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Restaurant veterans Chris Kelling, Adam Altnether will open Elmwood in Maplewood

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

 

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{ the future home of Elmwood in Maplewood } 

Maplewood is poised to get another restaurant from two big names in the local culinary scene. Adam Altnether and Chris Kelling announced they’re partnering on a new eatery, Elmwood, set to debut at 2704 Sutton Ave., in the summer 2018.

“It’s going to be a modern American bistro with some global influences,” said Altnether, who most recently served as executive sous chef for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was also the former corporate executive chef for Gerard Craft’s Niche Food Group. “We definitely want to be approachable for everyone who might walk in the door, whether that’s grabbing a burger and beer at the bar after work or celebrating an anniversary.”

 

 

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{ Elmwood chef-owner Adam Altnether was most recently executive sous chef for the St. Louis Cardinals. }

 

Altnether said the kitchen will be centered around a roaring hearth, and the space will seat between 80 and 100. Construction is slated to begin in January, and will involve a gut rehab, according to Kelling, who recently left his post as general manager of Pastaria and Sardella.

Elmwood will start with dinner service, and Altnether said the possibility exists for weekend lunches and brunches. He said the name is a nod to the city’s early history – Elmwood was a final contender for the name of the city, but Maplewood won out.

Both Altnether and Kelling said Maplewood was on the top of their wish list for locations. “I only wanted to be in Maplewood,” said Kelling, who also lives in the neighborhood. “I love that strip of Sutton.”

The space at the busy intersection of Sutton Boulevard and Manchester Road most recently housed The Live Juke Joint, a dueling piano bar. Blind Tiger and Jumpin’ Jupiter also had runs in the corner building. “We love that building. It’s been at the top of our list since it’s been on the market,” Altnether said.

 

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{ Elmwood owner Chris Kelling (far right) spent much of his local career at Niche Food Group. }

 

Alnether and Kelling worked together extensively during their times at Niche Food Group. Altnether left the group in 2015, and both men said they felt it was time to open their own place.

“I’ve always had that itch,” Altnether said. “But I wasn’t willing to jump at the first opportunity. It was something that had to make sense and fit for everyone. I‘m ecstatic Chris came along, and I think we’ll be a pretty good match and make something great.”

“I’ve opened a lot of restaurants, 15-plus, and I just kind of wanted open one of my own,” Kelling said.

 

Editor’s Note: This post originally misstated the address for Elmwood. It was updated at 10 a.m. Dec. 13 with the correct address. 

Kelling photo by Greg Rannells 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Retreat Gastropub team will bring Yellowbelly to the CWE

Monday, December 11th, 2017

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The team behind Retreat Gastropub is set to open a new concept. Yellowbelly, a restaurant and bar focused on seafood, rum and classic cocktails, will open in the new Citizen Park Building at 4659 Lindell Blvd., in the Central West End in 2018.

Owner Travis Howard said the name of the new place denotes the yellow bellies of many fish and birds in tropical areas. It also serves as a call for patrons to try something new and different and not be a “yellow-belly.”

“We’re wanting to take inspiration from Polynesian islands,” Howard said. Rather than focusing on the beach, Yellowbelly will evoke a jungle or rainforest vibe. Howard said the food menu will have a seafood focus.

“We’ll be sort of doing the California, West Coast approach to seafood,” he said. “We’ll be keeping things a little bit lighter and doing some cold things, as well.” Dishes may include ceviche, other cold fish dishes and possibly a whole fish preparation.

“We’re trying to do a combination of pulling inspiration from the islands and the way they eat, as well as incorporation some of the Midwest produce, as well.” Howard said. No one has been tapped to helm the kitchen yet.

 

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{ from left, Tim Wiggins and Travis Howard } 

 

Howard said Retreat’s beverage manager Tim Wiggins, who is also a partner in the new venture, will put together a drinks list heavy on rum, but Yellowbelly won’t be a tiki bar.

