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Wasabi Sushi Bar to open Kirkwood location

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

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Heads up, citizens of Kirkwood: Wasabi Sushi Bar is set to open its newest location at 312 S. Kirkwood Road. The new space will be in the space that once housed Five Star Burgers, which The Scoop reported closed at the end of September. The Wasabi team plans to have the space remodeled and open by Dec. 14.

Owner John Kim opened the first Wasabi Sushi Bar in 2003. The restaurant currently has seven locations in the greater St. Louis area, and Kim also owns SanSai Japanese Grill.

The Kirkwood location will be Wasabi’s first standalone space. Lindsay Keaton, a representative for the restaurant, said the new space will give the chain the chance to grow and further define itself. “It’s finally going to be the Wasabi experience in its truest form,” she said.

The new location will have a larger bar and expanded menu that launches at all locations when the Kirkwood space opens. In addition to more than 50 sushi rolls, the restaurant will offer kobe beef, salads, signature cocktails and several new entrees.

Keaton said the Kirkwood location was important to Kim. “Each neighborhood is unique and different,” said Keaton. “[John] wants to dive in and get to know each one of them, learning how diverse each community is.”

The newest Wasabi will be open daily for lunch and dinner.

Photo courtesy of Wasabi Sushi Bar

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Five Star Burgers closes Kirkwood location

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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The 5 Star Burgers location in Kirkwood at 312 S. Kirkwood Road has closed. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the restaurant served its last burger on Thursday, Sept. 28. The 5 Star locations in Clayton and Creve Coeur remain open.

According to owner Stephen Gontram, upcoming scheduled roadwork on Kirkwood Road and a new double drive-thru at a nearby Starbucks location helped him make the decision to close.

“(Starbucks) does a lot of business, and they create a lot of traffic. I was really concerned that the combination of construction project plus the long-term congestion on Kirkwood Road was really going to hurt business,” he said. “We had a good four years and did good business, but sometimes you see the writing on the wall. It’s kind of a side step for us. I wasn’t happy to have to do it, but I felt like I had to do it.”

Gontram said he’s sold the building and is in the process of putting the equipment in storage. Though he’s not actively seeking out a new 5 Star location, Gontram said ultimately, he’d like to do a project in St. Louis city.

“I’m a city kid at heart, and I’d love to be able to put something in the city,” he said.  “And I don’t even know if it’d be a 5 Star Burgers. It might be something else.”

 

Editor’s Note: This article originally stated in the incorrect location of Starbucks. It was updated at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 4 to correct this information. 

Matt Sorrell is a staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: The Fryer’s Daughter opens in the former Wood Cask space

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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Kirkwood has a new destination for fried chicken. The Fryer’s Daughter opened doors yesterday, April 2, at 10332 Manchester Road, the former home of The Wood Cask. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, owner Dan Marten wasn’t throwing in the towel on his former eatery after its last day of service on March 22 – just switching gears.

Most of the renovations to the restaurant were cosmetic, Martin said, and the concept has received a complete facelift. The compact menu is focused on fried chicken by the plate or the piece, and it also includes five sandwiches that can also be ordered as a salad or wrap. Available sides include slaw, three-bean salad, fries, sauteed spinach and cream corn. The full bar is still available for those who’d like some booze with their yard bird. “It’s still probably the best whiskey selection in Kirkwood,” Marten said.

Marten said he rebranded the restaurant after customers couldn’t quite grasp The Wood Cask’s concept. The whiskey bar and restaurant opened in 2015. “I loved the Wood Cask concept,” he said. “We went through a couple of menu changes, and I think maybe it confused customers slightly. You could call it an identity crisis. I also had people who came in and said ‘We thought you were a liquor store for the first year-and-a-half, so we just didn’t come in.’”

The new name is an homage to Marten’s daughters, who helped him start the business, as well as an unambiguous announcement of the restaurant’s new culinary direction (the words “chicken restaurant” are also prominently displayed after the name, just in case). “You read it, it’s catchy, and you immediately know what it is,” Marten said.

During the day, orders are taken at the counter, and Martin said speed is the focus of lunch service. “The goal is to have someone in and out in 30 minutes, max,” he said.

Table service takes over in the evening, and carryout is always available. Marten said a catering menu is in the works as well.

The Fryer’s Daughter will be open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Photo courtesy of The Fryer’s Daughter

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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

Extra Sauce: Top 10 Scoops of 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

From big chef changes at Niche Food Group to new taco restaurants in Kirkwood and steakhouses in Sunset Hills, here’s the dining news you were most excited about this year.

Don’t miss out! Follow Sauce Magazine on Facebook and Twitter to get The Scoop on the latest St. Louis-area restaurant news.

 

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1. The Scoop: Kirkwood to see new taco restaurant

2. The Scoop: Owners of Sugarfire Smoke House to open burger joint this fall

3. The Scoop: Catrinas opens in Edwardsville

 

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4. The Scoop: Jimmy’s on the Park closes after more than two decades

5. The Scoop: Joey B’s fourth location to open in April

6. The Scoop: Twisted Tree to open in Sunset Hills

 

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7. The Scoop: Nate Hereford to exit Niche, Brasserie’s Nick Blue to take the helm

8. The Scoop: Old Standard Fried Chicken to close

9. The Scoop: Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade to open in St. Charles

 

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10. The Scoop: Firecracker Pizza and Beer to open in The Grove

 

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Thursday, December 29th, 2016

From new arcade bars downtown to long-awaited breweries in Maplewood, here are the 10 places you couldn’t wait to check out before they opened in 2016.

