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First Look: Growler USA in St. Charles

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018



St. Charles residents don’t need to travel far for their favorite St. Louis brews. Growler USA opened last week at 3833 Elm St., and is now pouring from more than 100 taps.

Co-owners Nicholas and Jody Hester have lived in the St. Charles area for 15 years and began the process of owning a franchise about a year-and-a-half ago when they came across the Colorado-based pub. “They don’t dictate any of the beers that are going to be on our tap. … It ultimately is the owner’s decision,” said Nicholas Hester. “We’re really into the local beer scene ourselves. We want those brewers to be here because a lot of our clientele can’t make it down there (to the breweries).”

Local beers include those from 4 Hands Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Civil Life Brewing Co., Perennial Artisan Ales and 2nd Shift Brewing Co. — just to name a few. As for the craft selection beyond the St. Louis region, guests can taste a variety ranging from the East to West Coasts with pours from brewers like Brooklyn Brewery, Tallgrass Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery and Stone Brewing.

Alongside libations, the lunch and dinner menu offers pub food with “an elevated spin,” Hester said. Guests will find salads, ahi tuna, fresh hummus and chicken and waffles in addition to house-made wings, tenders and burgers.

The 2,300-square-foot space seats 73 inside, and another 50 when the outdoor patio opens. Growler USA is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Take a first look at St. Charles newest beer bar:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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Growler USA will open first area location in St. Charles

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018



Beer lovers out west will soon have another place to indulge their hops habit. Owners Nicholas and Jody Hester will open a new location of Colorado-based beer pub chain Growler USA next month at 3833 Elm St.

“We want to be a part of the local beer scene by having as many local beers as possible on tap,” said Nicholas Hester, citing breweries such as 4 Hands Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Perennial Artisan Ales and Civil Life Brewing Co.

Growler USA St. Charles will have 100 taps that will pour beer, wine and cider. The pub will also have a full kitchen. Hester said kitchen manager Doug Sayles will initially feature a menu with classic pub fare – think wings and burgers – and will eventually spotlight takes on St. Louis favorites, such as “a T-rav with an elevated spin to it.”

The 2,300-square-foot space, which used to be home to a fitness center, will have 73 seats inside, including the bar, and another 50 on the patio when the weather breaks.

Photo courtesy of Growler USA 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Pangea in St. Charles

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017



Pangea, the debut restaurant from chef-owner Jessie Gilroy, is set to open Thursday, Sept. 7, at 3245 Rue Royale St., in The New Town neighborhood in St. Charles.

“We’re focusing on simple food with bold flavors,” said Gilroy, who most recently served as sous chef at Sidney Street Cafe.

To that end, she’s put together a menu of eclectic dishes that lives up to the restaurant’s expansive name, from salmon crudo topped with slivers of radish and pickled cucumber, to flaky potato-crusted snapper augmented by roasted beets. Many of the dishes feature ingredients from nearby Herman’s Farm Orchard and GlenMark Farms.

Pangea features a tight list of cocktails, like the Negroni-esque Camillo’s Cousin, featuring local Pinckney Bend gin, Aperol and Lillet Blanc, and a selection of wines by the bottle and glass.

Pangea boasts 64 seats in the dining room plus another 10 at the bar and a few seats are available outside for those wanting to dine al fresco. The restaurant’s minimalist decor underscores Gilroy’s less-is-more aesthetic: muted colors, exposed ductwork and understated table settings are accented by streams of natural light, thanks to the building’s abundance of windows.

Pangea will be open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect when this Sauce One to Watch alumna opens doors:

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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{ Chef Jessie Gilroy } 


Another Sauce One to Watch is striking out on her own. Jessie Gilroy, currently sous chef at Sidney Street Cafe, will soon head west to start her own restaurant, Pangea. Gilroy plans to open doors in The New Town  neighborhood in St. Charles this September.

Gilroy – who declined to share the exact address at this time – said the concept will be casual fine dining, and, as the name of the place implies, the menu will be eclectic.

“I don’t want to do the white tablecloth thing. That’s just not me,” Gilroy said. “But I do want people to be able to enjoy that kind of food but not have to get dressed up. It doesn’t have to be a once a month kind of thing. I don’t want to blow people’s budgets.”

