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First Look: The Clover and the Bee in Webster Groves

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Local artist Marissa Todd painted The Clover and the Bee’s signature floral mural.


The Clover and the Bee, the new breakfast and lunch spot from the folks behind Olive & Oak, is now officially open for business at 100 W. Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves.

The restaurant, which takes its name from the Emily Dickinson poem, “To Make A Prairie,” boasts a bright, airy interior that seats about 45. Emerald banquettes and gold chairs are complemented by a striking floral mural by local artist Marissa Todd, who also works as host at Olive & Oak.

The Clover and the Bee’s menu is small but well curated, with standards like house-made granola and breakfast sandwiches alongside unexpected offerings like roasted asparagus with almond pesto, romesco and a poached egg for breakfast. Lunch features a range of entree-style dishes like smoked flank steak over potatoes as well as soups, salads and a handful of sandwiches.

Beverages range from coffee (drip and espresso from a rotating selection of local and national producers), fresh juices, beer, wine (including an array of canned vinos) and even bottled cocktails – Morning Manhattan anyone?

For now, hours at The Clover and the Bee are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Dinner service is in the works for sometime early next year. Here’s a first look at what to expect from Webster Groves’ highly anticipated new daytime spot:



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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

The Scoop: City Foundry to open in Midtown 2018

Friday, August 26th, 2016



The Cortex in Midtown will soon be home to a food hall and market. City Foundry is planned to include three brick-and-mortar restaurants as well as 20 food kiosks set to open around Labor Day of 2018.

The project, which is being developed by Lawrence Group, is part of a $340 million development that will include creative office space, apartments, retail shopping and outdoor space that will connect to Great Rivers Greenway.

Brad Beracha, known for area restaurants including BaiKu Sushi Lounge, Triumph Grill and City Diner, has been tapped for director of culinary services. “I’m really excited to create a culinary community here,” Beracha said. “There’s so much talent in St. Louis; I’m looking forward to getting everyone under one roof.”

The list of restaurants expected for the space will be announced soon. Follow Sauce on social media for the latest.

The Scoop: LuLu Asian Kitchen to open in Olivette and Rock Hill

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016



Expansion has been the theme this year for LuLu Seafood and Dim Sum, which recently launched its first food truck and, as reported by St. Louis Magazine, plans to open two locations this fall called LuLu Asian Kitchen. They will feature a pared down, casual menu with items that food truck and LuLu Fresh Express customers will recognize.

“We learned a lot selling at Dierbergs and at the food truck,” said Julia Li. “We learned that people want orange chicken and crab rangoon.”

In addition to Americanized Chinese dishes, the menu will see rotating authentic Chinese dishes as well as LuLu Seafood classics like steam buns and pot stickers.

The Olivette location will be at 9626 Olive Blvd., while the Rock Hill restaurant will be located at 9737 Manchester Road. Coincidentally, the building on Manchester used to house a Chinese restaurant at which Li’s mother took her first job after immigrating to the United States in 1993.

Li eventually plans to expand LuLu Asian Kitchen out of state, starting with locations in Chicago and Miami.


Hit List: 3 new restaurants to try this month

Monday, August 3rd, 2015



1. Guerrilla Street Food, 3559 Arsenal St., St. Louis, 314.529.1328, guerrillastreetfood.com

Track this city’s Filipino food truck to its new brick-and-mortar restaurant. Periodic specials from the mobile eatery – crab ceviche, duck adobo poutine and the fried chicken delight Iron Manok – have been turned into menu staples at the 26-seat, counter-service restaurant. Besides creative Filipino-inspired dishes, Guerrilla Street offers a half dozen old-school rice bowls like chicken adobo, beef stew (mechado) and its popular Flying Pig. Among sides, try the ube fries made from purple sweet potatoes and the creamed spinach-esque ginataang greens. For a quick nosh, order the longanista corn dog of breaded, deep-fried sweet pork sausage on a stick or lumpia, a Filipino-style egg roll. Can’t decide? Stuff your face with the $25 Kamayan platter (pictured): A dine-in smorgasbord of 15 items eaten with fingers. Wash down the feast with the Calamansi Cooler or the 1-inch Punch, which combines black currant and pineapple juices with coconut milk.




