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Ferguson Brewing Co. owners will open a pizzeria

Thursday, January 11th, 2018



Baked Wood-Fired Pizzeria, a new restaurant from the folks behind Ferguson Brewing Co., will open in mid-February at 235 S. Florissant Road in Ferguson.

“It’ll be wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza, salads, appetizers and a full bar,” said co-owner Robb Wiesen, who is also general manager of Ferguson Brewing Co. “We’re capturing a niche with the wood-fired pizza that’s not really here in Ferguson or North County at all.”

Beverages on tap will include a couple of Ferguson brews, including one specifically brewed for the restaurant, and approximately 10 other taps of mostly local beers.

Wiesen said the location is a new mixed-use development, and Baked will be part of the retail component on the first floor. The restaurant will have approximately 75 seats, including the bar.

Photo courtesy of Baked Wood-Fired Pizzeria 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Fire temporarily closes Ferguson Brewing Co.

Friday, June 19th, 2015




Ferguson Brewing Co. is temporarily closed after an electrical malfunction sparked a fire in the kitchen early this morning, June 19. Co-owner Mike Lonero said the building, located at 418 S. Florissant Road, was closed when the fire broke out. There were no injuries.

Lonero said he was alerted to the fire around 6:30 a.m., after a police officer reported smoke coming from the brewery. “This building has been around since 1927 with no issues, but, of course it wasn’t anything inside the walls; it was a piece of equipment,” Lonero said. The kitchen needs to be gutted and redone, and the entire structure has smoke and water damage. He said he hopes to reopen to the public by mid-August and said the brewing operations could resume before then.

“I’m dealing with the insurance company, making sure employees are taken care of … We’re currently getting a generator going to re-power the building,” Lonero said. “We’re going to bust ass and knock out the repairs in two months. We have a lot of hands on deck to help.”

He said the brewery currently has plenty of beer kegged, so fans hopefully will not notice a lag in distribution. “If people really want to support us right now, they should support the restaurants around the Ferguson area,” said Lonero, who also co-owns neighboring establishments Cork Wine Bar and Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant, which serve Ferguson beer.


Hit List: 4 new places to try this month

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015



1. Edgewild Bistro & Tap: 12316 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.548.2222, edgewildbistro.com

EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery is bringing casual American cuisine (and beer) to sister restaurant EdgeWild Bistro & Tap. Unique twists to typical bar fare begin with snacks like togarashi-inspired popcorn tossed with kale chips and appetizers such as avocado-crab salad with house-made Indian fry bread. Sandwiches also sport creativity. Try the BLT&P, with pastrami adding oomph to a classic BLT, or the Kirin Chicken, a banh mi-style sandwich with a whisper of wasabi. Sammie traditionalists will smile at the Roast Dip, thick with beer-braised short rib. Among entrees, indulge in the meatloaf trio (bison, duck and a beef-sausage blend, each wrapped in cured meat), but add green with a side of crispy Brussels sprouts. Beer nerds will revel in the 22 rotating taps and more than 50 bottled brews that span the globe. Wine lovers can select EdgeWild labels, but on a hot day, we recommend the thirst-quenching Lambic Sangria.




2. Revel Kitchen Food Truck: 314.932.5566, Twitter: @eatrevel, Instagram: @eatrevel

Athlete Eats, now known as Revel Kitchen, is taking to the streets. The mobile eatery, led by chef-owner Simon Lusky, will serve Athlete Eats favorites as well as new items, including a cold soba noodle salad tossed in an Asian peanut sauce and garnished with a sous-vide egg. For a meaty fix try the Arepa Carnita Burger – a house-ground pork patty in a fresh arepa, smothered with mesquite-smoked, pineapple-yogurt sauce. Drink your PB&J with a smoothie of bananas, peanut butter, skim milk, chocolate protein powder, almonds and blueberries. Look for Revel Kitchen to start its engine at Food Truck Friday on May 8.


3. Antonio’s Bistro & Market: 5005 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314.899.9885

South Kingshighway has a new place for authentic Bosnian fare. The cevapi offers generous portions of house-made beef sausages between two pieces of chewy, freshly baked Bosnian flatbread. For a meatless meal, grab the zeljanica, house-made bread stuffed with spinach and cheese and baked to a golden brown. For dessert, try the krempita, a light and fluffy vanilla treat that layers a thin slice of sponge cake, a hefty portion of custard and a puff pastry top.



