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First Look: Greer Brewing in Ellisville

Friday, June 30th, 2017



Ellisville’s first brewery is officially open. Brewer-owner Chris Greer opened Greer Brewing Co. at 16050 Manchester Road on June 24.

After scouting several locations in the West County area, Greer settled on a former lawn and garden shop as the spot to make his homebrewing hobby a full-time job. He spent the last nine months gutting and renovating the space, which was vacant for 14 years, to house a 15-barrel brewing system and 92-seat tasting room.

Greer keeps his brews true to style, focusing on German beers like a hefeweizen and Vienna lager. In addition to eight taps, Greer also installed a cask system to pull his traditional English ordinary bitter. A small kitchen turns out pub fare like Irish nachos, pretzels served with beer cheese and bratwurst sliders.

Greer Brewing is open Wednesday through Friday from 2 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from Ellisville’s first brewery:


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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: New Day Gluten Free to open Clayton cafe in December

Monday, October 10th, 2016




Just weeks after New Day Gluten Free closed its doors in Ellisville, owners Garrett and Kelly Beck have announced a new location at 7807 Clayton Road. As The Scoop reported in September, the Becks planned to find a new home for their dedicated gluten-free, peanut-free restaurant after nearly six years. Kelly Beck said she hopes to open doors in December.

Beck said the kitchen in the new space includes equipment they were missing at the Ellisville location, including a fryer. But former patrons should expect to see the usual pizza, pasta and sandwiches when New Day reopens. “We want to make sure people can get their favorites,” Beck said. “Then once we’re open for a little bit, we can try making some new things like our own chips.”

The 3,800-square-foot Clayton location will more than double New Day’s capacity with 50 seats in the new space. “This location gives us the gathering place I’d always envisioned,” Beck said. “The kitchen is bigger, and we’ll have more room for catering, plus a patio that can seat about 25.”

The Becks have added a new partner, and are working to get the necessary capital needed to complete the new space. “There’s very little we need to do,” Beck said. “The kitchen is great, and the front needs to be painted in our colors. It’s mostly just cleaning we need to do for gluten-free and peanut-free certifications.”

The Scoop: New Day Gluten Free closes doors, intends to open new location this year

Monday, September 19th, 2016



After nearly six years, New Day Gluten Free closed its doors in Ellisville today, Sept. 19 – but owners Garrett and Kelly Beck aren’t ruling out a new home for the gluten-free, peanut-free restaurant and bakery.

After dealing with staffing issues and low sales at the West County location, Kelly Beck said the couple decided to close the restaurant (which was announced on Facebook) to focus full-time on finding the right spot for New Day Gluten Free. “It came down to a location and timing thing,” she said. “With our lease up in six months, we decided to close down this location to focus 100 percent on the next location.”

The Becks hope to move to a more central, accessible location to better serve its customers, many of whom traveled long distances to one of the only dedicated gluten-free restaurants in the St. Louis region. Beck said they haven’t yet decided where New Day’s new home will be, but they aim to be open by Thanksgiving, one of their busiest times of year. “The need is there, so we are going to continue,” Beck said. “This is just a pause.”

Until then, customers can stock their freezers with gluten-free goodies to hold them over during the interim this Saturday, Sept. 24, when New Day will reopen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for retail orders only. Details will be available on its Facebook page.

The Scoop: MOD Pizza to enter St. Louis pizza scene

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015




Expanding like pizza dough, Seattle-based pizza company MOD Pizza plans to open a total of five store in the St. Louis area next year. Ellisville, Kirkwood, St. Charles, Wentzville and Cottleville residents will all have a new place to get their pizza fix when the fast-casual DIY pizza concept opens in 2016.

Founded by husband-wife team Scott and Ally Svenson, MOD Pizza had 31 stores in January 2015 and will close the year with 98 locations across the country.

“You get to custom-make your own pizza or order one of our classic pizzas,” said Scott Svenson. “It’s an 11-inch, thin-crust pizza with unlimited toppings for one price. From start to finish, the process takes about seven to eight minutes.”

