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The Scoop: MK’s Asian Persuasion swaps wheels for a brick and mortar

Thursday, July 20th, 2017




Three years after launching MK’s Rolls and Wraps food truck, owner MK Vongnarath has parked the mobile eatery and opened a permanent location, MK’s Asian Persuasion.

As reported by St. Louis Magazine, the fusion restaurant opened its doors at 6417 Hampton Ave., last month and sold its food truck. “By having a permanent location, we get to add on certain things we cannot carry on the food truck,” Vongnarath said.

Guests can expect Asian-inspired dishes including crab Rangoon, spring rolls, spicy beef, chicken, shrimp and more. Vegetarian and gluten-free options like tofu and rice paper will also be available.

“Not everything will be authentic – things change, time changes and people want to eat healthier,” Vongnarath said.

The space features table and bar seating, two lounge areas and a patio, seating 90 total inside and approximately 20 on the patio. With coffee, tea and boba smoothie options, Vongnarath hopes to offer a relaxed, cafe experience. Once the restaurant’s liquor license is approved, look for beer and wine options as well, all the better to enjoy the Friday karaoke nights from 9 p.m. until midnight.

Vongnarath has lived in South City for more than 30 years, and his wife, Sheila Vongnarath, a St. Louis native. “We don’t want to be just a restaurant,” he said. “We want to be a part of the community.”

MK’s Asian Persuasion is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Photo from Google Maps

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.


The Scoop: Salt & Smoke to open second location in Southampton

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017



Delmar Loop favorite Salt & Smoke is getting ready to expand its barbecue empire to South St. Louis this summer. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, owner Tom Schmidt has announced that he will open a new location of the restaurant at 5625 Hampton Ave., the former home of Mathew’s Kitchen that shuttered last year.

“I’ve actively been looking for a space for two years,” Schmidt said. “I looked at hundreds of places. But the moment I pulled in the lot, I thought ‘This is it.’”

Schmidt said the new building has a large kitchen, which will facilitate the restaurant’s burgeoning catering business, and the 100-person private event space on the second floor will allow for more private parties, something the smaller University City space wouldn’t accommodate. Schmidt said he hopes for three barbecue pits initially, and that pitmaster Haley Riley will oversee the barbecue and kitchens at both locations. Schmidt credits Riley with much of the success Salt & Smoke has enjoyed, and said he is now a co-owner of both locations.

Schmidt said he bought the building instead of leasing it, which will make it easier to make some of the changes needed. These include a complete gutting of the space and changing the floor plan. Schmidt said he expects “months of intense construction ahead,” but hopes to be open in June. Hunter Construction, which has worked on such spaces as Porano, Sugarfire Smoke House and Seoul Taco, will be the general contractor.

Schmidt said there may be some menu tweaks made at the new space, though nothing he could reveal yet. But fans of the original Delmar Loop location shouldn’t worry about missing their favorite dishes in South City. “I want to make sure it’s recognizable as Salt & Smoke,” he said.

Photo by David Kovaluk 

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The Scoop: Mathew’s Kitchen in Southampton to close

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016



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.”

Hit List: 4 new places to try this month

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015



1. Edgewild Bistro & Tap: 12316 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.548.2222, edgewildbistro.com

EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery is bringing casual American cuisine (and beer) to sister restaurant EdgeWild Bistro & Tap. Unique twists to typical bar fare begin with snacks like togarashi-inspired popcorn tossed with kale chips and appetizers such as avocado-crab salad with house-made Indian fry bread. Sandwiches also sport creativity. Try the BLT&P, with pastrami adding oomph to a classic BLT, or the Kirin Chicken, a banh mi-style sandwich with a whisper of wasabi. Sammie traditionalists will smile at the Roast Dip, thick with beer-braised short rib. Among entrees, indulge in the meatloaf trio (bison, duck and a beef-sausage blend, each wrapped in cured meat), but add green with a side of crispy Brussels sprouts. Beer nerds will revel in the 22 rotating taps and more than 50 bottled brews that span the globe. Wine lovers can select EdgeWild labels, but on a hot day, we recommend the thirst-quenching Lambic Sangria.