“We’re going to be doing a lot of cocktails in that tiki style, with a lot of fun glassware and a rum focus,” Howard said, adding that a lot of tropical flavors will be utilized, such as coconut, passionfruit and pineapple. “But we want to be a neighborhood bar, so we’ll still be hitting a lot of the classic cocktails, and we’ll have a fully rounded spirits and beverage program.”

Howard said the space will have 90 to 95 seats inside with a sidewalk patio area that may seat up to 40 or so. Howard said the plan is to open sometime in mid-2018, and construction should begin in the next few months.

Photos courtesy of On Point Hospitality 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Coffee shop and cocktail bar Trust opens Thursday

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

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The people who brought St. Louis outdoor bar The Bronson House has a new project in store: Trust, a coffee shop and cocktail bar opening Thursday, Dec. 7.

Artisan Well Bar Services, the team behind the bar program at The Bronson House, partnered with Covo, a coworking company based in San Francisco. Covo recently set up its second location downtown at 401 Pine St., in the historic Mississippi Valley Trust Company Building, where Trust will be located.

Artisan Well co-founder Noah Prince-Goldberg said Artisan Well helped set up Trust’s beverage program and will run the space initially.

“It’s a coffee bar by day and a cocktail bar by night,” Prince-Goldberg said. “Part of Covo’s twist on coworking is to build a community and center it around a bar and coffee shop that kind of works as a networking hub.” Though its located inside the shared office space, Trust is open to the public.

The coffee shop will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, featuring Kaldi’s coffee and pastries from Whisk! A Sustainable Bakeshop.

The bar will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight. The bar menu features a handful of house cocktails, beer and wine, as well as the capacity to make classic drinks. The space seats 40 for regular service but can be configured to seat more than 100 for special events.

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Louie on DeMun Avenue

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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St. Louis restaurant veteran Matt McGuire is almost ready to open doors at Louie as soon as Tuesday, Dec. 5.

As The Scoop reported in November 2016, the former King Louie’s owner announced he was taking over part of 706 Demun Ave., in Clayton, the space that used to house Jimmy’s on the Park. The 2,800-square-foot space  underwent a significant makeover and now features custom wallpaper, a 21-seat bar and shelving units constructed from old post boxes. Louie’s focal point is a massive wood-fired oven at the back of the restaurant, where house pizzas are fired each night.

McGuire tapped head chef Sean Turner and chef de cuisine Josh Poletti to helm the tight, Italian-inspired menu. Dishes will rotate frequently, featuring small plates, pizzas, a house pasta or two and a few meatier mains. Turner and Poletti developed simple dishes relying on quality produce and careful execution, like charred broccolini with a Calabrian vinaigrette.

 

McGuire’s passion for wine is evident in the bar program, where around 55 Italian varietals are available by the bottle and a dozen or so by the glass. Local bartender Samm McCullough designed the aperitif-focused cocktail menu featuring classics like a Negroni, a spritz and an Old Pal. One tap pours Bells Amber Ale, and easy-drinking bottles and cans round out the beer selection.

Louie’s will start with dinner service Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from DeMun’s newest restaurant when it opens next week.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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Shake Shack will open Dec. 11 in the Central West End

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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The wait is almost over. Almost two years after The Scoop first reported Shake Shack was coming to St. Louis, the popular burger chain will debut at 32 N. Euclid Ave,. in the Central West End on Monday, Dec. 11.

St. Louis native Danny Meyer founded Shake Shack in New York City and has opened locations all over the world, but this will be the first in his hometown. The CWE location will include plenty of nods to St. Louis, along with standbys like smash burgers and crinkle fries. The Mound City Double cheeseburger features Provel cheese, Niman Ranch bacon and “STL Sauce.”

“I learned the meaning and feeling of genuine hospitality while growing up in St. Louis, a lesson that has shaped my life and guided my career,” Meyer said in a statement. “When I jotted down the first Shake Shack menu, it was my favorite childhood food memories that most inspired me, and I’m thrilled that Shake Shack has at last found a home in my hometown.”

