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The Scoop: Local restaurants participate, support A Day Without Immigrants protest

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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{ from left, Nixta executive chef Tello Carreón and owner Ben Poremba } 

 

Across the country today, Feb. 16, people stayed home from work and school or did not shop or eat out in support of A Day Without Immigrants, a protest against current U.S. immigration policy. Participants meant to illustrate the importance of immigrants in American society.

Chefs around the country donated a portion of their revenues to support immigration organizations or closed their eateries entirely, like José Andrés in Washington D.C. and Rick Bayless in Chicago. Locally, a handful of area restaurants did the same.

Chef and restaurateur Ben Poremba decided to close Nixta, his new Mexican eatery, as reported by the Riverfront Times. Poremba said many of his staff had expressed a desire to take the day off to participate.

“I’m not trying to be a pioneer,” he said. “I just respected that some of the guys wanted a day to be heard without worrying about losing their job or having some consequences. I didn’t want to be on the fence.”

Cherokee Station Special Business District liaison Anne McCullough said most of the immigrant-owned businesses on Cherokee closed today. “More than 20 percent of the businesses and properties on Cherokee Street are immigrant-owned,” she said.

 

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{ Local Chef Kitchen chef-owner Rob Uyemura } 

 

Local Chef Kitchen chef-owner Rob Uyemura also shut the doors at his Ballwin Restaurant for the day. “In 25 years in the restaurant business, I’ve worked with a lot of immigrants,” said Uyemura, whose family immigrated to the U.S. “They get labeled as criminals and illegals, and that’s wrong.”

Other restaurants remain open, but are donating a portion of their proceeds to nonprofits. Demun Oyster Bar general manager Tom Halaska said his bar, as well as sister restaurants Sasha’s Wine Bars and Scarlett’s Wine Bar, will donate 50 percent of the day’s proceeds to the International Institute St. Louis.

Halaska said it was important to recognize the many immigrants who participate in the restaurant industry and in society. With immigration policy currently in the national spotlight, he said this was a good opportunity to celebrate immigrants.

“This is a way for us as a restaurant group to show respect and compassion for what’s going on in the country,” Halaska said.

 

Catherine Klene contributed to this report.

Nixta photo by Carmen Troesser

 

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

From major changes at one of St. Louis’ top restaurants to big moves for an area coffee roaster, here’s what went down it the St. Louis dining scene last week, in case you missed it…

 

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1. Gerard Craft is closing his flagship restaurant, Niche. The Niche Food Group owner announced on June 2, that after 11 years, he will close Niche on June 11 and launch a new concept, Sardella, in another four to six weeks.

2. The newest member of the Sasha’s Wine Bar family will open to the public on June 2, when Scarlett’s Wine Bar opens its doors for service at 4253 Laclede Ave., in the Central West End.

 

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3. South City coffee roaster Sump Coffee will open a second location in Nashville, Tennessee this fall. Sump’s space in the OneC1TY development in the West Nashville/Midtown neighborhood will be next door to Pastaria.

4. Lilly’s Music & Social House, located at 2321 Arsenal St., at the corner of Jefferson Avenue, closed its doors on Sunday, May 29. The restaurant and entertainment venue was open almost one year.

 

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5. Sauce Hit List has three new must-try restaurants this month, including Big Baby Q and Smokehouse, Five Aces Bar-B-Que and Stubborn German Brewing Co.

6. Eureka is getting a sweet new addition this summer as Sarah’s Cake Shop plans to open a cafe, Sarah’s on Central, into the old Central Hall banquet center at 127 S. Central Ave.

The Scoop: Scarlett’s Wine Bar to open in the Central West End

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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Sasha’s Wine Bar and Sasha’s on Shaw are getting a little sister when Scarlett’s Wine Bar opens at 4253 Laclede Ave., later this spring.

“We wanted to play off the Sasha’s name, but we didn’t just want to stamp out a bunch of Sasha’s,” said co-owner Rachel Jones.

Located in the Central West End, the wine bar will also offer cocktails, spirits and beer. Scarlett’s will be open for lunch and dinner service in addition to being a nightlife spot. Wood-fired pizzas will be among the menu as will cheese plates and charcuterie with other items still in development.

The dining room will allow 50 customers to dine and drink under the salvaged tin ceiling, with an additional 20 able to enjoy the front patio and additional seats available on a back patio.

Meatless Monday: Making the most of cool summer nights

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Every now and then, we’re lucky enough to have an evening that’s not carry-a-towel-with-you kind of hot. These cool summer nights are best spent on a patio, watching the lightening bugs flicker with a glass of wine and a simple meal. One of my favorite places to do just that is Sasha’s Wine Bar, an easy-going eatery nestled inside the DeMun neighborhood. With its eclectic tables, chairs and lighting, Sasha’s sets the perfect scene for an evening of people-watching and wine glass clinking.

The pesto pizza at Sasha’s always sparks my senses. The thin, cracker-like crust is piled high with a generous smattering of tangy feta, meaty artichoke hearts, salty kalamata olives and crunchy pine nuts. The potent pesto slathered atop has a strong garlic bite that’s slightly softened by sweet basil. Take a bite. When the crust snaps, let that sticky feta and thick pesto coat your mouth, piling loads of flavor on your palate.

The temperatures are getting up there, so hurry out to Sasha’s patio before the humidity takes its toll. And even when those summer nights do heat up, it’s still worth the trip to DeMun. Just make sure you have a crisp glass of white nearby.

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