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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

From new pizza joints in The Grove to 2nd Shift’s new home on The Hill, here’s what went down in the St. Louis food scene last week, in case you missed it.

 

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1. The Hill is about to get sudsier as 2nd Shift Brewing announced that after a three-year search, the brewery has leased a building at 1601 Sublette Ave., which will house both production facilities and a tasting room. The new facility will be open for a preview day on Thursday, June 9, and the brewery hopes to fully open in late June or early July.

 

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2. Doors open for dinner service at Cherokee Street’s newest restaurant on Monday, May 30. Executive chef Chris Bork and The Mudhouse owners Jeremy and Casey Miller have transformed 2609 Cherokee St., into Vista Ramen.

 

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3. With the goal of putting pizza and beer on the same footing, Atomic Cowboy owner Chip Schloss has teamed up with chef Wil Pelly and barman Tony Saputo to open Firecracker Pizza and Beer at 4130 Manchester Road in late summer.

 

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4. Look sharp, Maplewood. Artisan knife maker Nate Bonner and co-owner and CEO Melody Noel plan to open a production and retail space for nationally recognized NHB KnifeWorks on July 8 at 7328 Manchester Road.

 

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5. Staff is adding the finishing touches to Stone Summit Steak and Seafood in Wentzville. Developed by the same ownership group as Hotshots, Stone Summit will be located at 17 Cliff View Drive. Former J. Buck’s executive chef Patrick Viehmann will don the top toque when the restaurant opens in June.

The Scoop: Stone Summit Steak and Seafood to open in Wentzville

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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Staff is adding the finishing touches to Stone Summit Steak and Seafood in Wentzville. Developed by the same ownership group as Hotshots, Stone Summit will be located at 17 Cliff View Drive. Former J. Buck’s executive chef Patrick Viehmann will don the top toque when the restaurant opens in June. Viehmann is developing the menu based on his decades in the kitchen.

“What I’m doing is taking 25-plus years of experience in different restaurants and incorporating them,” he said. “This is not a menu that someone has given to me. All the recipes, all the menu items will be mine.” While the menu is not yet finalized, fans of J. Buck’s ribs can expect to see a slightly tweaked variation on the menu at Stone Summit.

The beverage program will include craft cocktails and reflect the ownership’s love of wine. “It will be one of the best lists in a 20-mile radius,” said director of marketing Justin Boyd. “We think it will be a destination for wine lovers in the Wentzville area and beyond.”

Those wine lovers will be able to sip on a glass with around 300 of their closest friends in the large dining room or at the large wooden bar planned for the space.

“The owners crafted a space they feel comfortable in,” said Boyd. “It’s just a notch below white linen tablecloth places and will be great for a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday night dinner and also as a place to celebrate anniversaries and special events.”

 

The Scoop: NHB KnifeWorks to move to Maplewood

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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Look sharp, Maplewood. Artisan knife maker Nate Bonner and co-owner and CEO Melody Noel plan to open a production and retail space for nationally recognized NHB KnifeWorks. When it opens on July 8 at 7328 Manchester Road, the space will house production and retail facilities with regular business hours, a new perk for the 4-year-old business.

“I’m excited for ability to have a place where people can come,” Bonner said. “It’s now a huge dilemma to make an appointment.”

In addition to the regular hours, the new shop will have a production area with a viewing window, like an open-kitchen concept restaurant. Bonner has plans to expand his wood-processing capabilities with the addition of an outdoor kiln, where he will dry and age wood for knife handles onsite. He is sourcing the burled wood from a west St. Louis County farm. He also plans to collaborate with a Maplewood-based leather craftsman to sell custom leather pieces like knife rolls, as well as working with a silversmith for handle inlays.

He also will create new lines of knives at different price points. “I want to be a destination for cooks and chefs and also for hobbyist knife makers,” he said.

The Scoop: Firecracker Pizza and Beer to open in The Grove

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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{From left, Firecracker Pizza and Beer owner Chip Schloss, chef Wil Pelly and beverage director Tony Saputo}

With the goal of putting pizza and beer on the same footing, Atomic Cowboy owner Chip Schloss has teamed up with chef Wil Pelly and barman Tony Saputo to open Firecracker Pizza and Beer at 4130 Manchester Road in late summer. “The focus will be to match the quality of the pizza with the quality of the beer,” Schloss said.

The menu is still in development. While neither Schloss nor Pelly (who was most recently corporate executive chef at Sugarfire Smoke House and oversaw culinary operations at In Good Company restaurant group before that) will divulge specifics, they said their pizza style will be unique – “the opposite of thin, wood-fired pizza” – and will incorporate ingredients also used in beer, such as brewer’s yeast or spent grains. Available by the slice or as whole pies, the pizzas will feature a variety of toppings, some with an international influence.