2. Revel Kitchen Food Truck: 314.932.5566, Twitter: @eatrevel, Instagram: @eatrevel

Athlete Eats, now known as Revel Kitchen, is taking to the streets. The mobile eatery, led by chef-owner Simon Lusky, will serve Athlete Eats favorites as well as new items, including a cold soba noodle salad tossed in an Asian peanut sauce and garnished with a sous-vide egg. For a meaty fix try the Arepa Carnita Burger – a house-ground pork patty in a fresh arepa, smothered with mesquite-smoked, pineapple-yogurt sauce. Drink your PB&J with a smoothie of bananas, peanut butter, skim milk, chocolate protein powder, almonds and blueberries. Look for Revel Kitchen to start its engine at Food Truck Friday on May 8.


3. Antonio’s Bistro & Market: 5005 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314.899.9885

South Kingshighway has a new place for authentic Bosnian fare. The cevapi offers generous portions of house-made beef sausages between two pieces of chewy, freshly baked Bosnian flatbread. For a meatless meal, grab the zeljanica, house-made bread stuffed with spinach and cheese and baked to a golden brown. For dessert, try the krempita, a light and fluffy vanilla treat that layers a thin slice of sponge cake, a hefty portion of custard and a puff pastry top.



4. J&C BBQ & Blues, 304 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, 314.738.9222

Homestyle barbecue and live music headline at J&C, the second restaurant for husband-and-wife owners Jerome and Cathy Jenkins, located down the street from sister eatery Cathy’s Kitchen in Ferguson. Order the tender pork steak sandwich, pair it with fried okra and potato salad and just try to not lick your fingers. Look for a variety of house-made pies or try the bread pudding drizzled with sweet cream sauce, and then jump on stage and audition to be the weekend entertainment. This family-oriented joint welcomes any blues act to audition during the week for possible paying gigs on Friday and Saturday nights.

-Edgewild and J&C BBQ & Blues photos by Michelle Volansky; Revel Kitchen photo by Meera Nagarajan

The Scoop: Copper Pig gastropub to open on Macklind Avenue

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015




Macklind Avenue in the Southampton neighborhood will soon see yet another restaurant joining its burgeoning ranks. Owner Nhat Nguyen plans to open Copper Pig in mid-summer alongside neighborhood establishments like The Mack Bar & Grill and Macklind Avenue Deli and more recent additions like Russell’s on Macklind and Grapeseed.

Nguyen, who used to own now-shuttered Urban on South Grand, is currently renovating the space at 4611 Macklind Ave., which once housed an eco-friendly home goods store. “I bought the building in July and have been (working) with it ever since then,” he said. The 2,200-square-foot space will seat 40 to 50 inside, and Nguyen plans to install large panel windows in front that will open to let in fresh air in lieu of a patio.

Nguyen envisions The Copper Pig as a gastropub serving elevated bar food like pork belly and maduro Cubans. Look for a few dishes with Asian influences, too, like fish sauce-marinated wings and bulgogi cheesesteaks. Once a liquor license is approved, the bar will serve a wide variety of draft and bottled brews from the St. Louis area, as well as European and Belgian styles.




The Scoop: Antonio’s Bistro & Market opens doors in the Southampton

Monday, March 23rd, 2015


Antonio’s Bistro & Market opened doors March 18 at 5005 S. Kingshighway Blvd., in the Southampton neighborhood, where first-time restaurant owners Adisa and Meho Beharic aim to bring a taste of Bosnia to the neighborhood. “We’re serving Bosnian food and some Italian food, so it’s a lot of stuff we all grew up eating. The menu has plenty of American options, too,” said Aldijana Ibrahimovic, a close family friend who works at Antonio’s Bistro.

Ibrahimovic said the restaurant serves breakfast until noon, offering traditional American early-bird fare such as customizable omelettes, steak and eggs, pancakes, hash browns and turkey bacon. Bosnian dishes can be found on the lunch and dinner menus, including items like cevapi (flatbread stuffed with grilled beef sausages), cheese or meat pitas and other grilled items. Baklava and other traditional desserts are also available to finish the meal.

Not up for a Bosnian meal that night? The menu also includes items steaks, European-style pizza, spaghetti and salads. While alcohol is not served, customers can sip on soda, juices, coffee and tea. The family-owned restaurant seats 30 people, and outdoor seating will be available during warmer weather. Antonio’s Bistro is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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