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The Sweet Divine reopens today in Soulard

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

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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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The Scoop: Miss Leon’s Sunday Supper to debut at The Capitalist Pig

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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Miss Leon’s Soul Food‘s fried chicken has built quite the following around town, featured at venues including Rehab Bar & Grill and Hiro Asian Kitchen. Fans will be happy to learn that her wares will soon be available weekly. Miss Leon’s Sunday Supper debuts April 30 at The Capitalist Pig, located inside Mad Art Gallery at 272 S. 12th St. in Soulard.

“We both have a passion for cooking,” said chef-owner Leon Braxton, noting that she and Capitalist Pig chef-owner Ron Buechele have a similar focus on southern cooking. “It’s like two great minds coming together.”

Sunday Supper will be served at three one-hour seatings between 5 and 8 p.m., with a maximum of 60 people each, though carryout will also be available. Sides offered include mashed potatoes and gravy, greens, sweet buttered corn, mac n cheese and rotating seasonal options. The menu will also include Chicken Gobs –fried white and dark meat nuggets – Capitalist Pig’s corn muffins and Miss Leon’s peach cobbler and bread pudding.

 

The Scoop: Fire erupts at Soulard’s Restaurant

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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Longtime neighborhood staple Soulard’s Restaurant & Bar caught fire Friday, March 17.

St. Louis Fire Department Capt. Garon Patrick Mosby said the fire started at the restaurant, located at 1731 S. Seventh St., when an employee was burning off some grease from a stove, and the fire “got away from him.” No one was injured. “Investigators have ruled it was an accidental incident,” Mosby said.

Soulard’s owner did not return requests for comment, but did announce the fire on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

This marks the fourth St. Louis-area restaurant fire in six months. Fellow Soulard business The Sweet Divine caught fire in October 2016; Waterloo brewery Hopskellar also suffered a fire just one month after opening. Most recently, a fire broke out on the second floor of Giovanni’s on The Hill, causing smoke and water damage to the dining room.

Photo courtesy of St. Louis Fire Department

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The Scoop: Guerrilla Street Food to open second STL location in new Trops

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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Guerrilla Street Food has found a second home – inside the new Tropical Liqueurs. As The Scoop reported in June, Tropical Liqueurs is moving from its current location in Soulard to at 4104 Manchester Ave., in The Grove. Its last day in Soulard is this Sunday, Dec. 4.

At the time, Billy Thompson, a co-owner of the frozen cocktail bar, spoke excitedly about the neighborhood, the building and the possibility of partnering with a local restaurant at the new space. This possibility became reality when Trops decided to join forces with Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo of Guerrilla Street Food. The new space is slated to open in early March.

“We hadn’t thought that a new location in St. Louis was what we wanted to do before,” said Hardesty. “We really didn’t have a serious conversation about a second St. Louis location because we were focusing on Chicago, but this is a cool new development, and we’re excited about this partnership.”

While Tropical Liqueurs will cover the beverages, Guerrilla Street Food will handle all the food. “The location is going to have its own chef and its own specials, but people can still expect to see some of the old-school classics like The Flying Pig, the chicken adobo and the lumpia,” said Hardesty.

Guerrilla Street Food will offer lunch and dinner, as well as weekly brunch service. Hardesty said he looked forward to the fun combination of tropical slushy drinks and Filipino fare. “I think it will be a good addition to the neighborhood and that it will integrate really well with what is already there,” he said. “We’re just really excited to get it started.”

 

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Olivia Dansky and Brianna Velarde contributed to this report.

The Scoop: Fleur de Lilies closes in Soulard

Friday, November 11th, 2016

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{The Creole-Korean fusion Wagyu bulgogi burger at Fleur de Lilies}

 

After nearly a year-and-a-half in business, Fleur de Lilies has closed its doors for good in Soulard. Its last day in business was Saturday, Nov. 5, as reported by the Riverfront Times. The Creole-Asian fusion restaurant was the brainchild of owners Misha Sampson and Lina Kim. Sauce reviewed the restaurant in January.

Sampson said while the cultural culinary mashup proved successful, there were “difference in direction” that the business partners could not overcome.

