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The Scoop: Wicked Greenz to launch food truck, open O’Fallon location this spring

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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Clayton’s Wicked Greenz will soon open a new location in O’Fallon, Missouri and go mobile. Director of operations Matt Ratz said the company has purchased the former Shell’s Coastal Cuisine truck and will be taking its health-focused eating options on the road this spring. Ratz said the plan is to debut the truck at the Forever Vintage Market event at Taubman Prestige Outlets on Friday, April 21.

“We think we can provide something different than the normal food truck does,” said Ratz.

Wicked Greenz opened its fast-casual concept last October at 16 N. Central Ave., in Clayton, offering customizable salads and wraps. Ratz said the food truck’s abbreviated menu would likely include four or five salads and a couple of soups, as well as pitas and hummus and possibly some one-off specials. “We’ll really be able to put things out quickly,” he said.

Ratz said the company decided to launch a food truck to increase brand awareness. He said the truck may be parked at the upcoming Wicked Greenz location at 4015 Highway K in O’Fallon, which is expected to open in June, before the restaurant opens to give diners a sneak peek.

Photo  by Michelle Volansky

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The Scoop: Smokin’ Monkey food truck has closed

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

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The Smokin’ Monkey food truck, which specialized in “barbecue with a tropical twist,” is officially off the road.

“It was just time,” said co-owner Kimberly Patterson. “The market is oversaturated. There are a million food trucks now, and people aren’t as excited about it as they used to be.”

Patterson said she and her husband and business partner, Kyle Patterson, who also works in the kitchen at Boundary, will still maintain the business and may do some catering. The Pattersons plan to sell the truck, which they’ve operated since 2013. Patterson said they might revisit the food truck concept in the future or possibly a brick-and-mortar location.

 

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The Scoop: Blues Fired Pizza food truck to open a brick and mortar

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Another area food truck is putting down roots. The owners of Blues Fired Pizza (formerly Pyro Pizza) are in the process of opening a drive-up/walk-up brick and mortar location at 10800 Big Bend Blvd. in Kirkwood.

Co-owner Tony Lee said the location, which has formerly housed coffee and custard stands, will serve as a commissary for the truck, as well as another place to sell its pizza. The new space will share the same menu as the truck and will utilize a similar wood-fired grill. Lee said there will be tables outside during warmer weather for those who want to “dine in.”

The space will be convenient for diners who can’t follow the truck, and for the owners as well.

“My business partner and I both live in Kirkwood, and this is only a few blocks from our houses,” Lee said.

He hopes the location will be up and running by late January or early February.

-photo by Matt Sorrell

The Scoop: Parlor to open in The Grove

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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A new arcade bar is coming to The Grove as five co-owners prepare to open Parlor in next spring or summer at 4170 Manchester Road. As reported by Feast, the hangout will feature pool tables a rotating selection of classic and modern pinball and cabinet games, as well as a drink menu of local craft beer and classic, straightforward cocktails.

“We want to be the neighborhood bar,” said co-owner Sean Baltzell. “There are a lot of party bars in The Grove to dance in until 3 in the morning, but there’s a lack of places with that neighborhood bar feel.”

Baltzell also owns Tower Classic Tattoo in The Grove and Knife & Flag aprons, and has ownership stakes in Union Barber Shop, City Tattoo and Alton Tattoo. Fellow Grove business owner Mike Cracchiolo of The Ready Room, veteran barman Casey Colgan, Casey Watson and Josh Martin round out the ownership team.

While Parlor will not have a kitchen, the bar will team up with Byrd & Barrel by way of a food truck, which will be parked adjacent to the 50-seat patio on Kentucky Avenue. Byrd & Barrel owner Bob Brazell is currently looking for a school bus to convert into the Nug Bus. In addition to serving the South City restaurant’s chicken nuggets (aka Nugz), Brazell plans to offer some of the same sides his brick-and-mortar does, including the tots and mac and cheese, as well as some funkier offerings.

“We’re still working on it,” Brazell said. “But I can see people eating fresh pork rinds with hot sauce and playing video games.”

While the design has not been finalized, Brazell plans to have a service window facing Kentucky Avenue so that Parlor patrons – and others walking by – can get a bite.

Parlor hopes to join booking forces with The Ready Room and offer music and live DJs to an after-show crowd. Look for Parlor to be open from 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily.

 

The Scoop: Clementine’s launches special events ice cream truck

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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Meet Clem, Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery’s new ice cream truck. It won’t be blaring music and making neighborhood stops, but owner Tamara Keefe will park the refabbed 1984 postal truck at events around town. Clem made its debut at Strange Folk Festival last weekend, and it will post up at Grove Fest this Saturday, Oct. 1.

Why take on a truck? “Because we needed one,” Keefe said. “People were calling and asking, and we wanted to participate in events like Food Truck Friday.”

While the truck won’t be out for daily lunch rushes around town, Keefe said it can be rented out for holiday parties, corporate events and weddings. Clem has already attended a birthday party and bat mitzvah. “We can do anything out of the truck,” Keefe said from a scoop of honey-whiskey ice cream to a whole sundae bar.

This isn’t Keefe’s only Clementine’s project in the works; she’s still pushing ahead with her plans to open a second location of the boutique ice cream shop at 4715 Macklind Ave. She opened her first location in Lafayette Square in May 2015.

