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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

It’s been a busy week in the St. Louis restaurant and beer scene. Here’s what went down, in case you missed it…




1. Earthbound Satellite, the new cocktail bar and taproom from the team behind Earthbound Beer, is set to launch this April inside the Soulard Preservation Hall at 1921 S. Ninth St.

2. Got $10 and a friend? Then Kevin Korinek has 8 delicious deals you must try now in St. Louis.




3. The finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards were announced March 14, and for the first time in seven years, none of the St. Louis semifinalists advanced to the final round.

4. Texas de Brazil opened its first St. Louis-area location at the Saint Louis Galleria on Monday, March 12, bringing South American flair to the table with hand-carved meats and gaucho pants.




5. Longtime friends Side Project Brewing co-owner-brewer Cory King and Angry Orchard head cider maker Ryan Burk recently put their heads together and came up with a new beer offering: Burk, a sour beer that utilizes East Coast crab apples.

6. When Alpha Brewing Co. moved into its Washington Avenue location downtown in 2013, it was soon evident a bigger brewery was needed. Five years later, owner Derrick Langeneckert’s dream has been realized with a move to a much larger space at 4310 Fyler Ave. It opened March 16.

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Scarecrow will move to former Weber’s Front Row in Chesterfield

Monday, February 26th, 2018

022318_scarecrow { Pan-seared walleye at Scarecrow }  


Chesterfield restaurant Scarecrow will move to a new home this March. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Scarecrow will take the former Weber’s Front Row space at 101 Chesterfield Towne Centre, about 5 miles away from its current location at 1095 Chesterfield Parkway.

With their lease term ending, co-owners Shawn and Lynn Mulholland decided it was time for a move after six years in the current space. “Weber’s is moving out, and the space is immaculate,” said Shawn Mulholland. They  plan to keep the current location up and running until the new location is ready to open, ideally by March 15.

The new space boasts 25 televisions, a family room with vaulted ceilings and a covered patio. Scarecrow will be able to seat 200 guests with an additional 100 on the patio – almost 100 more seats than the current location.

Mulholland hopes the new location will bring Scarecrow closer to its community. “Right now, we’re at an old Applebee’s on a hotel lot,” he said. “With the move, we’re taking the challenge of getting a larger local clientele onto our shoulders.”

Photo courtesy of Scarecrow

Claire Ma is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Del Pietro’s in Richmond Heights

Monday, February 5th, 2018



Del Pietro’s, the latest from restaurateur Michael Del Pietro, opened on Wed., Jan. 31, at 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., in Richmond Heights.

The restaurant is an homage to the original Del Pietro’s House of Pasta, opened by Michael Del Pietro’s parents, Michael Sr. and Mary Rose, in 1976 in South City. The new Del Pietro’s menu has plenty of original dishes and a generous selection of favorites from the original restaurant, like Spaghetti Alla Angela, Vitello Marsala and Carciofo (stuffed artichokes), plus a wine list heavy on Italian reds and whites.

Those who remember the building when it was home to Harvest, and later Riverbend, may have a hard time recognizing it now. The original entrance and the bar were moved; the bar is now located in what once was the ivy-covered dining area at the front of the restaurant.

The former multilevel dining room is now on one floor. The only remnant of the former residents is the large fireplace in the center of the dining room, but even that has been stripped down to bare bricks for a new look. The new space seats 90, including the bar area.

The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect from the next generation of Del Pietro’s:


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Captions and photos by Caitlin Lally 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Eat This: Gnocchi at Five Bistro

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018



On a menu that rotates almost daily, the gnocchi at Five Bistro appear often – and we’re eternally grateful they do. These delicate nuggets hold within their thin, shell-like exteriors airy potato that’s more fluff than mash. Whether served alongside an entree or snuggled in a rich ragu as the star of the first course, the only downside to these delightful dumplings is we’ll never get enough.

Photo by Carmen Troesser 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

First Look: The Eatery food hall in downtown St. Louis

Monday, January 29th, 2018



The Eatery, downtown’s first food hall, opened its doors today, Jan. 29, on the ground floor of One Metropolitan Square.

The location, formerly home to Kemoll’s, was vacant since 2009 when that restaurant moved to the top floor of the building. After a $2.5 million renovation of the 10,000 square-foot space, it’s now home to three individual concepts: Dino’s Deli, Arista Gourmet and Kimcheese Asian Fusion.

According to Rick Spector, senior vice president of retail brokerage with JLL, the property management company for One Met Square, talks are in progress to bring in two additional concepts.

