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The Scoop: Good News Brewing Co. to open in O’Fallon, MO

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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Chalk up another player on the area’s growing roster of craft breweries. Good News Brewing Co. is set to open at 330 Sonderen St., in north O’Fallon, Missouri. Co-owners Dan Tripp, Josh Miller and Matt Fair are planning for mid-June opening. The three have backgrounds as homebrewers, but this will be the first time they’ll brew on a commercial level.

Tripp said the brewery will start with five house styles: a Belgian white, a pale ale, an IPA, a brown ale and a stout. They are also planning on brewing an additional five rotating seasonal beers. Since they’re using a one-barrel system, Tripp said they hope to get creative and brew smaller batches of specialty beers like a dark chocolate pomegranate stout or an India pale lager.

Along with craft beers, the trio will also create and fire small pizzas made in a brick oven. Though the 40-seat tasting room is slated to open this summer, Good News’ won’t have its brewing license at that time. It could take another six to nine months, but since the partners are paying rent on the space, Tripp said they hope to connect with area breweries to provide beer for guest taps and possibly contract brew with them.

Eventually, Tripp said Good News plans to distribute its beers to area bars and start canning. “Our long-range goal is to make and sell as much beer as we can,” he said.

 

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The Scoop: Grub Go delivery service appears to be closed

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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From all appearances, it looks like local restaurant delivery service Grub Go is no longer doing business.

Layla owner Jason Sparks said he found out Friday, Jan. 13, when Grubhub, the online platform Grub Go uses to process orders, contacted him about an overdue meal delivery. Sparks said he contacted the Grub Go office and couldn’t get through. He then called his representative at Grub Go, who said the company was no longer in business.

Sparks said Grub Go still owes him approximately $2,200. “We’re talking a lot of money here,” he said.

Grub Go owner Peter Wheeler did not respond to repeated requests for comment or to confirm the closure. No closure information was available on the company’s social media or website, but all restaurants have been removed from the website.

Taco Circus manager James Lopez said the South City restaurant stopped using Grub Go about two months ago, and he still hasn’t received the remaining money Grub Go owes them.

“We haven’t heard anything from them, he said. “It’s a sad thing for a company to go out of business, but to go out like that is even more disappointing.”

5 Star Burgers owner Stephen Gontram said via text message that Grub Go still owes him for several weeks of deliveries during the holiday season. In his message, Gontram said he’s reviewing his agreement with Grub Go to see what recourse he may have, and he urged restaurants to use caution when using future-pay delivery services.

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

From new locations of popular barbecue joints and brunch spots to the closing of a 40-year-old Fairview Heights institution, here’s what happened last weekend in the St. Louis dining scene, ICYMI…

 

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1. Scott Sandler, owner of Pizzeoli in Soulard, has announced he will open a new restaurant called Pizza Head at 3196 S. Grand Ave., in the former Absolutli Goosed and Brickyard Tavern space.

2. Pastry chef Alex Feick is bringing her baking game to area restaurants and retailers. Prioritized Pastries aims to supply area restaurants, stores and individuals with quality artisan breads, pastries and desserts.

 

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3. Mike and Liz Randolph, co-owners of Randolph Restaurants,  have announced a second location of Half & Half in Webster Groves. The breakfast and lunch spot will open in late spring or early summer at 220 W. Lockwood Ave., in the current First Watch space.

4. The Tom & Chee location at 1280 Highway K in O’Fallon, Missouri, has closed. The closing was announced on the location’s Facebook page Jan. 9, citing “circumstances beyond our control.”

 

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5. Delmar Loop favorite Salt & Smoke is getting ready to expand its barbecue empire to South St. Louis this summer. 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.

6. Another longstanding Metro East establishment is shutting its doors. Dandy Inn Pub in Fairview Heights is scheduled to close on Sunday, Jan. 15, after 40 years in business.

7. Moya Grill, located at 567 Mehlville Ave. in University City, has been shuttered. The casual Ethiopian eatery from the owners of Meskerem on South Grand closed over the holidays.

 

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The Scoop: Pizzeoli owner to open Pizza Head on South Grand

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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{ Pizzeoli owner Scott Sandler }

 

South Grand will soon have an old-school pizza joint to complement its array of international restaurants. Scott Sandler, owner of Pizzeoli in Soulard, has announced he will open a new restaurant called Pizza Head at 3196 S. Grand Ave., in the former Absolutli Goosed and Brickyard Tavern space.

Sandler described the concept as “can beer, large pies, slices and punk rock music.” Like Pizzeoli, all the pizzas will be vegetarian (cashew cheese will also be available for vegans), but they’ll be akin to New York style instead of the Neapolitan pies Pizzeoli turns out. Sandler will use electric pizza decks for their high heat, so he can get the pizzas out quickly. The current plan is to have a cheese pizza and a white pizza available, plus around eight classic toppings to choose from at the counter-service spot.

Sandler said he’s had his eye on South Grand for a while, and when the opportunity to get into the neighborhood came up, he went for it. “I’ve always thought this would be the perfect place for pizza,” he said.