 

-photo by Meera Nagarajan

 

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

From new additions in the Delmar Loop to the closing of a gluten-free favorite, here’s what went down last week in the STL dining scene, ICYMI…

 

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1. Drop the scoop and pick up a scraper. Thai ice cream is rolling into The Loop. Owner Van Liu opened Snow Factory Sept. 22 at 6602 Delmar Blvd. The shop specializes in made-to-order rolled ice cream and Hong Kong egg waffles.

2. A new style is coming to the Delmar Loop in early October. Owners Thao Truong and her husband, Yun Vu, are finalizing plans to open VietNam Style, Delmar’s newest Vietnamese restaurant, at 6100 Delmar Blvd.

 

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3. East Coast IPAs are infatuated with high turbidity and a juicy hop aroma. Now, St. Louis has these fantastic IPAs in our backyard with the addition of Narrow Gauge Brewing Co. in Florissant.

4. A New Orleans-themed food truck will soon hit the streets. STL French Quarter food truck is expecting to be on the road in October.

 

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5. Sweet-toothed Americans are increasingly embracing bitter flavors at the bar. Here, 6 bottles that best bring out the bitter.

6. Almost a year after The Scoop reported the coming opening of California Do-nut Co., owner Felinna Love announced on the shop’s Facebook page she will not open due for professional and personal reasons.

 

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

 

 

 

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The Scoop: STL French Quarter food truck to hit the streets in October

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

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A New Orleans-themed food truck will soon hit the streets. STL French Quarter food truck is expecting to be on the road in October, as reported by St. Louis Magazine. Owner Chuck Hess said he will announce lunch stops around St. Louis City via Facebook.

While he may be new to the food truck scene, he’s no stranger to St. Louis restaurants. A graduate of St. Louis Community College’s culinary program, he has worked in the kitchens of St. Louis Country Club, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and 801 Chophouse. “I was ready to get out of the corporate world and do my own thing,” he said.

Hess makes the andouille sausage and tasso ham in-house and will use them in classic NOLA dishes like po’boys and shrimp and crawfish étouffée. He’s also looking forward to playing with the menu. “With a name like French Quarter, you have some flexibility,” he said.

Hess’ truck is still in the works, but curious customers can get a taste of what’s to come Friday and Saturday nights at Modern Brewing from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

The Scoop: Good Heavens BBQ & Bakery food truck to launch in Metroeast

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

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Barbecue is hitting the road in Illinois. Owner Kattie Goodwin, along with husband Randy Goodwin and brother Charles Williams, will launch Good Heavens BBQ & Bakery food truck on Oct. 1.

Kattie Goodwin said they decided to open a food truck after two years of successful catering in the Metroeast. They considered opening a restaurant, but decided this was a more cost-effective option. “I don’t have to worry about so much overhead with a food truck,” Goodwin said.

Her brother and husband will handle the barbecue side of the menu with options like chicken wings, pork steaks, ribs, snoots and hot dogs. Goodwin said they will also serve their signature Monkey on a Stick, skewered chicken or pork grilled with Filipino spices.

Goodwin will helm the sweet side, baking cookies, gooey butter cake and her signature peach cobbler. “Paula Dean, Sweetie Pie’s – no one can touch my peach cobbler,” she said.

Initially, Good Heavens will operate on weekends, announcing the locations on an upcoming Facebook. Goodwin plans to start in East St. Louis and the surrounding communities and is working to add Belleville to the lineup soon. She hopes to obtain her St. Louis permits by 2017.

 

 

The Scoop: New York Tom’s Food Truck hits the streets

Monday, August 1st, 2016

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New York Tom’s Food Truck opened its window for service on Friday, July 29. Owner Tom Jegle hails from The Big Apple, but he has spent the last 30 years in the IT industry here in St. Louis.

“I decided to reinvent myself,” Jegle said. “I looked around at the other food trucks and decided to serve comfort food but have a variety. Some days, you might want vegetarian pasta with a salad for something healthy, or you just might want a meatball sandwich with toasted ravs.”

The menu also features sausages and brats from DiGregorio’s Italian Market, bread from Vitale’s Bakery and a New York classic: black-and-white cookies. All the menu items are priced at less than $10, and he aims to serve meals in one minute.

Jegle plans to serve lunch downtown and dinner outside the Italia-America Bocce Club 2210 Marconi Ave., and The Trophy Room at 5099 Arsenal St. “Every day, I’m learning something, am enthusiastic and feeling encouraged,” said Jegle.

The Scoop: Seoul Taco rolls out second truck

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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Seoul Taco is on a roll this year. Owner David Choi opened the fourth Seoul Taco location in Chicago just three weeks ago, and announced today that a second food truck will hit the streets in STL this Monday, June 27. The popularity of the original truck at private events, food truck events and lunch service made a Seoul sister the most logical expansion step.

“The (food truck’s) whole summer was fully booked by February,” Choi said. “We’ve been to some really good lunch spots with the blue truck, but with our bookings could only make it to those places every other month.”

The menu at the new red truck will feature Choi’s signature Korean barbecue street food with the potential for some additional creativity. And that creativity is not confined to the menu: Choi has partnered with The St. Louis MetroMarket, a nonprofit mobile food market bringing fresh food to our city’s food deserts. On MetroMarket Mondays, all proceeds from the red Seoul Taco truck will benefit the mobile market.

“Relationships are so important,” Choi said. “The partnerships we have and being involved in the community is part of what’s helped us grow. It’s about connecting with people and the community.”

Weekly schedules for both Seoul Taco trucks will be announced Sundays on Twitter and on Seoul Taco’s website.

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