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First Look: BLK MKT Eats in Midtown

Friday, October 13th, 2017

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St. Louis has danced with the dual sushi bowl and poke trends for years, but cousins Kati Fahrney and Ron Turigliatto have brought the first fast-casual sushi bowl and roll restaurant to St. Louis with BLK MKT Eats.

The restaurant, located at 9 S. Vandeventer Ave., across from Saint Louis University, opens for lunch Wednesday, Oct. 18.

As The Scoop reported in July, Turigliatto and Fahrney are first-time restaurant owner who turned their passion for home cooking and travel into a business. The former teachers traveled across the country exploring similar concepts and fine-tuning their menu.

The 1,000-square-foot space will operate primarily as a carryout operation with curbside pickup and delivery to come in the near future. Ravenous diners who can’t wait to get home can snack on the spot at a standing bar or one of four stools at the window.

The menu features a handful of items that can be served as a burrito-sized sushi rolls wrapped in thin sheets of nori or as bowls with greens, brown or white rice. Three items are also available as nachos served atop house-made wonton chips.

The cousins source their raw salmon and tuna from Seattle Fish five to six times a week and use it in a variety of items like the OG Fire, which includes the customer’s choice of salmon or tuna. The Swedish Fish showcases Fahrney’s cured salmon, a recipe she’s perfected over years of family Christmas Eve dinners.

Those squeamish about raw fish can try the Tasty As Cluck featuring buttermilk-fried chicken or the Seoul Delicious with grilled chicken. Vegans and vegetarians are not forgotten, either; the Holy Shiitake swaps meat and seafood for braised mushrooms.

BLK MKT Eats will be open Monday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect from Midtown’s newest fast-casual spot:

 

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Editor’s Note: This article originally stated BLK MKT Eats received fish deliveries three to five times a week. It was updated at 4:45 p.m. with the correct information. 

Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Hugo’s Pizzeria in Midtown

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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Restaurateur Dave Bailey’s latest venture, Hugo’s Pizzeria, opened doors today, Sept. 20, at 3135 Olive St., in Midtown, formerly home to The Good Pie.

As The Scoop reported in March, Hugo’s marks Bailey’s seventh restaurant concept in the St. Louis area. He named the pizzeria for his son.

The menu at Hugo’s is based around a variety of hand-tossed pizzas. Bailey said they are akin to Roman-style pies with a yeasty pillow-like dough. The pizza selection includes classics like pepperoni and sausage and a white pizza with bechamel, prosciutto and lemon zest topped with charred grapes. For an additional charge, diners can add house-made pepperoni in five varieties: beef, spicy beef, duck, Buffalo chicken or a vegan variant. Vegan cheese and gluten-free dough can be subbed in, too.

The menu also includes salads and shareable plates like meatballs or fresh mozzarella with garlic oil, black honey, toast and more of those charred grapes. On the beverage front, Hugo’s offers a small selection of cocktails, a wine list heavy on Italian varietals, plus approximately 25 beers on tap.

Hugo’s seats approximately 100 inside and also boasts a partially covered patio space. The interior’s centerpiece is an open kitchen, fronted by the bar, for pizza aficionados who want to see the action up close. Rough-hewn wooden tables with fresh flowers and colorful metal chairs soften exposed brick and concrete floors in the dining areas.

Hugo’s is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Here’s a first look at Bailey’s latest new project.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Center Ice Brewery in Midtown

Friday, July 21st, 2017

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It’s blistering hot outside, but Center Ice Brewery is keeping things cool in Midtown. The hockey-themed brewery opened today, July 21 at 3126 Olive St., just a couple doors down from Pappy’s Smokehouse and Southern.

As The Scoop reported in August 2016, Center Ice is the brainchild of owner-brewer Steve Albers. “I’ve been playing hockey since I was a kiddo. It’s in my blood,” Albers said. “Breweries represent the brewer’s personality – and that’s me.”

The 5,000-square-foot brewery features reclaimed materials from the old St. Louis Arena – the wood bar and tables in the 2,000-square-foot main bar area used to make up the arena’s roof, and the old penalty box door can be found as a photo-op box adjacent to Center Ice’s brewing equipment. The brewing floor is separated from customers by a low rink wall, which also curves around a private event space that will accommodate 30 to 40 people and offers 10 private taps.

A long time homebrewer, Albers planned to open with three of his own brews along with supplemental taps from area breweries like Main & Mill and Charleville Brewing Co. Center Ice’s opening lineup includes Golden Contract (an American golden ale contract brewed with Charleville), Hop Shelf IPA (a West Coast-inspired IPA) and Off Season Saison (a light, summery example of the style).

Albers said he chose approachable styles to open, but plans on starting a berry series made with fresh fruit and other more unusual beers soon. “With so many beers out there, you should set yourself apart and make something exciting,” he said.

Center Ice is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from St. Louis’ first hockey-themed brewery:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Heather Hughes is managing editor, print at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: BLK MKT Eats will open next month in Midtown

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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A new eatery with a flair for worldwide flavors and an interest in healthy eats will arrive at 9 S. Vandeventer Ave., Midtown. Co-founders Kati Fahrney and Ron Turigliatto are looking at a late August opening for BLK MKT Eats.