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1. First Look: Start Bar downtown

2. Sneak Peek: Farm to You Market in Washington

 

 

3. Sneak Peek: Sardella in Clayton

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6. Sneak Peek: Side Project Brewing in Maplewood

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9. First Look: Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

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First Look: Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood

Monday, August 8th, 2016

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Internationally renowned pastries are now available in Kirkwood. Pastry chefs and co-owners Nathaniel and Lee Lee Reid opened Nathaniel Reid Bakery at 11243 Manchester Road on Aug. 1, serving up sweet and savory breakfast pastries, sandwiches and colorful tarts and cakes.

Nathaniel Reid’s career is studded with accolades and stints in prestigious kitchens. Dessert Professional magazine named him one of the top 10 pastry chefs in America in 2012, and he received U.S. Pastry Chef of the Year at the 2010 Paris Gourmet Competition. Mostly recently, he served as pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis, and he has crafted sweet confections at Joël Robuchon Restaurant at The Mansion at MGM Grand, as well as The Ritz-Carlton in Las Vegas.

Despite his successes in the fine dining and hotel industries, Reid said he’s always wanted to open a community bakery. “This was the goal since I started 15 years ago, to get to this position,” he said. Reid designed and constructed the 1,920-square-foot space from scratch, knocking down the wall between the former clothing store and neighboring office to create a small retail space and expansive pastry kitchen visible through a large window behind the counter.

That window showcases baking techniques of all kinds. Reid and the kitchen team create pastries from delicate laminated dough, fresh crusty baguettes for sandwiches, vibrant tarts and cakes, a rainbow of macarons and more. Patrons select from the day’s offerings on display in four pastry cases and can pair with a Kaldi’s coffee drink or tea. Nathaniel Reid Bakery is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect when you step inside Kirkwood’s newest bakery:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

 

The Scoop: Amigos Cantina hits the road with Amigos on Wheels

Monday, May 16th, 2016

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Amigos Cantina in Kirkwood launched its food truck on Thursday, May 5. Called Amigos on Wheels, the mobile eatery has started serving at community and special events and will eventually expand to regular lunch service around the metro area.

“We were doing some catering and wanted to start to look for a second location,” said manager Luke Scarborough. “Someone in the meeting suggested to do a food truck instead.”

Amigos on Wheels will serve nachos and steak, pork, chipotle chicken, portabello mushroom and fish tacos. The truck will also whip up limeade, mango and strawberry smoothies, as well as specialty flavors. Find where the colorful truck will park on Twitter at @amigosonwheels.

 

First Look: Sym•Bowl in Chesterfield

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

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The latest build-your-own eatery has come to Chesterfield. Sym·Bowl, a rebranded second location of The HotPot in Kirkwood, opened on Wednesday, April 27. Co-owners Becky Schoenig and Gregory Owens not only wanted to open another location, but also have their eyes on franchise opportunities. As The Scoop reported in March, Sym·Bowl opened in the old Surf Dogs building at 137 Chesterfield Town Center.

Like other customizable dining options, Sym·Bowl lets diners choose a protein, vegetables, sauces and style (in warm broth or as a salad) and welcomes different dietary needs. Chef and manager Robert McClellan, formerly of now-shuttered Gringo, and has created paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan-friendly options.

HotPot regulars will recognize the numerous proteins including chicken, beef, tofu, shrimp, pork or vegetables. As in Kirkwood, they can choose from an additional 11 vegetables or add them all with the “rake it through the garden” option. All bowls are available warm with one of seven sauces like green curry, lemon-mango or bone broth and choice of noodles, quinoa, rice and more. Diners can also cool things down with one of five cold dressings like cilantro-lemongrass or ginger-sesame in a grain-free wrap or atop greens or grains. These “chill out” options will soon be available at The HotPot.

Smoothies, fresh juices and desserts are also offered, and Schoenig hopes to add carryout family meals in the future. Sym·Bowl is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here’s what to expect when you step inside The HotPot’s newest location, Sym·Bowl :

 

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The Scoop: The HotPot to rebrand, open new location in Chesterfield

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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The HotPot in Kirkwood will open a new location in the old Surf Dogs building at 137 Chesterfield Town Center.

While the Kirkwood location is slated to remain as is, the Chesterfield location will take on a different moniker, Sym•Bowl. The location is also getting a new chef, Robert McClellan from now-shuttered Gringo. “We want to focus on making it easy for families to have dinner together,” said HotPot general manager Becky Schoenig. “In the restaurant, yes, but more also to take home.”

The menu at the new location will be the similar to The HotPot, including fresh smoothies and juices, salads and customizable bowls featuring Asian and Indian inspired fare with additional globally influenced flavors in the works. The larger location will also allow for expanded catering and private event space, which will be available to reserve on weekend evenings.

Schoenig said the team is planning to open around early April. Lunch and dinner will be served Monday through Friday, while and lunch will be available on the weekends. Diners are welcome nosh in the 40-seat space or take their meals to go.

 

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