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The Scoop: The Fryer’s Daughter opens in the former Wood Cask space

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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Kirkwood has a new destination for fried chicken. The Fryer’s Daughter opened doors yesterday, April 2, at 10332 Manchester Road, the former home of The Wood Cask. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, owner Dan Marten wasn’t throwing in the towel on his former eatery after its last day of service on March 22 – just switching gears.

Most of the renovations to the restaurant were cosmetic, Martin said, and the concept has received a complete facelift. The compact menu is focused on fried chicken by the plate or the piece, and it also includes five sandwiches that can also be ordered as a salad or wrap. Available sides include slaw, three-bean salad, fries, sauteed spinach and cream corn. The full bar is still available for those who’d like some booze with their yard bird. “It’s still probably the best whiskey selection in Kirkwood,” Marten said.

Marten said he rebranded the restaurant after customers couldn’t quite grasp The Wood Cask’s concept. The whiskey bar and restaurant opened in 2015. “I loved the Wood Cask concept,” he said. “We went through a couple of menu changes, and I think maybe it confused customers slightly. You could call it an identity crisis. I also had people who came in and said ‘We thought you were a liquor store for the first year-and-a-half, so we just didn’t come in.’”

The new name is an homage to Marten’s daughters, who helped him start the business, as well as an unambiguous announcement of the restaurant’s new culinary direction (the words “chicken restaurant” are also prominently displayed after the name, just in case). “You read it, it’s catchy, and you immediately know what it is,” Marten said.

During the day, orders are taken at the counter, and Martin said speed is the focus of lunch service. “The goal is to have someone in and out in 30 minutes, max,” he said.

Table service takes over in the evening, and carryout is always available. Marten said a catering menu is in the works as well.

The Fryer’s Daughter will be open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Photo courtesy of The Fryer’s Daughter

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The Scoop: Tiny tea shop Teatopia opens on Cherokee Street

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

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Looking for an alternative to your daily cup of joe? Check out Teatopia, which opened its doors at 2619½ Cherokee St., on Monday, Jan. 30, as reported by the Riverfront Times.

Owner Reginald “Reo” Quarles said he looked at more than 20 spots on his quest to open Teatopia, but none seemed quite right. Then he ran across the small Cherokee space, the former home of The Little Dipper sandwich shop. With just room enough for three tables, “it was a perfect fit.” Its diminutive size makes it easy for one person to operate, a definite benefit since Teatopia is basically a one-man show, with Quarles handling most of the daily duties.

Teatopia offers a wide variety of teas – 40 at last count – including varieties from Sri Lanka, India and other Asian countries, available to sip on site. Quarles also has created custom tea blends, like chocolate chai made with black tea, vanilla white chai and chocolate. He can also make custom blends to suit individual tastes. One-ounce containers of tea leaves are available to purchase and brew at home.

Teatopia also has a food menu, featuring salads, wraps and a selection of baked goods. Even some of the food is tea-focused, including a tea vinaigrette and tea-infused cream cheeses. “I was attracted to the tranquility of tea, the calming effect of tea,” said Quarles, who is also a vegan and martial artist. “It’s like all of what I believe in coming together.”

Quarles said his first few days of business have been good, and the Cherokee Street community has been receptive. “Everyone has welcomed me with open arms,” he said.

 

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First Look: Hi-Pointe Drive-In

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Hi-Pointe Drive-In opens today, Jan. 5, at 1033 McCausland Ave. As The Scoop reported last July, the minds behind Sugarfire Smoke House tore down the former Del Taco building for the colorful, new 3,000-square-foot burger and sandwich joint.

The menu will satisfy both traditionalists and trend-seekers: Classic griddled burgers and fries are offered alongside a taco burger seasoned with Cool Ranch Doritos and Chili Cheese Fritos, and creative sandwiches like The Abaconing, an indulgent take on a BLT, made with fried tomatoes and collard greens.

Milkshakes are available in a few classic flavors as well as Dreamsicle, butterscotch and a seasonal Strange Donuts collaboration shake. Add booze to any of those, or order a boozy slushie, wine or one of the 8 beers on tap. Excel sodas are also available.

Hi-Pointe Drive-In will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here’s what to expect when you walk in:

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

First Look: Gezellig in The Grove

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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The Grove continues to step up its beer game with the recent addition of Gezellig Tap House & Bottleshop. As The Scoop reported in July, owner Brandon Cavanagh closed his music venue, The Demo, to open a beer bar at 4191 Manchester Ave., partially inspired by his travels to Amsterdam.

