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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 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.

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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 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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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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The Scoop: Grapeseed closes in SoHa

Friday, May 5th, 2017

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As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Grapeseed in the SoHa neighborhood has shut its doors. Grapeseed was reviewed by Sauce Magazine shortly after opening in 2014. The last day of service was Sunday, April 30 and the closure was announced via Facebook. According to the post, the owners closed the restaurant to pursue “opportunities outside the area.” Grapeseed’s owners did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

 

The Scoop: Standard Brewing Co. will close at the end of April

Friday, April 21st, 2017

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Standard Brewing Co. in Maryland Heights will soon pour its last pint. The 2-year-old brewery announced via Facebook on Wednesday, April 19, that its last day will be Sunday, April 30.

The brewpub opened in 2015 in a former Fudrucker’s space. Co-owner Albert Middeke said the reason for the closure is pretty straightforward.

“Operationally, we just couldn’t pull things together,” he said. “It became a little bit more than we could afford. There’s nothing too dramatic or exciting about it.”

He said there are no plans to continue the brand in a smaller space.

Middeke said the brewpub will be open for normal business hours through April 30. “There’s plenty of inventory,” he said. “There will be deep discounts on growlers, happy hour and late-night specials.”

Photo by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Lake Forest Chocolates storefront to close in March

Monday, February 27th, 2017

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Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Co. is closing its Lake Forest Chocolates storefront at 7801 Clayton Road in Clayton. Co-owner and second-generation chocolatier Dan Abel, Jr. said the tentative closing date will be Saturday, March 11.

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate bought the Lake Forest brand in 2009. At that time, production took up approximately 80 percent of the Clayton space, with the retail shop occupying the rest of the space. In 2012, the company moved production of Lake Forest confections to its newer facility on The Hill at 5025 Pattison Ave., and Abel said it has become cost-prohibitive to keep the storefront open.

“We’ve been looking at what to do for a few years, but since then we haven’t found a reason to have that extra space in the back,” Abel said. “It’s been sitting empty for five years, and with the lease coming up, we decided not to renew.”

Lake Forest products will still be available at all current retail locations.

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