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Red Oak Eats ‘n Treats is now open on Washington Ave.

Friday, July 28th, 2017

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A new restaurant downtown has sprung up and is starting to grow on people. Red Oak Eats ‘n Treats, located at 1330 Washington Ave., opened on Wednesday, July 19. The fast-casual eatery features hydroponic plants on its menu.

Billing itself as the first “room-to-table” eatery in Missouri, Red Oak grows produce in house and hydroponically in water and without soil. The food that is not grown in-house is sourced from owner Derek Schuzle’s farm in Warrenton, in addition to local distributors.

“We see a lot of farm-to-table restaurants, and we’re trying to challenge that,” said first-time restaurateur Schulze.

Growing up on a farm, Schulze said he’s seen the way uncontrollable factors have affected food security, and believes growing indoors eliminates those factors. Without using pesticides or herbicides and using significantly less water, he grows lettuce and basil in the restaurant that appears in nearly every dish.

“We think St. Louis is a great place to showcase hydroponics, being at the fore front of agriculture for hundreds of years,” he said.

Featuring fresh greens and family recipes, Red Oak serves breakfast, lunch and made-from-scratch bakery items daily, with a late night menu available on the weekends. The menu includes a Midwestern Corn Belt Salad with corn and black bean salsa, avocado cream, pickled red onion and a Southwestern ranch dressing, a breakfast biscuit sandwich, and the Home-Style Sandwich featuring a meatloaf recipe passed down through generations.

The 800-square-foot establishment that formerly housed A2 Cafe now displays antiques from Schulze’s great-grandparents’ barn and flourishing hydroponic gardens. Schulze said he wanted the atmosphere to showcase farming from 1880s and the future of farming, all in one space.

Red Oak seats 49 currently, although Schulze said once he receives a sidewalk permit, 20 more seats will be available outside, and is currently open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Red Oak Eats ‘n Treats

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Brick River Cider, St. Louis’ first cidery, to open downtown

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

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St. Louis has seen an explosion of craft breweries in recent years, and soon it will welcome its first dedicated cidery.

Owner Russ John is in the process of opening Brick River Cider Co. downtown at 2000 Washington Ave., in a former firehouse. The name of the company is a nod to St. Louis’ position as a leading national supplier of bricks in years past. John said he hopes to have construction and permitting completed in August, then start production and have cider ready to drink just in time for bonfire season.

“My heart is hoping to make Halloween weekend, but I’m optimistic, probably, to hope it’ll be that soon,” he said. “It’s probably realistically sometime in November.”

John has a background as cider homebrewer. His family has owned apple orchards in the area since the late 1860s and has made cider on a small scale almost as long.

“The family legend is that the two bottles of cider I have on my desk were made by my grandfather during Prohibition,” John said.

John is currently putting together a group of a half-dozen different suppliers within a day’s drive of the cidery in an effort to support local agriculture. He plans to work exclusively with fresh-pressed Midwest apple juice.

The Brick City space will not only house a production facility, but it will also boast a tasting room. The space will have a 30-to 40-seat bar area on the first floor, along with the cider production facility, and a larger dining room on the second floor with a full kitchen.

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Sneak Peek: Shift, Test Kitchen & Take Out

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

 

Downtown STL will welcome Shift, Test Kitchen & Take Out when it opens to the public Tuesday, April 5. As The Scoop reported in June 2015, the newest concept in the Bailey’s family of restaurants will offer a rotating menu of carryout meals and sides.

The menu will feature a rotating selection of national and international barbecue selections for the foreseeable future. In addition to offering meals to go, Shift will also serve as a test kitchen for the Bailey family of restaurants, particularly the barbecue concept slated to open in 2017.

The menu will drop and introduce a couple of items per week, due in part to Bailey’s whole animal butchery program and selective, seasonal sourcing, as well as Shift’s experimental nature.

Meals are generally priced less than $10 with side dish options up to $6, and will be available for walk-in diners to start, but keep an eye out for online ordering in the future. Shift is located at 313 N. 11th St. in downtown, adjacent to Rooster and close to Bailey’s other downtown St. Louis establishments.

“I like downtown,” owner Dave Bailey said. “It’s a unique beast and there have been hard times, but lots of people live down here and we have some great regulars. Our restaurants have an accessible price point and we keep things fun and charming and are able to offer different types of food for different people at different times of the day.”

