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The Scoop: Smell of seafood now emanating from Mosaic Bistro Market, err Coastal Bistro & Bar

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

090611_crablegsMosaic Bistro Market, which opened last fall at 14 North Central Ave., in Clayton, has been re-concepted. As of last Friday, the restaurant is now Coastal Bistro & Bar and is specializing in seafood, as first reported by St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe.

Frank Schmitz, co-owner of Coastal, explained the thinking behind the new concept: “We planned to change the Mosaic brand to a brand that was more in fitting with the clientele that has visited us since last September,” he said. “We created an oyster bar. We made decorative changes to create a few more private table areas. And we have taken the market shelf out, thus creating more space for dining, and changed the men to reflect a more Gulf Coast (low-country style), West Coast and East Coast culinary variety.”

The new menu is split between small plates (shrimp and grits, bistro sliders, fried green tomatoes, mini lobster rolls) and large plates (herb-roasted chicken, crawfish canelloni, lamb tajine, wild mushroom ravioli). In addition to the raw bar, there are a variety of chilled seafood dishes available called seafood towers that include crab claws, crab legs, lobster, shrimp, clams and oysters. Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., Coastal will be selling Gulf Coast oysters for $1.50 a piece and oyster shooters for $2 a piece, along with drink specials, for happy hour.

The restaurant is owned by the Schmitz family who own the Barcelona and Mosaic families of restaurants.

The Scoop: Bocci Bar is first of a trio of new Italian spots

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

040611_BocciBarGet ready; the newest wave of Italian restaurants is arriving. This week, Frank Schmitz opened Bocci Bar at 16 N. Central Ave., in Clayton. The restaurant and wine bar is located next door to Mosaic Bistro Market, operated by his sister Ellen Schmitz, and down the street from his other restaurant, Barcelona Tapas.

Posited as a modern Italian restaurant and wine bar, Bocci Bar offers a contemporary take on northern Italian fare and strives to create the feel of a neighborhood eatery through an approachable bar and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the sidewalk patio.

The lunch menu includes a selection of salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas – including a German variation called Flammekuchen that’s topped with caramelized onions, pancetta and crème fraîche – and, of course, pasta dishes. The more expansive dinner menu includes a selection of crostini and antipasto, perfect as after-work noshes to pair with a glass of wine. Among the entrées, we want to slurp our way through the Italian fish stew filled with halibut, mussels, calamari and shrimp.

Bocci Bar is open weekdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m. No time to grab a seat? Online ordering for carryout will soon be available.

Italian food-lovers, keep that fork in hand. Mad Tomato is next, set to open April 15 just a few blocks away from Bocci Bar, followed by Michael Del Pietro’s Trattoria Spezie come summer. Mangia!

Claus Schmitz sells his share of Prime 1000

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

121510_klausIn a press release issued Sunday, restaurateur and chef Claus Schmitz announced that he has sold his share of Prime 1000, the downtown steakhouse that he opened in late 2010.

“We’ve created a beautiful and successful restaurant and I’m grateful to my tremendous staff that’s been toiling away with me on this grand project. Without executive chef Ben Lester and general manager Gregg Doyle, this would not have become such a success in a very short time,” stated Schmitz.

The move will allow Schmitz “plenty of time to focus on the new developments in the pipeline for Mosaic, such as the new property in Des Peres scheduled to open in April 2011 as well as a new project in Clayton and the Central West End.”

The Mosaic family of restaurants currently includes Mosaic Modern Fusion, located on Washington Avenue, across the street from Prime 1000, as well as Mosaic Market Bistro in Clayton, which opened in the fall of 2010. In addition, Schmitz licensed the Mosaic name to HMSHost Corporation, which opened Mosaic at the airport last year.

More as we learn it.

— Photo by Wesley Law

Clayton Restaurant Week returns to get you out of your winter restaurant rut

Friday, January 14th, 2011

11411_CRWHaven’t had time to get away for a nice dinner lately? Is there a great restaurant you’ve been hoping to try but can’t justify shelling out the extra cash? Or, as the temperature drops, are you just stuck in a take-out rut? Well, fret not: Clayton Restaurant Week is returning for a little bit of culinary salvation.

Just like last year, diners can show up to several Clayton restaurants from Jan. 24 to 30, to enjoy a three-course meal for just $25. The list of restaurants this year is at 19, with a smorgasbord of cuisines available. Grab shrimp gyoza and the Erik Johnson Roll (filled with crab, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese, tuna, salmon, eel sauce, house-made creamy wasabi sauce and special seasoning) at Tani Sushi Bistro, enjoy lobster bisque and scallop of pork loin Zingara at the legendary Chez Leon or get a taste of Italy with  house-made gnocchi, lamb ragout and lemon-herb ricotta at Luciano’s Trattoria. Salivating yet?

Even better: Sip on a Pearl Vodka cocktail or a glass of Casa Lapostolle wine at a special restaurant week price. Not sure what to with all that cash you’ll be saving? Put it to good use by adding a few bucks to your bill for KidSmart, a charity which provides school supplies and educational resources to thousands of local students each week.

Here’s the full list of restaurants participating this year: Alexander’s, Araka, Bar Napoli, Barcelona, Bar Napoli, Cardwell’s, Chez Leon, J. Buck’s, Jimmy’s On The Park, Luciano’s Trattoria, Mazara, Mosaic Bistro Market, Oceano Bistro, Portabella, Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, Roxanne, Ruth’s Chris, Tani Sushi Bistro, The Crossing and The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton.

With such a great deal available to all hungry St. Louisans, reservations are highly recommended. For more information, or just to drool over the slated menus, click here.

The Scoop: Morfogen moves to Mosaic Bistro Market, Maher takes over at Webster Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

092910_mosaicChef Gretchen Morfogen has left her position as market master of the Webster Groves Farmers’ Market to head the kitchen at the recently opened Mosaic Bistro Market in Clayton, the newest addition to the Schmitz family of restaurants that currently includes Mosaic downtown and Barcelona in Clayton. A trio of restaurants will soon be added to the group including Prime 1000, a downtown steakhouse; an express version of Mosaic at the airport; and a Mosaic spin located in the Des Peres neighborhood.

A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Morfogen holds 30 years in the food and beverage industry, including a position as the charcuterie and cheese manager for Dean & Deluca and another as the culinary director for Straub’s Fine Grocers.

Morfogen is excited to helm the kitchen at the breakfast, lunch and dinner spot on Central Avenue and is happy that the clientele and volume at Mosaic Bistro will permit her to handle a host of special requests. After all, Morfogen understands preferences. As her Facebook page lays bare, it’s hands-down “Martha over Rachel, Bourdain over Flay … cabernet over merlot.”

Taking over at the Webster Groves Farmers’ Market is Ryan Maher, along with Angela Foley. Maher, an avid forager, owns Missouri Wild Edibles, a purveyor of wild mushrooms and prepared products made from wild edibles. The Webster Groves Farmers’ Market operates on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Old Orchard Shopping Center off Big Bend Boulevard near Lockwood Avenue. The venue will stay open until mid-October.

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