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Twisted Ranch will move to larger space in Soulard

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017



After just a little more than two years in business, Twisted Ranch will soon move to a new, larger location just a block away. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, the ranch dressing-themed eatery, located at 1730 S. Eighth St., will relocate to 1731 S. Seventh St., the former home of Soulard Restaurant & Bar, which closed earlier this year after a fire.

Twisted Ranch co-owner Jim Hayden said he hopes to make the move sometime in January. He said the new space, including the outdoor dining area, is almost three times larger than Twisted Ranch’s current location, and though the layout isn’t complete, he estimated there would be approximately 120 seats.

Twisted Ranch was the subject of a BuzzFeed video this summer that Hayden said caused an “exponential” increase in business. “We struggle with wait times right now, so it’ll be nice to let people in a little quicker,” he said.

The move not only means more space for seats, but a significantly larger kitchen as well.

“The current kitchen is so tiny. With a larger, properly functioning kitchen, with space for storage and prepping, we will be expanding the menu,” Hayden said. “We may not do that day one, we might transition with the current menu and work out the kinks and then get some more options available.”

He said he doesn’t foresee the transition interrupting service significantly.

“We are going to attempt to stay open as much as possible [during the move],” he said. “There’s a chance we’ll have to be closed for a day or two, but it should be a pretty easy move.”

Photo by Elizabeth Maxson

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Iron Barley to move to High Ridge

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017


{ Iron Barley’s Monte Cristo Dog }


A South City favorite will soon head west. The owners of Iron Barley announced via Facebook last week that the restaurant, located at 5510 Virginia Ave., will move to a new location at 3367 High Ridge Blvd., in High Ridge.

According to the post, the St. Louis location will remain open until mid-August, and the new space will debut in mid-September with a new name: Iron Barley’s High Hog Ridge. The space is three times the size of the current facility and will offer more parking.

Co-owners Tom and Gen Coghill opened Iron Barley in 2003. The Coghills did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Photo by Jonathan Pollack 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: The Dark Room to move to Grandel Theater

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016



A new space for nightlife is developing at 3601 Grandel Square as The Dark Room Wine Bar & Photo Gallery prepares to move from its current location at 615 N. Grand Blvd., to the Grandel Theater. The Kranzberg Arts Foundation is renovating the Grandel, and in February 2017, the lobby and commons area will be home to an new Dark Room.

“This is a great opportunity to expand our programing and capacity and to double down on our commitment to supporting the arts,” said Chris Hansen, Kranzberg Arts Foundation executive director.

Hansen said those expansions include extended hours, 30 percent more seating inside and another 50 seats on the patio. The Dark Room will also serve as the food and beverage provider for the theater. A newly designed and installed kitchen will be under the direction of chef Samantha Pretto, who came on board in December 2015.

Patrons can expect an expanded cocktail menu designed for theater-goers who need to get to the show on time, as well as a new late-night food menu following productions. Private dining rooms will also be available.

Customers who enjoyed the live jazz and visual arts exhibits at The Dark Room can expect the same vibe with rotating installations.“The Dark Room meets (Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s) mission to invest in infrastructure and systems that support the arts,” said Hansen. “Its programs can be the backbone of the Grandel Theater.”

He plans to announce new menu details closer to opening.


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The Scoop: Benton Park Cafe to find a new home in old Jax Cafe space

Friday, October 7th, 2016



After nearly 10 years at 1900 Arsenal St., Benton Park Cafe is moving – but not too far. Owner Jessica Lenzen is relocating the restaurant to 2901 Salena St. (the former home of Jax Cafe) at the end of October.

“I had been looking for over a year, but had done actual shopping for about six months,” she said. “Then all of the sudden, Jax closed, and I had been looking at that place for years. I think they literally closed on a Sunday, and I was knocking on their door on Thursday.”

Lenzen rents Benton Park Cafe’s current location, and she said the ability to own the new space appealed to her. She plans to move her growing family to the apartment above the restaurant. “I’m so excited to not come to work and pull weeds and do the flowers and have to go home and pull weeds and do the flowers all over again,” she said.

Lenzen said the space’s contemporary design and flow were also good selling points. “I like the mix of old and new: I like the exposed brick, but I also like a new espresso machine,” she said. “The space is designed to be like a kitchen in someone’s home … where people naturally gather.”

Benton Park Cafe will keep the same hours of operation and menu for now. Lenzen plans to do some rebranding and is currently working on a new logo with help from local artist Phil Jarvis. While the new location is comparable in size to the old space, the Salena Street location will have 90 seats to fill, about a dozen or so more than the current spot. Lenzen said she hopes to open up an outdoor bar and patio space in the backyard area behind the restaurant in the spring.

