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Vernon’s BBQ closes for good in U. City

Monday, February 12th, 2018

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Vernon’s BBQ & Catering at 6707 Vernon Ave., in University City, has closed for business. The barbecue joint, which opened in 2012, had its last day of service Tuesday, Feb. 6.

“Basically, our lease came to term, and we decided not to renew,” said co-owner Matt Stiffelman said. “We just didn’t like the terms.”

Vernon’s was known for its traditional barbecue offerings and more unconventional items like smoked tofu and a barbecue slinger, which was featured on Food Network’s “Eat, Sleep, BBQ” last year.

Stiffelman said he and co-owner Tim Zolman have no immediate plans to reopen the restaurant, but they are weighing their options. “We want to sit back and think it through,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Vernon’s 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Owner Adam Tilford discusses Milagro closing, possible new locations

Friday, January 26th, 2018

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 { pollo con mole poblano at Milagro Modern Mexican }

Milagro Modern Mexican at 20 Allen Ave., in Webster Groves will close its doors after eight years. Tilford Restaurant Group owners and brothers Adam and Jason Tilford are looking for a new place for the restaurant to call home. The current location will close Saturday, March 24 after dinner service.

Adam Tilford said the restaurant’s location was the main reason for the move. “We’re in a horrible location,” Tilford said. “From day one, we had a hard time getting people to the restaurant. The fact we lasted so long is a testament to Jason’s food and our amazing staff.”

While the space no longer works, Tilford said the company, which also owns Mission Taco Joint, wants to keep Milagro in the same general area. “We’re focusing on places like Webster, Kirkwood, Rock Hill, Maplewood – places on Manchester, Big Bend, Kirkwood Road,” he said. “We want people to have easier access to us. We’d love to find a spot a bit smaller, maybe 80 to 100 seats.”

Tilford said there isn’t a timetable to find a new space. “We’re going to be selective,” he said. “We want to wait for the right place to be available. We don’t want to be in a similar situation in five years.”

When the restaurant does reopen, he said the menu will be more in tune with the original Milagro concept with more chef-inspired, shareable options. Once the relocation is complete, Tilford said he’d like to see more Milagros open. “We’d love to grow it,” he said. “I could see opening a second location in West County at some point.”

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Water Street, Wasabi downtown announce closures

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

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{ Water Street owner Gave Kveton }  

Water Street in Maplewood will close up shop at the end of the month after almost seven years. According to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Tuesday, Jan. 30, will be the last day of service.

Water Street opened in April 2011 with owner Gabe Kveton running the bar and the front of the house and his sister, Maria Kveton, helming the stoves as executive chef. Gabe Kventon said his sister left the restaurant last fall to pursue a career outside the restaurant industry.

“I feel like we had a really good run here,” he said. “I was starting to feel just a little bit burned out after seven years, so I put the feelers out to see if anyone would be interested in buying the equipment and buying out the rest of my lease, and I found someone who wanted to do it, so the timing kind of fell into place.”

Kveton declined to reveal the new tenant, but said he had high hopes for the next concept. “It’s going to be really exciting, and it’s going to be really great for Maplewood,” he said. “I can’t wait to see what this person does with it.”

Kveton said he plans to close Water Street with little fanfare. “We’re just going to focus on what we’re doing now and end our run as Water Street and take it from there,” Kveton said. Water Street fans will get the chance to indulge in some of favorite dishes of years past before the doors close, including the restaurant’s popular lemon lasagna.

 

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In other closing news, Wasabi Sushi Bar at 1228 Washington Ave., downtown will close this month and move to a new undisclosed, location, as reported by the Post-Dispatch. Per a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, the last sushi roll will be served on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The restaurant was the first Wasabi location and opened in 2003.

Wasabi Sushi Bar CEO John Kim said the final destination for the relocation is still up in the air. “We’re looking hard at either Midtown or Central West End,” Kim said. “We’ve got a couple of spots in mind. We hope to have a landing spot by the end of the year.”

Kim said the company has some aggressive expansion plans for the next five years, and plans to have two new restaurants open this year, one of which may be the relocated downtown location.

Announcement of the closure comes a little more than a month after Wasabi opened its newest restaurant at 312 S. Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 3:50 p.m. Jan. 24 to include comments for Wasabi Sushi Bar CEO John Kim. 

Photos courtesy of Water Street and Wasabi Facebook pages

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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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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The Libertine will close for good this weekend

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

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The Libertine has announced doors will close this weekend. In a Facebook post, owners Nick and Audra Luedde said the Clayton eatery’s last night of service will be Saturday, Jan. 6:

“We will be ending operations as The Libertine so as to focus our collective efforts on a brand new restaurant concept that we will be announcing the details of later this month … so stay tuned!”