4. J&C BBQ & Blues, 304 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, 314.738.9222

Homestyle barbecue and live music headline at J&C, the second restaurant for husband-and-wife owners Jerome and Cathy Jenkins, located down the street from sister eatery Cathy’s Kitchen in Ferguson. Order the tender pork steak sandwich, pair it with fried okra and potato salad and just try to not lick your fingers. Look for a variety of house-made pies or try the bread pudding drizzled with sweet cream sauce, and then jump on stage and audition to be the weekend entertainment. This family-oriented joint welcomes any blues act to audition during the week for possible paying gigs on Friday and Saturday nights.

-Edgewild and J&C BBQ & Blues photos by Michelle Volansky; Revel Kitchen photo by Meera Nagarajan

The Scoop: Cathy’s Kitchen owners announce plans to open two new restaurants in Ferguson

Thursday, December 4th, 2014



With the nation’s eyes on Ferguson and St. Louis, Jerome and Cathy Jenkins, owners of Cathy’s Kitchen Restaurant & Diner at 250 S. Florissant Road, have announced plans to open a new restaurant in Ferguson in March 2015 and another later in the year.

The announcement came after a night of widespread looting and vandalism on South Florissant Road on Nov. 24 following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooing death of Michael Brown. Jerome’s brother Ken Jenkins confirmed that Cathy’s Kitchen sustained a broken window during the unrest.

That same day, the Jenkins announced plans to open J & C BBQ and Blues, a barbecue and music venue, two doors down from Cathy’s Kitchen by March 2015. The Apple Building storefront, where the new restaurant is being constructed, was more severely damaged that night, losing some 26 windows and suffering scorch marks to the back of the building.

In the week since the grand jury decision, volunteers from Ferguson and elsewhere came out in force to help clean and repair the storefronts on South Florissant Road. Area artists even painted murals on the plywood boards covering buildings, including the J & C BBQ and Blues space.

“In the wake of the events that happened, when I came to the restaurant the next morning, a lot of Ferguson residents and my customers where there, sweeping up glass,” said Cathy Jenkins. “This is before I even got there. The greatest customers and neighbors you could possibly have … Even Aeneas Williams (former St. Louis Rams player) was helping.”

Jenkins said the couple still plans to open J & C BBQ and Blues in March, barring any further delays. She credited the more than $14,000 raised a crowdfunding campaign and widespread community support that helped keep the new restaurant on track. “We’re not going to let us discourage us and being down,” she said. “Looking backwards, it doesn’t help. I’m just trying to look forward and be positive.”

Jenkins also confirmed plans for a third restaurant in the area, to be opened tentatively in late 2015. For the moment, the concept is still in the works, though Jenkins isn’t short on ideas. “I would like to open up a sushi bar,” she said. “We don’t have one in North County. Just an idea.”




The Scoop: Ferguson community bands together for storefront clean up

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014


{Volunteers cut sections of plywood to board up broken windows at Snappy’s Bar and Grill}


Rocked by protests and looting in the wake of Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, the Ferguson community turned out in force on Nov. 25 to help local restaurants and businesses sweep up and rebuild. South Florissant Avenue swarmed with volunteers, who boarded up broken windows, cleared away glass and comforted the distraught.




{At left, Natalie’s Cakes & More owner Natalie DuBose, and at right, family friend Cynthia Smith}


Natalie DuBose, owner of Natalie’s Cakes & More, greeted visitors outside her storefront at 100 S. Florissant Road, while volunteers nailed sheets of plywood to an empty window frame. A chair had been thrown through it in the middle of the night. “This is not going to stop us,” said Cynthia Smith, a family friend.

Up and down the street, the outpouring set a vastly different tone from the near-deserted West Florissant Road corridor, which as of this morning was roped off after several buildings were set ablaze during the night. Police checkpoints barred individuals from entering the area, including members of the press.

