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

Monday, June 20th, 2016



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




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




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



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



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



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.


The Scoop: Sushi House offers Japanese cuisine and karaoke in Chesterfield

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014



You don’t have to sing for your supper at Sushi House in Chesterfield, but you can sing with your supper at the new Japanese restaurant and karaoke bar at 17265 Chesterfield Airport Road. Doors opened at the eatery Aug. 25.

Chef Jin Bae joins his parents and restaurant owners Hyeong and Myong Bae, who previously owned Momoyama, in the family’s new venture. Sushi House offers traditional Japanese cuisine, including a variety of sashimi and sushi rolls, along with a full compliment of rice and noodle dishes like udon, fried rice and grilled teriyaki chicken.

Bae has six years of sushi-making experience at Lumiere Casino’s Asia restaurant and developed the sushi, lunch and dinner menus. “We wanted to satisfy everyone that comes in,” he said. “Some people don’t like sushi. With this menu, everybody can enjoy their own food.” Bae’s favorite item is the Sea of Love Roll which has shrimp tempura, eel, cucumber, avocado, asparagus, tataki tuna, spicy mayo, eel sauce and crunch.

Sushi House offers a wide variety of wines, beers and spirits to accompany its dishes.  More than 10 different sakes are available, each of which can be paired with different types of sushi. For example, Bae said the sushi rolls pair best with a full-flavored sake, while the unfiltered sakes work well with sashimi. The bar also offers 12 draft beers, some of which will rotate seasonally.

The 143-seat restaurant also has five private rooms equipped with karaoke equipment where guests can dine until 10 p.m. and croon late into the night. Sushi House is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight. A grand opening celebration is slated for the end of September.



The Scoop: Taste of St. Louis to bring in Food Network chefs

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014


{From left, chefs Tyler Florence and Duff Goldman}

Taste of St. Louis recently announced that Food Network chefs Tyler Florence of Food Court Wars and The Great Food Truck Race and Duff Goldman of Aces of Cakes fame, will make appearances at its 10th annual festival, as reported by Alive Magazine. Both chefs will participate in 45-minute showcases, including interactive cooking demos, at the Chesterfield Amphitheater during the three-day festival.

These events, along with the Grand Tasting on Sunday, Sept. 21, are new, ticketed additions to Taste of St. Louis, which announced its relocation from downtown St. Louis to Chesterfield in March. K Sonderegger, Taste co-director and marketing director, said the new space allowed for bigger events like this to take place. “We wanted to do something really big and go really food-centric,” she said.  “Bringing that kind of talent is so expensive, so we wanted to make sure we had a place where everyone could actually enjoy seeing it.”

Florence will be in town Friday, Sept. 19, and Goldman hits the stage Saturday, Sept. 20. In addition to the chef showcases, tickets to the Chesterfield Amphitheater events will also include local culinary talent demos, live music acts and fireworks. Sonderegger also noted that there are still many free events to enjoy, including Sauce Magazine’s Restaurant Row, the Chef Battle Royale Culinary Competition, children’s activities, a wine walk and more.

-photos courtesy of Taste of St. Louis

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The Scoop: Oceano in Chesterfield to become Bishop’s Post in May

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014



{Classic comfort food at the soon-to-open Bishop’s Post includes menu items like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, short ribs (pictured), and more.}


Next month, the seafood-centric menu at Oceano Bistro in Chesterfield will be replaced with classic American comfort fare. The space at 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West that currently houses Oceano is slated to become Bishop’s Post on May 9.

Last week, an investment group headed by Ben Bishop Jr. finalized the purchase of Amer Abouwardah’s interest in the Oceano Chesterfield location. Abouwardah has purchased that group’s interest in the original Oceano location in Clayton, which will retain its name and concept.

