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McArthur’s Bakery will close location on Olive in Chesterfield

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

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The McArthur’s Bakery Café location at 13700 Olive Blvd., will close its doors for good  Sunday, Jan. 21. Owner Scott Rinaberger made the announcement in a Facebook post today, Jan. 18, citing changes to its online ordering and delivery platform:

“Imagine: it’s just two hours before your big celebration. You’re rushing around, getting everything ready, and the last thing you need is to go out of your way to pick up a cake. With our new online ordering platform, you won’t have to. We’ll bring the cake directly to you!

“As exciting as this new system is, it does not come without a cost. McArthur’s has a limited production capacity and resources with our ovens running nearly 20 hours a day during most of the year. As a result, difficult decisions must be made in regards to where we are and where we are heading.

“One of these difficult decisions is the closure of Chesterfield’s Olive Boulevard location (13700 Olive Blvd.) at the end of business this Sunday, January 21st. This closure will free up many valuable resources, allowing us to focus on serving more people in St. Charles County, Jefferson County, and several communities in Illinois without brick and mortar.”

Tina Tebbe, a spokesperson for McArthur’s Bakery Café, said Rinaberger declined requests for comment.

This is the second McArthur’s Bakery Café closure in recent months. The location at 6630 Delmar Blvd., closed on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

The company still has three locations at 3055 Lemay Ferry Road in South County, 210 N. Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood and 158 Long Road in Chesterfield.

Photo courtesy of McArthur’s Bakery Café

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Seoul Taco in Chesterfield

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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West County residents no longer need to trek to University City or hunt for a Seoul Taco truck. The St. Louis-based chain opens Friday, Dec. 29 at 46 Four Seasons Shopping Center in Chesterfield.

As The Scoop reported in August, owner David Choi announced he planned to open his fifth brick-and-mortar location (the second in St. Louis) in his hometown.

Fans of the Korean-Mexican fusion can expect a similar menu to its predecessors with seasonal rotating specials. Choi said he may reach out to local chefs in the neighborhood for possibly collaborations. The Chesterfield space will be the first to feature beverages from Ireland-based Stubborn Soda.

Upon entering the 80-seat restaurant, a symbolic Seoul Taco food truck jumps off the wall in an art installation created by Chicago interior designer Alex Morales. The space also incorporates colorful street art by Daniel Burnett and Won Kim. “It’s street food coupled with street art,” Choi said.

Choi said transitioning the 3,600 square-foot space that formerly housed a St. Louis Bread Co. proved smooth thanks to an established kitchen and plumbing. “It had the right bones in place,” he said.

Seoul Taco in Chesterfield will be open daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Here’s a first look at the newest Seoul Taco location:

 

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Photos by Caitlin Lally; food photo by Carmen Troesser

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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PM BBQ will close for good this weekend

Monday, November 27th, 2017

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PM BBQ has announced it will shut doors at 161 Long Road No. 103 in Chesterfield this week, but co-owner and pitmaster Paul Lammers said the popular restaurant will return in some form. The last day of service will be Saturday, Dec. 2.

Lammers said he and co-owner Mark Ruck, who have been in the space for almost nine years, were trying to renegotiate the lease on the space for the past eight months, but they were only able to get an extension through the end of the year.

“You get to a point where it’s a losing proposition, as far as price per square foot,” he said. “We’re sorry to leave the (Chesterfield) Valley, but we’re looking forward to the next chapter.”

Though the dining room will close this week, Lammers said PM will continue to use the location for its catering business through the end of the year. After that, the business will move its base of operations to The Creative Cookery in Fenton and continue as a catering business with no retail carryout service.

Lammers said he and Ruck plan to re-launch PM BBQ in either a new brick-and-mortar location, or perhaps hit the road with the concept.

“We’re looking pretty seriously at a mobile component,” Lammers said, though they have not decided if that would entail a trailer or a food truck.

Photo by Carmen Troesser 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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Seoul Taco will open new location in Chesterfield

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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Seoul Taco continues to grow, and this time it’s headed to West County. The popular Korean-Mexican eatery will open its fifth location in Chesterfield at 46 Four Seasons Shopping Center later this fall. In addition to the Seoul Taco food truck and the original brick-and-mortar location in the Delmar Loop, Seoul Taco has locations in Columbia, Missouri; Champaign, Illinois and Chicago.

“I grew up out here,” owner David Choi said of Chesterfield. “More than anything, I’m familiar with the area, and there’s not much food like ours out here. We thought it’d be a good fit.”

Choi said the space, which used to be a Panera location, will seat approximately 100. Alex Morales of Smartmouth Design in Chicago will design the interior of the restaurant, and local company Shellback Iron Works will design the furniture.

“Having been an existing restaurant, [the space will] be easy to transition into what we do,” Choi said. “We’ll need to put in new hoods, but it’s nice that a lot of the plumbing and mechanicals are intact.” He said construction is scheduled to begin next week.

Choi said the Chesterfield menu will be basically the same as the other locations.