There are also three local frozen custard concoctions: the Central West End Blend, made with vanilla custard, salted caramel sauce and Park Avenue Coffee gooey butter cake; the Chocolate Chip Cookie with chocolate custard, a chocolate chip cookie from Winslow’s Home, chunks of Askinosie dark chocolate and salted caramel sauce; and the Pie Oh My, vanilla custard with a slice of Pie Oh My! seasonal pie. Local beers from Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Schlafly will also be available.

Photo courtesy of Shake Shack

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Plantain Girl will open Alpha-Teria inside new Alpha Brewing space

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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One current local brewery trend has nothing to do with beer. Breweries tap a local restaurateur to provide quality eats for taproom customers while brewers concentrate on what they do best – beer. The latest of these collaborations is between Alpha Brewing Co. and Plantain Girl owner Mandy Estrella, who built a following for her Caribbean catering services and pop-up events.

As The Scoop reported in April, Alpha is currently constructing a new facility at 4310 Fyler Ave., slated to open in mid-February. In addition to a 15-barrel brew house, co-owner and head brewer Derrick Langeneckert said the new digs will also boast a taproom, restaurant and beer garden area with seating for approximately 300.

The restaurant, called Alpha-Teria, will feature Estrella’s signature Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican cuisine. The menu will include shareable plates like empanadas, pollo con queso and a rotating selection of tacos, along with mains like the ropa vieja plate (braised flank steak, white rice, black beans, maduros, pickled red onions and cilantro), and sandwiches like the tripleta with diced steak, pork, ham, Swiss cheese, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato on toasted French bread.

 

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Langeneckert said he was looking for something different to complement Alpha’s variety of beers. “Our beers are more aggressively flavored,” he said. “We just didn’t want to do the typical hamburger or pizza, because the food would get really lost. We were looking for something spicy.”

Langeneckert happened to visit Six Mile Bridge Beer during one of Estrella’s pop-ups there, and the rest was history.

“We were getting to the point where we were already going to phase out the pop-ups,” Estrella said. “We were about two years out from opening some form of a Latin fast-casual restaurant, so when Derrick approached me with this, it wasn’t exactly what I was going to do, but was kind of the middle ground. I could open a kitchen without having to open a full restaurant. It seemed like a great opportunity with less risk.”

She said the built-in audience of Alpha fans was also an incentive, as well as the fact that many Plantain Girl followers are from the Tower Grove area, where the new Alpha location will be. Estrella said she’ll continue to cater under the Plantain Girl moniker.

Plantain Girl photo by Ashley Gieseking

Matt Sorrell is a staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream will open a second location in West County

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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After a successful Maplewood opening in February, Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream is set to open a second location, this time near Valley Park.

As reported by St. Louis Magazine, owner Eric Moore said he will open the second Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream at 2901 Dougherty Ferry Road in February 2018 in the former home of frozen yogurt shop, Yo My Goodness. The new space will offer more seating and a similar menu to the flagship location: scoops of Serendipity ice cream sandwiched between house-made Belgian waffles, as well as individual waffles and ice cream by the scoop.

Growing up in New Jersey, Moore said he used to go to the boardwalk and order a waffle ice cream sandwich. “They’d throw frozen waffles in a toaster and then scoop some ice cream out of a tub,” said Moore. “I’m doing [that concept] on steroids; we make the waffles right in front of you, and customers get it fresh right in their hands.”

 

Fluffy Belgian waffles are made to order; customers can also order plain waffles and drizzle them with butter and maple syrup.

 

Customers at Boardwalk Waffles can order a quarter-, half- or full-waffle sandwich with one to four scoops of any 16 Serendipity ice cream flavors. Seasonal waffles, like the current pumpkin waffle, are also available, with an upcoming winter red velvet waffle in the works.

At the Boardwalk Waffles’ Valley Park location, Moore noted a few updates were being made to the space, and how the additional seating allowed for some possible menu variations. He also said they plan on having live music on the weekends on the space’s patio. “We might extend hours to breakfast and just serve waffles then,” he said.

