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The Sweet Divine reopens today in Soulard

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017



After a fire destroyed The Sweet Divine in October last year, the Soulard bakery reopens its shop at 1801 S. Ninth St., today, Aug. 3.

Throughout the renovation, The Sweet Divine relied heavily on its cupcake truck to continue business. Co-owners Jason and Jenna Siebert used MacArthur’s Bakery on Delmar Boulevard served as a temporary commissary kitchen until the storefront was complete. Jason Siebert said old wiring in the building’s basement caused the fire.

Siebert said they collaborated with contractors to design a completely new space. The interior is completely open, and guests can now watch bakers create their confections while seated at the bar area enjoying treats and Park Avenue coffee. The space now seats around 20 people.

“The inside is hardly recognizable,” Siebert said.

There will also be a few changes to the menu and store hours. “We’re not taking anything away, but we’ll be adding things,” Siebert said.

Look for croissants, muffins and chocolate in addition to its renowned cupcakes, as The Sweet Divine will now be open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

The store also plans to stay open later to catch the after dinner crowd in Soulard, closing at 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

“We think people are going to enjoy hanging out here,” Siebert said.

Photo courtesy of The Sweet Divine

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Fire erupts at Soulard’s Restaurant

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017



Longtime neighborhood staple Soulard’s Restaurant & Bar caught fire Friday, March 17.

St. Louis Fire Department Capt. Garon Patrick Mosby said the fire started at the restaurant, located at 1731 S. Seventh St., when an employee was burning off some grease from a stove, and the fire “got away from him.” No one was injured. “Investigators have ruled it was an accidental incident,” Mosby said.

Soulard’s owner did not return requests for comment, but did announce the fire on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

This marks the fourth St. Louis-area restaurant fire in six months. Fellow Soulard business The Sweet Divine caught fire in October 2016; Waterloo brewery Hopskellar also suffered a fire just one month after opening. Most recently, a fire broke out on the second floor of Giovanni’s on The Hill, causing smoke and water damage to the dining room.

Photo courtesy of St. Louis Fire Department

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Thursday, January 26th, 2017



Giovanni’s On The Hill at 5201 Shaw Ave., was damaged by fire on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Co-owner Carmelo Gabriele said no one was hurt, but the building did suffer substantial damage.

Gabriele said the fire most likely started as a result of some electrical work being done on the restaurant’s second floor. He said that level sustained “extensive damage,” and there was also some smoke and water damage on the first floor, though the kitchen itself was untouched. Gabriele said initially he expects the restaurant to be closed approximately 60 days.

“Initially, it looks like it’ll cost more than $500,000 to get us up and running,” he said. He had no estimate as to when the second floor would reopen.

St. Louis fire department Captain Garon Patrick Mosby confirmed that investigators believe the fire was electrical in nature and accidental.

Gabriele said the company has insurance to help cover employees who will be out of work during the rebuilding, and the company is also working to find positions for them at its other restaurants, Giovanni’s Kitchen in Ladue and Il Bel Lago in Creve Coeur. “Our employees are covered. No one is going to be left out in the cold,” he said.

The restaurant was fully booked for Valentine’s Day, so Gabriele said he and the staff are in the process of contacting those customers and finding them reservations at other places. “We’re making this as easy as possible for our customers,” he said. “They’ve been so good to us for 44 years.”

Editor’s note: This post was updated at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 26 to include information from the St. Louis fire department. 

Photo by Allyson Mace

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The Scoop: New Waterloo brewery catches fire Sunday

Monday, October 24th, 2016



Just one month after opening, a fire broke out at Hopskeller Brewing Co. yesterday morning, Oct. 23. Owner Matt Schweizer said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and no one was injured. “That is the most relieving part to me,” Schweizer said.

Hopskeller opened Sept. 21 at 116 E. Third St., in Waterloo. Schweizer spent more than a year renovating the building originally constructed in 1853 to house his seven-barrel brewpub. Hopskeller is closed until further notice; the full scope of the damage is still being assessed.

“We’re going to rebuild,” Schweizer said, adding that the timeline will “probably be measured in months and not weeks.”


-photo by Michelle Volansky

The Scoop: The Sweet Divine catches fire, owners intend to rebuild

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016



Cupcake bakery The Sweet Divine caught fire in Soulard at 11 a.m. on yesterday, Oct. 17. Despite fire damage to the decorating room and smoke damage throughout the building, co-owners Jason and Jenna Siebert are determined to get back to work as soon as possible. An official cause for the fire has not been named yet.

“We’re meeting with the insurance adjuster and looking at a couple of commissary spaces today,” Jason Siebert said. “The community has been very supportive, and our biggest priority is getting back to work and maintaining a client base.”

The Sieberts purchased the building in 2013, and The Sweet Divine has been open at 1801 S. Ninth St. for the last three-and-a-half years. Since the shop is usually closed on Mondays, the Sieberts found out about the blaze from afar, and one of the bakery’s neighbors called in the fire. By the time the Sieberts arrived on the scene, Jason reported that the fire was out. “Thank God for the fire department,” he said.

The Sieberts aim to fulfill their contractual obligations, retain walk-up business (perhaps by way of their food truck) and reopen in the same location as soon as possible.