The space won’t require much work, and if all goes according to schedule, Sandler said he hopes to open in two to three months.

Photo by Dave Moore

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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: Tom & Chee closes in O’Fallon, Missouri

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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The Tom & Chee location at 1280 Highway K in O’Fallon, Missouri, has closed. The chain specializes in custom grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soups, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian fare.

The closing was announced on the location’s Facebook page yesterday, Jan. 9, citing “circumstances beyond our control.”

According to franchisee Doug Mating, those boiled down to parking. Mating said the 2015 addition of Monical’s Pizza to the shopping center that Tom & Chee was located in caused a shortage of parking that adversely affected businesses there.

“It just got too crowded,” he said. “People aren’t going to park behind a strip center and walk.”

Tom & Chee’s last day of business was Sunday, Jan. 8. Mating said he donated all of the remaining food to Messenger Worship Center in Fenton. He has no plans to reopen in a new location.

The Scoop: Fast-casual Ethiopian eatery Moya Grill closes

Monday, January 9th, 2017

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Moya Grill, located at 567 Mehlville Ave. in University City, has been shuttered. The casual Ethiopian eatery from the owners of Meskerem on South Grand closed over the holidays.

According to co-owner Henok Gerbi, the location, which was open just over a year, didn’t do the volume of business needed to keep up with expenses.

Gerbi said he’d like to eventually relocate the restaurant and is on the lookout for possible locations, though he has no set timetable to reopen. He added that Meskerem continues to do well and will continue on.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

 

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The Scoop: Prioritized Pastries to launch with pop-up

Monday, January 9th, 2017

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Pastry chef Alex Feick is bringing her baking game to area restaurants and retailers. Prioritized Pastries aims to supply area restaurants, stores and individuals with quality artisan breads, pastries and desserts. Feick is an industry vet who’s worked in kitchens like Pie Oh My!The Libertine and now-closed Niche.

Feick said she wants to focus on smaller restaurants and retail outlets that might not have the budget or space for a full-time pastry chef, but still want high-quality pastry items on their menus or shelves. Individuals can place orders as well, and there is no minimum order requirement.

Instead of leasing her own space, Feick has arranged to prepare her wares in the kitchens of several local establishments like Pie Oh My! Orders can be made by contacting Feick via Facebook until the company’s website is up and running in the next two weeks.

To kick off the new venture, Pie Oh My! will host a Prioritized Pastries pop-up from Tuesday, Jan. 10, through Saturday, Jan. 14, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until sold out. Fieck said there will be a rotating menu of her “greatest hits” available, including gluten-free and vegan items.

 

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The Scoop: Half & Half to open second location in Webster Groves 

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The Scoop: Half & Half to open second location in Webster Groves

Monday, January 9th, 2017

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{ Clara Cakes at Half & Half }

 

 

Mike and Liz Randolph, co-owners of Randolph Restaurants (Randolfi’s, Público, Half & Half), have announced a second location of Half & Half in Webster Groves. The breakfast and lunch spot will open in late spring or early summer at 220 W. Lockwood Ave., in the current First Watch space.

Liz Randolph said Webster Groves has many similarities to Clayton, which has proven to be a supportive environment for the original location. These include a community that patronizes local business and plenty of nearby residential areas. The city also has a university with a large student population.

“We have wanted to expand for a while, but it needed to feel right. It’s important to us that we continue to be a part of a community. Webster Groves seems like a great fit, and we are really excited to take this next step,” she said. “We’d been talking about it for about a year, and I always figured it would work out when the time was right. You can’t rush it.”

Randolph said the space was especially attractive since it’s already set up as a restaurant. “We’ve turned an old Blockbuster and a former hair salon into restaurants before,” she said, adding that transforming them into restaurants took considerable work. “I’m just excited to have a kitchen this time.”

The new space will have more seats than the Clayton location, she said, but less than First Watch. Space Architecture & Design will oversee the restaurant’s rustic design, which will include a large coffee bar, mason jars, a white wood bar and antique mirrors.

The Webster Groves Half & Half will share hours and menu items with the Clayton location, though Randolph said the chefs at each restaurant will be creating their own brunch specialties.

 

 

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The Scoop: Dandy Inn shutters after 40 years

Monday, January 9th, 2017

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Another longstanding Metro East establishment is shutting its doors. Dandy Inn Pub in Fairview Heights is scheduled to close on Sunday, Jan. 15, after 40 years in business.

Owner Mark Daniels said the reason he’s closing the restaurant is simple. “I’m just tired.”

That’s understandable, as Daniels has been in the business for quite a while. His parents, Dave and Phyllis Daniels, opened The Dandy Inn in 1977, and he took the helm 35 years ago. Daniels said he plans to sell the building.

Since announcing the closure last week, Daniels said the response from the community has been tremendous. “I knew we’d be busy, but this is over the top,” he said. “It’s been St. Patrick’s Day crowds every day. It’s amazing we’ve touched so many lives.”

Daniels said there is a possibility that the restaurant will open for a few days later in the month and just serve corned beef and cabbage. More information will be available on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

 

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