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Saturday, January 14th, 2017

From new locations of popular barbecue joints and brunch spots to the closing of a 40-year-old Fairview Heights institution, here’s what happened last weekend in the St. Louis dining scene, ICYMI…

 

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1. Scott Sandler, owner of Pizzeoli in Soulard, has announced he will open a new restaurant called Pizza Head at 3196 S. Grand Ave., in the former Absolutli Goosed and Brickyard Tavern space.

2. Pastry chef Alex Feick is bringing her baking game to area restaurants and retailers. Prioritized Pastries aims to supply area restaurants, stores and individuals with quality artisan breads, pastries and desserts.

 

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3. Mike and Liz Randolph, co-owners of Randolph Restaurants,  have announced a second location of Half & Half in Webster Groves. The breakfast and lunch spot will open in late spring or early summer at 220 W. Lockwood Ave., in the current First Watch space.

4. The Tom & Chee location at 1280 Highway K in O’Fallon, Missouri, has closed. The closing was announced on the location’s Facebook page Jan. 9, citing “circumstances beyond our control.”

 

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5. Delmar Loop favorite Salt & Smoke is getting ready to expand its barbecue empire to South St. Louis this summer. Owner Tom Schmidt has announced that he will open a new location of the restaurant at 5625 Hampton Ave., the former home of Mathew’s Kitchen that shuttered last year.

6. Another longstanding Metro East establishment is shutting its doors. Dandy Inn Pub in Fairview Heights is scheduled to close on Sunday, Jan. 15, after 40 years in business.

7. Moya Grill, located at 567 Mehlville Ave. in University City, has been shuttered. The casual Ethiopian eatery from the owners of Meskerem on South Grand closed over the holidays.

 

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The Scoop: Tom & Chee closes in O’Fallon, Missouri

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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The Tom & Chee location at 1280 Highway K in O’Fallon, Missouri, has closed. The chain specializes in custom grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soups, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian fare.

The closing was announced on the location’s Facebook page yesterday, Jan. 9, citing “circumstances beyond our control.”

According to franchisee Doug Mating, those boiled down to parking. Mating said the 2015 addition of Monical’s Pizza to the shopping center that Tom & Chee was located in caused a shortage of parking that adversely affected businesses there.

“It just got too crowded,” he said. “People aren’t going to park behind a strip center and walk.”

Tom & Chee’s last day of business was Sunday, Jan. 8. Mating said he donated all of the remaining food to Messenger Worship Center in Fenton. He has no plans to reopen in a new location.

The Scoop: Fast-casual Ethiopian eatery Moya Grill closes

Monday, January 9th, 2017

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Moya Grill, located at 567 Mehlville Ave. in University City, has been shuttered. The casual Ethiopian eatery from the owners of Meskerem on South Grand closed over the holidays.

According to co-owner Henok Gerbi, the location, which was open just over a year, didn’t do the volume of business needed to keep up with expenses.

Gerbi said he’d like to eventually relocate the restaurant and is on the lookout for possible locations, though he has no set timetable to reopen. He added that Meskerem continues to do well and will continue on.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

 

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The Scoop: Dandy Inn shutters after 40 years

Monday, January 9th, 2017

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Another longstanding Metro East establishment is shutting its doors. Dandy Inn Pub in Fairview Heights is scheduled to close on Sunday, Jan. 15, after 40 years in business.

Owner Mark Daniels said the reason he’s closing the restaurant is simple. “I’m just tired.”

That’s understandable, as Daniels has been in the business for quite a while. His parents, Dave and Phyllis Daniels, opened The Dandy Inn in 1977, and he took the helm 35 years ago. Daniels said he plans to sell the building.

Since announcing the closure last week, Daniels said the response from the community has been tremendous. “I knew we’d be busy, but this is over the top,” he said. “It’s been St. Patrick’s Day crowds every day. It’s amazing we’ve touched so many lives.”

