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The Scoop: Gezellig Tap House & Bottleshop to replace The Demo in The Grove

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

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{Gezellig Taphouse & Bottleshop owner Brandon Cavanagh} 

 

Hop heads will have a new hangout when Gezellig Taphouse & Bottleshop opens its doors in late September or early October at 4191 Manchester Road in The Grove. Currently the home of The Demo, co-owner Brandon Cavanagh plans to shutter the music venue on July 9 and renovate the space with a beer selection partially inspired by his European travels.

“We want to capture the feeling of Amsterdam,” said Cavanagh. “On a trip abroad, I visited Cantillon Brewery. It’s a special place, and some of their beer makes it here. I’m looking forward to getting our hands on it.”

The 30 beers on tap and more in bottles will be a mix of local beers and rare, international beers. “The focus is on large-format specialty beers from around the world,” he said. “We’re not trying to pigeonhole into any one niche area.”

Accommodation is the name of the game for Gezellig, which will be both a bar where suds seekers can hang out and sample or a bottle shop where a brew hound can swing in, grab a bottle and head home.

Food offerings are currently in the works and Cavanagh hopes to add a full kitchen in the future.

The Scoop: Fort Taco to open another location in St. Charles

Monday, June 27th, 2016

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St. Charles will have a new fast and easy taco joint this summer. Fort Taco, slated to open July 1 will be located at 3788 Elm St., in the old Daylight Donuts space.

Co-owner Elizabeth Sedlock said there was high demand for the Mexican-American eatery. “We got tons of requests to open a location in St. Charles,” she said.

The menu will feature the same three signature items as the flagship location in Brentwood: a Puffer Taco (a fried flour shell filled with ground beef or chicken), an Enchee (an enchilada-like pocket stuffed with potatoes, peas and cheese) and a tamales with house-made masa, chicken and ancho chile sauce.

The 1,000-square-foot space holds 20 seats inside, while there are 16 seats available outside and a drive-thru. Fort Taco will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The drive-thru will be open until 10 p.m. in the summer through September.

 

The Scoop: Seoul Taco rolls out second truck

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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Seoul Taco is on a roll this year. Owner David Choi opened the fourth Seoul Taco location in Chicago just three weeks ago, and announced today that a second food truck will hit the streets in STL this Monday, June 27. The popularity of the original truck at private events, food truck events and lunch service made a Seoul sister the most logical expansion step.

“The (food truck’s) whole summer was fully booked by February,” Choi said. “We’ve been to some really good lunch spots with the blue truck, but with our bookings could only make it to those places every other month.”

The menu at the new red truck will feature Choi’s signature Korean barbecue street food with the potential for some additional creativity. And that creativity is not confined to the menu: Choi has partnered with The St. Louis MetroMarket, a nonprofit mobile food market bringing fresh food to our city’s food deserts. On MetroMarket Mondays, all proceeds from the red Seoul Taco truck will benefit the mobile market.

“Relationships are so important,” Choi said. “The partnerships we have and being involved in the community is part of what’s helped us grow. It’s about connecting with people and the community.”

Weekly schedules for both Seoul Taco trucks will be announced Sundays on Twitter and on Seoul Taco’s website.

The Scoop: The Sweet Tooth opens a brick-and-mortar in Belleville

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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If you’re hankering for a dose of sweets, The Sweet Tooth opened its first brick-and-mortar location on Saturday, June 18 at 4004 W. Main St. in Belleville.

The Sweet Tooth began as a candy van, then a food truck doling out chocolate-covered strawberries and funnel cakes. Owner Jeff Green was ready to expand. “In a food truck you only have so much room,” he said. “I wasn’t allowed to have candy apples. It’s hard to keep temperatures on all that stuff.”

The 2,000-square-foot restaurant will seat around 35 for sweets, lunch and dinner. The menu features tacos, loaded fries and nachos like the signature Hell Yeah Nacho, with up to eight different kinds of meat, a chipotle-based spice blend, sauteed onions and toppings over tortilla chips. Green also hopes to offer a Jersey burger – two glazed donuts sandwiching a beef patty – and ice cream.

