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The Scoop: Grapeseed closes in SoHa

Friday, May 5th, 2017

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As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Grapeseed in the SoHa neighborhood has shut its doors. Grapeseed was reviewed by Sauce Magazine shortly after opening in 2014. The last day of service was Sunday, April 30 and the closure was announced via Facebook. According to the post, the owners closed the restaurant to pursue “opportunities outside the area.” Grapeseed’s owners did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

 

The Scoop: Copper Pig gastropub to open on Macklind Avenue

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

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Macklind Avenue in the Southampton neighborhood will soon see yet another restaurant joining its burgeoning ranks. Owner Nhat Nguyen plans to open Copper Pig in mid-summer alongside neighborhood establishments like The Mack Bar & Grill and Macklind Avenue Deli and more recent additions like Russell’s on Macklind and Grapeseed.

Nguyen, who used to own now-shuttered Urban on South Grand, is currently renovating the space at 4611 Macklind Ave., which once housed an eco-friendly home goods store. “I bought the building in July and have been (working) with it ever since then,” he said. The 2,200-square-foot space will seat 40 to 50 inside, and Nguyen plans to install large panel windows in front that will open to let in fresh air in lieu of a patio.

Nguyen envisions The Copper Pig as a gastropub serving elevated bar food like pork belly and maduro Cubans. Look for a few dishes with Asian influences, too, like fish sauce-marinated wings and bulgogi cheesesteaks. Once a liquor license is approved, the bar will serve a wide variety of draft and bottled brews from the St. Louis area, as well as European and Belgian styles.

 

 

 

Hit List: 3 new places to try this month

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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{Ricotta-mushroom ravioli at Grapeseed}

1. Grapeseed: 5400 Nottingham Ave., St. Louis, 314.925.8525, grapeseedstl.com

With an extensive wine selection and a menu emphasizing snacks and small plates (don’t miss the smoked trout cake), Grapeseed appears to be a wine bar. But this South City eatery, nestled on the corner of Nottingham and Macklind avenues, offers a full dining experience. The sandwiches and entrees are familiar and unfussy, and their flavors speak for themselves, as with the Missouri pork chop, accompanied by mashed potatoes, braised red cabbage and an apple compote. The kitchen sources ingredients from numerous local purveyors and, in some instances, makes its own product, like mozzarella for an eggplant caponata panini or pita for scooping up olive hummus. (Look for house charcuterie down the road.) There are 70 wines (and counting) to choose from, 16 by the glass, as well as six local craft beers on tap and another 16, primarily domestic, in bottles. The cocktail menu merits attention, especially the spritz-like Sheriff of Nottingham and the seasonal sangria (currently, it’s butternut squash). Sit in the 50-seat dining room at one of the wooden Mwanzi tables and banquettes fashioned from the property’s former staircase or head to the back patio, brightened with white string lights. A glass in hand, food on your fork … autumn date night is calling.

 

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2. The Butchery: 9202 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.567.7258, todayattruffles.com

The Old World meets the 21st century at St. Louis’ newest butcher shop. Located next door to Truffles (and operating under the same ownership), Butchery sources its meat from local and regional farms. It specializes in whole-animal butchery, which enables it to offer unique cuts like tomahawk steaks and secreto, the pork equivalent of a skirt steak, not readily available at other butcher shops or grocery stores. House-made meat products range from numerous styles of sausage to rendered animal fats. A focal point is the aging room made of Himalayan salt bricks that purify the air and facilitate the curing process. The meat market doubles as a food emporium; shelves are stocked with artisan condiments and wines selected from Truffles’ award-winning wine list. A sandwich menu and prepared items (pasta, potatoes, coleslaw, chowchow, polenta cakes) serve the shopper on the go – or the Truffles regular who wants to re-create one of the restaurant’s dishes at home.

