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The Scoop: Home Wine Kitchen to close by end of year

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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Chef Cassy Vires and husband and business partner Josh Renbarger are closing Home Wine Kitchen, their co-owned restaurant and “home away from home.” The couple made the announcement in a press release this weekend. The restaurant will hold its final dinner service on Dec. 31.

The popular Maplewood eatery saw success in its brunch, lunch and dinner menus, offering a variety of specials such as No-Menu Mondays and Burger Night. Vires, who was nominated for Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef: Midwest this year, and Renbarger said in the release that they were “extremely disappointed” by the decision to close.

Vires did not immediately return calls for comment, though the release stated that “circumstances outside their control” led to the closure. However, Renbarger added in the release that, “not everyone gets to go out on their own terms, so we are grateful for that.”

It’s been a rough year for Vires and Renbarger, who closed their second restaurant, Table, in March, just nine months after opening.

 

The Scoop: Table on Cherokee Street to close

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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Table, located at 1821 Cherokee St., in Benton Park, is closing. The restaurant, open just nine months, is the second venture for chef Cassy Vires and her husband Josh Renbarger, who also own Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood. Table will shutter after dinner service this Sunday, March 9.

Vires announced the news today in an email: “It is with heavy hearts that we send you this email today, as we sincerely regret that this will be our last weekend of service at Table. We made a good go of things, and it has been an uphill climb for sure. With a string of unforeseeable circumstances that have occurred over the past few months, keeping the doors open is simply no longer possible.”

Renbarger said the decision to close was made after a brutal winter and legal issues took a toll on the business. “A combination of terrible weather and nobody wanting to go out, and us getting this lawsuit – that all together sealed the fate,” he said, referring to a lawsuit filed against Vires and Renbarger in February. The lawsuit, filed by two former employees of Home Wine Kitchen and Table, alleges unlawful tip pooling, according to a report by Ian Froeb of the Post-Dispatch.

Renbarger confirmed their Maplewood restaurant will remain open. “Home Wine Kitchen is doing well,” he said. “We’re chugging ahead as normal at Home Wine Kitchen.”

 

 

 

 

Hit List: Three new restaurants to try this month

Monday, July 1st, 2013

 

 

Hiro Asian Kitchen: 1405 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314.612.5640, hiroasiankitchen.com

Asian comfort food is the focus at Hiro Asian Kitchen, newly opened on Washington Avenue downtown. Appetizers like lotus-leaf wrapped sticky rice, pork belly-filled steamed buns and edamame seasoned with togarashi are the perfect pair for the restaurant’s quality selection of sake. Among entrees, pick from ramen, fried rice and banh mi offerings or try one of the house specialties, such as Malaysian-style Bak Kut Teh, a steamy bowl of soup studded with meaty pork ribs and served with strips of fried dough for dipping. Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch, an upscale dinner or a late-night bite, Hiro looks to be a serene Asian oasis from the hustle and bustle on Washington Avenue.

 

 

Table: 1821 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, 314.449.1888, tablestl.com

From chef Cassy Vires and her husband Josh Renbarger, the team behind Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood, comes a new restaurant in Benton Park. There isn’t a two-top in sight; instead, long wooden tables bring people together to dine communally on creative, new American cuisine. Try the pork cheek ragu with smoked tomato, fresh ricotta and grilled bread, or the Ozark Forest Mushroom “escargot,” a mushroom paste stuffed into snail shells and given a flourish of flavor with a hit of lemon juice, briny capers, parsley and garlic. With a sundae bar featuring toppings like strawberry-rhubarb purée and cookie crumbles to spoon atop a bowl of house-made ice cream, you bet we’re saving room for dessert.

 

 

Tree House: 3177 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.696.2100, Facebook: Tree House Vegetarian Restaurant

Vegetarians are giddy for the arrival of Tree House, the newest addition to South Grand. The culinary crew at this restaurant seeks to push the envelope with meatless fare, offering house-made vegetarian charcuterie – terrines, pates, nut cheeses (A vegan sausage is coming soon.) – as well as meat-free takes on typically carnivorous chow like sliders, burgers and Asian bao. Whether in a small plate of fried beets garnished with Japanese spice mixture togarashi and served with a vegan garlic aioli, or in a heftier bite like a bahn mi smeared with house-made mushroom pate, Tree House uses a global pantry to showcase fresh, seasonal produce at its peak. The love for fruit and veggies carries over to the bar, where we’re sipping on the beet-centric cocktail The Roots.

-Photos by Michelle Volansky

 

The Scoop: Cherokee Street sees opening of two restaurants this week

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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There’s action up and down Cherokee Street this week, with doors opening at two restaurants. Table, located at 1821 Cherokee St., is now up and running in the space formerly occupied by The Stable. The restaurant, announced last December, is a project by chef Cassy Vires and her husband Josh Renbarger, co-owners of Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood. Their restaurant No. 2 will focus on preparing creative small plates served in a communal dining setting. Vires will also offer a weekly reservation-only tasting menu at Table that is inspired by Home Wine Kitchen’s No Menu Mondays. Table is open daily – except Tuesdays – for dinner, and also offers brunch on weekends.

Another newcomer to Cherokee Street is Melt. News arrived in March that the eccentric diner would be moving from its location at 7700 Ivory Ave., in the Carondelet neighborhood, to 2712 Cherokee St. Doors opened at new space yesterday, coinciding with Melt’s one-year anniversary.

- Photo by Greg Rannells 

 

The Scoop: A round of bartending news

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013



With beverage programs holding their weight against food menus these days, it’s not enough to simply keep up with what the chefs around town are up to. A trio of talented area bartenders are doing some moving and shaking worthy of notice.

Jamie Kilgore, the bartender at Cielo Bar and Restaurant whose face adorned the December cover of Sauce magazine and whose drinking advice got us through the holiday season, has given notice that she will be leaving the downtown restaurant inside The Four Seasons-St. Louis. Kilgore will be joining her husband, Ted Kilgore of Taste, as part of his new project, The Plantar’s House, a cocktail bar targeted to open mid-year.

Also, Jason Reed, who has worked behind the stick at Salt and briefly at newly opened Basso at The Cheshire, will be leaving Salt to develop the cocktail program for the recently announced Table.

Table is the communal dining restaurant to be located in Benton Park in the space formerly occupied by The Stable. Chef Cassy Vires and her husband Josh Renbarger of Home Wine Kitchen are behind that project and hope to have doors open by June.

Finally, Joel Clark (pictured) has left Sanctuaria. Clark, who jumped aboard the bar train at Sanctuaria more than two years ago, informed The Scoop that his final day at the restaurant was December 20. While Clark plans to remain a member of the St. Louis bartending community, his plans are still to be determined.

— photo by Jonathan Gayman

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