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Sneak Peek: ‘Zza Pizza & Salad in Skinker Debaliviere

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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The new fast casual restaurant ‘Zza Pizza & Salad from the folks behind Pi Pizzeria is scheduled to open later this month at 282 N. Skinker Blvd., in the Skinker Debaliviere neighborhood.

As The Scoop reported in November 2016, ‘Zza will focus exclusively on pizzas and salads, with an emphasis on quick service and quality ingredients. The single-serve, oblong pizzas are designed so each slice is an edge piece. The crust is a combination of pizza styles with the chew of Neapolitan and the structure of New York style.

Two beers will rotate on tap (Schlafly Kölsch and 4 Hands Incarnation IPA to start), wine and sodas from Blue Sky, and canned and bottled wine and beer will be offered. Approximately 45 seats will be available for guests who opt to eat in and enjoy the 1,600-square-foot space decorated with hand-painted art by the local artist Phil Jarvis.

There will be plenty of ways to order ahead of time, including ‘Zza’s website, Facebook page and a smartphone app, as well as via Yelp and Google. Washington University students can also use Bear Bucks to pay for their pizza. ‘Zza will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store at ‘Zza:

 

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Photos by Meera Nagarajan

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The Scoop: Wicked Greenz to launch food truck, open O’Fallon location this spring

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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Clayton’s Wicked Greenz will soon open a new location in O’Fallon, Missouri and go mobile. Director of operations Matt Ratz said the company has purchased the former Shell’s Coastal Cuisine truck and will be taking its health-focused eating options on the road this spring. Ratz said the plan is to debut the truck at the Forever Vintage Market event at Taubman Prestige Outlets on Friday, April 21.

“We think we can provide something different than the normal food truck does,” said Ratz.

Wicked Greenz opened its fast-casual concept last October at 16 N. Central Ave., in Clayton, offering customizable salads and wraps. Ratz said the food truck’s abbreviated menu would likely include four or five salads and a couple of soups, as well as pitas and hummus and possibly some one-off specials. “We’ll really be able to put things out quickly,” he said.

Ratz said the company decided to launch a food truck to increase brand awareness. He said the truck may be parked at the upcoming Wicked Greenz location at 4015 Highway K in O’Fallon, which is expected to open in June, before the restaurant opens to give diners a sneak peek.

Photo  by Michelle Volansky

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Sneak Peek: The Blue Duck in Maplewood

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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Washington, Missouri favorite The Blue Duck opens doors at its first St. Louis-area location tomorrow, Feb. 14, at 2661 Sutton Ave., in Maplewood. As The Scoop reported in September, the mixed-use development space previously housed Monarch.

According to co-owner Chris Rayburn, the eclectic menu celebrates American cuisine’s international influences, with nods to fare from Korea and Mexico to the American South and all points in between. Many dishes will be familiar to patrons of the original Blue Duck, like the DLT: cured and smoked duck breast, lettuce, tomato and a fried egg with honey-chipotle mayo on sourdough.

The food menu will rotate seasonally, while the dessert offerings should switch up every couple of weeks. The bar program has a selection of craft beers on tap, plus cocktails and wine. A small brunch menu, along with all of the regular menu items, will be available on Sundays.

The Blue Duck will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

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The Scoop: Vincent Van Doughnut to open in The Grove

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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Doughnut lovers rejoice! The new location of Vincent Van Doughnut at 1072 Tower Grove Ave., will be open for business on Valentine’s Day, bright and early at 6 a.m.

As The Scoop reported in February, the new store will initially have the same hours as the Clayton location: Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. until sold out, and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. until sold out. Owner Vincent Brian Marsden said he’s considering adding later hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday down the line, given the active nightlife in The Grove – possibly with an evening menu of fry-to-order doughnuts.

Marsden said the core of the Tower Grove menu will remain the same as the Clayton location, though there will be some additional items, such as ice cream from local purveyor Ronnie’s Ice Cream. The location has 16 seats, and Marsden is looking into outdoor seating as well.

-photo courtesy of Vincent Van Doughnut 

The Scoop: French patisserie opens in Grand Center

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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French pastry fans have a new place in Grand Center to satisfy their cravings. Mother and daughter duo Christine and Clemence Pereur, who hail from Conde-Sainte-Libiaire, France, opened Like Home French Café & Pastry on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 3855 Lindell Blvd.

 

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The small shop, which seats about 20, has a daily rotating menu of various macarons and pastries, plus breakfast and lunch offerings like soups, salads, sandwiches, quiches and tartines. Clemence Pereur, who formerly held the pastry chef position at Saint Louis Club, handles pastry duties while her mother, Christine, bakes all the breads. Hours of operation for the patisserie are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

The Scoop: Sym•Bowl to open new locations in St. Charles, Creve Coeur

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

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Sym•Bowl, which specializes in build-your-own bowls, will open its third location at 1456 Bass Pro Shop Drive in St. Charles in late March or early April, according to co-owner Becky Schoening.

The new St. Charles location, which was formerly a sushi restaurant, will have approximately 30 seats, feature the same menu as its sister restaurants, and will also house a small bottling facility for Sym•Bowl’s line of hot sauces.

But the Sym•Bowl expansion isn’t over. Schoening said she and business partner Gregory Owens will soon open a fourth location in Creve Couer. Schoening said details should be finalized in the next few weeks, and store number five will hopefully follow soon.