The Dutch word “gezellig,” Cavanagh explained, refers to a cozy, convivial environment or a sense of togetherness among loved ones. It’s a concept he hopes his bar embodies with its dark wood, Edison lighting and the soft pop of vinyl albums playing over the speakers.

The space can seat up to 80 and serves as both a bar and bottle shop with a wall of refrigerators organized by region. Two are dedicated to local Missouri and Illinois brews like Schlafly, 2nd Shift, Perennial, Logboat and Boulevard. Several national labels are available, as well as international offerings from Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and more. Bottled and canned brews can be purchased for onsite consumption or to-go.

Twenty-eight taps are available, and Cavanagh hopes to keep the selection rotating frequently by only featuring seasonal and special release beers. Local barman and assistant manager Joel Clark supports the beer averse with wine, bottled cocktails and spirits available neat or on the rocks. Look for a tight selection of mostly whiskey, mezcal and gin. Cavanagh said he is currently working with area restaurants Sauce on the Side and The Gramophone to coordinate food delivery, and customers can bring their own carryout to Gezellig.

Gezellig is currently open Tuesday to Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday from 3 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect at The Grove’s new beer bar:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

First Look: LuLu Asian Kitchen in Olivette

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

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LuLu Seafood and Dim Sum has gone fast-casual with its first LuLu Asian Kitchen location, now open at 9626 Olive Blvd., in Olivette. As The Scoop reported in July, another LuLu Asian Kitchen location will soon open at 9737 Manchester Road in Rock Hill, with more locations in the works.

Popular staples from Lulu Seafood and Dim Sum will be rotating entrees at Lulu Asian Kitchen, along with more traditional Chinese dishes and some exclusive to the new concept, like the caramelized bourbon chicken, which makes use of the new kitchen’s grill.

Entrees can be ordered in different combinations as bowls, plates or platters, or folded into Asian burritos with rice and toppings. There are also soups, salads and lighter to-go options like spring rolls and sushi. Fountain drinks are joined by a handful of beer and wine offerings.

“The quality is the same as the main location. We just have more limited options and faster service,” said co-founder Julia Li.

Lulu Asian Kitchen is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a grand opening event on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 3 to 9 p.m. with free food and drink. Here’s a first look at what to expect from Olivette’s new fast-casual spot:

 

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More about LuLu Asian Kitchen
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Photos by Michelle Volansky

 

First Look: Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods in The Grove

Monday, November 28th, 2016

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Just in time for holiday shopping, Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods has opened doors at 4180 Manchester Ave., in The Grove. The space that formerly housed Rise (fear not – the coffee shop moved to a larger location next door) has been transformed into a small retail shop showcasing home goods and accessories.

This isn’t owner Beth Styles’ first foray into retail. As The Scoop reported in August, she also owns Parismonia, a vintage clothing store on South Grand Boulevard. At Lemon Gem, Styles turns her attention to cookware, knives, baking tins and more. The shop features a mix of brands like OXO, Cuisinart and Victorinox alongside local artisans like Sprouted Designs, Collin Garrity woodworking and Conscious Apothecary. Styles also offers products new to the St. Louis market, like Skinny laMinx textiles and Short Stack Editions, a single-ingredient-focused cookbook series.

Styles is still putting finishing touches on the upstairs space, which will feature a small children’s play area, an event space and a cookbook nook filled with donated copies of everything from The Joy of Cooking to Cooking Light. Customers can peruse the options and copy down their favorite recipes for inspiration at home.

Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Styles will host a grand opening celebration Dec. 11. Here’s a first look at what to expect at The Grove’s first kitchen goods store.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

The Scoop: Rock & Brews now open in Chesterfield

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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Rock & Brews, the restaurant franchise founded by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, opened an 8,000-square-foot restaurant at 17258 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield a few weeks ago.

Franchise owner Kirk Williams said he is excited to bring the first area Rock & Brews to St. Louis. “People will love our food, and they will be able to tell immediately that we make our food from scratch,” he said. Chef John Sydow, who previously worked at Sugarfire Smoke House, serves classic American fare like burgers and pizza. Many dishes are named after classic rock bands or songs like Ring of Fire wings and Hotel California Cobb Salad.