On South Florissant Road, however, the sidewalks thronged with business owners, journalists, protesters and volunteers, cleaning up or simply observing the scene. Restaurant industry professionals, among others, each had their stories.

Joel Flores, owner of El Palenque, said he closed his doors several hours before the grand jury decision was announced and watched the subsequent protests from home on TV. The restaurant at 254 S. Florissant Road sustained several broken windows, though Flores said nothing was damaged inside. “This morning, everybody was helping to clear,” he said. “Neighbors and friends.”

Next door, a large group of volunteers was busy boarding up more than a dozen broken windows at Snappy’s Bar and Grill. Among them was Ken Jenkins, a Florissant pastor and brother of Jerome Jenkins, co-owner of nearby Cathy’s Kitchen Restaurant & Diner. The popular American diner is known for its community outreach efforts; the kitchen was seen serving free food to assembled protesters before Monday night’s grand jury decision. A witness said that later, several individuals linked arms in front of the restaurant to prevent it from being damaged, an incident documented frequently on social media outlets.

Ken Jenkins confirmed that Cathy’s storefront suffered minimal damage, only a broken window or two. Meanwhile, local volunteers quickly gathered to help. “It’s been really neat to see the community come together,” Jenkins said, adding that “over 100 people, black, white, every nationality” had turned out. “That’s Ferguson,” he added. Jerome and Cathy Jenkins were not immediately available for comment.

At Queen’s Chop Suey, owner Xiaojiang Yang said he packed up the restaurant’s ordering computer and left Monday evening before the grand jury announcement, later watching the protests on TV. “I was scared. I couldn’t go outside,” he said. This morning, he discovered two large windows had been broken. Around 10 volunteers showed up to help nail plywood.



{Fire damage at St. Louis Fish & Chicken Grill}


Mahmoud Wardeh, whose family owns the St. Louis Fish and Chicken franchise on South Florissant and Chambers avenues, boarded windows and cleared the debris from a trash can that had been set on fire inside. The rest of the building sustained only minimal damage. Wardeh said he was grateful for the sporadic groups of volunteers that were assisting with clean up.

“We can’t judge a community by an individual’s actions. We were against boarding the stores, but sometimes you have to protect the property. Business owners and community members have to pay for this,” he said, gesturing up and down the street.



{The burned storefront at Little Caesars}

Perhaps the hardest hit restaurant on South Florissant was a Little Caesars Pizza franchise, which was set on fire during the protests and gutted completely by the blaze. Robert, a manager of the franchise who requested that his last name be withheld, said that unauthorized volunteers had attempted to help put out the flames last night before police ordered them off the premises. On Tuesday morning more than a dozen volunteers, including employees of the franchise, could be seen helping with the clean-up effort. Others passed out bottles of water or collected debris with wheelbarrows. Robert said he was concerned for the safety of volunteers, but “I appreciate having the community. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Still, the optimism and unity of the moment was not without a sense of foreboding. Many of the restaurant owners have reported dramatic fluctuation in business since the unrest began in August. Most were not certain, at present, whether their businesses would be able to open their doors tomorrow and sensed that a long road lay ahead: Three years ago, the Little Caesars required seven months to rebuild after it was leveled by a tornado. “It may go quicker this time, if we decide to rebuild,” Robert said. “That’s a big if.”


Click here to read how the South Grand and Clayton communities regrouped after yesterday’s events.

-photos by Garrett Faulkner


The Scoop: South Grand, Clayton restaurateurs and community regroup after day of tension, protest

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014



Restaurants and businesses in the South Grand district are cleaning up after sustaining damage late last night, Nov. 24, following the protests near Interstate 44 and Grand Boulevard. People assembled in the Shaw neighborhood there after St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch delivered the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Volunteers gathered today to collect paint and supplies to decorate the boarded up businesses, encouraging people to support their community through patronage and online donations.

Natasha Bahrami, owner of Cafe Natasha’s, located at 3200 S. Grand Blvd., said nine of the restaurant’s windows were shattered around 12:40 a.m. Bahrami said she was across the street at the time of the incident. “We have too many windows and it was a prime spot to get hit,” she said. “Mom and Dad are a little bit hurt about it, and of course, I am too, but we’re going to make it through this one.”

