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Wang Gang owner will open Primo’s, an Italian delivery joint

Monday, March 5th, 2018



The owners of Wang Gang Asian Eats in Edwardsville plan to open Primo’s Italian Garage in late April.

As reported by Feast, the delivery-only restaurant will serve customers in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, while catering services will be available in the St. Louis area. President and operating partner Ryan O’Day said Primo’s will operate out of a central location in Edwardsville.

Convenience for the customer and the restaurant drew him to the delivery concept. Nixing dine-in eliminates many overhead costs, he said, and makes the Primo’s concept ideal for franchising. He hopes Primo’s appeals to families, working couples and others those looking for a convenient, reasonably priced, quality meal.

“The experience is to take back the home,” O’Day said. “I want to bring families back to the table on Sunday nights, like I used to do as a kid.”

Primo’s will take online or call-in orders for family-style Italian classics like spaghetti and meatballs, mushroom fettuccine Alfredo and tortellini bianco. Each pasta is meant to serve three adults and comes with a 12-inch loaf of Italian bread. Salads will also be available for purchase.

O’Day plans to source the fresh pasta from a local business, Carla’s, and he’s working to obtain a liquor license so Primo’s can offer wine delivery, too. Primo’s will initially launch with dinner delivery, while catering can be arranged for lunch or dinner.

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Laura Kern is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Grub Go delivery service appears to be closed

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017


From all appearances, it looks like local restaurant delivery service Grub Go is no longer doing business.

Layla owner Jason Sparks said he found out Friday, Jan. 13, when Grubhub, the online platform Grub Go uses to process orders, contacted him about an overdue meal delivery. Sparks said he contacted the Grub Go office and couldn’t get through. He then called his representative at Grub Go, who said the company was no longer in business.

Sparks said Grub Go still owes him approximately $2,200. “We’re talking a lot of money here,” he said.

Grub Go owner Peter Wheeler did not respond to repeated requests for comment or to confirm the closure. No closure information was available on the company’s social media or website, but all restaurants have been removed from the website.

Taco Circus manager James Lopez said the South City restaurant stopped using Grub Go about two months ago, and he still hasn’t received the remaining money Grub Go owes them.

“We haven’t heard anything from them, he said. “It’s a sad thing for a company to go out of business, but to go out like that is even more disappointing.”

5 Star Burgers owner Stephen Gontram said via text message that Grub Go still owes him for several weeks of deliveries during the holiday season. In his message, Gontram said he’s reviewing his agreement with Grub Go to see what recourse he may have, and he urged restaurants to use caution when using future-pay delivery services.

The Scoop: New website to offer local liquor delivery service

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013



Some days require a stiff drink. That idea – and a strong need for a gin and tonic – inspired business partners Erin Keplinger and Brendan Marsden to start Clink!, a new online liquor store based in St. Louis. “It started after a bad weekend one time,” Keplinger recalled. “A girlfriend offered to send me flowers, and I really wanted her to send me booze.”

Keplinger and Marsden, who also co-owns Modesto Tapas Bar, hope to officially launch the website by Oct. 4. While an online liquor store is not a new concept, Keplinger said she, Marsden and other local experts will select Clink!’s products with an emphasis on niche and locale. “We’re going to be a national website. Anyone can order, but we’re going to share the Missouri pride,” she said, citing available brews and spirits like Mastermind Vodka, The Big O, Schlafly, Perennial, Cardinal Sin, Pinckney Bend and more. Other items include cocktail kits with boutique mixers like Oxford Falls mint julep mixer and Bittermens bitters.

Keplinger says Clink! will provide same-day delivery within 50 miles of St. Louis on orders placed before 10 a.m. Other national orders will be available for next-day delivery. Instead of cellophane-covered baskets, Keplinger said each order will arrive gift-wrapped in sleek, modern boxes with customizable tags. Upgrades including engraved boxes and embossed tags from local artisans are available.

“We love our art and craftsmanship and things that are artisan and curatorial in nature,” she said. “There’s something about the intentionality and thoughtfulness that’s important to us … You don’t necessarily want just the product; you want the whole package.”



The Scoop: Griffin Delivery changes owners, name

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Bicycle-based restaurant delivery service Griffin Delivery has new owners and a new moniker: The Bike Waiter. Shane Broussard and Heather Monroe took the reins of the 3-year-old company from founder Andy Heaslet Sept. 1, as reported by Kavita Kumar of the Post-Dispatch.

Heaslet has known Broussard and Monroe for two years, after discovering they owned a similar company, The Bike Waiter in San Antonio, Texas. When Heaslet was offered a position promoting alternative transportation at Washington University, he said Broussard and Monroe were eager to extend their brand to St. Louis. “We were using the same service and had very similar business models,” he said. “I knew he could come in with a solid game plan in St. Louis, and he could fulfill all the goals that I had about Griffin.”

Those goals – to increase bike visibility, to create more viable income and to help local restaurants – are already being realized. Heaslet said The Bike Waiter has expanded its hours and its service area, now delivering to areas like The Hill, Lafayette Square, the Central West End and more. Cyclists now use bike trailers so that they can haul more food from more restaurants to hungry customers. Delivery fees also have been lowered to roughly $3.

Though he is now fully entrenched at Wash. U., Heaslet will continue to assist the new owners in an advisory capacity for the next 18 months. Heaslet admits it’s been an emotional transition, and changing the Griffin name was a difficult pill to swallow at first. “I imagine this is the sending-the-kids-off-to-school feeling,” he said. “It’s been a lot of me telling my ego to be quiet and do the right thing … There might be a few things that he does slightly differently … My big goals will be achieved at a really high rate.”

The former mascot hasn’t completely been scrubbed from The Bike Waiter; the griffin still makes an appearance on the business cards. “[Broussard and Monroe] told me they want to keep the griffin involved and pay homage to what we created.”

-Photo by Laura Miller

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