In the next four weeks, the Belleville location will sport a 6-foot stage and outdoor seating for 125 for live music on the weekends.

The grand opening of The Sweet Tooth will be on Halloween. In the meantime, you can stop in Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

The Scoop: Nourish by Hollyberry to launch meal delivery service

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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Nourish Market is launching a meal subscription service this fall. The Kirkwood cafe, owned by Hollyberry Catering, will offer weekly pickup and delivery options.

“I wanted to create a program that was flexible and catered to different lifestyles,” said owner Holly Cunningham. “We’ll also provide vegetarian and gluten-free options.” Cunningham said there will be three subscription options ranging from $50 to $75 a week: Health Conscious, Family-Friendly and Entertaining Foodie.

Eight local chefs collaborate on the weekly menu. Expect to find dishes like pulled pork enchiladas with green chile salsa, butternut squash mac and cheese bites and edamame succotash. Each plan comes with an appetizer, main dish, side and dessert, which are frozen to be prepared at home.

When the service is up and running, customers can place their orders online or via a downloadable mobile app. They can then schedule delivery or pick up their order at 10037 Manchester Road.

The Scoop: Mathew’s Kitchen in Southampton to close

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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After nearly five years behind the line at Mathew’s Kitchen, chef-owner Mathew Unger will hang up his apron and switch off the burners after a final service on Sunday, June 26 as his building lease comes to an end.

“We had a five-year contract,” Unger said. “We couldn’t negotiate another lease or find another building.”

Unger will remain in the food business as the director of food service for Midwest Petroleum, a St. Louis-based chain of gas stations and convenience stores. Not only will the move put together his chef experience and his college business degree, but it will also allow Unger to spend more time with his family and to recover from injuries sustained in a car accident last year.

“I have a young family, two little kids,” he said. “I’ll get to see them more and be more involved. Also, not standing for 12 to 14 hours a day will help with my health.”

Unger said Mathew’s Kitchen was invested in its Southampton neighborhood, helping to launch Francis Park’s annual Grub & Groove festival and winning a neighborhood business award from Mayor Slay’s office.

“It’s been a great five years,” said Unger. “Since announcing we are closing, the response from the neighborhood has been crazy. We will miss everybody.”

The Scoop: StackHouse Pub & Grill to open in former Miller’s Crossing space

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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Chesterfield residents started the new year without their neighborhood joint when Miller’s Crossing at Hog Hollow closed on December 31, 2015. Now, the space at 14156 Olive Blvd., will see new life at the end of June when it reopens as StackHouse Pub & Grill. Pitmaster Matt Thornton said he and executive chef Christopher Leith will offer the same atmosphere with a completely revamped menu.

“The owners have given us free run of creativity,” Thornton said. “We get to use our minds and do the things we were trained to do in culinary school, and it’s going to show in the food.”

The menu will feature barbecued ribs, smoked brisket and turkey, as well as cut-to-order Delmonico and New York strip steaks. Thornton and crew also plan to break down whole fish in-house, and many items will be cooked over an outdoor wood-fired grill.

Thornton said the beverage program will remain largely the same as Miller’s Crossing with a large wine selection and 12 beer taps. Similarly, the 110-seat interior space has been moderately renovated but kept largely the same to preserve the atmosphere.

The Scoop: Queen’s Cuisine to open tea room in Edwardsville

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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Anyone for a spot of tea? This Friday, June 17, Queen’s Cuisine opens its first brick-and-mortar location, Queen’s Cuisine Tea Room, at 120 S. Main St., on the corner of East Park and South Main streets in Edwardsville.

Owner Jane Muscroft launched Queen’s Cuisine in 2007, serving afternoon tea in people’s homes. Since then, Muscroft has expanded into Edwardsville’s Land of Goshen Community Market and Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, using commissary kitchens to create a variety of British-inspired baked goods including sausage rolls, quiches and 10 different scones.