“If somebody wants a pepperoni pizza, we can do that, but we will have mostly nontraditional options,” Pelly said

Schloss, Pelly and Saputo plan to have a large selection of craft beers on up to 60 taps, half of which will feature local options. The remaining 30 will be divided between regional and national brands. “We want this to be a place for beer drinkers, a craft beer house,” said Saputo, who also helms Atomic Cowboy’s beverage program.

Schloss has sustainability in mind which is why any bottle program would likely be limited. “The best recycling is to not use (bottles or cans) in the first place,” he said.

Once complete, Firecracker will accommodate 80 guests inside with an equal capacity on the back patio, which will also include space for yard games. Late-night Grove-goers can look forward to an eventual window service that will offer pizza by the slice. “We want a place that feels comfortable, where people can stop before or after a concert or just hang out,” Schloss said.

The Scoop: 2nd Shift to open brewery on The Hill

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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{From left, Becca Senn, Mikey Manning, Steve Crider, Jake Senn, Libby Crider, Michael Sweeney and Irene Wan}

 

The Hill is about to get sudsier as 2nd Shift Brewing announced that after a three-year search, the brewery has leased a building at 1601 Sublette Ave., which will house both production facilities and a tasting room. The new facility will be open for a preview day on Thursday, June 9, and the brewery hopes to fully open in late June or early July.

Co-owners Libby and Steve Crider are moving the brewery from its current location in New Haven, Missouri. “We wanted to be central and be a part of the beer community,” said Libby Crider.

Located amid local favorites like Perennial Artisan Ales, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., 4 Hands Brewing Co. and more, 2nd Shift plans to use the 18,000-square-foot space to increase its brewing capacity, have options for future packaging and help thirsty patrons put a face with the name behind the brew.

“I can’t wait to have a tasting room where I can be face-to-face with people,” Crider said. “We put ourselves behind the beer, and now people can come to us, meet us and see the passion behind our beer.”

 

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In addition to a more personal experience with 2nd Shift’s offerings, customers can look forward to small-batch brews. “We’ll be able to do more of what we’re (brewing) now to start,” Crider said. “But once we have our feet under us, we can play with one-off brews just for the tasting room.”

Once open, the tasting room will be able to seat between 150 and 200 guests with an additional 50 to 75 in the Biergarten. 2nd Shift will pair with Tilford Restaurant Group (which owns Mission Taco Joint, Milagro Modern Mexican and Tortillaria) to provide food; specific dishes are still in development. The new brewery will have five guest taps featuring local brews from around the area as well as a “small, really boutique” wine list curated by Libby Crider, a certified sommelier.

 -photo courtesy of 2nd Shift/Jenny Martinez

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

From big changes and Central West End and Clayton institutions to four botanical brews you must try, here’s what went down the STL food scene last week, ICYMI…

 

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1. The Clayton dining scene gains a new neighbor in October when Herbie’s Vintage ’72 pulls up stakes in the Central West End and replants them in Clayton. Herbie’s Vintage 72 will take over Cardwell’s in Clayton, which will close on Oct. 1 as owners Rich and Debbie Gorczyca retire.

2. Now that we’re spending every available moment outdoors, reach for less assertive, more refreshing beer styles brewed with botanical ingredients like flowers and herbs. Don’t miss these 4 botanical brews to try this spring.

 

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3. Amigos Cantina in Kirkwood launched its food truck on Thursday, May 5. Called Amigos on Wheels, the mobile eatery has started serving at community and special events and will eventually expand to regular lunch service around the metro area.

4. Was your weekend boring? Ours wasn’t. Don’t miss out again. Sign up for Edible Weekend and get the top 4 food-filled weekend events delivered direct to your inbox every Wednesday.

 

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5. Downside to not living by the ocean: no ocean. Upside to not living by the ocean: We don’t have to fight the seagulls for these shrimp rolls.

 

The Scoop: Amigos Cantina hits the road with Amigos on Wheels

Monday, May 16th, 2016

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Amigos Cantina in Kirkwood launched its food truck on Thursday, May 5. Called Amigos on Wheels, the mobile eatery has started serving at community and special events and will eventually expand to regular lunch service around the metro area.

“We were doing some catering and wanted to start to look for a second location,” said manager Luke Scarborough. “Someone in the meeting suggested to do a food truck instead.”

Amigos on Wheels will serve nachos and steak, pork, chipotle chicken, portabello mushroom and fish tacos. The truck will also whip up limeade, mango and strawberry smoothies, as well as specialty flavors. Find where the colorful truck will park on Twitter at @amigosonwheels.