“We’ve been messing around with some menu concepts that we could add across the board,” he said. “Anytime we launch a new store, we review what we want to do with the menu. As of now there’s nothing concrete, but we’ll have a little bit of change. If we change in one, we like to change across the board.”

Choi said he hopes to open the doors in November, before the holiday season.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Russell’s to open third location in Chesterfield

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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Restaurateur Russell Ping will soon open a third bakery and restaurant to complement his other two locations, Russell’s on Macklind and Russell’s Cafe & Bakery in Fenton. The new spot, which will also be named Russell’s Cafe & Bakery, is slated to open later this fall (hopefully September) at 14888 Clayton Road in Chesterfield.

“We’ve been looking for a while at opening a third store, and weighing our options on whether another city location would be good, or something else out in the county,” Ping said. “And it really came down to the space being a good fit.”

The 4,000-square-foot space, formerly a St. Louis Bread Co. location, will receive a complete gut rehab, including a full kitchen and a bakery production area. Construction is slated to begin in the next few weeks.

Ping said initially the cafe will be open for breakfast and lunch, and there will be items from both the Fenton and Macklind menus available. He said there are items, like biscuits and cinnamon rolls, which are available only on Sundays at Russell’s on Macklind that may make regular appearances on the Chesterfield menu as well.

“Having the bigger kitchen will allow us to expand,” Ping said. “So we’ll start out with the things everyone loves, and then add to the menu as we grow and expand.” He said the beverage program would be ramped up as well.

“We’ve worked with Kaldi’s for a very long time, but we’re looking to add to our coffee program,” Ping said, adding that Kaldi’s is in the process of refurbishing an antique espresso machine for the new location. Beer and wine will also be available.

Photo by Dustin Bryson 

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Ones to Watch 2017: Alex Pille of Annie Gunn’s

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

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Title: Sous chef, Annie Gunn’s
Age: 28
Why watch him: His gardening exploits are likely to land on your plate.

Annie Gunn’s sous chef Alex Pille grows the usual slate of Midwestern fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and peppers, but that’s where the similarities to your grandmother’s garden end.

“I love to try new things,” Pille said. “Amaranth is an ancient grain crop. It has a giant flowering head that can be dried and is kind of like quinoa.” He’s also grown sorghum, rice, saffron and zucca – one of the world’s largest gourds that can weigh up to 100 pounds.

He grows produce his boss, executive chef Lou Rook III, never knew existed and some stuff he has a hard time finding. “I’ve been working with farmers since 1989 and had never heard of these [lemon drop] chiles,” Rook said. “I was so excited about them and Alex goes, ‘Oh yeah, I grew those last year. They’re great.’”

“I research online, but with the more obscure things, it only goes so far,” said Pille. “That’s where the chef part comes in. I found out a lot of people use zucca as a filler in jams. I decided to make applesauce with it. It worked out great.”

The current beneficiaries of Pille’s harvest are his family, friends and sometimes diners at Annie Gunn’s. But that may change.

“Last year I had a variety of around 60 plants growing,” Pille said. “I kept expanding my garden and before I knew it, it was a quarter of an acre.” This spring he plans to plant at least one of the five acres he recently bought in De Soto. “Hopefully by the end of the year, I can have a greenhouse out there, too.”

For Pille, farm-to-table is not a marketing gimmick; being a better farmer makes him a better chef. “He’s farming the food to bring to the table,” Rook said. “He understands food, how to prepare different things, because of his farming background.”

Eventually, he’d like to have his own produce business, selling to area restaurants. “I could be in both realms. I can grow unique things and also offer methods and applications for these obscure ingredients.”

Photo by Carmen Troesser

 

The Scoop: Rock & Brews now open in Chesterfield

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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Rock & Brews, the restaurant franchise founded by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, opened an 8,000-square-foot restaurant at 17258 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield a few weeks ago.

Franchise owner Kirk Williams said he is excited to bring the first area Rock & Brews to St. Louis. “People will love our food, and they will be able to tell immediately that we make our food from scratch,” he said. Chef John Sydow, who previously worked at Sugarfire Smoke House, serves classic American fare like burgers and pizza. Many dishes are named after classic rock bands or songs like Ring of Fire wings and Hotel California Cobb Salad.

Area beer lovers will find two bars: one with 52 craft beers on tap, and another Missouri-focused bar with 16 taps featuring breweries like Schlafly and 4 Hands Brewing Co. Wine, cocktails and sangria are also available.

Rock & Brews is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

The Scoop: The Cup to close Chesterfield location, expand delivery and retail options

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

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The Cup will close its Chesterfield location at 1590 Clarkson Road at the end of business on Saturday, Dec. 24, to focus on expanding delivery services and distribution.

“(The Chesterfield location is) just too much space for us,” owner Ericka Frank said. “People have been requesting more and more delivery, and this way we’ll have the resources to expand. It just made sense.”

The Cup is already increasing retail production, and Frank plans to decrease minimum order requirements and expand its delivery area further into West County. The Chesterfield location will be open limited hours for order pickups Dec. 19 to 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Frank said it will be business as usual for The Cup’s other two locations in the Central West End and Edwardsville.

 

 

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.

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