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The Sweet Divine reopens today in Soulard

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017



After a fire destroyed The Sweet Divine in October last year, the Soulard bakery reopens its shop at 1801 S. Ninth St., today, Aug. 3.

Throughout the renovation, The Sweet Divine relied heavily on its cupcake truck to continue business. Co-owners Jason and Jenna Siebert used MacArthur’s Bakery on Delmar Boulevard served as a temporary commissary kitchen until the storefront was complete. Jason Siebert said old wiring in the building’s basement caused the fire.

Siebert said they collaborated with contractors to design a completely new space. The interior is completely open, and guests can now watch bakers create their confections while seated at the bar area enjoying treats and Park Avenue coffee. The space now seats around 20 people.

“The inside is hardly recognizable,” Siebert said.

There will also be a few changes to the menu and store hours. “We’re not taking anything away, but we’ll be adding things,” Siebert said.

Look for croissants, muffins and chocolate in addition to its renowned cupcakes, as The Sweet Divine will now be open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

The store also plans to stay open later to catch the after dinner crowd in Soulard, closing at 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

“We think people are going to enjoy hanging out here,” Siebert said.

Photo courtesy of The Sweet Divine

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Sneak Peek: Seoul Taco and Seoul Q

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

“This city has never seen anything like this.” Seoul Taco co-owner David Choi was talking about the barbecue grills fitting inside tables at his upcoming Korean barbecue and hotpot restaurant, Seoul Q, but the statement holds true for everything Choi has done at 6665 Delmar Blvd., in University City. The space is the new home for Choi’s relocated Seoul Taco, and its sister restaurant, Seoul Q. While they share a space, Seoul Taco will open later this week, and Seoul Q is slated to open at the end of December.

Upon entering, diners encounter a host stand in front of a partition made from colorfully painted boomboxes. Step right for Korean-Mexican fusion; step left for Korean barbecue and hotpots. The decor is as much a cultural mashup as Seoul Taco’s fusion fare is. A sculpture made from a 1942 Ford Metro van is mounted on the wall next to murals of Korean martial arts fighters wearing Mexican luchador masks.

Seoul Taco is still counter service, but there’s plenty more elbowroom at 76-seat space compared to its former 18-person confines down the street at 571 Mehlville Ave. The menu at Seoul Taco remains the same, but patrons can expect daily specials like Korean barbecue tortas and nachos. And now that it has a liquor license, patrons can wash down their tacos and burritos with 4 Hands brews on tap.

On the other side of the boomboxes, full-service Seoul Q is just as boisterous, but with a more industrial feel. Eight cylindrical exhaust hoods extend over those DIY barbecue grills in the center of poured concrete tables, and a dark wood scape runs the length of one wall, a signature touch of Smartmouth Designs, the Chicago-based interior design company that worked on the space.

The Seoul Q menu is divided into appetizers, soups and hotpots and barbecue. Patrons ordering the latter choose between various cuts of beef and pork to grill at the table. The meat comes with rice, six sides, vegetables and a choice of soup. A barbecue order generally serves two to three people. Meanwhile, meat and seafood hotpots are kept warm at induction stovetops set into some tables. Beverages include bottled craft beer and cocktails featuring soju, a Korean spirit.

Here’s a look at what to expect at Seoul Taco and Seoul Q when both restaurants open:


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-photos by Michelle Volansky


The Scoop: Bistro 1130 in Town & Country to reopen Feb. 24

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014


Bistro 1130 is set to unveil its recent changes. The restaurant, located at 1130 Town and Country Crossing Drive next-door to newly opened Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant & Winery, closed Jan. 5. In the subsequent weeks, owner Mikki Jones has given the restaurant a new look, a new focus, a new chef and a new menu, all set to debut Feb. 24.

When it first opened in 2010, Bistro 1130 specialized in French cuisine. Jones said the new restaurant will cast a wider net to add the flavors of the Mediterranean, including Morocco, home of Bistro 1130’s new executive chef Karim Bouzammour. The menu includes a handful of salads, tagines, paella, flatbreads, meat and seafood entrees, and appetizers like calamari, falafel and a goat cheese turnover.

Besides changes to the fare, tablecloths have been removed, and Jones has changed the décor to one that feels light, airy and colorful – all changes that she hopes will give the restaurant a more casual vibe to go along with a more “family-friendly price point.” Bistro 1130 has also added weekday lunch service.

Vito’s in the Valley reopens after winter storm damages

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014



It’s a good day to be a pasta lover in West County. Vito’s in the Valley reopens today after winter storm damages Jan. 6 forced the restaurant to temporarily close. A burst water pipe filled the dining room with 2,000 gallons of water; just 16 days later, the restaurant is open for business.

Vito’s in the Valley opened in October 2013; the original Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante has been open in Midtown nearly 20 years. Vito’s in the Valley owner Giovanni LaFata is delighted that the restaurant is up and running a few days ahead of the anticipated reopening this weekend. “I’m just so happy to be reopened so we can run a great restaurant in Chesterfield,” LaFata said. “I have a smile on my face right now.”

To celebrate the reopening, Vito’s in the Valley is offering 10 percent off bottles of wine and half-price appetizers tonight. If you can’t make it to Chesterfield Valley for today’s reopening, the food and drink specials will continue through weekend.

Sneak Peek: Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine

Monday, July 22nd, 2013


After a half-year wait, Veritas opens this week in its new location at 15860 Fountain Plaza Drive on the northeast corner of Clarkson and Clayton roads. The new-and-improved, family-owned, Ellisville restaurant and wine bar features an open kitchen (just like the old place at the Dierbergs Market Place in Chesterfield) as part of the 45-seat main dining area, as well as a separate bar area, a retail section and private event space.

Veritas will offer two menus prepared by chef Mathis Stitt – a weekly menu available Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and a menu designed for the 23-seat bar area dubbed the Mustard Bar (since it pays homage to the yellow condiment and best friend of the Vienna sausage). Veritas patrons can still enjoy a glass of wine from a list curated by co-owner David Stitt, and now they also can try a seasonal cocktail prepared by bar manager Jay Olsen, formerly bar manager at YaYa’s, or order a local beer on tap.

Get a first look on Facebook. And, if you want to get a first taste, make a reservation for one of two events taking place before Veritas opens to the public July 25. Tomorrow, July 23, the restaurant hosts a Mustard Bar Food Buffet and Cocktail Party ($20 per person). On Wednesday, it is offering a five-course dinner ($70 per person) that includes wine and cocktail pairings. Seatings for the dinner are at 5 and 7 p.m.

Regular hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

-Photo by Michelle Volansky

Fatted Calf reopens

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

p022210_fattedcalfQuick! Name the St. Louis restaurant where the cheese is put on your burger with an ice-cream scoop?

That would be the Fatted Calf, a Clayton institution since 1966. The home of charbroiled cheeseburgers adorned with scoops of “soft cheddar” broke a few hearts about four months ago when it closed due to a grease fire.

Management seized the opportunity to update the 44-year-old kitchen, and the spot reopened for lunch and dinner today.

The Keepers of the Calf Burger have made it known that the restaurant’s neo-Tudor interior design, as well as its menu, remains the same.

– Byron Kerman

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