edgewild Winery & Restaurant, located at 550 Chesterfield Center in Chesterfield, opened in 2011.

The new bar and grill concept will focus on traditional bar food, appetizers, sandwiches and iconic dishes from across the U.S., such as a Philly cheesesteaks and po’boys. Other potential menu items include meatloaf, pan-fried chicken and onion rings, with some menu crossover from its sister restaurant. Current EdgeWild executive chef Aaron Baggett will oversee the kitchens at both locations.

The space will also undergo a renovation that includes the addition of a large central bar, which will offer some proprietary EdgeWild wines. Wyatt said he and the restaurant team hope to unveil EdgeWild Bar & Grill by April 1.

 

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