Brunchers won’t have to wait long to check out the new space. Lenzen will close the current location on Oct. 24 and hopes to reopen at the new spot the last weekend of October.

First Look: Egg in Benton Park

Thursday, October 6th, 2016



Pay no attention to the Spare No Rib signs at 2200 Gravois Ave.; Egg is now open for weekday breakfast and lunch in the barbecue joint’s original location. As reported by The Scoop in July, Egg is an expansion of the brunch popup by the same name. Spare No Rib has opened with the same menu in its new location at 3701 S. Jefferson Ave. (formerly the home of Lucky Buddha). Owner Lassaad Jeliti quietly transitioned the two concepts in recent weeks.

Few changes were made to the interior of the 60-seat Benton Park restaurant, but the menu has expanded from its popup days and lost most of its barbecue flair. It got rid of the pulled pork, added brioche French toast and took on a unique lunch menu that strays far from its barbecue roots with dishes inspired by Jeliti’s Tunisian heritage.

Aside from the Tunisian salad made with tomato, onion, cucumber, jalapenos and apples in a lemon vinaigrette, there is a salad nicoise on the lunch menu. “Nicoise is a big salad in Tunisia,” Jeliti said. There is also chakchouka, a stewed tomato and vegetable dish served with baked eggs. “Growing up that was the breakfast thing,” he said.

The bar dominating the space serves a short menu of brunch cocktails along with espresso drinks and freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juices. A classic mimosa and bloody mary are available, as well as more creative sippers like the Sidi Bou Spritz made with hop vodka, jasmine and elderflower liqueurs and fresh orange juice.

Egg is open Tuesday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click below for a first look at what’s for breakfast on Gravois:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky


The Scoop: Tropical Liqueurs to move to The Grove

Friday, June 10th, 2016




Tropical Liqueurs has found a new home for its grown-up boozy slushies at 4104 Manchester Ave., in The Grove, and the owners hope to have the lease signed shortly. “We’re still working under a Letter of Intent,” said co-owner Billy Thompson. “We fully except to be finalized soon with the lease.”

Coming off a tense relationship with former neighbors in Soulard, Thompson and co-owners and siblings Bradlee Thompson and Connie Vaughn met with Grove residents prior to announcing the new location.

“The neighbors in The Grove are mainly bars, not residential,” said Billy Thompson. “The Grove is naturally is an exciting and accepting area. The concept is going to fit perfectly there.”

The new space at the corner of Manchester Road and Sarah Street is currently vacant and requires extensive renovation, including the building of a 4,500-square-foot patio. Once complete, the bar will be approximately twice the size of the Soulard shop.

“It’s going to be the same great Trops that has seen success for the last 30 years,” said Thompson. “But with the new space in the new neighborhood, it opens some new options.” Among those options are potential partnerships with area restaurants to provide food service for thirsty patrons.

Trops ownership announced that, like its former location, there will be a doorman and security at The Grove store and slushies must be consumed on the premises – no carryout.

“We’re looking forward to being a part of the neighborhood and be able to become an active member of everything that’s taking place,” said Thompson. “We want to be good neighbors. We’re excited to getting open and have people come in. We’re excited to be starting fresh.”

While Thompson hopes to be open as soon as possible, an official opening date will likely be announced later this summer.

The Scoop: Herbie’s Vintage ’72 to move to Clayton, Cardwell’s in Clayton to close

Monday, May 16th, 2016



{The Grand Plateau at Herbie’s Vintage ’72} 


The Clayton dining scene gains a new neighbor in October when Herbie’s Vintage ’72 pulls up stakes in the Central West End and replants them in Clayton. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, the 8-year old French-American restaurant will serve its last crepe in the CWE on Oct. 2, move to 8100 Maryland Ave., and reopen at the beginning of November. Herbie’s Vintage 72 will take over Cardwell’s in Clayton, which will close on Oct. 1 as owners Rich and Debbie Gorczyca retire.

“I know the Rich and Debbie and originally looked at Cardwell’s when I first wanted to open Herbie’s,” said chef-owner Aaron Teitelbaum. “The location is right, the patio and the building matches up to who Herbie’s is.”

Rich Gorczyca agreed. “We’ve had a good, long run and Herbie’s is going to be a great fit,” he said. “The arrangement is good for all of us and what really swayed me is that (Teitelbaum) is going to offer every one of my current employees a position.”

In addition to familiar faces, Herbie’s current historic feel with French decor will remain the same at the new location, but customers will be able to enjoy new features, including three additional private rooms, a 100-seat patio and lunch service.

“We’re excited to be in Clayton where there’s such a great lunch clientele,” Teitelbaum said. “Clayton has a lot going on, and Herbie’s clients know our team to be professional and accommodating.”