Bahrami said the support from community residents and the Tower Grove East Neighborhood Association was overwhelming. “As I was coming across the street, (TGENA members) were already coming to clean up the glass,” she said. “The support we felt immediately made me feel better.” Although the restaurant is currently boarded up, Bahrami said Cafe Natasha’s would will be open for business today.




Dave Bailey, who opened his second Rooster location last month at 3150 S. Grand Blvd., said people also broke 10 or 11 large windows at the restaurant, though nothing was stolen from inside. “I boarded up the entire façade (this morning.) I really didn’t want to,” he said.

Rooster closed an hour early last night, but despite the damage, doors opened this morning to welcome diners for breakfast. Bailey plans to resume business as usual unless circumstances warrant otherwise. “We’re getting quite a show of solidarity from the neighborhood,” he said. “If we have to close early, we will make that call on a nightly basis depending on what’s going on … Obviously the safety of my staff is my primary concern.”

MoKaBe’s, located at 3606 S. Arsenal St., served as a safe space for Shaw protestors, where they gathered before and during the protests. Calls for comment to MokaBe’s were not immediately returned.

Other restaurants that reported damage include Baida at 3191 S. Grand Blvd., Saint Louis Bread Co. at 3114 S. Grand Blvd., Basil Spice at 3183 S. Grand Blvd., and King & I at 3155 S. Grand Blvd. While all are open for business today, some may close early depending on circumstances today.

Meanwhile, Clayton restaurants are regrouping after many closed doors early yesterday, pending the grand jury announcement at the courthouse in their community. The Wheelhouse co-owner Stephen Savage closed his sports bar after lunch service yesterday, citing safety concerns for customers and employees. “Staff and customers: they are the two most important aspects of our business,” he said.

Chef-owner Gerard Craft noted similar concerns when he opted to close Pastaria and Niche, both located in the Centene building in Clayton, along with his two CWE restaurants, Brasserie and Taste. “It’s really important to keep all our employees in mind. We have close to 200 employees that live in all parts of St. Louis. Whether protests or difficulty getting around, there were a million reasons to close,” Craft said.

After a night of tension and unrest in Ferguson and St. Louis’ Shaw neighborhood, Pastaria and Niche remain closed today, Nov. 25, along with other restaurants in the Centene building, Cantina Laredo and Kakao. Other Clayton business district restaurants closed today include The Crossing, Bocci Bar, Mad Tomato, Half & Half and Companion.

Some Clayton eateries did open today, including Barrister’s, Avenue, Barcelona, Sauce on the Side, Remy’s and Five Star Burgers. The latter kept its regular hours of operation yesterday as well. “I’m not one to close my doors. I think it’s important to stay open,” said owner Steve Gontram. “I’m not going to fold under pressure and close my doors … I’m going to stay open and be a business that serves the community and, of course, be cautious and lookout for the safety of my employees.”

While the Thanksgiving week is typically one of the busiest of the year for restaurants, several owners noted that business had slowed in the week’s leading up to the grand jury’s decision. “We’ve had fewer pre-Thanksgiving orders than in the last 10 years,” said Companion owner Josh Allen.

After much discussion among themselves, most Clayton restaurateurs anticipate returning to regular hours tomorrow, Nov. 26. “We’re all in it together,” Allen said.

Click here to read how the Ferguson community regrouped after yesterday’s events.


Catherine Klene and Ligaya Figueras contributed to this report.




4 ways to show your support for the St. Louis community this weekend

Friday, August 22nd, 2014


{Hopeful treats to be served at Sweet Art’s Cupcakes and Conversation tonight, Aug. 22}

It’s been a tough few weeks in our city. St. Louis is grappling with some difficult issues right now, and many in the community are wondering how to move forward. Here, four food-focused ways to show your support for the community in these troubled times.
1. HandleBar in The Grove is hosting a food drive now through 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 to fill the bare shelves at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church food bank. Bring a nonperishable food item, household supplies such as laundry soup, all-purpose cleaner or toilet paper, or a personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, soap or deodorant with you to the bar tonight and receive a little something in return (discounted bills, a free beer and more are on the table). Keep an eye on HandleBar’s Facebook page for updated surprises and raid your pantry to give back.