 

The Scoop: Herbie’s Vintage ’72 to move to Clayton, Cardwell’s in Clayton to close

Monday, May 16th, 2016

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{The Grand Plateau at Herbie’s Vintage ’72} 

 

The Clayton dining scene gains a new neighbor in October when Herbie’s Vintage ’72 pulls up stakes in the Central West End and replants them in Clayton. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, the 8-year old French-American restaurant will serve its last crepe in the CWE on Oct. 2, move to 8100 Maryland Ave., and reopen at the beginning of November. Herbie’s Vintage 72 will take over Cardwell’s in Clayton, which will close on Oct. 1 as owners Rich and Debbie Gorczyca retire.

“I know the Rich and Debbie and originally looked at Cardwell’s when I first wanted to open Herbie’s,” said chef-owner Aaron Teitelbaum. “The location is right, the patio and the building matches up to who Herbie’s is.”

Rich Gorczyca agreed. “We’ve had a good, long run and Herbie’s is going to be a great fit,” he said. “The arrangement is good for all of us and what really swayed me is that (Teitelbaum) is going to offer every one of my current employees a position.”

In addition to familiar faces, Herbie’s current historic feel with French decor will remain the same at the new location, but customers will be able to enjoy new features, including three additional private rooms, a 100-seat patio and lunch service.

“We’re excited to be in Clayton where there’s such a great lunch clientele,” Teitelbaum said. “Clayton has a lot going on, and Herbie’s clients know our team to be professional and accommodating.”

Teitelbaum said he looks forward to bringing that accommodating environment and eclectic menu, including seafood, steaks and burgers, to the Clayton dining scene.

“For us, we’re driven by a team mentality,” he said. “We have a chef that will cook without ego. He has a menu and specials, but it’s more important that we are accommodating to if a guest wants something, we say, ‘Yes.’ If we don’t have it, we’ll run out and get it.”

Don’t look for the Gorczycas to ride off into the sunset. The couple plans to travel and Rich hopes to pursue volunteer opportunities with St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Humane Society. “We want to thank all of our friends and patrons and business associations who have supported us for almost 30 years,” Gorczyca said.

 

-photo by Carmen Troesser

 

The Scoop: Crushed Red to open in Edwardsville

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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St. Louis born and bred Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop shop will open its next location in Edwardsville. Located on the ground floor of a new construction building at 222 E. Park St., this will mark the fourth location for co-founder and chief expansion officer Powell Kalish and CEO Chris LaRocca.

“We’ve been looking for several years for a location in Edwardsville, but couldn’t find the right spot,” said LaRocca. “Our concept makes sense for the area and for the lifestyle of the Edwardsville consumer.”

When it opens in late fall, the restaurant will accommodate 102 diners inside with an additional 40 or so patrons on a patio. The menu of chopped salads, soups and pizzas will be the same as other area locations and will be included in Crushed Red’s Limited Time Offer menu trials where new menu items are tested.

“If we get a good response, we consider that items for permanent menu placement,” said La Rocca, who said the This Pear is on Fire Salad was one of the successful LTO offerings.

LaRocca and Kalish plan to open four locations in 2016 including one in Columbia, Missouri and two additional unannounced locations.

 

The Scoop: Sister Cities Cajun & BBQ to relocate, pop-up in meantime

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

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There’s good news and bad news for Sister Cities Cajun & BBQ. First, the bad news: After a car smashed though the restaurant window on Jan. 20, co-owners Travis Parfait and Pamela Melton said they cannot continue business at the South Grand location. 

Now, some good news: Parfait and Melton have been renovating a building at 3550 S. Broadway (formerly the Brick of St. Louis) for about a year. Parfait and Melton hope to open the new Sister Cities location by Aug. 1, and in the meantime they’re popping up on Cherokee Street for lunches and dinners.

“There’s a badass food scene here,” Parfait said. “When we started our Go Fund Me campaign to pay our employees after the accident, Sam (Kogos) from Riverbend (a Creole and Cajun restaurant in Richmond Heights) donated, and he’d be the closest thing we have to competition.”

Capitalizing on the cooperative environment, Sister Cities is popping up at Melt at 2712 Cherokee St., on Mondays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. with a limited menu of recognizable dishes, as well as new plates like the shrimp and grits.

When Sister Cities opens on Broadway, there will be room for 100 diners inside with additional seats outside, along with a dog park that will be located behind the restaurant. Parfait said he is looking forward to bringing the successful Cajun restaurant to a new neighborhood. “We’ll keep our soul but introduce new things, too,” he said.

 

 

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