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Friday, January 30th, 2015
A lot happens behind the scenes at Sauce HQ, from kicklines with The Loop’s Joe Edwards to putting our interns through the ringer. Here’s a peek at some of our favorite recent moments on the job.


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The Scoop: WUSTL Loop Development gets a 24-hour diner and a grocery store

Thursday, July 18th, 2013



Joe Edwards, owner of numerous venues in The Loop, is adding another attraction to Delmar Boulevard. So too is Suchin Prapaisilp, owner of Global Foods Market, King and I and co-founder of Jay International Food Co.

In a press release from Washington University in St. Louis, the university announced today that Edwards will open Peacock Loop Diner at The Lofts of Washington University, an $80 million retail and student apartment development currently under construction. Global Foods Market, which currently has a location in Kirkwood, will be the other anchor tenant for the 4.4 acre project. The diner and the nearly 15,000-square-foot grocery store both are slated to open in August 2014.

“The two things I felt were missing [in The Loop] were a grocery store and something open 24/7,” said Joe Edwards. “A year from now, we’ll be a true 24/7 neighborhood.”

Peacock Loop Diner will feature classic diner fare, but Edwards also hopes to offer some creative menu items and dishes with an international flair. The culinary team has yet to be determined, although Edwards noted Rob Mueller, currently bar manager at Blueberry Hill, will be the diner’s general manager. “I’m open to a good creative chef,” said Edwards. “If some chefs out there are interested, I’d be open to talking to them.”

Located at 6261 Delmar Blvd., the 4,875-square-foot diner will seat somewhere between 100 and 120 guests, surmised Edwards, who will work with architectural firm Kiku Obata and Company, designers of The Pageant, another of Edwards’ businesses in The Loop.

-Photo by Carmen Troesser

The Scoop: Moonrise Hotel goes cosmic with latest rooftop expansion

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Visitors to the Moonrise Hotel in The Loop will soon be able to choose between two dining destinations perched eight stories above Eclipse Restaurant at 6177 Delmar Blvd.

Situated on the east wing of the hotel, the new addition, called the New Moon Room, will house 2,100 square feet of lounge space that will open to the public on Wednesday, May 8. The space will also be available for private parties of up to 175 guests.

According to hotel owner Joe Edwards, the menu, which will focus on small plates created by executive chef Isaac Hardwict, is in the final stages of development. It will be distinct from the menu Hardwict offers downstairs at Eclipse. Edwards also noted that rooftop patrons will be able to move freely between the New Moon Room and the hotel’s other sky-high space, the Rooftop Terrace Bar.

The New Moon Room is more than just a rooftop hangout, however. It is the first restaurant roof in the U.S. made entirely of solar panels, according to a press release issued by St. Louis-based Microgrid Solar, the company that installed the panel canopy roof. “Unlike traditional solar modules, the glass panels that form the roof are frameless, translucent modules that take the place of a traditional roof, and which allow sunlight – and moonlight – to peek through,” said Microgrid Solar founder and CEO Rick Hunter.

The New Moon Room is water-tight and will be heated and cooled so that it can be enjoyed year-round. The new 25.6-kilowatt solar array is expected to produce approximately 33,000 kWh of electricity annually, enough to power the entire rooftop dining area and bar. This is the second solar application atop the Moonrise Hotel, as a 4kW solar awning was installed on the hotel’s original rooftop bar in 2011.

The Scoop: Chef change at Eclipse leads to saucy side gig

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Chef John Stuhlman is no longer executive chef at Eclipse Restaurant. Former sous chef Patrick Viehmann has taken his place. Stuhlman told The Scoop that, although he saw Eclipse as “the perfect fit” during the two years he helmed the kitchen, he was ready for a change and that his leaving was an amicable departure between he and owner Joe Edwards. “I can’t say enough nice things about Joe,” Stuhlman said. “He’s a really cool guy.”

Currently, Stuhlman is doing working on several projects including his cousin Daniel Porzel’s new spot, Sauce on the Side. According to the website, Sauce on the Side “is a fast casual style restaurant specializing in gourmet calzones.” Porzel, along with business partners and friends Brendan Maciariello and Ryan Mangialardo, opened Sauce on the Side just this past Monday at 903 Pine St., downtown. As reported by Byron Kerman for St. Louis Magazine, virtually every ingredient at Sauce on the Side that can be made in-house will be.

Stuhlman eventually sees himself as executive chef in another kitchen, though he added, “I’m going to be selective and not jump on the first boat that passes by if it’s not right.” In the meantime, catch him at Sauce on the Side or this weekend at Overlook Farm’s 3rd Annual Sweet Summer Luv-Luv Festival, where he will be serving up Friday’s entree and Saturday’s seafood course.

The Scoop: Edwardsville to add two more restaurants to Main Street

Monday, November 14th, 2011

111411_horseshoeHot on the heels of news that a new farm-to-table restaurant, Cleveland-Heath, is headed to Edwardsville, The Scoop has learned that two other eateries will soon be calling historic Main Street home.

Sgt. Pepper’s Café is relocating from 1027 Century Drive in Edwardsville to 218 North Main St., which was formerly occupied by China Town Restaurant. The move will mean the closure of the second Sgt. Pepper’s location at 144 East Ferguson Ave., in nearby Wood River, Ill. According to a Sgt. Pepper’s employee, November 28 will mark the final day at both current locations. The restaurant will reopen December 12 at the 80-seat space on Main Street. Look for a few menu changes – salads will be switched up, for example – but the café will still specialize in all-day breakfast and offer its horseshoe sandwiches (pictured).