2. Dalie’s Smokehouse, 2951 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park, 636.529.1898, daliessmokehouse.com 

There’s a familiar scent of wood smoke wafting through Valley Park. Doors have opened at Dalie’s Smokehouse, the seventh member of the venerable Pappy’s Smokehouse family. Ribs are the cornerstone of any good barbecue joint; here they receive a rich coating of Papa Joe’s original barbecue sauce, while the Dalie’s smoked chicken is glazed with the sweet heat of cranberry cayenne sauce. Eleven sides are available; we’re pairing our ’cue with chipotle-spiked mac-n-cheese, crunchy fried pickles and hush puppies studded with jalapeno and kernels of sweet corn. For something more hand-held, grab a meaty sandwich like the Cuban featuring pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, house pickles and mustard between griddled slices of Vitale’s ciabatta, or attempt to get your mouth around a mountainous Reuben (pictured) piled high with house-made beef pastrami and a layer of pork belly pastrami along with the usual suspects Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing.




3. J McArthurs, 3500 Watson Road, St. Louis. 314.353.9463, jmcarthurs.com 

The farm has hit the table in Lindenwood Park. J McArthurs sources ingredients from more than 15 Missouri and Illinois growers whose bounty chef and co-owner Ben McArthur turns into fresh, seasonal appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Start with a summery composed plate of garden tomatoes studded with country ham and mozzarella or get meatier with sweet and spicy glazed wings. Among entrees, try the shrimp and grits (pictured) or the fish of the day, which sees the catch seared in a cast-iron skillet then plated with a smoked corn bisque, English peas and potato confit. For a sweet ending, slip your spoon into vanilla panna cotta dolloped with seasonal preserves. Pair your fare with one of 16 by-the-glass wines to enjoy in the 40-seat dining room or in the shade of the covered patio.

-photos by Michelle Volansky


The Scoop: St. Louis to get its first cat cafe, Mauhaus Cat Cafe & Lounge

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015




Brace yourselves, cat lovers. St. Louis will soon have its very own cat cafe. Co-founder Ben Triola confirmed Mauhaus Cat Cafe & Lounge is slated to open next spring. The four-person Mauhaus team – Triola, along with Dana Huth, Niklaus Risler and Taylor Maxwell – has selected a location, which will be about 1,400 square feet, but has not disclosed the address.

Cat cafes are de rigueur in places like San Francisco and New York City. The idea is that being around the cats – and spending time playing with them – is comforting and therapeutic for people and the animals. Most of the 10 to 15 cats at Mauhaus will be adoptable.

“Dana and I had visited a couple cat cafes on our last trip to Thailand, and we just loved the idea so much and we were kind of sad that we couldn’t visit one at home. We think this is something St. Louis can get behind,” Triola said.

Mauhaus will offer typical cafe fare and an internationally focused beverage menu. “We’re trying to offer people more than just drip coffee,” Triola said. “Because we know that it’s not going to be a normal morning routine coffee stop for people, we want to offer coffees and teas that are unique and have an international flair. We’re thinking things like Vietnamese iced coffee, Thai iced tea and Italian mocha pots – something that takes a little more time and you can’t get at other coffee shops.”

According to Risler, who has worked as a barista in New York City and locally at Stone Spiral and more recently at Living Room, Mauhaus will also offer espresso drinks as well as coffee made using pour-over and other new-wave brewing methods.

The food at Mauhaus will be made in the “humans-only” section, but diners are free to take their treats in to hang out with the cats. Expect cheese, pastries, biscotti, toasts and other bakery items, either locally sourced or prepared in-house.

The team will be working with an architect over the coming months to make their vision a reality. The majority of the seating will be indoors with the cats (and lower to the ground for easy petting), but seasonal outdoor seating is also possibility as well.

St. Louis won’t have to wait until next year to get to know what Mauhaus is all about, though. “We’re going to have a lot of micro events so people can get to know us and know our food and beverage offerings before opening,” Triola said. Look for announcements on the Mauhaus Facebook page and Twitter handle.


The Scoop: Cathy’s Kitchen owners announce plans to open two new restaurants in Ferguson

Thursday, December 4th, 2014



With the nation’s eyes on Ferguson and St. Louis, Jerome and Cathy Jenkins, owners of Cathy’s Kitchen Restaurant & Diner at 250 S. Florissant Road, have announced plans to open a new restaurant in Ferguson in March 2015 and another later in the year.

The announcement came after a night of widespread looting and vandalism on South Florissant Road on Nov. 24 following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooing death of Michael Brown. Jerome’s brother Ken Jenkins confirmed that Cathy’s Kitchen sustained a broken window during the unrest.

That same day, the Jenkins announced plans to open J & C BBQ and Blues, a barbecue and music venue, two doors down from Cathy’s Kitchen by March 2015. The Apple Building storefront, where the new restaurant is being constructed, was more severely damaged that night, losing some 26 windows and suffering scorch marks to the back of the building.

In the week since the grand jury decision, volunteers from Ferguson and elsewhere came out in force to help clean and repair the storefronts on South Florissant Road. Area artists even painted murals on the plywood boards covering buildings, including the J & C BBQ and Blues space.

