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The Scoop: Michael Del Pietro to open family’s namesake eatery

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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Michael Del Pietro, owner of Sugo’s Spaghetteria, Babbo’s Spaghetteria, Tavolo V and Via Vino Enoteca, will soon add another eatery to his stable of restaurants. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, he will open Del Pietro’s at 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., the former home of Riverbend Restaurant & Bar and Harvest, this fall.

The new restaurant will be an homage to Del Pietro’s parents’ iconic restaurant, Del Pietro’s House of Pasta, which opened at 5625 Hampton Ave., in 1976 and closed in 2011.

“When I opened Sugo’s in 2008, my mom was still operating Del Pietro’s House of Pasta,” he said. “I didn’t want to call Sugo’s or any of my other restaurants Del Pietro’s while she was still operating. But since she’s retired, I felt that going forward I could use the name in the right location, and I feel this works out well.”

Del Pietro said the space is currently being gutted, and when finished, it will have 120 to 130 seats. He estimated an opening in late September or early October.

Del Pietro said he will revive some of the iconic dishes from the original restaurant, including the Spaghetti a la Angela, Beef Sotto and Chicken Burko, as well as adding some new items.

“I might blend in some things I’ve been fond of over the last couple of years,” Del Pietro said. “I might do something with an antipasti board, or maybe a prosciutto and melon, seasonal things. Del Pietro’s on Hampton didn’t do much of that. They kept to more classic dishes. They weren’t as nouveau as far as dishes were concerned.”

Photo by Ashley Gieseking

Matt Sorrell is staff writer for Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Handcrafted by Bissinger’s in the Central West End

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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Long known for its sweet treats, Bissinger’s is branching out into the restaurant scene with Handcrafted by Bissinger’s, a new cafe concept located at the company’s longtime space at 32 Maryland Plaza in the Central West End. Handcrafted opened softly last week, offering a new food menu in addition to Bissinger’s famous confections and desserts.

As The Scoop reported in March, the chocolate company announced it would rebrand its CWE retail storefront. “We’ve upped the game,” said Nick Miller, executive chef of Bissinger’s sister company 23 City Blocks.

Salads, sandwiches and soups are available all day, and in the evening, house charcuterie, fondue and shareable plates are available as well. Fans of Bissinger’s desserts shouldn’t despair of the new direction: the popular chocolate overdose cookie and classic Cococcino – flourless chocolate cake with vanilla creme anglaise – remain on the menu.

The revamped space boasts hightops and couches, perfect for hanging out and sharing some small plates, and the wine wall that features the Wine Emotion wine dispensing system. Guests buy a card at the counter, then insert it in the wall and pour themselves 2-, 6- or 8-ounce pours from 24 rotating bottles of vino. A full bar with house cocktails is also available.

Handcrafted is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Take a First Look at what to expect when you arrive at Bissinger’s new concept:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Pot sticker restaurant, retail business to launch this fall

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

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{ Crispy Edge owner David Dresner } 

 

David Dresner intends to open the “mecca of pot stickers” this fall at 4168 Juniata St., in Tower Grove South.

As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Dresner is finalizing his two-year long endeavor to launch a production facility for his retail line of pot stickers, Crispy Edge, and a yet-to-be-named restaurant.

“I was building this on my own vision and own intuition, and over the past several years of development, I have found an unbelievable following for pot stickers – the love of it is there,” Dresner said.

Dresner, who also owns custom coffee-sleeve printing company Sleeve A Message, began making pot stickers as a child. This is his first food and restaurant venture.

“A lot of my inspiration came from my father, who saw me making pot stickers all the time,” he said. “He suggested I expand beyond an ordinary pot sticker and make something far more extraordinary.”

With flavors inspired by Mediterranean, Spanish and Asian cultures, Dresner said nothing is off limits when it comes to ingredients. “I would say our pot stickers have an immense amount of creativity from the dough, filling, edge, sauce and pairings,” he said.

Dresner said the “pot sticker-centric” restaurant will be set up as a 76-seat modern cafe and will feature a hot beverage and bar program to accompany the globally influenced dumplings. He said guests can expect a clean space with warm lighting large enough to relax while enjoying the fare.

St. Louisans can look for Crispy Edge in local grocery stores this fall.