2. Sweet Art‘s Reine Bayoc hosts Cupcakes and Conversation tonight, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide a forum for civil, honest discussion about the recent unrest in Ferguson. This is not a “who can pound their chests the hardest” event, Bayoc said, but a chance for the community to gather and share thoughts on how to move forward in a positive way. Join the conversation – or just listen – over free coffee and discounted cupcakes.

3. Put on your work boots and join Gateway Garlic Urban Farm at Urban Farmed Uprising Saturday, Aug. 23, at Terry There Gardens in Ferguson. Beginning at 10 a.m., volunteers will help tidy the urban farm and plant fall crops, as well as work on irrigation systems. Then help load up the trucks at 2 p.m. as Gateway Garlic delivers more than half a ton of fresh produce to Ferguson families in need. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided, and volunteers are encouraged to bring a dish to share for lunch. Volunteers are asked to RSVP on Facebook if attending.

4. Join together at St. Louis 4 Unity, a rally in Ferguson to bring together citizens, elected leaders, clergy, activists and law enforcement to stand strong in Ferguson. Everyone is invited to the rally Saturday, Aug. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 9131 W. Florissant Ave., and are encouraged to bring handmade signs in support of St. Louis unity, peace and healing. Participants are encouraged to RSVP here to receive further updates.



The Scoop: Cathy’s Kitchen Now Open in Downtown Ferguson

Thursday, July 11th, 2013


A two-month road trip across the U.S. inspired Cathy Jenkins to open a restaurant. Three years later, her inkling has become a reality; Cathy’s Kitchen, located in downtown Ferguson at 250 S. Florissant Road, opened earlier this month.

The diner’s core menu is built around dishes the Jenkins family ate during their coast-to-coast trek. On the trip, Jenkins, who has always loved cooking, talked her way into restaurant kitchens where she cooked, chatted with chefs and even walked away with a few of their recipes, explained her husband and the diner’s co-owner Jerome Jenkins. Patrons at Cathy’s Kitchen will find recreations of dishes from California, New Mexico, Texas and Florida, as well as cities like Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans. One wall at the 50-plus-seat diner even charts the cross-country trip. “The entire restaurant is telling the story,” said Jerome Jenkins.

Cathy’s Kitchen is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Scoop: Piccolino’s adds Italian flavor to downtown Ferguson

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

We’re down with the growth of downtown Ferguson these days. Last month, The Scoop reported that boutique bakery Cose Dolci had relocated to a larger space on S. Florissant Road to accommodate its burgeoning business. Piccolino’s, a nearby shop, opened in December at 10 Church St., and deserves a belated welcome to NorCo.

Piccolino’s is an Italian grocery, wine shop and deli owned by sisters Linda Saunchegraw and Pat Woodward. Their Sicilian grandparents left their mother country more than 60 years ago and planted new roots in Ferguson. Piccolino’s carries Italian specialty items like meats, cheeses, olive oils and gelato along with some locally made items such as a private blend of Starrs coffee and baked goods from Companion, Fazio’s Bakery and Vitale’s Bakery. The deli offers made-to-order sandwiches, soups, salads and house-made Sicilian desserts. The shop is stocked with a selection of Italian wines, and it has a private room for wine classes and tastings.

Piccolino’s is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Scoop: Cose Dolci relocates to former Free Range Cookies space in Ferguson

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Cose Dolci has relocated. The boutique bakery, while still located in historic downtown Ferguson, is now at 425 S. Florissant Road, having moved just a few blocks down the street from the storefront at 100 S. Florissant Road.

Owner Beth Thompson explained that the relocation will enable her to better meet the needs of her growing business. She began the company in the early 2000s by selling at the Ferguson Farmers Market. In 2006 she opened a brick-and-mortar operation. Her new digs – formerly occupied by Free Range Cookies – gives Cose Dolci a larger kitchen and more seating space for patrons who want to take a chair while scarfing down a scone, cupcake, cookie – or all three.

The bakery, which opened doors at its new location last week, is holding its grand opening this Saturday. To mark the occasion, Cose Dolci will be giving away its signature decorated cupcake cookie (pictured) for free with every purchase.

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