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City Foundry STL Food Hall locks in first 7 local restaurants

Thursday, January 25th, 2018


{ City Foundry STL rendering } 

The first group of Food Hall tenants at City Foundry STL, the sprawling 15-acre mixed-use development at 3700 Forest Park Ave.,in Midtown, have been announced.

Brad Beracha, director of culinary services for The Lawrence Group, which is developing the project, said all occupants will be from the St. Louis area and include a mix of established vets and up-and-comers. “It’ll be all top operators and chefs, all St. Louis based, in the food hall,” he said.


Essentially Fries owner Matt Borchardt passes a basket to hungry hands.

{ Essentially Tacos owner Matt Borchardt } 

The first group of food hall residents includes:

Matt Borchardt: The chef-owner of Edibles & Essentials will focus on street tacos at Essentially Tacos.

Natalie DuBose: The owner of Natalie’s Cakes & More will bring her penchant for sweet treats to the hall.

Michael Friedman: Formerly the executive chef of Retreat Gastropub, Friedman will open Lost & Found, a burger and pizza concept.

Tamara Keefe and Frank Ubile: The duo will open another location of their popular Clementine’s Creamery.

Brendan Marsden: The owner of Whitebox Eatery plans to introduce a sister restaurant centered on salads.

Britt Simpson and Kevin Pellegrino: The duo behind BK Catering will open Hari Manok, a Filipino grilled chicken restaurant.

Jason and Maria Sparks: The husband and wife who own Layla in The Grove will open Sumax, focused on house-made hummus and wraps.


Clementine’s owner Tamara Keefe

{ Clementine’s Creamery owner Tamara Keefe } 


The food hall is part of the $185 million first phase of the $230 million project and will eventually be home to 20 individual concepts. Beracha said that the current plan is for the food hall to open in the summer 2019 with 15 of those slots filled.

The Foundry also announced that Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema plans to open a 10-screen theater and restaurant in the complex. A location of Punch Bowl Social, the Denver-based concept that combines arcade games and food and drink, will call City Foundry home, as well.

In addition to the food hall, the City Foundry complex will also include four brick-and-mortar restaurants that will be home to regional concepts. Fassler Hall from Oklahoma has committed to the project, and Beracha said letters of intent have been signed for the remaining three spots.

Rendering courtesy of City Foundry STL, photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Grocery co-op opens in Old North

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

060110_oldnorthThe Old North neighborhood will welcome a grocery co-op June 30.

The co-op will occupy 2718 N. 13th St., said Sean Thomas, executive director of the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group. “The building itself is close to 6,000 square feet,” Thomas told us. “We will be only using about 2,000 square feet for the opening of the co-op. We will anticipate expanding into more of the space as the co-op grows over time.” Also, thanks to a community garden south of the space, shoppers will be able to buy produce that’s grown almost on its doorstep.

Discussion and planning about such a venture has occurred for nearly four years, Thomas estimated, with particular progress made in the past year or so. The Missouri Foundation for Health, the Greater St. Louis Regional Empowerment Zone, and other organizations and individuals are supporting the effort. Also, a planning committee of ONSLRG staff, neighborhood residents and others has been meeting monthly for some time to finalize details.

Thomas estimated “at least several dozen people … are ready to purchase their memberships right away, as soon as we can get them the form to fill out. We were holding off on selling memberships until we officially had it incorporated, which should be happening this week.” The ONSLRG is still searching for a grocery manager, he noted, adding that a Web site for the co-op will also launch soon.

Although a one-time household membership to the co-op will cost $80, Thomas said, “It definitely will be open to the public. It’s not required that you have a membership to come in, not like Sam’s Club or anything like that. Membership does buy you certain privileges, but it’s open to all.” The co-op will also offer discounted memberships to seniors, students and low-income households. Those seeking details on it should visit the ONSLRG’s Web site or phone 314.241.5031.

“It’s exciting to be able to develop a business that will be supported by the community and will allow residents of the community to get some of their basic needs within walkable distance,” Thomas reflected. “It helps fuel further sustainability for the neighborhood.”

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