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Humble Pie makes way for Dottie’s Flour Shop in Ladue

Monday, November 13th, 2017

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Pizza takeout spot Humble Pie, which opened in April, has officially closed its doors, but the space at 9783 Clayton Road in Ladue won’t be empty for long.

As reported by the Riverfront Times, Jessica Lucas, who owns both Humble Pie and Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium with husband Mark Lucas, will open Dottie’s Flour Shop in the space with her business partner, Dottie Silverman.

Mark Lucas said Dottie’s will be an organic bakeshop that will also feature upscale kitchen goods. “We’re starting on the changeover this week,” Lucas said. “We have to do a couple of cosmetic things and some equipment swaps, but they should be in there within a week or so.”

Lucas said Humble Pie initially closed in mid-October for a menu overhaul, but it became apparent that a concept change was needed.

“We just found that the kitchen space was just too small for that menu,” he said. “[Dottie’s Flour Shop’s] business has just grown, and they were looking for a space, so it just made sense.”

Lucas said he plans to revisit Humble Pie at some point. “We’re kind of putting it on the back burner,” he said. “It’s just a matter of finding the right space for it. Right now we have enough going on with the transition, and I’d like to do some stuff with Fozzie’s, so I’d say we’ll revisit it in maybe six months or a year and see where we are.”

Photo courtesy of Humble Pie 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Barrister’s closes doors for good in Clayton

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Barrister’s in Clayton has closed its doors, effective today, Nov. 10. As reported by the Post-Dispatch, the announcement was made via the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“We’ve truly enjoyed bringing our dreams to reality during this chapter of our lives That is why, with a heavy heart, we are announcing that we have decided to close Barrister’s day to day operations effective Nov. 10, 2017,” the post read.

“More recently, we have had a few unforeseen personal circumstances develop that will require our full and undivided attention. We appreciate your support as we move forward into the next chapter of our lives.

“We cannot thank you all enough for your understanding. We will always hold a special place in our hearts for the Clayton community, our patrons and our staff that have become more like our family.”

Calls and messages to Barrister’s owners Kristie and Sam Boctor were not returned. The couple purchased Barrister’s from Jason Tilford of the Tilford Restaurant Group in 2015.

Photo courtesy of Barrister’s 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Five Star Burgers closes Kirkwood location

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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The 5 Star Burgers location in Kirkwood at 312 S. Kirkwood Road has closed. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the restaurant served its last burger on Thursday, Sept. 28. The 5 Star locations in Clayton and Creve Coeur remain open.

According to owner Stephen Gontram, upcoming scheduled roadwork on Kirkwood Road and a new double drive-thru at a nearby Starbucks location helped him make the decision to close.

“(Starbucks) does a lot of business, and they create a lot of traffic. I was really concerned that the combination of construction project plus the long-term congestion on Kirkwood Road was really going to hurt business,” he said. “We had a good four years and did good business, but sometimes you see the writing on the wall. It’s kind of a side step for us. I wasn’t happy to have to do it, but I felt like I had to do it.”

Gontram said he’s sold the building and is in the process of putting the equipment in storage. Though he’s not actively seeking out a new 5 Star location, Gontram said ultimately, he’d like to do a project in St. Louis city.

“I’m a city kid at heart, and I’d love to be able to put something in the city,” he said.  “And I don’t even know if it’d be a 5 Star Burgers. It might be something else.”

 

Editor’s Note: This article originally stated in the incorrect location of Starbucks. It was updated at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 4 to correct this information. 

Matt Sorrell is a staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Mona’s on The Hill will close doors this Sunday

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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After less than a year in business, owner Brendan Marsden is closing doors at Mona’s – An American-Italian Joint on The Hill. The restaurant’s last day of dinner service will be Sunday, Sept. 3.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s a decision that I had to make and decided to focus on some more important things in my life, like family and my other job,” he said.

Marsden, who also owns Whitebox Eatery in Clayton, surprised the restaurant community in August 2016 when he closed Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant after 15 years. He opened Mona’s in the same space just a few months later. Now, Marsden is selling the 3,600-square-foot space as a turnkey restaurant.

Marsden now plans to focus his energy on his Clayton breakfast and lunch spot.“It’s all on Whitebox now. We’ve got a lot of stuff going on over there,” he said.

He hopes to expand catering operations, explore options for evening events and possibly even take the concept outside the St. Louis area.

 

Photo by Michelle Volansky 

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Stage Left Diner closes in Grand Center

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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Stage Left Diner quietly closed its doors on Monday, July 31.

The diner, located at 541 N. Grand Blvd., debuted in September 2016, when owner Steve Smith and restaurant consultant Brad Beracha took over the space next-door to the Fabulous Fox Theatre from the former City Diner.

Beracha said the announcement was more abrupt than he liked, but necessary.

“The area is very event-driven and the off-season is very off, and we made a decision based on the sales and the short term to focus on other projects,” he said. “I’ve got my hands full with BaiKu and the City Foundry project opening in 2019. We have a lot of effort put into these projects, and a lot of exciting news is coming out within the next month or so.”

Beracha said there are currently no plans for the space, which is owned by Fox Associates.