In addition, a sign posted at 1201 N. Main St., alerts passersby to the coming of a restaurant called Tuscany. According to a City of Edwardsville employee, as yet, no one has applied for a business or liquor license for this address. The space (which formerly housed Italian eatery Rusty’s Restaurant) boasts a remaining wall of the town’s first brick building, built in 1819, which can be seen from inside. More as we learn it.

The Scoop: Tom Schmidt to open Nico in old Brandt’s space

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

090711_FRANCOMinutes ago, Tom Schmidt signed the lease on the building at 6525 Delmar Blvd., that was formerly occupied by Brandt’s Café, which closed earlier this year. Schmidt, who also owns Franco in Soulard, told The Scoop that he considers the restaurant, to be called Nico, “Franco’s Little Brother.” “It will be a little more approachable, affordable and casual” than the French-inspired Franco, he explained, and will feature a small, farm-to-table menu. Chris Williams, currently the executive chef at Franco, will also be manning the kitchen at Nico.

As a native of U. City, Schmidt said he was excited when the Brandt’s space became available. Building owner Joe Edwards – who owns fellow U. City eateries Eclipse and Blueberry Hill as well – also expressed his pleasure at the addition of Nico to the local restaurant scene. “It adds as a whole new dimension to The Loop,” he noted.

Architectural plans are currently being finalized for Nico, which is being designed by Space Architecture + Design, the firm that also designed Franco. “It was the first restaurant that Space designed,” Schmidt said. He is hoping for a December 1 opening date.

The Scoop: Melting Pot owner may be next to open restaurant in Brandt’s Café space

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

062111_LoopWho is going to nab the empty space at the recently shuttered Brandt’s Café in The Loop? No deal has been inked yet, but Mike Hobbs, owner of The Melting Pot in The Loop, located just down the street from Brandt’s, is making a serious go at nabbing the storefront at 6525 Delmar Blvd. He hopes to turn it into a restaurant/tavern called Dillon’s on Delmar, as reported by St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe.

Hobbs told The Scoop that while he has not yet signed a lease on the property, he has engaged an architect and a designer to put together drawings. Hobbs expects to see a first draft of their renderings this Friday, at which time he also hopes to have completed a rough draft of a business plan for the restaurant. If all looks good, it will be off to the bank to seek financing. “We have had verbal encouragement that we might be able to pull this off financially,” said Hobbs, who has owned The Melting Pot since 2002.

The property is currently owned by businessman Joe Edwards who also owns a slew of other Delmar hot spots including Blueberry Hill, The Moonrise Hotel, Pin-Up Bowl, Flamingo Bowl and The Pageant. Once financing is in place, Hobbs hopes to approach Edwards with his intention to lease the property as soon as next week and ink the deal shortly thereafter. “We are full speed ahead to put all the pieces together,” summed Hobbs.

Edwards makes first change to Blueberry Hill burger in decades

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

122010_blueberryhill“A few years back, when Aerosmith was beginning their U.S. tour in St. Louis, [guitarist] Joe Perry was on the CBS news and said, ‘I can’t wait to be in St. Louis and have a great hamburger at Blueberry Hill,’” recounted Joe Edwards, owner of the Delmar Loop eatery.

Joe Perry – and everyone else who digs the food at Edwards’ local landmark – now has one more option when it comes to topping the restaurant’s famous burger. Diners have long been able to choose between blue, soft Cheddar, Swiss, American, Provel and pepper cheese to top their cheeseburgers, but now they’ve got one more option: goat cheese. While this might seem like a tiny tweak for some restaurants, this is the first change Edwards has made to his legendary burgers in at least 20 years, he said. If it’s not broke why fix it, right?

His inspiration was simple enough: “At Eclipse [another Edwards property], one night I had a dish with goat cheese, and I realized, wow, that’d be great on a burger at Blueberry Hill,” he recalled. (Those burgers, incidentally, arrive on buns made just for Edwards by Creve Coeur’s Pratzel’s Bakery.)

Joe Perry likes the burgers, but how does Blueberry Hill regular Chuck Berry feel about them? “Chuck was in just a few days ago,” noted Edwards. “He loves the chicken noodle soup and the mild wings. We’ve actually got a quote from him on the menu. He once said, ‘I don’t come here for the music – I come here for the wings.’”

The Scoop: Wes Johnson lands at Eclipse

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

As construction crews put the finishing touches on Joe Edwards’ new Moonrise Hotel in The Loop, details are beginning to emerge about the property’s restaurant, Eclipse Restaurant at the Moonrise Hotel. Local foodies will be pleased to note that Wes Johnson, who gained a loyal following during his recent stint at The Shaved Duck’s stoves, has joined the team as chef de cuisine, reports general manager Chad George. Johnson and executive chef Maurice Reed are still developing the menu, but George described it as “eclectic and creative.” Bar manager Matt Obermark will oversee the libations offered both in the restaurant’s bar and at the hotel’s Rooftop Terrace Bar, which promises great views of The Loop and the Arch. The 130-seat Eclipse will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week; an April opening is expected. We’ll share more details as they emerge.

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