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The Scoop: Shiver owner hopes to open two new spots soon

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

012312_blissIn late November, The Scoop reported that Brad Jureka was opening Bliss – a dessert bar – next to his downtown vodka bar, Shiver, on Washington Avenue. Today, Jureka told The Scoop that he hopes to have the late-night, sweets spot open by Valentine’s Day.

In addition, Jureka commented regarding Lotus, a bar/lounge that he is also involved with and that he hopes to open at 2001 Locust St., in the space previously occupied by El Borracho. Jureka noted that, while he would like to see Lotus open in April or May, his immediate focus is on securing the liquor license. Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch reported last week that Courtney Severit, a co-owner of Lotus who is also involved with the launch of Bliss, had applied for a liquor license for Lotus.

Nearby support for the proposed bar is “looking very positive,” Jureka said. “We are five or six signatures away from getting the necessary [support].”

The Scoop: Shiver owner to bring Bliss to Washington Avenue

Monday, November 21st, 2011

112111_renecruzDessert bar Bliss is coming to Washington Avenue. Brad Jureka, the owner of neighboring hot spot Shiver, has signed the lease at 1136 Washington Ave., with plans to open Bliss next door to his vodka bar and champagne lounge. The Scoop caught up with Jureka this morning as he worked with a construction crew to ready the space to open by the end of this year.

Bliss, according to Jureka will be a “date-night place,” serving desserts and bubbly in a modern-meets-vintage setting (think black walls trimmed with gold and retro chandeliers). The space will have seating for about 60, as well as more on the front patio when the weather warms up.

In addition to desserts and other baked goods, Jureka plans to offer a dessert brunch, a concept he noticed on the East Coast but has yet to see in St. Louis. Working with Jureka on the menu is chef René Cruz (pictured), who has worked in kitchens at, among other restaurants, The Stable, Red Kitchen and Bar, and Harry’s Restaurant and Bar.

Jureka also added that, once he brings some sweet Bliss to the block, he plans to transform the level above Shiver and Bliss into an event space. Until the website, blissdessertbar.com, is up and running, you can check out Bliss on its Facebook page.

— Photo by Josh Monken

Fact or Fiction: Does alcohol freeze?

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

080210_shiverWelcome to Fact or Fiction, a new online column in which we dive into the truth behind some well-accepted foodie wives’ tales – and reveal whether they’re fact or fiction.

Alcohol does not freeze.

Fiction: Actually, alcohol does freeze; its freezing point is simply far below that of water. For instance, water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, while ethanol (or pure grain alcohol such as Everclear) freezes at -173.2 degrees Fahrenheit. So why can you put a bottle of your favorite liquor in the freezer without it ever solidifying? That’s because most home freezers don’t reach temperatures anywhere near -173.2 degrees and, therefore, a bottle of vodka or rum is usually just chilled in these conditions – not frozen. Not all alcohol is the same, however, and the freezing point will depend on the proof of the alcohol – the lower the proof, the warmer the freezing point; the higher the proof, the colder the freezing point. This is why lower-proof alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine coolers and even some liquors such as Malibu rum will freeze in a freezer. Mixing alcohol with other liquids such as sodas and fruit juices also raises the freezing temperature of the drink and could result in part of the drink turning into slush.

Got ya in the mood for a frothy cocktail? Check out this month’s St. Louis Scene, in which Sauce writer Matt Berkley reveals the chilly details behind downtown’s new ice-inspired vodka bar, Shiver.

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