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Blueprint Coffee will open new location in Lindenwood Park

Friday, August 11th, 2017

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{  Blueprint co-owner Kevin Reddy }

 

Lindenwood Park will soon become a destination for those in search of a quality cup of coffee. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Blueprint Coffee co-owners Mike Marquard and Kevin Reddy have announced they will open a second location at 4206 Watson Road this November.

“The two things that attracted us to the space is its an area that we feel is pretty primed for specialty coffee, and it’s an area where some of us live,” Marquard said. “I’m over there a lot for my kid’s soccer tournaments at Lindenwood Park or Francis Park.”

Marquard said the building, which used to house a brake repair shop, measures approximately 1,100 square feet and will have 20 to 30 seats inside with an additional 10 to 20 seats outside. Marquard said it won’t take much work to get the building coffee-ready, since there won’t be roasting facility at this location, unlike Blueprint’s original spot on Delmar Boulevard.

 

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{ Blueprint’s original location on Delmar Boulevard } 

 

“It’s kind of a blank canvas right now,” he said. “It’s just a matter of digging some trenches to run plumbing and drainage and building the bar and adding the bathrooms. There’s not too much structural work we’ll be doing to the building. We’re going to try and keep it an open and breezy space.”

The breeziness should be facilitated by the building’s five garage doors, two of which will open onto the bar to facilitate walk-up service and one that will become the entrance to the rear patio space. Marquard said he’s particularly excited about the patio possibilities, something the Delmar location lacks.

The coffee and food menus will also be different than those at the Delmar location.

“We won’t have a full kitchen, but we’ll have some good prep equipment and be able to do some food,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re capturing what is and isn’t in the neighborhood, so we’re not overstepping too much on things that are already there and also bring in something new.”

Construction is scheduled to begin next week.

Reddy photo courtesy of Blueprint Coffee; Delmar photo by Jonathan Gayman

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Ben McArthur leaves J. McArthur’s kitchen, Will Volny steps in

Monday, August 29th, 2016

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{Chef Ben McArthur}

 

A little more than a year after opening his first restaurant, chef Ben McArthur has left J. McArthur’s An American Kitchen. The announcement was posted on J. McArthur’s Facebook page yesterday, Aug. 28.

Co-owner Kathleen Bibbins said McArthur has “decided to pursue some other opportunities.” McArthur opened the Lindenwood Park restaurant in July 2015 with Bibbins (his stepmother) and his father, John McArthur. Bibbins said she and John McArthur will continue their ownership with a new chef at the helm, Will Volny.

“He’s going to carry on with the original concept that’s been developed,” Bibbins said, “He was recommended to us by a lot of people.”

Volny, who most recently served as chef at Bixby’s, said J. McArthur’s farm-to-table focus aligns with his own desire to work with area producers. “Over the last three years, I’ve build a lot of relationships with farmers doing the CSA at The Libertine and working at Bixby’s,” he said.

While regulars can rest assured that J. McArthur’s popular scallops entree isn’t going anywhere, Volny intends to add a few regular menu items like a steak and a burger.

Ben McArthur did not immediately return requests for comment.

 

First Look: Pint Size Bakery’s new location in Lindenwood Park

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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Pint Size Bakery has moved up the street to 3133 Watson Road in Lindenwood Park. The new, 1,800-square foot location opened for business Tuesday, April 26. As The Scoop reported in December 2015, the new location gives Pint Size more more than twice the space of the original.

Co-owners Christy Augustin and Nancy Boehm aren’t feeling too nostalgic for the 750-square-foot namesake bakery they left behind. “If we were moving out of the neighborhood, we’d be sad,” Augustin said. “We can have dance parties in the walk-in now.” More space means taking on more custom orders and expanding their bakery offerings with items like seasonal teacakes and a new oatmeal-chocolate chip-walnut cookie. Augustin said they’ve had that recipe for a while, but lacked the space and time to offer it before now.

Augustin and Boehm designed the space themselves and spent four months painting walls and laying tile. “The baked goods have always been reflective of us, but now the space is as well,” Augustin said. Customers can sit at a couple vintage enameled tables and enjoy cookies, scones and cakes served on vintage tea plates Boehm originally collected for centerpieces at her wedding.

Pint Size is now open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday to 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect when you visit the new home of Pint Size Bakery:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

The Scoop: Pint Size to move to new Lindenwood Park home

Friday, December 4th, 2015

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{Pint Size co-owner and baker Christy Augustin}

 

After nearly two years searching for additional elbow room, the owners of Pint Size Bakery have signed a lease to move to 3133 Watson Road in early spring 2016, as reported by Feast. The new location will feature some indoor seating and more space for customers to browse the pastry case and prepare their coffee on busy Saturday mornings.

“People will actually be able to enjoy a cup of coffee,” said co-owner Christy Augustin. “It will be more comfortable. Customers won’t have to squeeze around people to put cream and sugar in their coffee. There will still be a line probably, but people won’t feel as rushed.”

In addition to more breathing room for customers, the kitchen space will increase, allowing the bakery to accommodate more specialty orders like wedding and birthday cakes. “It’s terrible to turn away a birthday cake for a little kid that we’ve known since he was born and now he’s 1, but we can’t do his cake because we just don’t have the room.”

The expanded square footage will also allow the 3½-year-old bakery to shorten lead times, cutting order times from three weeks in advance to as little as a week or a few days. The bakery may also expand its hours by an hour or so during the week.

-photo by Greg Rannells

 

The Scoop: J McArthur’s An American Kitchen to open in Lindenwood Park neighborhood

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

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J McArthur’s An American Kitchen is set to bring modern American cuisine to 3500 Watson Road, the space formerly occupied by 3500 Winehaus. Co-owner Ben McArthur will bring more than 15 years of culinary experience to the new eatery’s kitchen. J McArthur’s is set to open in early July.

“We want to bring an upscale, casual feel to the restaurant,” McArthur said. “We want it to be like fine dining without the crumb scraper. The customer will come away feeling like they got their money’s worth.”

With a focus on regional sourcing, particularly from Missouri and Illinois, J McArthur’s will serve up local food and drinks. While the menu will be highly seasonal, the J Mac Double Stack Burger will be a staple, as will vegetarian pearl barley risotto. Hawaiian blue prawns will find a home on top of Anson Mills polenta with a pickled red onion salad. Dessert will also reflect the season with offerings such as panna cotta with summer berries.

The bar menu will be equally regional, as McArthur plans to stock it with local favorites like Pinckney Bend and Cardinal Sin spirits and local beer favorites like 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut and Perennial. After renovating the former wine bar space, the restaurant’s main dining room will seat around 40 with an additional 35 seats each on the front and back patios.

 

 

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