The Eatery has approximately 100 seats with options ranging from high-top tables to benches to counter seating. Each food stall has dedicated counter seating as well, and once the weather warms up, additional covered seating will be available outside.

The Eatery will initially be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, but Spector said the hours could expand down the line depending on demand. Here’s a first look at downtown’s first food hall:


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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Hamburger Mary’s in downtown St. Louis

Friday, January 26th, 2018



Three years after the first incarnation in Midtown closed, Hamburger Mary’s is back with a vengeance – this time downtown. The current St. Louis location of the national chain, under new ownership, opened on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 400 Washington Ave., downtown.

With its mix of over-the-top drag performances, decor heavy on glitter and glam and menu of tasty burgers, sandwiches, beer and cocktails, the new rendition takes the Hamburger Mary’s experience to a new level.

Standard Hamburger Mary’s menu items like the classic Mary Burger are still available, but executive chef Tanya Brown, former chef-owner of The Little Dipper, and sous chef Lolo Nishibun have put together an array of original sandwiches like the Pa-Jama Party and the Kahlua pulled pork sandwich.

The nearly 10,000-square-foot space has a total of 470 seats. Roughly half the interior is dedicated to drag performances, complete with stage, runway and a 16-by-19-foot LED screen, the second largest in the city, as a backdrop. The other half has more of a neighborhood bar feel, complete with pool table and dartboards.

Hamburger Mary’s currently offers dinner service only, but will be open for lunch starting Monday, Jan. 29. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.


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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Owner Adam Tilford discusses Milagro closing, possible new locations

Friday, January 26th, 2018


 { pollo con mole poblano at Milagro Modern Mexican }

Milagro Modern Mexican at 20 Allen Ave., in Webster Groves will close its doors after eight years. Tilford Restaurant Group owners and brothers Adam and Jason Tilford are looking for a new place for the restaurant to call home. The current location will close Saturday, March 24 after dinner service.

Adam Tilford said the restaurant’s location was the main reason for the move. “We’re in a horrible location,” Tilford said. “From day one, we had a hard time getting people to the restaurant. The fact we lasted so long is a testament to Jason’s food and our amazing staff.”

While the space no longer works, Tilford said the company, which also owns Mission Taco Joint, wants to keep Milagro in the same general area. “We’re focusing on places like Webster, Kirkwood, Rock Hill, Maplewood – places on Manchester, Big Bend, Kirkwood Road,” he said. “We want people to have easier access to us. We’d love to find a spot a bit smaller, maybe 80 to 100 seats.”

Tilford said there isn’t a timetable to find a new space. “We’re going to be selective,” he said. “We want to wait for the right place to be available. We don’t want to be in a similar situation in five years.”

When the restaurant does reopen, he said the menu will be more in tune with the original Milagro concept with more chef-inspired, shareable options. Once the relocation is complete, Tilford said he’d like to see more Milagros open. “We’d love to grow it,” he said. “I could see opening a second location in West County at some point.”

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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City Foundry STL Food Hall locks in first 7 local restaurants

Thursday, January 25th, 2018


{ City Foundry STL rendering } 

The first group of Food Hall tenants at City Foundry STL, the sprawling 15-acre mixed-use development at 3700 Forest Park Ave.,in Midtown, have been announced.

Brad Beracha, director of culinary services for The Lawrence Group, which is developing the project, said all occupants will be from the St. Louis area and include a mix of established vets and up-and-comers. “It’ll be all top operators and chefs, all St. Louis based, in the food hall,” he said.


Essentially Fries owner Matt Borchardt passes a basket to hungry hands.

{ Essentially Tacos owner Matt Borchardt } 

The first group of food hall residents includes:

Matt Borchardt: The chef-owner of Edibles & Essentials will focus on street tacos at Essentially Tacos.

Natalie DuBose: The owner of Natalie’s Cakes & More will bring her penchant for sweet treats to the hall.

Michael Friedman: Formerly the executive chef of Retreat Gastropub, Friedman will open Lost & Found, a burger and pizza concept.

Tamara Keefe and Frank Ubile: The duo will open another location of their popular Clementine’s Creamery.

Brendan Marsden: The owner of Whitebox Eatery plans to introduce a sister restaurant centered on salads.

Britt Simpson and Kevin Pellegrino: The duo behind BK Catering will open Hari Manok, a Filipino grilled chicken restaurant.