Kim said in addition to creative differences, financial mismanagement also led to the closure. “It was a big loss for me and everybody else (who) was working,” Kim said. Sampson declined to comment on the issue.

Kim said she was grateful to former executive chef Michael Gipson and front of house manager Jeremy Deloach for their work. While she entertains the idea of a new project, she will focus on BBC Café & Bar in the Central West End, which she has owned for 10 years.

Sampson said she is going into business with Fleur de Lilies’ most recent executive chef Ceaira Jackson. They have launched a catering company called Culture Movement that will also provide consulting projects for other restaurants. They are toying with the idea of opening a food truck.

“Most of the dishes at the restaurant were my family recipes,” Sampson said. “People will be able to order these dishes, and others, at Culture Movement.”

 

Editor’s note: This post was updated on Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. to include comments from Lina Kim.

 

-photo by Jonathan Gayman

The Scoop: The Sweet Divine catches fire, owners intend to rebuild

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

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Cupcake bakery The Sweet Divine caught fire in Soulard at 11 a.m. on yesterday, Oct. 17. Despite fire damage to the decorating room and smoke damage throughout the building, co-owners Jason and Jenna Siebert are determined to get back to work as soon as possible. An official cause for the fire has not been named yet.

“We’re meeting with the insurance adjuster and looking at a couple of commissary spaces today,” Jason Siebert said. “The community has been very supportive, and our biggest priority is getting back to work and maintaining a client base.”

The Sieberts purchased the building in 2013, and The Sweet Divine has been open at 1801 S. Ninth St. for the last three-and-a-half years. Since the shop is usually closed on Mondays, the Sieberts found out about the blaze from afar, and one of the bakery’s neighbors called in the fire. By the time the Sieberts arrived on the scene, Jason reported that the fire was out. “Thank God for the fire department,” he said.

The Sieberts aim to fulfill their contractual obligations, retain walk-up business (perhaps by way of their food truck) and reopen in the same location as soon as possible.

“We have every intention of rebuilding the bakery and keeping it in that location,” he said. “The Soulard neighborhood has been a great support.”

The Scoop: Molly’s adds new exec chef, dining room

Monday, August 8th, 2016

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Molly’s in Soulard is growing with a new dining room and a new executive chef, Brandon Busby, who took the helm early last week.

Most recently sous chef at Copper Pig, Busby also has prior experience at The Shaved Duck, Evangeline’s, Planter’s House and Revel Kitchen. He has also built a reputation on coordinating Taco Tuesdays at Ryder’s Tavern, which he will continue while putting his stamp on Molly’s menu.

“I’m definitely working on new menu items now and making changes, like tweaking the gumbo and jambalaya recipes,” said Busby. “I’m going to bring over my five most famous tacos, and I want to step up the game on the bar food and make stuff from scratch.”

New menu items will include duck confit tacos and fried cheese curds and hand-dipped corn dogs, both featuring batter made with 4 Hands brews. Busby said guests can expect menu changes to start kicking in by next month.

Molly’s patrons can dig into these new offerings in a new 1,100-square-foot dining room. It seats 60 guests, and that capacity doubles when they step outside to a connecting 500-square-foot outdoor bar and patio area. The space opened to the public last Friday, Aug. 5

“That space originally had a structure that was considered a historic site and involved lots of negotiating with the city before we could knock it down to expand,” said owner Luke Reynolds. The space will allow Molly’s to host more private events.

 

 

The Scoop: Tropical Liqueurs to move to The Grove

Friday, June 10th, 2016

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Tropical Liqueurs has found a new home for its grown-up boozy slushies at 4104 Manchester Ave., in The Grove, and the owners hope to have the lease signed shortly. “We’re still working under a Letter of Intent,” said co-owner Billy Thompson. “We fully except to be finalized soon with the lease.”

Coming off a tense relationship with former neighbors in Soulard, Thompson and co-owners and siblings Bradlee Thompson and Connie Vaughn met with Grove residents prior to announcing the new location.

“The neighbors in The Grove are mainly bars, not residential,” said Billy Thompson. “The Grove is naturally is an exciting and accepting area. The concept is going to fit perfectly there.”