“We have every intention of rebuilding the bakery and keeping it in that location,” he said. “The Soulard neighborhood has been a great support.”

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.


The Scoop: Fire destroys Clarksville Station at Overlook Farm

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014



An overnight fire has destroyed Clarksville Station at Overlook Farm, an event venue and restaurant in Clarksville, Mo., according to owner Nathalie Pettus. News of the fire, first reported by Pat Eby of Feast Magazine, was posted on Overlook Farm’s Facebook page in the early hours of the morning.

Pettus, who also recently opened Nathalie’s in the Central West End, said she received a call about the fire around 2 a.m. “The thing I was thinking about was two portraits by one of my grandfathers [inside Clarksville Station],” she said, but the blaze consumed the entire complex. Emergency workers are still on the scene, but Pettus said no one was injured. She does not know what caused the fire.

Clarksville’s mayor, Jo Ann Smiley, was with Pettus as firefighters fought the flames. “I stood with Nathalie and watched it burn,” Smiley said. “For a community our size, it’s a devastating blow; for Nathalie, it’s unbelievable.

Pettus insisted that she will rebuild the space in time for the several weddings and events booked at Clarksville Station this spring and summer, including her own son’s wedding. “The Clarksville symbol is an eagle. Mine, right now, will be a phoenix,” she said. “We will rebuild, and it will be even better. There’s no time for tears.”

UPDATE: House of India to open on Wednesday

Friday, March 15th, 2013

UPDATE: After experiencing a small kitchen fire two weeks ago, House of India plans to reopen, starting this Wednesday, April 3, for its daily lunch buffet and dinner service.

According to Fox 2 News, there was a fire last night at the long-standing restaurant House of India, located at 8501 Delmar Blvd., in University City. However, The Scoop just spoke with owner Satish Kumar who wished to clarify that there wasn’t a fire in the restaurant, but rather just smoke damage caused by problems with the oven. House of India is currently closed, but Kumar hopes to have the restaurant cleaned up and reopened by Friday of next week or the beginning of the following week.

The Scoop: Fire strikes Desserts on the Boulevard – UPDATED

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Last night, firefighters battled a five-alarm fire at a building located at 3949 Lindell Blvd., in Midtown. One of the retail spaces on the ground floor is occupied by Desserts on the Boulevard, a restaurant and bar that opened its doors this winter. In response to a concerned patron’s post on its Facebook timeline, Desserts on the Boulevard posted the following: “We are good, business is destroyed ! Keep us in prayer [sic] please as well as the tenants in the building.” The Scoop has a call in to owner Deverick Miller regarding the extent of damage to his establishment from the fire, which caused a portion of the multi-story apartment complex to collapse. More as we learn it.

See Matt Berkley’s review of Desserts on the Boulevard in the Nightlife column inside the current issue of Sauce.

UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: Desserts on the Boulevard owner Deverick Miller informed The Scoop that he was notified that the city of St. Louis has condemned the building and that it will be demolished. Miller also spoke this afternoon with the owners of the building, who told him that they have not determined whether they will rebuild. “We are planning to look for a new location immediately because we have so much momentum,” said Miller of his next step. “We are going to keep Desserts on the Boulevard going. It will be bigger and better.”

— Photo by Jonathan Gayman

Drink This Weekend Edition: Discovering the drinks at Medianoche

Friday, March 9th, 2012

I love a good show. I’m all for giving a bartender a lighter and seeing the magic that flames can do to my drink. Such was the case the night I visited Medianoche, the new restaurant inside Mike Randolph’s brunch spot, Half & Half. I’d heard that the drinks were good at the Mexican-by-night spot in Clayton, and when I noticed “fire” listed as an ingredient for a cocktail, I got excited.

Last Evening on Earth is a mescal-based drink, but building it starts with over-proof rum and Angostura bitters poured into an atomizer. The contents are sprayed like a fine mist into a pint glass containing granulated sugar and macerated cherries, then quickly – and dramatically – set ablaze to caramelize the sugar. Next, add mescal, Cherry Heering liqueur and lemon juice to the glass, drop in some ice cubes, then shake and strain the cocktail into an antique punch glass. The final touch is a skewer of boozy house-made mescal-soaked cherries.

Act I is a visual stunner. Act II – how it tastes – is no less impressive. I love the choice of mescal for this drink. The Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal (mescal with agave syrup) adds layers of flavor: creamy almond, sweet orange – and, of course, the smokiness so associated with the spirit. No single flavor profile dominates the drink. Instead, Last Evening on Earth is fruity, tart, smoky and sweet – all at the same time. It is highly balanced. If I were macabre enough to keep a “last drink” list in my Moleskine, this cocktail would no doubt appear near the top.

While Last Evening on Earth is my beverage pick at Medianoche, there are quite a few other cocktails that call for fire. The Calypso Sour – a bitters-based sipper with ginger liqueur, citrus-sweet Lillet Blanc and tart lime juice – gets garnished with a fancy flamed skewered pineapple. Classics like a pisco sour and a Dark ‘n’ Stormy also undergo blazing action. Fire even makes its way into punches, available on weekends.

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