The Lueddes went on to say in the post that while they looked forward to the new project, closing The Libertine would be “truly bittersweet.”

“The Luedde family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for the past five years of unforgettable moments that only a night at The Libertine could provide.

“Audra and I will cherish the great times we shared with all of you at The Libertine and we will truly never forget them. I am so proud of what we have done at The Libertine, its contributions to the STL culinary scene and what The Libertine represented.

“We are so grateful to our staff, family, patrons and friends who have made the experience of operating The Libertine so unforgettable!

“Again, thank you to everyone that helped make The Libertine a truly special place and we look forward to feeding you all very soon!”

The Libertine opened to critical acclaim in May 2013 with chef Josh Galliano at the helm. In June 2015, Galliano left the Clayton eatery for Companion Bakery, and chef Matt Bessler took over the kitchen. Farmtruk chef-owner Samantha Mitchell took the top toque in April 2017.

Mitchell said she won’t continue on with the Lueddes’ new concept. Instead she will focus on Farmtruk and participating in the upcoming food truck court, Court Louie, located at 4001 Utah St., which will have its soft opening on Friday, Jan. 19.

Nick and Audra Luedde did not immediately return requests for comment.

Photo by Jonathan Gayman 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Longtime staples Stratton’s Café, Laurie’s Place close doors

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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Stratton’s Café at 8103 Big Bend Blvd. in Webster Groves, is closing its doors this week. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Dec. 26, the owners announced the last day of service will be Friday, Dec. 29.

“We’ve been here 15 years, and it’s been a great run,” said owner Ben Stratton. “We’ve had the pleasure of serving the people of Webster Groves for 15 years, and we’d like to thank them for allowing us to serve them that long.”

Stratton cited increased competition in the area from new restaurants like The Clover & The Bee and Half & Half as one reason for the closure. “Obviously, it’s always sad when you close a restaurant, but it’s just time,” he said.

Meanwhile, as reported by The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Laurie’s Place at 228 N. Main St. in Edwardsville will shutter on Monday, Jan. 1, after 21 years in business. The announcement was first posted on Facebook on Saturday, Dec. 9. Owner Laurie Chavez was not immediately available for comment.

Photo courtesy of Stratton’s Café

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Remy’s, Elijah P’s and MK’s Asian Persuasion all announce closures

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

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Three local restaurants have given notice via social media that they will close shop by the end of the year.

Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar at 222 S. Bemiston Ave. in Clayton is set to close on Sunday, Dec. 31. The restaurant opened in 1995. In a Facebook post, owner Tim Mallet said he was seeking to downsize after a hard year. “It was time to call it a day,” Mallet said in a phone interview. He added that his other eatery, Big Sky Cafe in Webster Groves, will remain open.

 

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Elijah P’s Burgers & Brews at 401 Piasa St. in Alton posted on Facebook that it was closing after Sunday, Dec. 31 due to lagging sales. The owners confirmed via phone, but declined to comment further.

Asian fusion restaurant MK’s Asian Persuasion, which opened earlier this year at 6417-19 Hampton Ave., will have its last service on Saturday, Dec. 30. The owners said via Facebook that “family needs” are the reason for the closure, and declined further comment via email.

Remy’s photo courtesy of the restaurant; Elijah P’s photo by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Garden on Grand closes shortly after the one-year mark

Monday, December 4th, 2017

The long bar seats more than a dozen and offers classic and house cocktails, as well as wine and beer. Customers perched at the far end can watch the action in the partially open kitchen.

 

After just over a year in business, The Garden on Grand at 2245 S. Grand Ave., has shuttered, as reported by St. Louis Magazine. The announcement of the closure was made on the restaurant’s Facebook page: 

“Regretfully, after a little more than a year, The Garden on Grand will be closing its doors after a final dinner service on Saturday, Nov. 24. We have had an incredible year, filled with ups and downs, and in this season of gratitude, we want to thank you – our customers, staff, friends and family – for your invaluable support throughout the year. We are already working on the next chapter ­– stay tuned!”

The Garden on Grand opened in September 2016. Owner Cevin Lee and then-executive chef Kore Wilbert wanted to create health-focused dishes without sacrificing flavor. Sauce reviewed The Garden on Grand in December 2016.

Lee said the restaurant got off to a fast start and was never able to catch up. “We didn’t really get a chance to slowly grow the concept,” he said. “We got slammed from day one. The food and service was well received. We just came hard out of the gate and never recovered.”

Lee, who owns the property, said he is talking to some potential buyers, but nothing has been signed. He plans to open another concept at some point but said he intends to take his time and incorporate the lessons learned from the closure.

Editor’s note: This post was updated at 4:30 p.m. to include comments from Cevin Lee and to correct a statement describing dishes at the restaurant.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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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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