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Longtime chef Joseph Hemp V steps down at Robust Wine Bar

Friday, January 19th, 2018

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Chef Joseph Hemp V is leaving his post as executive chef of Robust Wine Bar and Snax Gastrobar. His last service will be Feb. 14.

Hemp began his tenure with Robust owners Stanley and Arlene Maminta Browne in 2012 as executive chef at the Robust Webster Groves location. He took over the kitchen at the downtown location in 2013, and then took the helm at sister restaurant Snax Gastrobar when it opened in September 2017.

“It just felt like the time,” Hemp said. “I love Stanley and Arlene. They’ve been a huge part of my life. But I’ve had the aching for something new.” Hemp doesn’t know exactly what that “something new” will be yet, and said he may even pursue opportunities outside of the restaurant industry.

“There’s part of me that’s ready to say ‘I’ve had a good run,’ and move on,” he said. “But I’ll always love cooking, every part of it. So maybe I’ll just take a step back from management and just enjoy cooking again. It’s a coin toss right now.”

Arlene Maminta Browne said Hemp will be sorely missed. “There’s not enough words to describe how amazing Joe is as a person and a partner,” said Maminta Browne. “He’s been so great for the organization and really grew us to another level. I’m going to miss him terribly.”

Maminta Brown said after Hemp’s departure, each restaurant will have its own head chef instead instead of one overall executive chef. Zach Dale, who is currently executive sous chef at Robust in Webster Groves, will become the executive chef at that location. Derek Northway, who came onboard at Snax last month after chef de cuisine Chris Ladley left for Nudo House, will run the kitchen there. Maminta Browne said the search is still ongoing for a head chef at Robust Downtown at The MX.

Hemp agreed with the new staffing arrangement. “I started when there was only one store. I worked out because I grew into the position,” he said. “I know the intricacies of everything, but to put that on somebody new is next to impossible. What works at Webster doesn’t work downtown, and what works downtown doesn’t work at Snax, so having one chef be able to spend their entire focus on one store – I think we’re going to end up with a greater product at the end.”

Photo courtesy of Robust Wine Bar

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Pappy’s Mike Emerson joins the Guerrilla Street Food crew

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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Guerrilla Street Food has teamed up with an industry veteran to help them expand their Filipino street food empire. Mike Emerson, co-founder of Pappy’s Smokehouse, joined the GSF team as a consultant as they grow their brand.

“I originally reached out to Mike just to ask some advice on what to look for when trying to expand,” said Guerrilla Street Food co-owner Brian Hardesty. “He’s been through all that and come out the other side successfully.”

That meeting evolved into Emerson joining the team to assist in growing the business. “He’ll be kind of an ambassador for Guerrilla,” Hardesty said. “That’s going to be huge for us. He’s kind of got it all figured out. We’re excited to have him on, and the possibilities are endless with him in the mix.

Though no longer involved in the day-to-day operations, Emerson is a spokesperson for Pappy’s and sister eateries Bogart’s Smokehouse, Dalie’s Smokehouse, Adam’s Smokehouse and Southern.

His plate will remain full during the next few months as Guerrilla Street Food prepares to open its next two locations, at 6120 Delmar Blvd., in the Delmar Loop and inside Tropical Liqueurs at 4104 Manchester Ave., in The Grove.

“These guys know what they’re doing,” Emerson said. “Brian just called me and I thought ‘Well, maybe I can help them around a couple of rocks in the river.’ Plus, I feel like it’s a St. Louis requirement to help your brothers out.”

Photo by Greg Rannells

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Top 10 First Looks of 2017

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

From a St. Charles brewery and arcade to the long-awaited noodle house in Creve Coeur, here are the top 10 places you couldn’t wait to check out in 2017.

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1. First Look: Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade in St. Charles

2. First Look: Lemmons in South City

 

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3. First Look: Polite Society in Lafayette Square

4. First Look: The Blue Duck in Maplewood

 

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5. First Look: Louie on DeMun Avenue

6. First Look: Grace Meat & Three in The Grove

 

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7. First Look: Mad Crab in University City

8. First Look: Nudo House in Creve Coeur

 

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9. First Look: Mac’s Local Eats in Dogtown

10. First Look: Half & Half in Webster Groves

Top 10 Scoops of 2017

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

From big ownership changes at Cleveland-Heath to St. Louis’ first cidery, here’s the dining news you were most excited about in 2017.

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1. Cleveland-Heath owners sell restaurant, will relocate to Utah

2. Brick River Cider, St. Louis’ first cidery, to open downtown

3. Chihuahua’s to re-concept, relocate as Casa Juarez Mexican Town

 

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4. Big changes to come at Baileys’ Chocolate Bar

5. Chef Jessie Gilroy to open Pangea in St. Charles

6. Seoul Taco will open new location in Chesterfield

 

The same menu will be served at the Webster Groves location, including an 11 a.m. lunch menu and breakfast dishes like the berry-coated Clara Cakes.

 

7. Half & Half to open second location in Webster Groves

8. Up-Down arcade bar to open in former Herbie’s space

9. Kevin Nashan to launch new food program at 4 Hands

10. Guerrilla Street Food will open a location in The Delmar Loop

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

From end-of-the-year openings to progress on a long-awaited brewery, here’s what went down last week, ICYMI.

 

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1. Billie Jean, the latest concept from restaurateur Zoe Robinson, opened Dec. 21 at 7610 Wydown Blvd. in Clayton, just a block or so east from Robinson’s other eateries, I Fratellini and Bar Les Fréres.

2. It’s taken some time, but Rockwell Beer Co. has announced its final plan for its new location at 1320 S. Vandeventer Ave., on the eastern edge of The Grove. Owner Andy Hille said Niche Food Group will handle the culinary program at the tasting room.

 

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3. Dave Bailey has been busy in Lafayette Square. However, the wait is over — L’Acadiane opened for its first dinner service Dec. 20.

4. Three local restaurants – Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, Elijah P’s Burgers & Brews and MK’s Asian Persuasion – have given notice via social media that they will close shop by the end of the year.

 

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5. Partner brewing company Brew Hub is set to open The Brew Hub Taproom in early in 2018 at 5656 Oakland Ave., the former home of St. Louis Ribhouse.

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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

From new locations of longtime favorites to the loss of a revered food journalist, here’s what went down last week, ICYMI…

 

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1. Guerrilla Street Food’s take on Filipino fare is heading to The Loop at 6120 Delmar Blvd. Owners Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo plan to open before the end of the year in the space that once housed Pita Pit across from The Pageant.

2. Chef Michael Friedman has left his post as executive chef at Retreat Gastropub in the Central West End. His last day of service was Wednesday, Nov. 1.

 

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3. Squatter’s Café, the daytime eatery from chef Rob Connoley, is set to open Monday, Nov. 6, at 3524 Washington Ave., the former location of KDHX’s Magnolia Café.

4. Dough Co. will open for business on Nov. 15 at West County Center, serving up edible cookie dough by the scoop and pint, as well as other cookie dough-themed treats.

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5. The second location of Salt & Smoke debuted at 5625 Hampton Ave., on Sunday, Oct. 29, bringing the Delmar Loop restaurant’s famous barbecue to St. Louis Hills.

6. Vista Ramen chef-owner Chris Bork will land the Mothership at Earthbound Beer this winter.

 

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7. Respected area restaurant critic and food journalist Joe Bonwich died Tuesday, Oct. 31, at age 58 of neurological complications while vacationing in Florida.

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