The new space at the corner of Manchester Road and Sarah Street is currently vacant and requires extensive renovation, including the building of a 4,500-square-foot patio. Once complete, the bar will be approximately twice the size of the Soulard shop.

“It’s going to be the same great Trops that has seen success for the last 30 years,” said Thompson. “But with the new space in the new neighborhood, it opens some new options.” Among those options are potential partnerships with area restaurants to provide food service for thirsty patrons.

Trops ownership announced that, like its former location, there will be a doorman and security at The Grove store and slushies must be consumed on the premises – no carryout.

“We’re looking forward to being a part of the neighborhood and be able to become an active member of everything that’s taking place,” said Thompson. “We want to be good neighbors. We’re excited to getting open and have people come in. We’re excited to be starting fresh.”

While Thompson hopes to be open as soon as possible, an official opening date will likely be announced later this summer.

The Scoop: Tropical Liqueurs to stay open in Soulard, looking for new location

Friday, April 8th, 2016

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The slushies will keep flowing after April 9 at Tropical Liqueurs in Soulard. The owners announced today, April 8, a state court judge in the St. Louis city circuit ruled that the bar, located at 1800 S. 10th St., will keep its liquor license until further notice.

As The Scoop reported in March, the St. Louis excise commissioner revoked Tropical Liqueurs liquor license after area residents filed a petition citing several complaints such as public urination, noise and traffic congestion. Co-owner Billy Thompson said their business took care to address the concerns, including canceling to-go cocktails, posting parking signage and hiring additional security.

The circuit judge overturned the commissioner’s order to revoke the liquor license effective tomorrow, April 9, pending judicial review. Thompson said he was pleased with the judge’s decision. “We’re very excited that we’re going to be able to continue to operate simply because all of our patrons,” he said.

Thompson said Tropical Liqueurs will remain open while he and co-owners Bradlee Thompson and Connie Vaughan look for a new location.“The future is exciting, and we’re looking forward to moving into a neighborhood that is eager to have Trops,” Thompson said in a statement. “We are currently in negotiations for a new location that will be even better for the business and our guests.”

Thompson could not disclose the proposed neighborhood of the new location, but said they are eager to open soon. “This is something that we’re moving on very quickly,” he said. “We would love to be open just as quickly we possibly can.”

Tropical Liqueurs opened its Soulard location in August 2015. It also operates two locations in Columbia, Missouri and Springfield, Missouri.

 

Editor’s note: This post was updated at noon Friday, April 8 with comments from Billy Thompson.

 

 

 

The Scoop: Trops loses liquor license effective April 9

Friday, March 11th, 2016

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Tropical Liqueurs, a bar in Soulard serving alcoholic slushies, will lose its liquor license effective April 9, according to a statement released today, March 11, by the owners. Area residents filed a petition with the excise commissioner of the city of St. Louis protesting the bar’s liquor license. After reviewing the complaints, the excise commissioner rendered his decision in favor of the protestors.

In the press release, co-owner Billy Thompson expressed disappointment with the decision and defended concessions the business made in order to address neighborhood concerns since Trops opened in August 2015.

“We are responsible members of the community and did everything we could to work with our neighbors, even when it was detrimental to our bottom line,” Billy Thompson said in the statement. “The people of St. Louis have been overwhelmingly supportive, and we will find a way continue to offer Trops to the community.”

The complaints ranged from loitering to public urination to noise and traffic congestion.

Thompson, his brother Bradlee Thompson and sister Connie Vaughan, all co-owners, are looking for another location while continuing to work through the current process with the city. “We are baffled by this,” said Thompson. “We wanted to be a part of the community and implemented so many things to accommodate the neighbors and be good neighbors. I don’t know of any other bar in the area that voluntarily closes an hour and a half before they’re required to [by law].”

“We will continue to look for the right home for Tropical Liqueurs St. Louis. St. Louis as a whole has been nothing but phenomenal from the day we opened and we know there are neighborhoods that would welcome us.”

 Editor’s note: This post was updated at 4:21 p.m. on March 11 to include comments from owner Billy Thompson. 

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