Gilroy said the menu will span the globe and blur borders.

“Pangea was the super continent before all of the continents split, so I want to have a worldly influence on the food and show that you can have spices or techniques from anywhere in the world and have it be cohesive,” Gilroy said.

“You don’t have to just do Italian or just do French. People ask me what kind of food I like to eat, and I like to eat everything, so the best way I can put me on a plate is to show that everything can go together.”

One dish that’s already in her sights: foie gras and a miso waffle with a shallot and pepper mostarda, a mashup of Italian and Asian influences.

Gilroy said the space doesn’t need much in the way of rehabbing and most of the work will be cosmetic.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Sneak Peek: Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade in St. Charles

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017



Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade officially opens doors this Saturday, March 18, at 2236 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. As The Scoop reported in December 2016, Two Plumbers is the brainchild of owner Robert Schowengerdt and head brewer John Simon. “I was trying to figure out a way to make an arcade make money,” Schowengerdt said. “I know how to pour a beer and I knew this guy (Simon).”

The 21-and-older brewery will offer two of its beers at opening, the Ermac Irish Red IPA and Braunenmantel American brown ale. “All our beer names will be nerd references of some kind,” Schowengerdt said. Simon is hoping to add a honey blonde and a few other beers soon.

The bar has 10 taps supplemented by breweries like Logboat Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Schlafly and Great Divide Brewing Co., as well as one cider and a few wine options. Customers are welcome to bring in food, or order a Dan O’s frozen pizza from the bar. “We’re not complicated,” Schowengerdt said. “It’s pretty much just beer and video games.”

The 80-seat space includes more than 30 arcade games with classics like “Donkey Kong” and “Super Mario Bros.,” and old school favorites like “Dungeons & Dragons” and “Time Crisis II.”

Regular hours will be Tuesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Saturday from noon to 1:30 a.m. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect when doors open at St. Charles’ newest brewery:


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Photos by Michelle Volansky

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The Scoop: Sym•Bowl to open new locations in St. Charles, Creve Coeur

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017



Sym•Bowl, which specializes in build-your-own bowls, will open its third location at 1456 Bass Pro Shop Drive in St. Charles in late March or early April, according to co-owner Becky Schoening.

The new St. Charles location, which was formerly a sushi restaurant, will have approximately 30 seats, feature the same menu as its sister restaurants, and will also house a small bottling facility for Sym•Bowl’s line of hot sauces.

But the Sym•Bowl expansion isn’t over. Schoening said she and business partner Gregory Owens will soon open a fourth location in Creve Couer. Schoening said details should be finalized in the next few weeks, and store number five will hopefully follow soon.

“We’re also looking for something in the city, but nothing is on the radar yet,” Schoening said, adding that both upcoming locations will be approximately the same size as the other restaurants and feature the same menu.

Sym•Bowl opened its second location last year in Chesterfield at 137 Chesterfield Town Center. The original Kirkwood restaurant at 11215 Manchester Road, which had initially retained the name The HotPot, changed over to the Sym•Bowl moniker after the first of the year.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

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The Scoop: Mission Taco Joint to open at the Streets of St. Charles, Tortillaria to close in CWE

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016



The fiesta is headed across the river as the Tilford Restaurant Group prepares to open its fourth area Mission Taco Joint at The Streets of St. Charles. The Streets of St. Charles is a walkable mixed-used development currently home to a movie theater, apartments and retail stores, as well as local and national chain restaurants. Mission Taco will be the first Mexican bar and eatery in this development when it opens in April or May of 2017.

“It took a lot of thought and was a good opportunity for us,” said co-owner Adam Tilford. “We had this chance to build everything from the ground up, like Soulard, which we renovated from a shell.”

Even though the building is new, both the menu and the vibe will be familiar to diners who have visited the Soulard, Central West End and Delmar locations. The new space will feature a 40-seat patio and 135-seat dining room, making the St. Charles restaurant the largest Mission Taco yet. Like in Soulard, a large garage door is planned as part of the facade.

The same menu of unique street tacos, burritos, tortas, starters and sides will be available along with house cocktails and beer. Mission Taco will be open for lunch and dinner, and it will offer its late-night happy hour for local revelers or movie-goers.