Photo courtesy of Crispy Edge

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Rick Lewis dubs new restaurant Grace Meat & Three

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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{ co-owners Rick and Elisa Lewis with the key to their new restaurant } 

 

Chef Rick Lewis’ forthcoming restaurant has a name: Grace Meat & Three.

As Sauce reported earlier this month, Lewis and his wife, Elisa Lewis, left Southern to strike out on their own at 4270 Manchester Ave., in The Grove, the former home of Sweetie Pie’s.

“Grace means good will and good virtue, and it’s the prayer we say before we eat,” Rick Lewis said. “We thought it represents the sense of community we’re trying to achieve.”

Lewis said he’s working on recipes right now, but expect to see traditional meat and three fare front and center at Grace, including fried chicken, barbecue and meatloaf. Vegetarian options will be available as well, and sides will encompass a rotating array of seasonal ingredients.

Lewis said the project is on track for an August opening. “We’re on schedule as of right now,” he said.

The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday and eventually offer Sunday brunch and a Sunday family-style dinner.

Photo courtesy of Grace Meat & Three

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Sister Cities Cajun opens on South Broadway

Monday, June 12th, 2017

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After a run of bad luck, Sister Cities Cajun is reopening for business in a new location at 3550 S. Broadway. The grand opening was Saturday, June 10.

As The Scoop reported last year, the restaurant’s original location at 4144 S. Grand Blvd., was struck on two separate occasions by vehicles, resulting in the building being shut down.

“It’s an awesome location,” said co-owner Pamela Melton. “We’re at the corner of Broadway and President, and President Street has access to I-55 South. I think it’s going to give us a whole new demographic. I’m excited about it.” The restaurant will also be close to the annual Soulard Mardi Gras festivities.

The space currently seats 99, and Melton said a deck and back bar are being added to rear of the building, and there are plans to put in a mini dog park behind the deck. A few tables will also be positioned outside in front of the building.

Melton said the new menu would be mostly the same as the original.

“We’ll have all of our staples, our gumbo, our Dirty Chick, the Creole pasta, the mussels – everything is pretty much the same,” Melton said. “We are adding a few things. We’re introducing a veggie stir-fry, and it’ll vary slightly depending on the vegetables at the market. We’re also offering rice cauliflower in place of white rice in most of our dishes.”

The taco selection from the old location is also bolstered by new additions, including a steak chimichurri version, and a new Sunday brunch service will feature an a la carte menu.

Sister Cities Cajun’s new hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Sunday brunch is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Counter service is available during the week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those in a rush, along with regular table service.

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: New Craft Beer Cellar location to open in South City

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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{ Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton }

 

A second Craft Beer Cellar is set to open in at 5760 Chippewa St., near the Hampton Village shopping center. Owner Brandon Nickelson is hoping to open doors at the beer-focused bottle shop by end of the year, as reported by Feast.

Nickelson, who co-owns the current Clayton location of Craft Beer Cellar with brother Ryan Nickelson, is helming this project solo. “[I] think South City is a really good fit and a very strong community,” he said. The Nickelsons opened in Clayton in May 2014; both brothers continue to own and operate that space.

Nickelson said South City is an underserved market for beer. As with its sister location, Craft Beer Cellar will carry hundreds of local, national and international brews for customers to purchase. It will also house more taps at the in-house bar – 15 to 16, Nickelson estimated – for customers to sample new or rare offerings.

“The new bar location should be a larger service bar with cozy seating,” he said. “It will definitely be a lot bigger.”

Nickelson said education will remain the backbone of the operation. “We do focus on education in our shops and we try to make sure everybody that comes into our shop has a wonderful time,” he said.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Bailey Synclaire is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Jilly’s to open second location in Edwardsville

Monday, June 5th, 2017

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Popular sweets purveyor Jill Segal, owner of Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café, is heading east to open her latest project, Jilly’s. Segal expects to debut in late June at 222 E. Park St., in Edwardsville, Illinois, just in time for the flagship restaurant’s 10th anniversary in July.

The new location will be somewhat similar to the original location at 8509 Delmar Blvd., in University City. There will be full ice cream service, including trendy, over-the-top crazy shakes, and all 16 flavors of Jilly’s cupcakes.