Shift will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

-photos by Meera Nagarajan

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The Scoop: Lumiere Place reopens Sundeckers downtown

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

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Less than a year after closing its doors for good, Sundeckers Bar & Grill has reopened on The Landing under new ownership.

Lumiere Place purchased the property and several blocks around it a few years ago and decided to reopen the casual downtown bar and grill this summer. Though no longer involved, the former owner struck a deal with Lumiere that allowed them to keep the name, according to manager Branko Popovic. “We actually opened two weeks ago with a liquor license. We opened about a month ago just for lunch because we were waiting on the liquor license,” Popovic said.

Sundeckers is also currently looking for a new brewing home for its signature beer, Bases Loaded, after its former collaborators closed up shop, but they’ll continue to feature local and national options. “We have, obviously, Schlafly, Fat Tire. We have a Budweiser, Shock Top, Goose Island IPA, and we’re looking at a couple other small breweries,” Popovic said.

The menu has also undergone some changes. Sundecker’s ever-popular half-pound burger remains a menu staple, and Popovic estimates that the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich is the second most popular item.

The property got a bit of a facelift prior to reopening, receiving a new kitchen and some cosmetic updates and additional TVs. One thing that absolutely wasn’t touched, however, is the historic bar. There are more renovation plans in the mix – Popovic said that the hope is to have the back patio completely redone either by the end of this year or early next spring.

The Scoop: Gerard Craft to open fifth restaurant downtown

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

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One of St. Louis’ preeminent chefs is adding another restaurant to his empire. Porano Pasta + Gelato will be Gerard Craft’s first fast-casual establishment located downtown in the Mercantile Exchange at 634 Washington Ave. Doors are set to open mid- to late summer.

Craft, who also owns Niche, Brasserie, Pastaria and Taste, is a five-time James Beard nominee for Best Chef: Midwest. Though the concept is Italian, Craft said he didn’t want to open a second Pastaria. Instead, he wanted to focus on fast, affordable, real food. “For us as a family, we end up going to places like Chipotle a lot because they are really convenient, quick, they stand behind their product as far as ingredients go, and it’s really inexpensive to feed a family of four,” he said. “Increasingly, that becomes more important to me.”

At Porano, customers will build their own pasta bowls or other entrees by choosing from bases such as organic pasta, farro, focaccia or lettuce. They can then add proteins like braised beef, meatballs, tofu and more before topping their creations with an assortment of sauces and other accoutrements to suit their tastes. Pastaria fans will find their favorite gelatos available in cups and as cookie sandwiches at the new downtown location.

Craft said Pastaria executive chef Michael Petres will oversee the kitchen at Porano, while sous chef Ashley Simon will step up to chef de cuisine to direct daily operations at Pastaria.

Porano is named after a small town in Umbria, Italy, where Craft said he encountered a warm, welcoming community. He hopes to bring that hospitality to his new concept, which takes up residence in the former Takaya New Asian spot. “I’m a big, big supporter of downtown. I think its one of our most important spots,” Craft said. “(People) want to see a thriving vibrant downtown … This is the first time that we’ve had the location that we want available. It just made perfect sense.”

Craft said he looked forward to joining the ranks of Robust and Pi Pizzeria, which have also opened successful locations in the downtown MX area. “We’re building on what they’ve already started,” he said.

 -photo by Carmen Troesser

 

 

The Scoop: Robust Wine Bar coming to Laurel Building downtown

Friday, August 12th, 2011

081211_robustStanley and Arlene Browne, owners of Robust Wine Bar, will be adding a second location of their popular restaurant/wine bar at Seventh Street and Washington Avenue in the Laurel Building formerly occupied by Dillard’s. Robust’s downtown site will be 4,200 square feet and is scheduled to open in spring 2012, according to Mack Bradley, spokesperson for the MX District, the downtown development area that includes the Laurel Building and the Mercantile Exchange Building, formerly known as St. Louis Centre. Robust Wine Bar opened at 227 W. Lockwood Ave., in Webster Groves in 2007.

Robust is the second restaurant to be announced as a tenant for the MX District (The first was Pi Pizzeria, announced back in April). The district is undergoing major renovations as part of a project to develop the area into a full-service retail, dining, entertainment, arts, culture and residential district along Washington Avenue. Other restaurants and shopping and entertainment venues slated to open in the MX District are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. All of the venues inside the district are planned to open at the same time – tentatively spring of next year.

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