The restaurant will bring flavors from around the world to burrito-sized sushi rolls and bowls. The fast-casual restaurant will feature raw fish options like a poke roll (the Shaka Spirit) or the Swedish Fish, which pairs Scandinavian-cured salmon with yuzu slaw and lemon-spiked asparagus. The menu offerings also include organic tofu, buttermilk fried chicken and veggies.

“We have flavor profiles for everybody,” Turigliatto said.

The 1,000-square-foot space will be primarily carryout, but there 14 seats are available for dining in. Turigliatto said they hope to offer a late-night option for hungry diners and college students.

“We’ve always been foodies at heart,” Turigliatto said. “We wanted to bring flavors to St. Louis that people aren’t used to.”

This is their first foray into the restaurant scene, but both Fahrney and Turigliatto are passionate home cooks with a penchant for traveling and teaching others. Fahrney recently returned from a trip to Korea and Taiwan, and Turigliatto, a former brand ambassador for Deschutes Brewing and special education teacher, spent summers teaching children with autism how to cook and expand their palates.

“We’ve always loved cooking and getting in the kitchen and being home chefs,” Turigliatto said. “The opportunity presented itself to take it to the next level.”

Curious consumers can get a taste of what’s to come when BLK MKT Eats pops up on July 21 at 7 p.m. in Tower Grove Park shop during a screening of “The Big Lebowski.” Tickets available online.

Photo courtesy of BLK MKT Eats 

Micki Wagner is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Wellspent Brewing to open in Midtown

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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Things are rolling along for Wellspent Brewing Co. According to brewer-owner Kyle Kohlmorgen, the brewery’s space at 2917 Olive St., in Midtown is on track for a late 2017 opening.

“We’ve got equipment on order, and we’re rolling through construction right now,” Kohlmorgen said. “We’re still in the position to get (the equipment) in and brew beer and be open by the end of the year. We’re happy with the timeline.”

He said what slows some new breweries down is taking care of federal licensing requirements, which Wellspent has already completed. The space will have 77 seats inside, and the large outside patio should seat approximately the same.

Kohlmorgen said initially, the brewery will put out traditional Belgian and German styles, as well as a few hoppier styles, like pale ale. He said eventually, Wellspent will experiment with mixed fermentation sour styles as well. “We’ll start on those after we get rolling,” he said.

He said the food program should be up and running within the first year. “We’ll start with some basic packaged food while we build out our kitchen,” he said. “The kitchen most likely won’t be done by the time the brewery is done, and we’re open.”

Once the mixed fermentation sour program starts, the brewery may do some limited self-distribution. “Our plan is if we can sell all of the beer we can make at our place, then that’s what we want to do,” Kohlmorgen said.

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Sneak Peek: Vicia in Midtown

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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More than a year after announcing their move to St. Louis, Michael and Tara Gallina’s highly anticipated Vicia opens for lunch this Wednesday, March 22 in the Cortex Innovation District at 4260 Forest Park Ave. Dinner service will debut on Tuesday, March 28.

The Gallinas, both alums of the internationally acclaimed Blue Hill at Stone Barns, made news in October 2015 when they announced a return to Michael Gallina’s hometown to open a seasonally driven, vegetable-forward restaurant where he would serve as executive chef and Tara Gallina as general manager.

The 2,500-square-foot space features a 14-seat bar, an exposed kitchen and a covered patio, all separated from the main dining room by walls of windows. The patio is bookended by a lounge area with more casual seating on one end and an enormous wood-fired grill on the other.

“I’d love to have that thing covered with meat and vegetables basically all day,” said Michael Gallina. His menu incorporates meat as a condiment more than main attraction and features vegetables as the unexpected stars of Vicia’s dishes. He plans to utilize the grill for everything from slowly cooking large cuts of meat to burying vegetables in the coals for unique charred sauces.

Lunch will consist of soups, salads, sandwiches and tartines with pick-two and pick-three options, supplemented by sweet treats from executive pastry chef Summer Wright. “The menu will not be set at all,” said Gallina, who plans to print offerings daily.

Though some dishes will have the same general structure – like a grain salad made with fruits or vegetables, goat cheese and vegetable-top pesto – the specific ingredients will depend on what the restaurant gets day-to-day from area farmers.

Dinner will have a more varied menu of bite-sized snacks, shareable plates and entrees. “I want it to change as much as we can,” Gallina said. “I’m holding off to see what’s available next week.” The restaurant also plans to eventually offer a tasting menu.

Vicia will be open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. When it begins next week, dinner service will be Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect from one of this year’s most anticipated new restaurants:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

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The Scoop: Dave Bailey to open new concept, Hugo’s Pizzeria

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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Restaurateur Dave Bailey, owner of Baileys’ Restaurants, will soon add another concept to his stable of eateries. Hugo’s Pizzeria is slated to open this summer at 3135 Olive St., in Midtown, just two blocks away from another of his restaurants, Small Batch. Bailey bought the building, which formerly housed The Good Pie, last year.