Daniels said there is a possibility that the restaurant will open for a few days later in the month and just serve corned beef and cabbage. More information will be available on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

 

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The Scoop: Stur Restaurant and Lounge in Edwardsville closes

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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After two-and-a-half years in business, Stur Restaurant and Lounge has closed its doors in Edwardsville. The closure was announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Co-owners Angie and John Schmitt opened Stur in June 2014 with a menu focused on cocktails, shared plates and appetizers. Schmitt opened with the help of My Mixologist, a consultancy program that designs cocktail menus and trains staff to create the beverages.

The Facebook post did not identify the reason for closing, but thanked its customers for their patronage. Angie Schmitt did not return requests for comments.

 

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The Scoop: J McArthur’s to close, new concept from Robust owners to open

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

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Changes are underway at 3500 Watson Road in Lindenwood Park. J McArthur’s An American Kitchen will close doors for good Dec. 31 after a year-and-a-half in business, according to co-owner Kathleen Bibbins.

The announcement comes four months after the original head chef Ben McArthur left the restaurant, and chef Will Volny took his place. McArthur’s father, John McArthur, owns the restaurant with Bibbins, his stepmother.

“We, and John in particular, worked with Ben to develop the restaurant. It was something he wanted to do for Ben, then it became a family venture,” Bibbins said. “When Ben left, it didn’t have the same family feel, the same family venture, that we hoped to have.”

Bibbins said Volny had done a wonderful job during his tenure as executive chef, but that she and her husband thought a new concept would better suit the space. “We so enjoyed putting out good food and good wine to people,” Bibbins said. “It was a really wonderful experience, but when things changed and we started shifting things about, it just didn’t make that much sense anymore.”

McArthur and Bibbins reached out to longtime friends and business partners Stanley and Arlene Browne, who own both locations of Robust Wine Bar. The couples will partner to open a new concept in late February or early spring.

Arlene Browne said they are currently consulting with Robust executive chef Joseph Hemp V to finalize the concept – but don’t look for a third location of their popular wine bar. “It’s not another Robust, but it certainly fits within our wheelhouse,” Browne said.

McArthur and Bibbins own the building and will have a stake in the new concept, but the Brownes will handle day-to-day operations. Browne said the project is bittersweet; she hates seeing J McArthur’s shutter, but she looks forward to launching a new restaurant. “I think it’s really important to always be evolving and always growing,” she said.

Photo by Jonathan Gayman

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The Scoop: The Purple Martin to close Dec. 23, may reopen under new ownership

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

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Nearly three years after business, The Purple Martin will close after service on Friday, Dec. 23. Owner Brooke Roseberry is selling the Fox Park restaurant and bar and is currently in negotiations with potential buyers.

Roseberry opened The Purple Martin in 2014, intending for it to be a community hangout. “I live in the neighborhood, and I wanted a place where I could walk to and have my kids fed and not worry about dishes,” Rosenberry said. “There was no place here like that when we opened.”

Roseberry said she plans to focus on her career in banking. “I’m not a manager, really,” she said. “The Purple Martin just needs to be in better hands, and there are people coming forward who are experienced [with running] restaurants and managing people.”

While no contract has been signed yet, Roseberry is hopeful that whoever ends up purchasing the restaurant will keep it going in some form. “So far, everyone I’ve talked to seems to want to continue with the restaurant and all of them seem to be community-minded, which I like,” she said. “They just want to make it better.”

 

The Scoop: Guerrilla Street Food to open second STL location in new Trops

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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Guerrilla Street Food has found a second home – inside the new Tropical Liqueurs. As The Scoop reported in June, Tropical Liqueurs is moving from its current location in Soulard to at 4104 Manchester Ave., in The Grove. Its last day in Soulard is this Sunday, Dec. 4.

At the time, Billy Thompson, a co-owner of the frozen cocktail bar, spoke excitedly about the neighborhood, the building and the possibility of partnering with a local restaurant at the new space. This possibility became reality when Trops decided to join forces with Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo of Guerrilla Street Food. The new space is slated to open in early March.

