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First Look: Start Bar downtown

Friday, July 15th, 2016

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Start Bar, downtown St. Louis’ new arcade bar opened Wednesday, July 13 at 1000 Spruce St. As The Scoop reported in April, the colorful, game-themed space was designed with an eye for detail, from the old school Nintendo console wall art to the narrow tables hidden between game cabinets for drink storage while you play.

“You make enough venues and you start to learn a few things,” co-owner Stephen Savage said. “And [the branding and design firm] Atomicdust did a phenomenal job. We couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.”

Game manager Mike Ahearn said Start Bar’s 19 cabinets offer a variety of fighting and combat games, shooters, and other classic old school and multi-player games that will rotate based on popularity. Enthusiasts will be happy to know the arcade bar is awaiting the arrival of Killer Queen, a multi-player game with a cult following. “It should be in within six weeks,” Savage said. “It’s our number one requested game.”

Gamers can take a break at one of the 55 seats inside or one of the 50 picnic table seats on the patio. Parties of six to 10 looking to relive childhood glory can take over four reservation-only game lounges stocked with Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart and GoldenEye 007 games.

The menu reflects Start Bar’s playful atmosphere, with boozy shakes, floats, snow cones, slushies and popsicles for your inner child and a short list of snacks and candy. The kitchen turns out house-made Neapolitan-style pizzas for those who need something a little more substantial.

Start Bar is open Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday from noon to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from noon to midnight. A short brunch menu with breakfast pizzas and drinks is available from noon to 3 p.m. on weekends. Here’s a peek inside downtown’s new arcade bar:

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-Photos by Michelle Volansky

The Scoop: Neapolitan pizzeria Pizzeoli set to open in Soulard

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

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Neapolitan pizza fans can soon get their fix in Soulard when pizza enthusiast Scott Sandler opens Pizzeoli in early to mid-November. Located at 1928 S. 12th St., Pizzeoli will specialize in traditional Neapolitan pies cooked in the restaurant’s 800-degree wood-burning oven. “It’s sort of an art,” he said. “It’s my favorite type of pizza. It’s the original pizza.”

Sandler will also serve as the head chef. Pizzeoli is his first foray into the restaurant industry, but he said he has cooked pizzas at home for more than 10 years. Next week, he flies to Los Angeles to train at Accademia della Pizza Napoletana run by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, an international nonprofit dedicated to teaching the art of traditional Neapolitan pizza-making.

Pizzeoli’s small menu will reflect the simple, traditional offerings at pizzerias in Naples, including a classic Margherita with house-made mozzarella, basil and tomato sauce. Sandler also hopes to carry one or two vegan-friendly options and is currently on the hunt for a vegan mozzarella substitute. To cap off the dining experience, Italian wines and local craft beers and Budweiser will be served.

The new space, formerly Arcelia’s Mexican, will seat approximately 25 people inside and 30 people outside. He believes Pizzeoli will fill a void in St. Louis city for high quality pizza. “It just happened to be the location that clicked and just everything worked,” he said. “And I’m really happy to be there because it’s such a strong community and really supportive, even already.”

 

 

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