In a press release, Smith, who also owns BaiKu Sushi Lounge and Triumph Grill, thanked the diner’s patrons for their support. “The challenges to grow the Stage Left Diner brand were too difficult to overcome, and the decision to close was made so that our focus could shift to our other restaurants,” he said.

Photo by Michelle Volanksy 

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The Scoop: Owner swaps KimCheese for Seoul Garden

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

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The Creve Coeur location of Asian fusion restaurant KimCheese closed on Friday, June 30, and is slated to reopen as the second location of owner Sean Moon’s other restaurant, Seoul Garden, on Friday, July 7.

Moon said he had been looking for a second Seoul Garden location for a while.

“The original Seoul Garden was at full capacity,” Moon said. “We were actually looking for a second location that wasn’t too far from the original location. Overall, the space is more a sit-down restaurant as opposed to fast-casual. We realized it would be much better to just switch to Seoul Garden.”

Not much was needed to make the switch, Moon said, and many of the upgrades, such as new tables and lighting, were done after hours over the previous month to avoid disrupting service. He said the menu would remain focused on Korean barbecue, along with other Korean dishes.

The KimCheese location in Chesterfield will remain open, and Moon said a KimCheese food truck is in the works as well.

“All we need is to get it wrapped and permitted,” Moon said. He hopes to be on the road in a month or so.

As Sauce reported last month, KimCheese has also signed on to be part of the upcoming food hall, The Eatery, at One Metropolitan Square downtown, which is scheduled to open this fall.

Photo courtesy of KimCheese

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Cicero’s will shutter after 40 years in The Delmar Loop

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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An old favorite in The Delmar Loop will close its doors for good. Cicero’s will shutter at 6691 Delmar Blvd., on Sunday, June 25 after four decades in business.

The closure was announced via Facebook on Tuesday, June 20, and comes on the heels of a previous announcement that the venue would no longer book live music, as reported by The Riverfront Times.

No specific reason was given for the closure. In the post, the owners thanked patrons and acknowledged the hard work their family put into the business over the years:

“After nearly 40 years of serving up some of St. Louis’ best pizza, and beer, among other things, we’ve determined it no longer makes sense to continue. Our father, Shawn, put his heart and soul into a place that has become a St. Louis institution. He, and our mom, Alice, sacrificed everything our family had, and took a huge risk, to open Cicero’s. We couldn’t be prouder of them for their accomplishments.”

Neither the owners nor real estate agent Ron Kramer, who will sell the building, responded to repeated requests for comment.

Photo courtesy of Cicero’s

Matt Sorrell is staff writer for Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Scapegoat closes in the Central West End

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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Scapegoat Tavern & Courtyard, the more casual arm of fine dining restaurant Scape in the Central West End, has closed its doors. The restaurant ceased operations after Memorial Day, according to Bob Koplar, general counsel for Koplar Properties, which owns the space.

Koplar said though the restaurant was just starting to grow and find its audience, menswear retailer Bonobos Guideshop expressed interest in the space.

“It was a pretty new restaurant, obviously. We only opened it about a year ago,” Koplar said. “It was going fine, and it wasn’t something we were in a hurry to close.”

Koplar said Bonobos’ concept fit well with Suitsupply, which is taking over the space currently occupied by 10denza at 44 Maryland Plaza. Bonobos Guideshop will open in the space later this year, hopefully by the holidays, after renovations have been completed.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to really cement this area as a retail destination, and it would be just a perfect complement to Suitsupply,” Koplar said.

Koplar said Scapegoat’s closure wouldn’t affect Scape, where he said executive chef Andrew Simon, who came onboard late last year, continues to bring new flare to the menu.

“He’s been doing a remarkable job in the kitchen,” Koplar said. “He’s got a lot of energy and passion behind him, and we’re really excited about what he’s been able to accomplish.”

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: The Red Shack closes doors in Dogtown

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

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The Red Shack in Dogtown has shut its doors at 6401 West Park Ave. The Tex-Mex restaurant’s last day of service was Friday, May 26. It opened last year on Memorial Day weekend.

The restaurant was a joint venture between father-daughter duo Larry and Angie Lampert. Larry Lampert died on May 8, and according to Angie Lampert, his passing led to the closure.

“He and I started working together 12 years ago at our store Plush Pig Barbecue in Clayton,” Lampert said. “It was something fun that we could do together and without him here, it’s not fun anymore.”

Lampert said The Red Shack was her final foray into the restaurant business.

“The Lampert restaurant dynasty has come to an end,” she said. “We had a great run.”

 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.  

The Scoop: Pappo’s Pizza closes St. Louis location

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

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The St. Louis location of Pappo’s Pizza & Brew Co. at 3960 Forest Park Ave., has shut down operations. The restaurant made the announcement via Facebook on Monday, May 7, which was also the last day of service.

According to the post, the restaurant shuttered because “it was not sustainable,” and the company is “looking at other options in the St. Louis area,” including a location to continue brewing its beers.

Pappo’s opened in January 2016 in the former Six Row Brewing Co. space in Midtown. The pizzeria stepped in to the brewing game with a rotating house beer list.

The Pappo’s locations in Osage Beach and Springfield, Missouri, remain open. Pappo’s owner Chris Galloway did not return repeated requests for comment.

Photo by Meera Nagarajan

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