Teitelbaum said he looks forward to bringing that accommodating environment and eclectic menu, including seafood, steaks and burgers, to the Clayton dining scene.

“For us, we’re driven by a team mentality,” he said. “We have a chef that will cook without ego. He has a menu and specials, but it’s more important that we are accommodating to if a guest wants something, we say, ‘Yes.’ If we don’t have it, we’ll run out and get it.”

Don’t look for the Gorczycas to ride off into the sunset. The couple plans to travel and Rich hopes to pursue volunteer opportunities with St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Humane Society. “We want to thank all of our friends and patrons and business associations who have supported us for almost 30 years,” Gorczyca said.


-photo by Carmen Troesser


The Scoop: Sister Cities Cajun & BBQ to relocate, pop-up in meantime

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016




There’s good news and bad news for Sister Cities Cajun & BBQ. First, the bad news: After a car smashed though the restaurant window on Jan. 20, co-owners Travis Parfait and Pamela Melton said they cannot continue business at the South Grand location. 

Now, some good news: Parfait and Melton have been renovating a building at 3550 S. Broadway (formerly the Brick of St. Louis) for about a year. Parfait and Melton hope to open the new Sister Cities location by Aug. 1, and in the meantime they’re popping up on Cherokee Street for lunches and dinners.

“There’s a badass food scene here,” Parfait said. “When we started our Go Fund Me campaign to pay our employees after the accident, Sam (Kogos) from Riverbend (a Creole and Cajun restaurant in Richmond Heights) donated, and he’d be the closest thing we have to competition.”

Capitalizing on the cooperative environment, Sister Cities is popping up at Melt at 2712 Cherokee St., on Mondays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. with a limited menu of recognizable dishes, as well as new plates like the shrimp and grits.

When Sister Cities opens on Broadway, there will be room for 100 diners inside with additional seats outside, along with a dog park that will be located behind the restaurant. Parfait said he is looking forward to bringing the successful Cajun restaurant to a new neighborhood. “We’ll keep our soul but introduce new things, too,” he said.



The Scoop: Pint Size to move to new Lindenwood Park home

Friday, December 4th, 2015



{Pint Size co-owner and baker Christy Augustin}


After nearly two years searching for additional elbow room, the owners of Pint Size Bakery have signed a lease to move to 3133 Watson Road in early spring 2016, as reported by Feast. The new location will feature some indoor seating and more space for customers to browse the pastry case and prepare their coffee on busy Saturday mornings.

“People will actually be able to enjoy a cup of coffee,” said co-owner Christy Augustin. “It will be more comfortable. Customers won’t have to squeeze around people to put cream and sugar in their coffee. There will still be a line probably, but people won’t feel as rushed.”

In addition to more breathing room for customers, the kitchen space will increase, allowing the bakery to accommodate more specialty orders like wedding and birthday cakes. “It’s terrible to turn away a birthday cake for a little kid that we’ve known since he was born and now he’s 1, but we can’t do his cake because we just don’t have the room.”

The expanded square footage will also allow the 3½-year-old bakery to shorten lead times, cutting order times from three weeks in advance to as little as a week or a few days. The bakery may also expand its hours by an hour or so during the week.

-photo by Greg Rannells


Lukas Wine & Spirits opens doors at new Ellisville location

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015




Lukas Liquor has a new home at 15678 Manchester Road in Ellisville, just half-mile from its old location. In January, Lukas Liquor owner Gary Bilder announced he would relocate his spirits, wine and beer shop from its old address at 15921 Manchester Road. Concurrent with the move, Bilder renamed the store Lukas Wine & Spirits.

“This is a 15-year evolution,” said Bilder. The bright and airy 31,000-square-foot space adds another 7,000 square feet compared to the former location. Although Lukas has not added a substantial number of new products, the shopping experience will be easier, with products easily located on spacious shelves. Those who can’t make up their mind can get quick guidance from a Lukas employee by pressing one of 10 call buttons located throughout the store.





Lukas’ extensive whiskey barrel program – hand-picked barrels bottled exclusively for the store – is a focal point near the front of the shop, while at the back, more than 30 coolers hold chilled beer. Also on the suds side, Lukas now boasts a keg list of 365 different beers and an expanded single bottle selection. All wines, except those from Spain and Italy, are now organized by varietal instead of geographic location.

With education as part of the Lukas mission, the store has added 17 learning centers, posters scattered throughout that provide information regarding the history, production and notable names behind some wines, beers and spirits.




Another highlight is a tasting bar. The eight-seat bar also features a handful of high-top tables and flat-screen TVs. The bar will offer wine by the glass or bottle, four draft beer options and whiskey pours of 35 to 40 rare whiskies. The tasting bar will also be the location for Lukas’ various classes and scheduled tastings.

-photos by Meera Nagarajan



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