“We hadn’t thought that a new location in St. Louis was what we wanted to do before,” said Hardesty. “We really didn’t have a serious conversation about a second St. Louis location because we were focusing on Chicago, but this is a cool new development, and we’re excited about this partnership.”

While Tropical Liqueurs will cover the beverages, Guerrilla Street Food will handle all the food. “The location is going to have its own chef and its own specials, but people can still expect to see some of the old-school classics like The Flying Pig, the chicken adobo and the lumpia,” said Hardesty.

Guerrilla Street Food will offer lunch and dinner, as well as weekly brunch service. Hardesty said he looked forward to the fun combination of tropical slushy drinks and Filipino fare. “I think it will be a good addition to the neighborhood and that it will integrate really well with what is already there,” he said. “We’re just really excited to get it started.”

 

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Olivia Dansky and Brianna Velarde contributed to this report.

The Scoop: Death in the Afternoon closes

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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Citygarden is minus a lunch spot (at least for now) as Death in the Afternoon served its last bowl of ramen on Wednesday, Nov. 23. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, owners TJ Vytlacil and Adam Frager decided not to renew Death in the Afternoon’s lease in order to continue to grow their point of sale software company, Brigade Society, which publicly launched last year.

“We’re choosing to put all our energy into Brigade Society, and we’re doing well,” said Frager. “Knowing we’ll be traveling a lot in the immediate future, it would have been unfair to the staff, guests and Citygarden if we weren’t here to support the restaurant. We never wanted to be absentee owners.”

Unlike Blood & Sand, which Vytlacil and Frager sold earlier this fall, Death in the Afternoon’s building was leased, and the timeline was shorter. It took nearly nine months to close the sale of Blood & Sand.

“Selling a restaurant is a time-consuming process,” said Frager. “Citygarden has been fantastic and a pleasure to work with. When we started there was some skepticism about the location, but that’s never been an issue. We’ve always been profitable, so I hope we’ve proved that the location is not a hindrance but a benefit. We just didn’t have the luxury of time to put it up for sale.”

The restaurant had been open just more than two-and-a-half years, and Frager said will miss the diners and relationships.

“That was the hardest part of the decision,” he said. “Knowing how many friends have supported us in this. But it is out of respect for them that we closed. If there isn’t a strong leadership or ownership presence, then it’s hard to maintain the experience people had come to enjoy.”

 

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Photo by Jonathan Gayman

The Scoop: Fleur de Lilies closes in Soulard

Friday, November 11th, 2016

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After nearly a year-and-a-half in business, Fleur de Lilies has closed its doors for good in Soulard. Its last day in business was Saturday, Nov. 5, as reported by the Riverfront Times. The Creole-Asian fusion restaurant was the brainchild of owners Misha Sampson and Lina Kim. Sauce reviewed the restaurant in January.

Sampson said while the cultural culinary mashup proved successful, there were “difference in direction” that the business partners could not overcome.

Kim said in addition to creative differences, financial mismanagement also led to the closure. “It was a big loss for me and everybody else (who) was working,” Kim said. Sampson declined to comment on the issue.

Kim said she was grateful to former executive chef Michael Gipson and front of house manager Jeremy Deloach for their work. While she entertains the idea of a new project, she will focus on BBC Café & Bar in the Central West End, which she has owned for 10 years.

Sampson said she is going into business with Fleur de Lilies’ most recent executive chef Ceaira Jackson. They have launched a catering company called Culture Movement that will also provide consulting projects for other restaurants. They are toying with the idea of opening a food truck.

“Most of the dishes at the restaurant were my family recipes,” Sampson said. “People will be able to order these dishes, and others, at Culture Movement.”

 

Editor’s note: This post was updated on Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. to include comments from Lina Kim.

 

-photo by Jonathan Gayman

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