Choose from red, white or barbecue sauces, a bevy of veggies including artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and arugula, meats ranging from pepperoni to chorizo and finishing sauces like Buffalo or balsamic-fig glaze. Then watch it all bake up in a quick three to four minutes in the oven.

Typical locations seat between 60 and 80 diners and are open from 10:30 a.m. until 10 or 11 p.m.


Editor’s Note: This Scoop was updated at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 2 to correct Scott Svenson’s name.


Lukas Wine & Spirits opens doors at new Ellisville location

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015




Lukas Liquor has a new home at 15678 Manchester Road in Ellisville, just half-mile from its old location. In January, Lukas Liquor owner Gary Bilder announced he would relocate his spirits, wine and beer shop from its old address at 15921 Manchester Road. Concurrent with the move, Bilder renamed the store Lukas Wine & Spirits.

“This is a 15-year evolution,” said Bilder. The bright and airy 31,000-square-foot space adds another 7,000 square feet compared to the former location. Although Lukas has not added a substantial number of new products, the shopping experience will be easier, with products easily located on spacious shelves. Those who can’t make up their mind can get quick guidance from a Lukas employee by pressing one of 10 call buttons located throughout the store.





Lukas’ extensive whiskey barrel program – hand-picked barrels bottled exclusively for the store – is a focal point near the front of the shop, while at the back, more than 30 coolers hold chilled beer. Also on the suds side, Lukas now boasts a keg list of 365 different beers and an expanded single bottle selection. All wines, except those from Spain and Italy, are now organized by varietal instead of geographic location.

With education as part of the Lukas mission, the store has added 17 learning centers, posters scattered throughout that provide information regarding the history, production and notable names behind some wines, beers and spirits.




Another highlight is a tasting bar. The eight-seat bar also features a handful of high-top tables and flat-screen TVs. The bar will offer wine by the glass or bottle, four draft beer options and whiskey pours of 35 to 40 rare whiskies. The tasting bar will also be the location for Lukas’ various classes and scheduled tastings.

-photos by Meera Nagarajan



The Scoop: Lukas Liquor announces new location, name change

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015



Change is in the air at Lukas Liquor; come mid-May, the store will move to a new, larger location at 15678 Manchester Road in Ellisville and will take on a new name: Lukas Wine & Spirits. The new location is less than a half-mile from Lukas Liquor’s current store at 15921 Manchester Road, where it has operated for 15 years.

Owner Gary Bilder said property owners had approached him before about leasing the massive space, a former Best Buy, but he had not decided to move until recently. “We’re simply out of room,” Bilder said “By moving, we’re adding 7,000 more square feet of space to our store. Even our parking lot will be bigger for customers.”

Bilder will take 31,000-square-feet of the new space, which will double the size of Lukas’ beer department and dramatically expand the wine department. The new Lukas Wine & Spirits will also have a full cash bar inside the store in case you need refreshment after walking all those extended aisles.

The Scoop: Pittsburgh-based Walnut Grill to open in Ellisville

Monday, June 9th, 2014



Walnut Grill, an upscale casual restaurant with three locations in its native Pittsburgh, is making the 600-mile trek along Intestate 70 to fill the space in Ellisville at 1386 Clarkson Clayton Center Drive, the former home of a Chevys Fresh Mex. As first reported by the St. Louis Business Journal, Walnut Grill is expected to open in late October or early November, with three or four other area locations to follow in the next four years.

Walnut Grill Holdings president Kirk Vogel said that since 2005, Walnut Grill has made it a goal to expand from Steel City to the places along the I-70 corridor. “There are multiple towns along the way that have very similar demographics to what we have here in Pittsburgh,” he said, adding that St. Louis was a natural bookend for the project since the growing suburbs and a Midwestern culture can appreciate the family-friendly concept.

On the menu, Walnut Grill offers a long list of small plates ranging from lobster-laced mac-n-cheese to sweet chili chicken lettuce wraps. Entrees cover all culinary bases with seafood, steaks, chops, chicken and pasta options. Sandwiches, soups and salads round out the rest of the contemporary American menu. Both gluten-free and kid-friendly menus are available upon request.