Jason and Maria Sparks: The husband and wife who own Layla in The Grove will open Sumax, focused on house-made hummus and wraps.


Clementine’s owner Tamara Keefe

{ Clementine’s Creamery owner Tamara Keefe } 


The food hall is part of the $185 million first phase of the $230 million project and will eventually be home to 20 individual concepts. Beracha said that the current plan is for the food hall to open in the summer 2019 with 15 of those slots filled.

The Foundry also announced that Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema plans to open a 10-screen theater and restaurant in the complex. A location of Punch Bowl Social, the Denver-based concept that combines arcade games and food and drink, will call City Foundry home, as well.

In addition to the food hall, the City Foundry complex will also include four brick-and-mortar restaurants that will be home to regional concepts. Fassler Hall from Oklahoma has committed to the project, and Beracha said letters of intent have been signed for the remaining three spots.

Rendering courtesy of City Foundry STL, photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Water Street, Wasabi downtown announce closures

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018


{ Water Street owner Gave Kveton }  

Water Street in Maplewood will close up shop at the end of the month after almost seven years. According to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Tuesday, Jan. 30, will be the last day of service.

Water Street opened in April 2011 with owner Gabe Kveton running the bar and the front of the house and his sister, Maria Kveton, helming the stoves as executive chef. Gabe Kventon said his sister left the restaurant last fall to pursue a career outside the restaurant industry.

“I feel like we had a really good run here,” he said. “I was starting to feel just a little bit burned out after seven years, so I put the feelers out to see if anyone would be interested in buying the equipment and buying out the rest of my lease, and I found someone who wanted to do it, so the timing kind of fell into place.”

Kveton declined to reveal the new tenant, but said he had high hopes for the next concept. “It’s going to be really exciting, and it’s going to be really great for Maplewood,” he said. “I can’t wait to see what this person does with it.”

Kveton said he plans to close Water Street with little fanfare. “We’re just going to focus on what we’re doing now and end our run as Water Street and take it from there,” Kveton said. Water Street fans will get the chance to indulge in some of favorite dishes of years past before the doors close, including the restaurant’s popular lemon lasagna.




In other closing news, Wasabi Sushi Bar at 1228 Washington Ave., downtown will close this month and move to a new undisclosed, location, as reported by the Post-Dispatch. Per a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, the last sushi roll will be served on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The restaurant was the first Wasabi location and opened in 2003.

Wasabi Sushi Bar CEO John Kim said the final destination for the relocation is still up in the air. “We’re looking hard at either Midtown or Central West End,” Kim said. “We’ve got a couple of spots in mind. We hope to have a landing spot by the end of the year.”

Kim said the company has some aggressive expansion plans for the next five years, and plans to have two new restaurants open this year, one of which may be the relocated downtown location.

Announcement of the closure comes a little more than a month after Wasabi opened its newest restaurant at 312 S. Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 3:50 p.m. Jan. 24 to include comments for Wasabi Sushi Bar CEO John Kim. 

Photos courtesy of Water Street and Wasabi Facebook pages

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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McArthur’s Bakery will close location on Olive in Chesterfield

Thursday, January 18th, 2018



The McArthur’s Bakery Café location at 13700 Olive Blvd., will close its doors for good  Sunday, Jan. 21. Owner Scott Rinaberger made the announcement in a Facebook post today, Jan. 18, citing changes to its online ordering and delivery platform:

“Imagine: it’s just two hours before your big celebration. You’re rushing around, getting everything ready, and the last thing you need is to go out of your way to pick up a cake. With our new online ordering platform, you won’t have to. We’ll bring the cake directly to you!

“As exciting as this new system is, it does not come without a cost. McArthur’s has a limited production capacity and resources with our ovens running nearly 20 hours a day during most of the year. As a result, difficult decisions must be made in regards to where we are and where we are heading.

“One of these difficult decisions is the closure of Chesterfield’s Olive Boulevard location (13700 Olive Blvd.) at the end of business this Sunday, January 21st. This closure will free up many valuable resources, allowing us to focus on serving more people in St. Charles County, Jefferson County, and several communities in Illinois without brick and mortar.”

Tina Tebbe, a spokesperson for McArthur’s Bakery Café, said Rinaberger declined requests for comment.

This is the second McArthur’s Bakery Café closure in recent months. The location at 6630 Delmar Blvd., closed on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

The company still has three locations at 3055 Lemay Ferry Road in South County, 210 N. Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood and 158 Long Road in Chesterfield.

Photo courtesy of McArthur’s Bakery Café

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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