Bishop’s Post will be open daily for lunch and dinner on weekdays and dinner only on weekends. Bishop’s Post GM Christy Rayfield said the menu includes classic comfort dishes like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, smoked meats, classic steakhouse cuts (such as a prime rib and a porterhouse), as well duck, quail and fresh seafood. The concept will be “more casual comfort than upscale comfort,” said Rayfield, whose 15 years in the industry include an eight-year run at the front of the house at Annie Gunn’s and most recently as a wine sales representative for A. Bommarito Wines.

Dave Rook will helm the Bishop’s Post kitchen. Rook’s 30-year culinary career has taken him to places like the now-defunct Aqua Vin and Crazy Fish, as well as Copia. In addition to his executive chef duties at Bishop’s Post, Rook also owns Empire Deli and Pizza downtown, which opened early last year, with brother Mike Rook.

While managing partner Bishop lends his last name to the restaurant, the “Post” part pays homage to Chesterfield pioneer Justus Post, who once owned the land where the restaurant currently sits. Artwork at Bishop’s Post will pay tribute to historic Chesterfield. “We want to embrace the community. We want you to be a part of us as much as we want to be a part of you,” Rayfield said.

Oceano will remain open until Bishop’s Post opens doors. “It will be a seamless transition,” Rayfield said.



(UPDATED) The Scoop: Taste of St. Louis to move to Chesterfield

Monday, March 3rd, 2014


Update: Earlier today, The Scoop reported that organizers of 2014 Taste of St. Louis will relocate the annual food festival from downtown to Chesterfield. Since publication, Taste of St. Louis’ K. Sonderegger spoke with The Scoop about the decision to move the festival to West County.

K. Sonderegger, Taste of St. Louis’ co-director and marketing director, said the new space in Chesterfield would allow for a more “food-centric” event. “We really want to ramp it up his year,” she said. “Our goal is to bring in heavy hitters from Food Network, Bravo and Cooking Channel. What was neat about Chesterfield is the permanent amphitheater space.”  Sonderegger said this venue will allow for ticketed shows distinct from free events at Taste.

Sonderegger said she does not feel Taste of St. Louis is abandoning downtown, where the event has taken place since its inception 10 years ago. “We have always tried to be the best regional food event there is,” she said. “It’s not abandoning downtown. It gives us an opportunity to be more regional.” She explained Taste organizers want the festival to be “geographically diverse” and to offer a variety of food from diverse cuisines.

Some Taste of St. Louis attendees used the MetroLink to get to the festival downtown; Sonderegger said she does not believe transportation will pose a problem for fairgoers attending this year’s event. “You can take the MetroLink and then take the MetroBus to get out to the county. And it is a 20-minute drive from downtown St. Louis,” she said.

Though still working out the details, Taste organizers anticipate that 30 to 35 restaurants will participate in Restaurant Row. “Every year we have restaurants that don’t participate for one reason or another,” Sonderegger said when asked if she expected former Restaurant Row venues not to participate because of the new location. “I think this year will be as good as any other year.”

The original version of this post is below.

Organizers of Budweiser Taste of St. Louis are moving the annual culinary festival westward to Chesterfield. Previously held downtown at Soldiers’ Memorial, the 10th annual Taste of St. Louis will take place Sept. 19, 20 and 21 at Chesterfield’s Central Park and Chesterfield Amphitheater.

According to a press release, the new location offers a permanent, stadium-style stage “to showcase culinary talent from across St. Louis and around the country, enhancing the visitor experience.” The release also states that an expanded lineup of restaurants from St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Southern Illinois and beyond will make for a “more geographically-diverse Restaurant Row.”

Also new at this year’s Taste, chefs will be encouraged to showcase their most unique signature culinary creations. Visitors will be able to use smartphones and tablets to vote for the winning dish, which will be named Taste of St. Louis Best Bite.

As in prior years, Taste will showcase national culinary stars from Food Network, Cooking Channel and Bravo, and offer beer and wine tasting experiences, concerts, an artist area and a family area.

Requests for comment from Taste organizers were not immediately returned.




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