A serious sweet tooth will be satisfied with desserts like a caramelized walnut ball – a scoop of French vanilla ice cream rolled in caramelized walnuts and topped with chocolate, caramel and whipped cream. Walnut Grill also offers wines by the glass and bottle, a large selection of draft and bottled beers and specialty cocktails.

Renovations are slated to kick off July 1. When finished, Walnut Grill will have a redesigned entrance, an expanded patio space with fire pits and a vibrant dining room and bar area.

The Scoop: Lucky’s Market to open in Ellisville July 30

Thursday, June 5th, 2014



The Ellisville community will welcome Lucky’s Market, a full service supermarket opening July 30 at 15830 Fountain Plaza Drive. The Ellisville location is the seventh Lucky’s Market nationwide, and the second Missouri location.

Owners Bo and Trish Sharon opened the first Lucky’s Market in Boulder, Colorado in 2003. Lucky’s Market also has locations in Columbia, Missouri and plans to open another in Rock Hill in 2015.  “We’re looking forward to giving our neighbors in the St. Louis area a new taste and experience to bring home to their kitchens,” said Bo Sharon in a recent press release.

The 38,000-square-foot supermarket will employ 180 people and offers customers a wide selection of organic, specialty and gluten-free items. Lucky’s is currently working to source local products such as Dogtown Pizza and local brews. The Ellisville location will also include include a juice bar, coffee bar, bacon cured and smoked in-house, beer, wine and a community room where it will host in-store events like cooking classes, wellness education and children’s events.


Sneak Peek: Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine

Monday, July 22nd, 2013


After a half-year wait, Veritas opens this week in its new location at 15860 Fountain Plaza Drive on the northeast corner of Clarkson and Clayton roads. The new-and-improved, family-owned, Ellisville restaurant and wine bar features an open kitchen (just like the old place at the Dierbergs Market Place in Chesterfield) as part of the 45-seat main dining area, as well as a separate bar area, a retail section and private event space.

Veritas will offer two menus prepared by chef Mathis Stitt – a weekly menu available Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and a menu designed for the 23-seat bar area dubbed the Mustard Bar (since it pays homage to the yellow condiment and best friend of the Vienna sausage). Veritas patrons can still enjoy a glass of wine from a list curated by co-owner David Stitt, and now they also can try a seasonal cocktail prepared by bar manager Jay Olsen, formerly bar manager at YaYa’s, or order a local beer on tap.

Get a first look on Facebook. And, if you want to get a first taste, make a reservation for one of two events taking place before Veritas opens to the public July 25. Tomorrow, July 23, the restaurant hosts a Mustard Bar Food Buffet and Cocktail Party ($20 per person). On Wednesday, it is offering a five-course dinner ($70 per person) that includes wine and cocktail pairings. Seatings for the dinner are at 5 and 7 p.m.

Regular hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

-Photo by Michelle Volansky

The Scoop: Craft beer bar in Ellisville nears opening

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Freshly brewed beer will soon flow from the taps at Crafty Chameleon, a new bar opening at 1384 Clarkson Clayton Center in Ellisville. That’s good news for craft beer aficionados, who will have their pick of microbrews among the 40 draft selections – half of which will be dedicated to Missouri breweries – as well as another 300 in bottles or cans, according to co-owner Jay Quezada.

The bar’s name references not only its focus on craft beers, but also a constant change of offerings. “We are going to rotate our taps quite a bit,” said Quezada, who developed a love of beer and home brewing during a military tour in Germany.

Although Crafty Chameleon will not offer food, patrons can bring their own. Quezada also reached out to eateries in the shopping center, including Windowsills Cafe and Marketplace, which will deliver food “right to your table,” said Quezada.

The newly renovated space, formerly a Chevy’s restaurant, will have seating for 100, plus a 40-seat patio. Quezada hopes to open doors July 13 or July 20, pending health inspections. Hours of operation will be weekdays from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.



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