Area beer lovers will find two bars: one with 52 craft beers on tap, and another Missouri-focused bar with 16 taps featuring breweries like Schlafly and 4 Hands Brewing Co. Wine, cocktails and sangria are also available.

Rock & Brews is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

First Look: Intoxicology in The Grove

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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A new cocktail supply and spirits shop is now open in The Grove. Intoxicology opened doors Friday, Nov. 18 at 4321 Manchester Ave. As The Scoop reported in August, co-owners Andy Foerstel and Melissa Pfeiffer aim to supply small batch spirits, bitters and barware to cocktail enthusiasts.

In addition to liquor and an extensive collection of bitters, Intoxicology sells tools of the trade, right down to Kold-Draft ice cubes by the bag. “We were sick of having to go around to multiple stores to find everything we needed to make a cocktail,” Pfeiffer said. “We wanted to create a place where you can find everything you need in one place.”

Foerstel and Pfeiffer credited Planter’s House co-owner Ted Kilgore with introducing them to a proper drink. “Ted really got us into cocktails about 12 or 13 years ago, back when he was at Monarch,” Foerstel said. “He’s been really encouraging and helpful during this whole process.”

Intoxicology is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect:

 

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Read more about The Grove
• The Scoop: Parlor to open in The Grove
• The Scoop:Rockwell Beer Co. announces location in The Grove
• The Scoop: Intoxicology spirits and bar supply store to open in The Grove
• The Scoop: Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods to open in The Grove
• The Scoop: Gezellig Tap House & Bottleshop to replace The Demo in The Grove

-photos by Michelle Volansky

First Look: The B-Side on Cherokee Street

Friday, October 28th, 2016

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Cherokee Street has a new spot for cheap, late-night eats and just one more round. The B-Side hosted a soft opening on Friday, Oct. 21 at 2709 Cherokee St.

As The Scoop reported in March, co-owners Francis Rodriguez and Joe Timm had their eyes on the spot down the street from their restaurant, Yaqui’s, when Los Punk unceremoniously shuttered doors at the end of 2015. The newly stripped down, 49-seat space is dominated by a large neon B hovering about an old-school jukebox. A patio out back seat a dozen more.

Timm said the goal was to have a late-night hangout where people could grab a burger and pint of beer in two minutes for less than $5. Hence, The B-Side’s single draft beer (Stag) and four canned options: Busch, Budweiser, Pabst Blue Ribbon and 4 Hands Citywide. A small spirits selection is available, too.

The B-side’s food menu consists of two primary items: burgers and vegan chili. The restaurant grills the patties outside on patio, then holds them in a broth of Stag, Worchestershire sauce and onions. Single and double patties and the usual toppings are available, as well as the house Comeback Sauce – a spicy mayo-based dressing reminiscent of In-N-Out’s famous burger sauce.

The B-Side is currently open Monday to Saturday from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight. Here’s a first look at what to expect when you swing by for a late-night snack:

 

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Editor’s note: This post originally misspelled Joe Timm’s last name. It was updated to correct the error. 

-photos by Michelle Volansky 

First Look: Hopskeller Brewing Co. in Waterloo

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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Three years ago, Matt Schweizer was a high school history teacher with a passion for homebrewing. Today, he’s the owner and brewer at Waterloo’s newest brewpub, Hopskeller Brewing Co., which opened at the end of September. As The Scoop reported in July 2015, Schweizer had support from several Waterloo residents, including Mayor Tom Smith, who approached him about starting a brewery in the area.

Schweizer spent more than a year renovating the building at 116 E. Third St., which was constructed in 1853. He exposed much of its original design, including brick walls and floor joists. Rehabbed beams from an Illinois barn and a functioning wood-fired oven from 1854 were also brought into the space.

Schweizer’s tap list features a lineup of mostly English and American-style ales, including an American amber ale, a Northern English brown, a pale British mild ale and a dark British mild ale. A selection of wine from Illinois’ Hedman Vineyards and Starview Vineyards is also available, along with a small cocktail list featuring Illinois distilleries like Stumpy’s and North Shore. While they sip on house brews, hungry customers can step up to the kitchen counter and order a wood-fired pizza or a sausage piled high with toppings from sweet cherry peppers to pineapple.

Hopskeller is open Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from Waterloo’s newest brewery:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

 

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