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The Scoop: Salt & Smoke to open second location in Southampton

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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Delmar Loop favorite Salt & Smoke is getting ready to expand its barbecue empire to South St. Louis this summer. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, owner Tom Schmidt has announced that he will open a new location of the restaurant at 5625 Hampton Ave., the former home of Mathew’s Kitchen that shuttered last year.

“I’ve actively been looking for a space for two years,” Schmidt said. “I looked at hundreds of places. But the moment I pulled in the lot, I thought ‘This is it.’”

Schmidt said the new building has a large kitchen, which will facilitate the restaurant’s burgeoning catering business, and the 100-person private event space on the second floor will allow for more private parties, something the smaller University City space wouldn’t accommodate. Schmidt said he hopes for three barbecue pits initially, and that pitmaster Haley Riley will oversee the barbecue and kitchens at both locations. Schmidt credits Riley with much of the success Salt & Smoke has enjoyed, and said he is now a co-owner of both locations.

Schmidt said he bought the building instead of leasing it, which will make it easier to make some of the changes needed. These include a complete gutting of the space and changing the floor plan. Schmidt said he expects “months of intense construction ahead,” but hopes to be open in June. Hunter Construction, which has worked on such spaces as Porano, Sugarfire Smoke House and Seoul Taco, will be the general contractor.

Schmidt said there may be some menu tweaks made at the new space, though nothing he could reveal yet. But fans of the original Delmar Loop location shouldn’t worry about missing their favorite dishes in South City. “I want to make sure it’s recognizable as Salt & Smoke,” he said.

Photo by David Kovaluk 

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The Scoop: Mathew’s Kitchen in Southampton to close

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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After nearly five years behind the line at Mathew’s Kitchen, chef-owner Mathew Unger will hang up his apron and switch off the burners after a final service on Sunday, June 26 as his building lease comes to an end.

“We had a five-year contract,” Unger said. “We couldn’t negotiate another lease or find another building.”

Unger will remain in the food business as the director of food service for Midwest Petroleum, a St. Louis-based chain of gas stations and convenience stores. Not only will the move put together his chef experience and his college business degree, but it will also allow Unger to spend more time with his family and to recover from injuries sustained in a car accident last year.

“I have a young family, two little kids,” he said. “I’ll get to see them more and be more involved. Also, not standing for 12 to 14 hours a day will help with my health.”

Unger said Mathew’s Kitchen was invested in its Southampton neighborhood, helping to launch Francis Park’s annual Grub & Groove festival and winning a neighborhood business award from Mayor Slay’s office.

“It’s been a great five years,” said Unger. “Since announcing we are closing, the response from the neighborhood has been crazy. We will miss everybody.”

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