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First Look: Saint Louis Hop Shop on Cherokee Street

Thursday, October 5th, 2017



After being closed for nearly a month, Saint Louis Hop Shop recently reopened at its new location 2600 Cherokee St., offering a larger selection of beverages for craft beer connoisseurs and beginners alike.

At the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Cherokee Street, the 1,500-square-foot storefront is a few doors down from its former address at 2606 Cherokee St., but it gives co-owners and brothers Justin Harris and Ryan Griffin nearly double the space to grow.

“[The other space] was small and we could see that we needed more room,” Harris said. “We really liked what we developed over there, and the goal is to bring that same formula over here and expand on it.”

The new location offers increased refrigeration and more shelving for beer, apparel and glassware. Additionally, a larger variety of ciders, spirits and imports, including more Belgium and lambic options, will be available. The new Hop Shop also features a larger bar area with six rotating taps. Harris said guests can expect a different brew every seven to 10 days.

“We do a lot of sixth barrels, so that gives us the flexibility to constantly bring in new stuff,” Harris said.

Brews currently on top include Dogfish Head Lupu-Luau Coconut IPA, Modern Brewery Citrapolicious, Ace Pineapple Cider, Prairie Artisan Ale Birthday Bomb, Urban Chestnut O-Katz and 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout.

With more space, Harris and Griffin also plan to host monthly events and weekly tastings through October. “It gives people a chance to come in and try some seasonal stuff before having to purchase it,” Harris said.

Saint Louis Hop Shop hosts a grand reopening this Saturday, Oct. 7 from noon to 10 p.m. The new location is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect from Hop Shop’s new home:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Tree House chef cut teeth in Austin eateries, now ready to cut veggies

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

In January, The Scoop reported that a vegetarian restaurant called Tree House was coming to South City. The restaurant, located at 3177 S. Grand Blvd., is expected to open sometime in May. While the interior is being readied using the talents of local design firm Space Architects and green build-supply company Mwanzi, The Scoop caught up with Tree House’s newly hired executive chef, John Intrieri.

Intrieri, an East Coast native who has also lived for a time in St. Louis, spent eight years cooking in Austin, Tex. His culinary circuit in the hipster Texas city include stints at: Contigo, where executive chef and co-owner Andrew Wiseheart was nominated this year for Food & Wine Magazine’s The People’s Best New Chef; Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar; Counter Cafe, a farm-to-table short-order eatery reputed for its burgers; French bistro Justine’s Brasserie; and East Side King, the Asian fusion food truck run by chef Paul Qui, winner of Top Chef Texas, and a 2012 James Beard Foundation Award winner in the Best Chef: Southwest category.

Intrieri returned to St. Louis last year and joins Tree House after having most recently worked in the kitchen at Oceano Bistro. At Tree House, Intrieri plans to draw on his exposure to a broad range of cuisines – including his own family’s roots in South America and Italy – in order to shine a spotlight on local produce.

“I want to show people what we can do with it,” Intrieri said. “I’ve worked in French, American, Pan-Asian. I like to show people not just one type of cuisine. Bay [Tree House owner Bay Tran] has a Vietnamese background. We’ll be playing with Asian food. We want to go with South American food, Italian.” He continued, “I’m trying not to go too far in any one direction. I want a simple menu. Most items on the menu will have very limited ingredients. Using local product, we can get a really good result with those simple ideas.”

The menu, divided into small and large plates, will be limited to approximately 15 to 20 items. Intrieri plans to swap a dish here and there with regularity to keep the menu seasonal. The Tree House menu has been designed with more than vegetarians in mind. Intrieri noted that it will be extremely vegan-friendly. “We’re trying to make it so you can have every single dish vegan if you so choose,” he said. His real hope, however, is to attract diners of all types: “I don’t want it to just feed vegetarians. I want people who like food to come and eat and see what the local food providers have to offer.”

The price point at this lunch and dinner spot will be “pretty cheap,” said Itrieri. “The great thing about vegetarian food is that you’re not paying all the extra for meat.” Look for most dishes to range between $6 and $15, and he added that the food will be, “really well thought out and plated cuisine.”

The Scoop: Vegetarian restaurant Tree House coming to South Grand

Monday, January 14th, 2013

A new restaurant is coming to South Grand. Tree House, a vegetarian restaurant, will be opening at 3177 S. Grand Blvd., in the space formerly occupied by Petra Cafe and Hookah Lounge. Tree House owner Chi “Bay” Tran – a relative of the Tran family who operates Vietnamese restaurant Mekong on South Grand – is working with local firms Space Architects and green build-supply firm Mwanzi on the interior design. Tran hopes to open the restaurant in March. More details, including menu specifics, are expected soon.

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