“We hope to bring another different option for Mexican cuisine,” said Tilford. “We’re not like other Mexican restaurants – we feel more like a bar that serves tacos and burritos. We want this to be a place where people can go for lunch or come in the evening, hang out and make a night out of it.”

The Tilfords are also working on construction on the group’s first Mission Taco in Kansas City, which is also slated to open in the spring 2017.

The arrival of this latest project heralds the end of their first. After 12 years, the brothers are closing Tortillaria Mexican Kitchen at 8½ S. Euclid Ave., in the Central West End. Its last day will be Jan. 15, 2017.

Tilford said the lease was up at the space, and careful thought, it was time to move forward. “It is the hardest decision that we’ve made. Jason and I laid the tile on the floor at Tortillaria 12 years ago,” he said. “We likened it to having a grandparent passing away in their 90s. It’s sad at first, but 12-plus years for a restaurant is a great run.”

Tilford said their other concept, Milagro Modern Mexican in Webster Groves, won’t see any changes. The brothers are focused on bolstering the Mission Taco Joint brand. “The concept has proven to be very popular, (and) we’re humbled by that,” he said. “We’re trying to gear for more growth.”


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Editor’s Note: This Scoop was updated Dec. 20 at 12:45 p.m. to include information about Tortillaria’s closing. 

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The Scoop: Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade to open in St. Charles

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016



St. Charles is slated get a new brewery early next year when owner Robert Schowengerdt and brewer John Simon open Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade at 2236 First Capitol Drive.

“After moving back here a couple years ago [from the city], I realized that I was constantly going across the river to get any craft beer. Same with my partner, John, who’s handling all the brewing,” said Schowengerdt. “We were always going over for events and things and realized that we’re going over there with a lot of people from St. Charles, and it just seemed like the perfect area to bring some beer to.”

Simon will focus on beers influenced by English styles. Their flagship brews include a honey blond and an English brown ale brewed on a two-barrel system. “Every batch is small batch,” Schowengerdt said with a laugh.

The approximately 85-seat tasting room will have 10 taps, six of which will carry Two Plumbers beer and four that will feature local guest taps. Customers can also sip on wine, cider and soda. The space will also feature ’80s arcade originals at ’80s arcade prices: 25 cents for video games, 50 cents for pinball. The throwback arcade theme is central to the brewery’s identity; its name references Super Mario Bros. (Mario and Luigi are plumbers.).

Though food won’t (at least for now) be available for sale at the brewery, Schowengerdt and Simon encourage patrons to bring carryout in from nearby restaurants.

Schowengerdt anticipates Two Plumbers will open in early 2017. “I swear, every time I pick a month, I curse myself, so I’m not going to say anything,” he said. “First quarter next year.”


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

Monday, June 27th, 2016



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: Picasso’s Coffee opens second St. Charles location

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015



Picasso’s Coffee hosts the grand opening for its second location at 1650 Beale St., in The Streets of St. Charles today, Nov. 24. The new location is only five minutes from the original shop in historic downtown St. Charles, but it offers a new opportunity for owner Chris Schulte.

“I started Picasso’s first store 13 years ago,” said Schulte. “The coffee industry is so dynamic and changing that this was an opportunity for me to open up Picasso’s a decade later with newer technology and explore the latest trends in the coffee industry.”

The menu is largely the same as the original location with a few updates. Since the new space boasts an oven, the staff is busy creating original pastries like a bread pudding muffin with cranberries. The 40-seat restaurant also allows for a 50-bottle wine selection including 10 available by the glass. Beer and specialty cocktails are also served.

A breakfast menu features a bagel and lox, as well as a veggie scramble with eggs, spinach, feta and sundried tomatoes. Other offerings include pastries baked both in house and brought in from La Bonne Bouchee. Grilled paninis like turkey and Swiss with pesto and red peppers and small plates like house-made bruschetta are available for lunch and dinner.

“We’re a coffee shop first and foremost and the quality of the coffee is important to us,” Schulte said. “We do a lot of things, but we try to do them all well.” He also stressed the shop’s community roots and emphasis on local sourcing, such as its coffee that comes from Goshen Coffee and Chauvin.


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