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Sugarfire Smoke House team will take over The Boathouse

Friday, December 15th, 2017


 { Sugarfire Smoke House and Hi-Pointe owner Mike Johnson } 

The Boathouse at Forest Park will soon be under new management. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, the team behind Sugarfire Smoke House, Hi-Pointe Drive-In and Cyrano’s will take over the restaurant sometime in early 2018. The Boathouse has most recently been run by Catering St. Louis.

Sugarfire co-owner Mike Johnson said the new Boathouse menu hasn’t been set yet, but it won’t be another Sugarfire or Hi-Pointe location. He said menu items would most likely include affordable options like sandwiches, salads, grab-and-go items, kid-friendly fare and possibly picnic baskets, but it’s still very much a work in progress.

Johnson said they also have not decided what the service model will be, or what modifications, if any, would be done to the space. He did confirm, however, that the fleet of paddleboats would be getting a serious upgrade.

While it’s a done deal that Sugarfire will helm the space, Johnson said that the final details, including when the handover will take place, will be finalized next week.

“We’ve been looking at this space for quite a while,” Johnson said. “We’re going to make Forest Park proud. We’re taking this seriously.”

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Sugarfire Smokehouse now open

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Sugarfire Smokehouse, a project by restaurateurs Mike Johnson and Carolyn Downs, opened yesterday. Sugarfire is located at 9200 Olive Blvd., just east of I-170 in Olivette.

Daily offerings at this cafeteria-style barbecue joint include grass-fed beef, pulled pork, smoked turkey, and burgers made from meat ground in-house. Pork and beans, slaw and hand-cut fries are some of the sides, and specials include local pork belly, chicken pot pies and brisket from Rain Crow Ranch. Downs, who has long garnered praise for the desserts at Cyrano’s, her other restaurant, makes Sugarfire’s sweet endings. She will offer six pies daily, available by the slice or whole. Sugarfire is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Scoop: One-man bread biz makes old-world boules for retail sale

Friday, May 6th, 2011

050611Last December, we spotlighted baker Alex Carlson as the face – and hands – behind the beautiful bread program at Five Bistro. Carlson recently “kneaded” that dough operation into an independent business called Red Guitar Bread, whereby his old-world boules, bageuttes and torpedos made from certified organic flour are now available to the public.

The Scoop ran into Carlson yesterday at the Webster Groves Farmers’ Market as he was readying his booth for the first day of the market season. Carlson explained why the Webster Groves market is the only market he will be participating in this year. “I don’t want to get too big, too fast; slow growth is the key. And what I’m doing now keeps me pretty busy.” That’s for sure. Carlson bakes an average of 75 to 100 pounds of bread daily, subleasing space from the Five Bistro kitchen.

Bread-lovers who can’t make the Thursday afternoon market, which runs through October, can also place orders via e-mail. (A website is coming soon.) Prices range from $3 for a smaller-sized baguette to $8 for Carlson’s newest creation, a hickory-smoked whole wheat loaf. Don’t know whether you want to opt for ciabatta or a hefty 1 and a half-pound pain au levain boule? You can drool over his rustic, edible works of art on the company’s Facebook page.

And for diners who have come to love Carlson’s bread at Five Bistro, Salume Beddu, The Mud House, Cyrano’s, Big Sky Café and even at Entre Underground events, no worries. Carlson will continue to service all of those accounts.

The Scoop: Boogaloo up for sale

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

090710_boogalooBoogaloo, the restaurant in downtown Maplewood that serves a twist on Cuban, creole and Caribbean food, is up for sale. It was an ad on Craigslist seeking a buyer of the restaurant that tipped The Scoop off (the ad has since been removed from the site but we have been told it should be up again soon).

Rick Wilhelm, the real estate broker handling the sale of the business located at 7344 Manchester Road, stated that Boogaloo, which opened approximately five years ago, is successful but that restaurateurs Charlie Downs and Mike Johnson, along with their six other partners, are ready to hang it up.

One major reason for the sale: Downs, who has 30 percent controlling interest, faces heath problems and is busy operating his other restaurants including Cyrano’s in Webster Groves and two Imo’s Pizza establishments. Downs also volunteers his time to various activities, including serving as a board member of the newly instituted Webster Groves Farmers Market.

While Downs admitted that the business has had some trouble in recent years (the restaurant lost 20 percent of its business during the year and a half Highway 40 was closed, he said), he insisted that the restaurant has no bank debt and is not failing. Wilhelm noted that in 2006, before the economic crisis hit, the 3,500-square-foot restaurant reached a peak gross of $1.5 million. To continue with that level of success, Wilhelm said, “It needs a guy who is an owner-occupant that will work the district doing what Charlie does in Webster.”

Those interested can call Wilhelm at 314.965.1101 or e-mail him.

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