“With Small Batch being over there, we were familiar with the building, and when it became available, it seemed like a good opportunity,” said Bailey. “I think Midtown is growing, and it’s a good connecting point between Cortex and downtown. It’s going to fill out, and we want to be there.”

Named after Bailey’s son, the restaurant will have a 12-seat bar, inside seating for 120 and 60 seats in the back garden. The one-story brick building is divided into four individual units, or bays. The bar and dining room take up two of those bays, while the kitchen occupies the third. Bailey said he’ll reveal his plans for the fourth bay in the next couple of weeks.

The main event at Hugo’s will be 12-inch pizzas cooked in a gas-fired deck oven at 550 degrees. Hugo’s will offer a Roman-style crust, house-made ingredients like pepperoni and sausage and other ingredients from the company’s micro-farm.

“It’s going to be familiar cuisine but elevated, family-friendly but open to everybody, much like (Baileys’) Range or Rooster,” said Bailey. “It’s completely approachable. We just love pizza and want to present a version of it that we think is really good.”

On the beverage side, Hugo’s will feature 30 draft beers, a selection of wines and a full bar. In addition to pizza, the menu will feature items like burrata, meatballs, wings and salads.

For those who want to get an early taste, starting today, March 15, Bailey’s Shift, Test Kitchen & Takeout will serve three 10-inch pizzas: cheese, pepperoni and a rotating daily special. The pizzas will also be available as a lunch special with a salad and a drink. The smaller size pizza will also be served as a lunch option at Hugo’s.

 

 

The Scoop: Stage Left Diner to take the spotlight in Midtown

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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The former City Diner space at 541 N. Grand Blvd. has a fresh new name and look. Stage Left Diner (named for its next-door location to The Fabulous Fox Theatre) will host its grand opening Sept. 24, according to Brad Beracha, who serves as restaurant consultant on this project.

Beracha said Stage Left Diner owner Steve Smith has made several changes to the space in recent months, updating the interior design and improving the overall customer service experience. “The culture has changed drastically,” Beracha said. “It’s an intangible, but the energy and feel of the restaurant is much improved.”

Customers will also see changes on a new menu created by chef Ryan Cooper. Cooper previously served as chef de cuisine at Beracha’s now-shuttered Araka, and he’s spent the last two years working in kitchens at Smith’s Triumph Grill and BaiKu Sushi Lounge. While the menu still includes diner classics like meatloaf, burgers and a slew of breakfast options, lighter fare is also a focus of the new concept. “It’s still very large, just more health conscious,” Beracha said, noting items like a kale and apple salad, a portabello sandwich and crepes.

Recognizing that many of their customers will attend performances after dining, Beracha said the menu is also built for speed. “If we shave three or four minutes off a customer experience when they’re trying to get to a show, that’s valuable time,” he said.

It’s not only the theater crowd that Stage Left Diner is after, though. Beracha said he hopes new large developments like City Foundry and upcoming Hotel Agnad (slated to open in 2018 and 2017, respectively) will spur increased interest in Grand Center and Midtown. “We’d love for Midtown to be on the map (like) the Central West End and Clayton,” he said.

Stage Left Diner is currently open Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight.

 

Sneak Peek: Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice in Midtown

Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice opens doors at 3906 Laclede Ave., in Midtown at 5 p.m. today, Sept. 9, to serve its cocktail slushies to the thirsty masses. As The Scoop reported in March, co-owners Brad Merten and Brandon Holzhueter are opening the 1,900-square-foot space with a rotating menu focused on upscale frozen cocktails.

Narwhal’s puts its stamp on classic cocktails by adding new flavors. Options like the Narchata, the Flying Grasshopper, a boozy Root Beer Float and a Peach Old-Fashioned take frozen form. They can be enjoyed in 12-, 16- and 24-ounce cups, as well as a flight with three 7-ounce pours or as sharable 40-ounce fishbowls.

Beer lovers don’t need to steer clear, however; the bar has six taps with a rotating selection of local beers from 4 Hands, Perennial, Schlafly and The Civil Life, and up to 40 bottled options. The space also has a full bar, so requests for a traditional cocktails can also be accommodated. Narwhal’s doesn’t serve food in the 100-seat space, but Holzhueter said customers can bring in meals or order delivery.

The bar will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Here’s what to expect when you walk into Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice:

 

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Editor’s note: This post was updated at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 to correct the sizes of the drinks available. 

-photos by Michelle Volansky 

The Scoop: City Foundry to open in Midtown 2018

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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The Cortex in Midtown will soon be home to a food hall and market. City Foundry is planned to include three brick-and-mortar restaurants as well as 20 food kiosks set to open around Labor Day of 2018.

The project, which is being developed by Lawrence Group, is part of a $340 million development that will include creative office space, apartments, retail shopping and outdoor space that will connect to Great Rivers Greenway.

Brad Beracha, known for area restaurants including BaiKu Sushi Lounge, Triumph Grill and City Diner, has been tapped for director of culinary services. “I’m really excited to create a culinary community here,” Beracha said. “There’s so much talent in St. Louis; I’m looking forward to getting everyone under one roof.”

The list of restaurants expected for the space will be announced soon. Follow Sauce on social media for the latest.

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