“In the wake of the events that happened, when I came to the restaurant the next morning, a lot of Ferguson residents and my customers where there, sweeping up glass,” said Cathy Jenkins. “This is before I even got there. The greatest customers and neighbors you could possibly have … Even Aeneas Williams (former St. Louis Rams player) was helping.”

Jenkins said the couple still plans to open J & C BBQ and Blues in March, barring any further delays. She credited the more than $14,000 raised a crowdfunding campaign and widespread community support that helped keep the new restaurant on track. “We’re not going to let us discourage us and being down,” she said. “Looking backwards, it doesn’t help. I’m just trying to look forward and be positive.”

Jenkins also confirmed plans for a third restaurant in the area, to be opened tentatively in late 2015. For the moment, the concept is still in the works, though Jenkins isn’t short on ideas. “I would like to open up a sushi bar,” she said. “We don’t have one in North County. Just an idea.”




The Scoop: Kaslik relocates, Lester’s closes two locations

Friday, November 21st, 2014



Less than two years after opening its doors in Florissant, Kaslik Restaurant is moving just down the road to 7847 N. Lindbergh Blvd., into a free-standing 3,500-square-foot space with seating capacity up to 150. Kaslik chef-owner Wesam Hamed said he’s glad to have the additional space to serve locals and out-of-towners from as far away as Joplin.

“Business is very good and people come from all over, but we have a problem with dining in because there are only 20 seats,” Hamed said. “We’re missing the diners.”

Those diners will now have plenty of room to sit and enjoy the hot and cold appetizers, vegetables, eggplant and the rest of the traditional Mediterranean fare that made the original location successful. Kaslik’s catering business will be run out of the new location as well.

Hamed plans to keep the lease at 8141 N. Lindbergh Blvd., and open a new restaurant whose concept is still under development. Hamed hopes to open Kaslik at the new location Dec. 1.

While Kaslik expands, local sports bar Lester’s is cutting back. As reported by The St. Louis Business Journal, Lester’s locations in the Central West End and Chesterfield have closed. Vice president of operations Pedro Beltranena was not immediately available for comment. Lester’s in Ladue remains open.


The Scoop: Four local coffee businesses buzzing with news

Monday, June 30th, 2014


{The new counter at Kaldi’s at Farrell, opening July 1 at Washington University’s School of Medicine}


It’s a good time to be a caffeine addict. Coffee’s third wave has increased options for the coffee-savvy. But the wave isn’t receding, as four local coffee businesses are keeping the scene buzzing.

Art House Coffees in Maplewood is filled to the brim with new developments. The micro-roaster, currently located at 3111 Sutton Ave., is moving down the street to a larger space at 2808 Sutton Ave. The relocation will allow it to add a cafe component. The 12-seat cafe, Living Room, will offer single-origin brews, as well as bottles and growlers of concentrated cold-press coffee. Food will feature breads, cookies, homemade crackers with dips, and other light noshes by baker Nate Larson, son of Art House Coffee owner Barry Larson. Nate Larson anticipates Living Room to open in late September or early October.

But Art House is on the go in more ways than one. The company will soon roll out a custom-designed coffee cart to bring to area farmers markets that will offer espresso coffee drinks and cold-press coffee. Look for Art House’s pushcart at the Schlafly, Clayton, Webster Groves and Wildwood Farmers Markets within the next two weeks.

Going mobile

If chefs can do pop-ups, so can baristas. That’s the mindset of Paul Nahrgang and Tim Drescher, who shared news with St. Louis Magazine last week that they are launching nomadic coffee company, Wayfarer Coffee Co.

Nahrgang left his barista post at VB Chocolate Bar to join forces with Drescher, owner of Kuva coffee. “We’ve been friends for a while,” Nahrgang said. “(Drescher) comes from the second-wave coffee era. I started in this whole third-wave movement. We started talking about opening a truck, a cart, a kiosk. How cool would it be to have a completely mobile coffee shop?”

As a roaster, Nahrgang said Wayfarer will focus on single-origin beans and light roasts. Brews will include iced coffee and experimental items depending on coffee and brewing methods. Wayfarer will remain separate from Drescher’s Kuva brand.

Where will Wayfarer wander? “We are open to just about anything,” Nahrgang said. “We’ve been in talks with Atomic Cowboy about a coffee cocktail hour. Lulu’s Local Eatery … Purple Martin – basically anybody willing to bring us in and try to do something different.”

Although Wayfarer has already made appearances at special events and at area farmers markets, Nahrgagn and Drescher are planning a two- to three-week grand opening tour in August.