Moore also plans to launch at least one Boardwalk food truck in the spring, and a third brick-and-mortar location in Fayetteville, Georgia, also in February. Other locations are in development, including a spot in Peachtree City, Georgia, and Moore is working on getting Serendipity distributed out of state. “I have a goal,” said Moore. “Fifteen [locations] in St. Louis and 15 in Georgia, along with food trucks. From there, who knows?”

 

Photos by Michelle Volanksy 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Planter’s House owners will open Small Change in Benton Park

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

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 { from left, Ted Charak, Jamie Kilgore and Ted Kilgore }

Big news for cocktail aficionados: Planter’s House owners Ted Kilgore, Jamie Kilgore and Ted Charak will open their second bar, Small Change, in mid-January at 2800 Indiana Ave., in Benton Park.

More minimal than Planter’s House, Ted Kilgore said Small Change, named after a Tom Waits tune, will feature canned and draft beer, a small selection of spirits and a tight menu of five to six rotating cocktails, along with some bartender’s choice specials. There won’t be a formal menu per se, just a chalkboard with the day’s featured drinks.

“We’ll still have quality ice and fresh juices and some geeky stuff, but also beers and shots of quality whiskey that won’t break the bank,” Kilgore said.

Small Change won’t have a kitchen, though there will be a vending machine and a microwave on hand for those who crave some low-brow, late-night eats. “Think truck-stop sandwiches and noodle bowls, some healthy stuff, and some not-so-healthy stuff,” Kilgore said.

The trio intends for Small Change to be a neighborhood joint where guests can unwind without pressure or pretense. “The space is comfortable and laid back,” he said. “It’s similar to Planter’s House, where it feels like it could’ve been around for a while or brand-new at the same time.”

The “hobo chic” interior, which seats 49, includes repurposed chairs, tables and doors. The ancient Falstaff sign outside above the entrance, though, will eventually be replaced with the Small Change logo.

Planter’s House vet Harrison Massie will helm Small Change, and Sam McCulloch, who has previously worked at Cleveland-Heath and Niche Restaurant Group, will serve as assistant bar manager. The space will be open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

 

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The Kilgores and Charak are warming up the space Friday, Nov. 24 when Miracle, the Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar franchise, returns with a few changes. This year, Miracle will remain open through Dec. 31 (the last day of service in 2016 was Christmas Eve), only closing on Christmas Day.

Reservations will also be available this year via Tock, and bar seats and standing room will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Miracle will be open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Kilgore said Miracle is also partnering with Tom’s Town Distillery. A portion of the sales of drinks featuring Tom’s Town gin and vodka will support Santa’s Helpers, an area nonprofit that assists families in need.

Owners photo by Michelle Volansky, Miracle photo courtesy of Jamie Kilgore

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Olive & Oak shares details on new concept, The Clover and The Bee

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

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The latest project from the folks behind Olive & Oak now has an official name, The Clover and The Bee, and an almost official opening date.

As reported by St. Louis Magazine, co-owner Mark Hinkle said the restaurant should debut at the end of this month. “As far as opening day, I hate to throw anything firm out there, but hopefully not long after the Thanksgiving holiday,” Hinkle said.

As The Scoop reported in January, Hinkle announced his plans to open another spot at 100 W. Lockwood Ave., in Webster Groves, next door to his successful restaurant, Olive & Oak.

The Clover and The Bee’s name is taken from a line in Emily Dickinson’s poem “To Make A Prairie.” It is an homage of sorts to the space’s former tenant, Webster Groves Bookshop, and the teamwork needed to open a new venture.

Hinkle said at first The Clover and The Bee will serve only breakfast and lunch, though he expects to start dinner service in early 2018. The restaurant has 40 to 45 seats, and unlike Olive & Oak, will have counter service and be a more fast-casual experience. A walk-up coffee window, delivery service and carryout will also be available.

Hinkle said the menu is still a work in progress, but will have fun twists on breakfast items. “We’re going to try and get out of that normal box you see at breakfast,” Hinkle said. “It’ll be Olive & Oak-style food, but tweaked a little bit for the daytime.”

 

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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