“It’s been my ambition to find my own tearoom,” said Muscroft. “I’m looking forward to having a spot where our regular customers can come and where we can expand what we offer.”

Queen’s Cuisine slowly outgrew the commissary kitchen, so Muscroft found the Edwardsville facility, a house-turned-commercial space, with a 400-square-foot tearoom that will seat 30. Diners can look forward to Queen’s Cuisine’s farmers market offerings, as well as a lunchtime menu of soups, Cornish pasties and coronation chicken.

Equipped with a permanent location, Muscroft plans to collect Queen Cuisine’s disparate activities under one roof. She has already moved monthly afternoon teas previously served at Fleur De Lys Mansion to the tearoom, and plans to evaluate her presence at farmers markets after the 2016 season in order to extend the tearoom’s hours to Wednesday and Thursday. Muscroft also hopes to begin offering cooking classes.

Queen’s Cuisine Tea Room will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with afternoon tea reservations available after 1 p.m.

The Scoop: Gallinas to open Vicia in The Cortex

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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Husband-and-wife team Michael and Tara Gallina announced today, June 14, that they will open Vicia (vee-CEE-yuh), at 4260 Forest Park Ave., in The Cortex. The Gallinas are looking at a fall opening. As The Scoop reported in October 2015, the Gallinas relocated to The Lou in last year after working in top positions at the esteemed Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York. They spent the last six months hosting pop-up events under the name Rooster and The Hen in and around St. Louis.

“We were excited by what was happening there and the creativity in the area,” said Tara. “It felt like a natural fit with the food we want to do and the day-to-day audience we hope to reach.”

Planning to seat 50 diners inside and a to-be-determined number in an outdoor space, Vicia will be open for lunch and dinner service. The menu will focus on vegetable-forward fare directed by the local farmers from whom the Gallinas will source.

“Vegetable-forward means making the vegetable the thing to be excited about,” said Tara. “It’s not always about having a piece of meat be front and center.”

However, this doesn’t mean Vicia will be a vegetarian restaurant. As an example of their philosophy, Michael referenced a cabbage dish served a previous pop-up dinner. “It was a whole-roasted cabbage cooked in coals with charcuterie on top,” he said.

Look for dishes to include cuts of meat that utilize the whole animal, not just choice cuts like tenderloin. Like the food menu, expect the beverage program to offer cocktails utilizing seasonal ingredients, and offer wine and beer from local producers.

“We hope to bring a fresh perspective,” said Tara. “We’ve been able to work at fantastic places and we want to bring that experience to St. Louis. For us, it’s about making delicious food and having genuine hospitality. We want to be the kind of restaurant you can come back to several times, not just for special occasions.”

 

-photo by Carmen Troesser

 

 

The Scoop: The Sliced Pint to open in downtown St. Louis

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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The newest place to get a slice and a pint is coming to downtown St. Louis when The Sliced Pint opens at 1511 Washington Ave., later this summer. As reported by the St. Louis Business Journal, owners Amy and Amrit Gill are developers who own Restoration St. Louis, as well as O’Shays Pub in The Grove, Holiday Inn Route 66 and several others in Iowa. They also own the building where The Sliced Pint will pour and bake.

“We want it to be a casual, fun place,” said Amy Gill. “A lot of people want a nice place downtown to go and not spend a million dollars.”

Although a pizza-and-beer themed eatery is a casual concept, both the suds and the slices will be thoughtful with 32 craft beers – almost exclusively local – and pizza with international flare. Drawing from a San Francisco trend, look for Indian-inspired options like a chicken tikka masala pie. To keep the whole crew happy, The Sliced Pint will also offer chicken fingers and salads, as well as gluten-free crust options.

When complete, The Sliced Pint will accommodate between 70 and 80 guests inside and will have an entrance that faces The City Museum.

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