 

3. Sushi House: 17265 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.778.3232, sushihousestl.com

The former owners of Momoyama are back with Japanese fare – and karaoke – in Chesterfield Valley. The color-changing bartop and pillars that light up an otherwise slick, modern interior hint at the private karaoke rooms in the back, complete with professional karaoke systems and rainbow lighting. Dine in privacy while you rock out, or grab a seat in the more sedate dining room. Sushi House, which receives fresh fish shipments every other day, offers a full roster of traditional nigiri and sushi, along with elaborate house creations like the colorful Sea of Love Roll, in which shrimp tempura, eel, avocado and seared tuna hide inside a roll covered with spicy mayo, house-made eel sauce and four kinds of roe. Still hungry? Tap the call button on your table to summon your server and order a bento box; the pork katsu version comes with two pounded and breaded pork cutlets atop a bed of grilled mixed vegetables. Other compartments hold tempura vegetables and shrimp, seasoned rice, a salad of field greens and a few pieces of a California roll. Sushi House sports a wide selection of wines, spirits, local beer (and Hitachino!) on draft, and seven sake varieties.

 

 

 

First Look: Grapeseed

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

In February, The Scoop reported that chef Ben Anderson would open a restaurant at 5400 Nottingham Ave., in the South Hampton neighborhood. After months of renovation, the wait is over. Grapeseed quietly opened Friday, Sept. 19.

The menu is divided into snacks, small plates, sandwiches and entrees. The restaurant sources from numerous local purveyors, including meat from Rain Crow Ranch and Todd Geisert Farms, produce from Double Star Farms and breads from Companion and La Bonne Bouche.

Wine figures heavily in the beverage program. Patrons will find nearly 50 wines – 16 by the glass – on the menu. Craft beer enthusiasts can select from six local brews on tap; another 16 are available in bottled format. The cocktail menu holds nine drinks, including Todd’s Famous Sangria, created by bar manager Todd Brutcher. Brutcher keeps his sangria seasonal; the current offering is bursting with apple flavors, while butternut squash will make an appearance in the weeks ahead.

The remodeled interior features woodwork by local green-builder Mwanzi. The majority of the wood used for tables, banquettes and accent pieces, hails from the restaurant’s own space, including stairs repurposed into tabletops. Grapeseed also offers patio seating both near the front entrance and on a secluded back patio. Open Tuesday through Sunday, Grapeseed currently offers dinner; lunch service is anticipated in the near future.

 

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-photos by Meera Nagarajan

The Scoop: South Hampton to see small plates venue Grapeseed in April

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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The South Hampton area will soon be getting a new neighbor. Bar and restaurant Grapeseed is on target to open in April at 5400 Nottingham Ave., at the corner of Nottingham and Macklind avenues.

Grapeseed is a project by Ben Anderson, whose Gist Bistro in Manchester shuttered last year after a nine-month run. Grapeseed, explained Anderson, is a concept he conceived of prior to opening Gist. “I had the idea of doing a small-plates venue, a little bit of a wine bar influence,” he said. “The name plays into that reference, but we don’t want to pigeonhole ourselves.”

Anderson has tapped Jon Olsen as executive chef for Grapeseed. Olsen was sous chef at Gist, but the pair first met a number of years ago. “My first cooking job was when he [Anderson] had Canoe out in St. Charles,” Olsen explained.

He and Anderson have set their sight on turning Grapeseed into a casual neighborhood spot where guests can share plates that feature affordable, locally sourced ingredients and house-made items (pastas, breads and cheeses). “We want to supply a really quality product, but we really want to focus on approachability and affordability as well,” Anderson said. “I don’t want anything over $30. We’re going to have a lot of smaller, shareable plates. We’ll also have entrees; most will be priced between $10 and $20.”

Although Anderson is stepping away from the kitchen to assume a proprietor role at Grapeseed, he will have a hand in its beverage offerings, particularly when choosing a large selection of wines. Grapeseed will also have a cocktail menu.

As first reported by St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe, Anderson purchased the century-old building last fall. He has been rehabbing the space to give it an “old city-meets-2014” feel. He has enlisted local green build-supply company Mwanzi to build wood banquette seating, tables, the bar and other wood accent pieces for the restaurant and bar. When doors open, guests will be able to grab one of nearly 80 seats inside or camp out on one of two patios.

 

 

 

 

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