“We’re also looking for something in the city, but nothing is on the radar yet,” Schoening said, adding that both upcoming locations will be approximately the same size as the other restaurants and feature the same menu.

Sym•Bowl opened its second location last year in Chesterfield at 137 Chesterfield Town Center. The original Kirkwood restaurant at 11215 Manchester Road, which had initially retained the name The HotPot, changed over to the Sym•Bowl moniker after the first of the year.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

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The Scoop: Good Fortune finds a home in Botanical Heights

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

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{ Rendering of the future home of Good Fortune in Botanical Heights }

 

Highly anticipated Chinese-American restaurant Good Fortune has finally found a home. Co-owner Corey Smale announced today, Feb. 8, that the restaurant will open this July in the Botanical Heights neighborhood.

Smale, former co-owner of Strange Donuts, purchased a building at 1654 Tower Grove Ave., with attorney James P. Sanders and realtor Chris Hulse. The trio will be the landlords, with Good Fortune as the tenant. The upcoming eatery is also co-owned by Bob Brazell, Ryan McDonald and Hana Chung of Byrd & Barrel.

Good Fortune announced its inception last year and was on the hunt for a location for several months. The team hosted several pop-ups and collaboration dinners around town, introducing people to its takes on Chinese-American fare.

J.P. Burcks will provide arts and graphics for the project, and Gabe McKee and V Three Studios will handle architecture duties. The building, which was constructed in 1954, was most recently a day care facility. Smale said there’s a lot of work to be done before the doors open.

“It’s pretty gnarly right now,” Smale said. “We’re going to keep the bricks and floor and whatever we can. We’ll make it ours.”

While construction is underway, Good Fortune will host some more pop-up events to whet the public’s appetite, including a 12-course collaboration with chef Mike Randolph at Half & Half in Clayton on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25.

The Scoop: Kaldi’s Coffee to open new locations in Citygarden, CWE

Monday, February 6th, 2017

 

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The folks at Kaldi’s Coffee are going to have a busy 2017. The company has three new projects in the city: one coming soon to Citygarden, another to the Central West End and one that just opened in Midtown.

Co-owner Tricia Zimmer Ferguson said another location of the local coffee shop will open later this spring in the former Death In The Afternoon space at 808 Chestnut St., downtown.

Zimmer Ferguson said the new location will feature a bigger menu with more plated items as well as brunch service. Frank McGinty, Kaldi’s director of culinary development and marketing, said there will be beer and wine available at the Citygarden location, as well as batched cocktails, along with plenty of Kaldi’s signature coffee and tea drinks.We’ve really focused more on the food menu,” Zimmer Ferguson said. “And we want this to be a community space, so it’ll definitely have that laid-back vibe.”

McGinty said he plans to use the spacious basement area as a research and development test kitchen. Plans include taking advantage of the large space to host special events like chef collaborations and expanding the company’s catering operations.

McGinty said the only major renovation will be rebuilding the front bar to accommodate espresso machines, along with some tweaking of the décor. He said the plan is to have the location and up and running in time for Cardinals opening day on April 2.

 

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{ From left, co-owners Tyler Zimmer and Tricia Zimmer Ferguson and director of culinary development and marketing Frank McGinty. }

 

Yet another Kaldi’s Coffee is slated to open in November at The Euclid in the Central West End, a 72-unit mixed-use development that will also house St. Louis’ first Shake Shack.

To keep city dwellers satisfied in the meantime, Kaldi’s also debuted a new Midtown spot on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3900 Laclede Ave. As The Scoop reported in April 2016, the spacious corner location features 36 seats inside – a mix of tables, soft seating and bar stools – and an additional 22 seats outside.

“We want to continue to be a part of the city landscape, and we think this is a great place to do that,” said McGinty. He said its proximity to The Cortex, Ikea and SLU, as well as Kaldi’s roastery at 3983 Gratiot St., make it an ideal location.

The full food menu includes a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads and breakfast items. Of course, there’s a plethora of coffee and tea drinks to be had, including coffee and tea on tap. Hours will be Monday though Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Editor’s note: This Scoop was updated at 10:45 a.m. to include information about another upcoming Kaldi’s location in the Central West End. 

Kaldi’s photo by Kimberly Morice-Damhorst; group photo by Allyson Mace

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Sneak Peek: Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream in Maplewood

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

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The scent of fresh-made waffles will soon waft down Manchester Road in Maplewood when Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream opens doors this Saturday, Feb. 4. As The Scoop reported in October 2015, owners Eric and Laurie Moore sought to bring a taste of Eric Moore’s childhood summers on the Jersey shore to Maplewood.

The narrow space briefly housed a second location of I Scream Cakes, but doors closed just a few months after that establishment opened. Since it was already designed to function as a scoop shop, the Moores made mostly cosmetic changes to the shop, including a fresh coat of paint and resurfaced floors.

Boardwalk’s menu features scoops of Serendipity ice cream sandwiched between fluffy made-to-order Belgian waffles. Customers can choose from a full order – two waffles and four scoops – or a modest single-scoop pressed between a waffle half. They can also forgo the waffle all together and simply enjoy a scoop or two in a cup, or indulge in breakfast for dessert with a plain waffle drizzled with syrup and butter.

Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream will be open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect when the waffle irons heat up on Saturday:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

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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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