Lucky No. 13

Can’t wait until August to get caffeinated? Kaldi’s Coffee recently announced on its blog that its newest location, Kaldi’s at Farrell, opens tomorrow, July 1, in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center on Washington University’s School of Medicine campus. The coffee shop, located at 520 S. Euclid Ave., in the Central West End, is the sixth Kaldi’s in St. Louis and its 13th overall.

Kaldi’s at Farrell will be open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Marketing director Chris Reimer said Kaldi’s couldn’t pass up a chance to takeover the spot after the previous cafe, which served Kaldi’s coffee, closed. “There are so many coffee drinkers in the area, and the foot traffic there is tremendous,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to be in a high density area.”

In additional to the full coffee menu and pastries baked on-site, Kaldi’s at Farrell will also serve an entirely vegetarian breakfast and lunch menu like its sister location on DeMun Avenue in Clayton. “Considering it’s our medical school campus … we wanted to offer a pretty healthy menu,” Reimer said.

Bridging the gap

Another local roaster will also see expansion soon; Chronicle Coffee is opening a second location at 501 N. Grand Blvd., in Grand Center, as reported by the St. Louis Business Journal. Owner Jason Wilson, who also owns Northwest Coffee, said he hopes the new location will both encourage more people to visit Grand Center and urge people to go north of Delmar Boulevard to check out Chronicle’s original location at 1235 Blumeyer St., just off Grand Boulevard.

“I want entice folks to go over to the old location,” Wilson said. “Chronicle will be the pillar between Olive and Grand and Page and Grand,” adding that he hoped the new location would encourage more business development north of Delmar Boulevard.

Wilson expects the Grand Center location to seat 55 to 60 and said it will have a more “communal, urban, city setting.” Customers will be able to order from the full Chronicle coffee menu, as well as partake in wine and an slightly expanded food menu. Wilson hopes to open doors at the new location by late August or mid-September.

Catherine Klene contributed to this report.



The Scoop: Tim Hortons headed for St. Louis

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Tim Hortons

Hope you’re ready for a dose of doughnuts and a cup of coffee, St. Louis. Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is coming to town, thanks to local developer Show Me Hospitality.

The Chesterfield-based developer announced plans today to open 40 Tim Hortons in the greater St. Louis area in the next five years, starting in 2015. The quick-service chain, known for its coffee, baked goods and on-the-go fare, will open free-standing restaurants with a drive-thru as well as kiosks in hospitals, universities, corporate campuses and sporting arenas, according to a press release.

St. Louisans can suggest locations where they’d like a Tim Hortons on the company’s website.

The Scoop: Stur Restaurant and Lounge opens in Edwardsville

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014



Stur, a new restaurant and cocktail lounge, has opened quietly at 4 Club Centre Court, Ste. A in Edwardsville. The new nightspot is owned by Angie and John Schmitt and is their first restaurant venture. Angie Schmitt said during her 20 years working in the auto dealership industry, she spent much of her time coordinating events and fundraisers at St. Louis restaurants and wanted to open her own lounge space on the east side of the river.

“We found ourselves driving to St. Louis all the time, and (we thought) something here could be possible,” she said.  “I chose Edwardsville because it’s the new up-and-coming town of young families, and with (Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville) here, I thought I could hone in on the college professors and alumni.”

A three-person management team oversees the front of house, kitchen and bar. Schmitt said she was keen that Stur, which seats 80 in the restaurant and 20 in the lounge, have a top-notch mixology program, so she called in high-profile talent to help design the cocktail menu. Brian Van Flandern, an award-winning beverage industry veteran with two cocktail books to his name, operates My Mixology, a consultancy program that designs cocktail menus and trains staff to create the beverages. Schmitt said Van Flandern’s program stresses the importance of harmony between spirit, acid and sugar. “If you don’t have a good balance, it doesn’t ring through in the cocktail,” she said.

The lounge boasts a signature cocktail, Creating a Stur, a mix of Ketel One vodka, sparkling wine, simple syrup and fresh cucumber and lime juices. Other specialty drinks on the menu include a twist on a Manhattan (Stur adds a dash of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.) and Shaken, Not Sturred, which mixes gin, green Chartreuse, tarragon, lemon juice and simple syrup. The bar also offers bottled beer and a small selection of wines by the glass and bottle.

The edible side of the menu is divided between a large appetizer selection, entrees, salads and sandwiches. Appetizers include house-made hummus, lemongrass chicken wings and a goat cheese tart, while entrees focus on heartier fair like a 12-ounce New York strip, honey-soy roasted salmon and roast chicken.

A grand opening celebration is slated for July. Until then, Stur is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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