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City Foundry STL Food Hall locks in first 7 local restaurants

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

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{ 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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The Scoop: Grub Go delivery service appears to be closed

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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From all appearances, it looks like local restaurant delivery service Grub Go is no longer doing business.

Layla owner Jason Sparks said he found out Friday, Jan. 13, when Grubhub, the online platform Grub Go uses to process orders, contacted him about an overdue meal delivery. Sparks said he contacted the Grub Go office and couldn’t get through. He then called his representative at Grub Go, who said the company was no longer in business.

Sparks said Grub Go still owes him approximately $2,200. “We’re talking a lot of money here,” he said.

Grub Go owner Peter Wheeler did not respond to repeated requests for comment or to confirm the closure. No closure information was available on the company’s social media or website, but all restaurants have been removed from the website.

Taco Circus manager James Lopez said the South City restaurant stopped using Grub Go about two months ago, and he still hasn’t received the remaining money Grub Go owes them.

“We haven’t heard anything from them, he said. “It’s a sad thing for a company to go out of business, but to go out like that is even more disappointing.”

5 Star Burgers owner Stephen Gontram said via text message that Grub Go still owes him for several weeks of deliveries during the holiday season. In his message, Gontram said he’s reviewing his agreement with Grub Go to see what recourse he may have, and he urged restaurants to use caution when using future-pay delivery services.

The Scoop: Layla reopens under new ownership, offers new fusion cuisine

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Layla reopened earlier this month under the direction of new chef-owner Jason Sparks. Located in The Grove at 4317 Manchester Ave., the restaurant is moving in a new direction. When Sauce reviewed Layla in December 2012, the restaurant focused on Lebanese cuisine. Sparks, formerly of the now-defunct Wapango, has broadened the concept to Middle Eastern fusion.

The menu, developed by Sparks in collaboration with local restaurant consultant Sam Taha and Sparks’ colleague Elizabeth Schuster of Tenacious Eats, showcases Lebanese and other Middle Eastern flavors in familiar foods. Among offerings are: a Beirut Burger that features seasoned beef, roasted lamb, Monterey Jack cheese and sumac onions; the Layla “Pitza,” topped with herbed goat cheese, sliced leg of lamb, dates, figs and roasted apples; and Gooey Butter Baklava. Layla’s new tagline is: “Pitza, shawarma and shakes.” House-made shakes will be a focus at the reinvented restaurant, though its bar also offers specialty craft cocktails inspired by Mediterranean ingredients, and local draft beer.

Former Layla customers will notice that even the space received a makeover and that belly dancers take to the floor nightly. The restaurant opens daily at 11 a.m. Its late-night lounge offers specials on appetizers, drinks and hookah on weekends.

 

 

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