The food menu will be more compact initially, limited to cold grab-and-go items, though Jilly’s chef and self-titled “food dude” Dana Holland said eventually, warm dishes may be available. Production will still occur at the Delmar location, and food will be delivered to the Edwardsville store.

Segal said she was looking at the Edwardsville area for a while but just couldn’t find the right location, until she learned about the new building project off Highway 157. The 1,400-square-foot space is situated on the first floor of the new Madison Mutual building, and will seat approximately 30 with an additional 18 picnic table seats outside, and a private event room with another 20 seats.

“I personally think we’re in the best spot in Edwardsville,” Segal said.

Holland said the new concept might also be used as a model for future expansion.

Photo courtesy of Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Rick Lewis to open new restaurant in The Grove

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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A local favorite will soon put down roots in a classic St. Louis neighborhood.

Rick Lewis is stepping down from his role as executive chef at Southern to open up his own place with his wife, Elisa Lewis. The new venture will be located at 4270 Manchester Ave., the former home of Sweetie Pie’s in The Grove.

Lewis and Mike Emerson of Pappy’s Smokehouse opened Southern in June 2015 after he left his executive chef post at Quincy Street Bistro.

Lewis, who will no longer have an ownership stake in Southern, said he’ll stay on for as long as necessary to make the transition. He said they are still deciding who will take over the kitchen.

“This is our first endeavor as husband and wife,” Lewis said. “It’s exciting. Elisa and I have grown a lot over the last two years, and there have been lots of opportunities that have come our way. When we came across this building, it just felt right to us.”

Lewis is excited to open in a neighborhood like The Grove.

“One of the cool things we saw at Southern was how all walks of life would come together, and it was really a community-building thing. Everyone would be sharing plates together and sitting next to each other,” he said. “We want to convey that sense of fellowship and community at this place. We want it to be comfortable and inviting and give people a sense of coming into our home for a meal.”

Lewis said the idea is to stay true to the history of the building – and of course, there will be fried chicken. “It’s going to be our take on Southern meat and three,” he said.

Lewis said he expects the space will seat approximately 100, and very little work will be necessary before the doors open. “We’re hoping to open in late summer or early fall,” Lewis said.

And what will he call his new establishment? “The name is top secret as of now,” he said.

Photo by Greg Rannells

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Taco Buddha to open in University City

Friday, May 26th, 2017

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University City will soon be home to another taco spot. Taco Buddha is slated to open at 7405 Pershing Ave., this summer in the former home of short-lived Perjax American Kitchen.

“Taco Buddha is world flavors put into the vessel of a taco,” said owner Kurt Eller. Eller, who came to St. Louis from Austin, Texas, said his tacos are similar to those served in the Southwest. “It’s not strictly meat and lettuce and cheese,” he said.

Menu items will include a chicken tandoori taco with a mango chutney salsa and a Thai-influenced taco with beef marinated in ginger and red pepper flakes. Eller has property in New Mexico and brings back chiles from the area, which he plans to incorporate in his creations.

A variety of breakfast tacos will also be offered, as well as other dishes, like cilantro lime rice and beans and sopapillas.

Eller said he expects doors to open in late June or early July, and the counter service cafe will have 25 seats inside and 25 patio seats.

Initially, Taco Buddha will be open for breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday. Eller said he expects to expand hours and be open six days a week in October.

Photo courtesy of Taco Buddha

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Tin Roof to open in former Joe Buck’s space downtown

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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Tin Roof, the Nashville-based chain of music venues/fast-casual eateries, is set to open up a St. Louis location this summer, and they’ve tapped a local culinary up-and-comer to helm the kitchen. Nowell Gata, formerly an executive sous chef for Baileys’ Restaurants, will assume the role of executive chef.

Tin Roof St. Louis will be housed in the former Joe Bucks’ space downtown at 1000 Clark St. The restaurant will have approximately 135 seats inside, 40 bar seats, 32 patio seats and 12 seats at the patio bar.

There will also be a rooftop event space as well as a VIP room, and Gata said the hope is for the doors to open in late June.

Tin Roof will be hosting local and touring musicians, as well as offering favorites like burgers, po’boys and house-smoked pulled pork. Gata said he hopes to include some regional favorites as well.

“I definitely want to do a slinger for brunch,” he said, adding that late night food will also be available.

Photo courtesy of Tin Room

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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