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Water Street, Wasabi downtown announce closures

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

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{ Water Street owner Gave Kveton }  

Water Street in Maplewood will close up shop at the end of the month after almost seven years. According to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Tuesday, Jan. 30, will be the last day of service.

Water Street opened in April 2011 with owner Gabe Kveton running the bar and the front of the house and his sister, Maria Kveton, helming the stoves as executive chef. Gabe Kventon said his sister left the restaurant last fall to pursue a career outside the restaurant industry.

“I feel like we had a really good run here,” he said. “I was starting to feel just a little bit burned out after seven years, so I put the feelers out to see if anyone would be interested in buying the equipment and buying out the rest of my lease, and I found someone who wanted to do it, so the timing kind of fell into place.”

Kveton declined to reveal the new tenant, but said he had high hopes for the next concept. “It’s going to be really exciting, and it’s going to be really great for Maplewood,” he said. “I can’t wait to see what this person does with it.”

Kveton said he plans to close Water Street with little fanfare. “We’re just going to focus on what we’re doing now and end our run as Water Street and take it from there,” Kveton said. Water Street fans will get the chance to indulge in some of favorite dishes of years past before the doors close, including the restaurant’s popular lemon lasagna.

 

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In other closing news, Wasabi Sushi Bar at 1228 Washington Ave., downtown will close this month and move to a new undisclosed, location, as reported by the Post-Dispatch. Per a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, the last sushi roll will be served on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The restaurant was the first Wasabi location and opened in 2003.

Wasabi Sushi Bar CEO John Kim said the final destination for the relocation is still up in the air. “We’re looking hard at either Midtown or Central West End,” Kim said. “We’ve got a couple of spots in mind. We hope to have a landing spot by the end of the year.”

Kim said the company has some aggressive expansion plans for the next five years, and plans to have two new restaurants open this year, one of which may be the relocated downtown location.

Announcement of the closure comes a little more than a month after Wasabi opened its newest restaurant at 312 S. Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 3:50 p.m. Jan. 24 to include comments for Wasabi Sushi Bar CEO John Kim. 

Photos courtesy of Water Street and Wasabi Facebook pages

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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A tour for your taste buds: StL Culinary Tours offers intimate experience for food enthusiasts

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Looking for a unique way to experience the local culinary scene? Check out StL Culinary Tours, a brand new business that offers guided tours of gems from the St. Louis food scene. Guests of the tour will enjoy an intimate evening of food and drink in the company of chefs, beverage experts, artisan food producers and local farmers. The newly launched tour company is a project by self-proclaimed “culinary evangelist” Beth Huch in response to what she calls the region’s growing appreciation for all things culinary.

The first guided tours – scheduled for October 4 and 18 as well as November 1 and 15 – will showcase Maplewood’s culinary scene. At the boutique shop Vom Foss, guests will enjoy a craft cocktail, learn about innovative oil and vinegar pairings, and leave with two of their favorite oils and vinegars in hand. Moving on to Italian restaurant Acero, guests will enjoy dinner and wine in a private dining room where chef Adam Gnau will create appetizers, pasta dishes and entrees. The tour culminates at the cocktail lounge Water Street Cafe, where brother-sister team Gabe and Maria Kveton will prepare dessert and a nightcap for guests. Each tour begins at 6 p.m. and is limited to 10 guests.

Subsequent tours are being planned for downtown St. Louis, Clayton, Webster Groves, Central West End and Chaumette Winery. StL Culinary Tours also offers private, corporate, alumni and group tours, as well as gift certificates. For more information, including pricing, or to reserve your spot on a tour, visit the company website.

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