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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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First Look: Clementine’s Creamery in Clayton

Monday, July 10th, 2017



Location number two of Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery is now open for business at 730 DeMun Ave., in Clayton.

Picture a combo of a classic European cafe and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, and you’ll have the vibe of the new spot. Outdoor seating, restored copper trim around the front windows and window art from local artist Phil Jarvis set the scene outside. Inside, details like charcoal and white Portuguese floor tile, an antique sideboard and a wall full of copper molds create an atmosphere both rustic and urbane.

Clementine’s has 24 flavors of ice cream on hand – eight “naughty” (with booze) and 16 “nice” (sans alcohol), which can be had in cups, by the pint or ensconced in a variety of cones, including house-made waffle cones and flavored cones from The Konery in Brooklyn, New York.

Floats are available, too, and owner Tamara Keefe said shakes will also be a thing in the next week or so. The location is also offering macaroons from Like Home/Comme A La Maison.

Hours for the new location are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Heres’s a first look at Clayton’s newest ice cream shop:


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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Clementine’s launches special events ice cream truck

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016



Meet Clem, Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery’s new ice cream truck. It won’t be blaring music and making neighborhood stops, but owner Tamara Keefe will park the refabbed 1984 postal truck at events around town. Clem made its debut at Strange Folk Festival last weekend, and it will post up at Grove Fest this Saturday, Oct. 1.

Why take on a truck? “Because we needed one,” Keefe said. “People were calling and asking, and we wanted to participate in events like Food Truck Friday.”

While the truck won’t be out for daily lunch rushes around town, Keefe said it can be rented out for holiday parties, corporate events and weddings. Clem has already attended a birthday party and bat mitzvah. “We can do anything out of the truck,” Keefe said from a scoop of honey-whiskey ice cream to a whole sundae bar.

This isn’t Keefe’s only Clementine’s project in the works; she’s still pushing ahead with her plans to open a second location of the boutique ice cream shop at 4715 Macklind Ave. She opened her first location in Lafayette Square in May 2015.


-photo by Meera Nagarajan


The Scoop: Clementine’s to open second location

Thursday, March 17th, 2016



Things are heating up on Macklind Avenue as Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery announced plans to move into 4715 Macklind Ave., as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

While the menu at the second location will be similar to the flagship store near Lafayette Square, offering ice cream in traditional, nontraditional and boozy flavors, owner Tamara Keefe plans to expand the dessert menu but is keeping mum on the details for now.

Building renovations will turn the white-sided box into a more charming facade and interior that’s in line with Clementine’s brand. which Keefe credits to her life partner Frank Uible. “We’ll be ripping off the siding and opening a pocket patio,” Keefe said.

She plans to open the Macklind location on June 1. When they start scooping, 20 to 25 customers can enjoy treats inside with an additional 20 to 25 patrons able to eat outdoors.

“SoHa’s an awesome, kickass, up-and-coming neighborhood,” Keefe said. “The people are super nice, and the collaboration between the neighborhood association and us has been great. We want the neighbors in SoHa to love it as their own.”

-photo by Meera Nagarajan


Hit List: 4 new places you must try this month

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015



1. Clementine’s Creamery: 1637 S. 18th St., St. Louis, 314.858.6100, clementinescreamery.com

Owner Tamara Keefe has peddled her rich ice creams to dozens of St. Louis-area restaurants since last fall, and now customers can snatch up “naughty” (alcohol-infused) and “nice” (non-alcoholic) creations any time at the petite shop in Lafayette Square. A rotating selection of 24 ice creams is made ultra-creamy thanks to a high 16- to 18-percent butterfat content. Try flavors like Manchego with Truffles and Honey (featuring local label Woodside) or Salted Crack Caramel swirled with house-made caramel and chocolate-covered cracker candy. Chocoholics can indulge in the luxurious (and surprisingly vegan) Coconut Chocolate Fudge made with Patric chocolate. Order your scoops in a house-made waffle cone (pictured) or, for a sophisticated sundae, get a waffle bowl and top your selection with house hot fudge lightly spiced with cumin and cinnamon.


2. Elijah P.’s: 401 Piasa St., Alton, 618.433.8445, elijahps.com

Alton has stepped up its restaurant game in recent months, and the newest addition to the roster is Elijah P.’s, serving up creative burgers, hearty appetizers and plenty of suds. The massive space boasts more than 200 seats between the large dining room, bar and spacious outdoor pavilion. Chef Jarvis Putnam helms the kitchen, creating a menu of approachable dishes like potato croquettes studded with ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano, breaded with crushed potato chips and served with house-made ranch dressing. Burgers make up the core of Elijah P.’s entrees (order the BaconJamBrie), but generously sized appetizers like littleneck clams (pictured) swimming in a fragrant broth of chorizo, white wine, tequila, clam juice and garlic can easily serve as a meal. Among the 60 draft brews and 40 bottled varieties, look for Alton breweries Templar and Old Bakery Beer, heavy hitters from The Lou like 4 Hands and Urban Chestnut, and numerous other standout beers from the Midwest.


3. Tiny Bar: 1008 Locust St., St. Louis, 314.800.7218, tinybarstl.com

This diminutive downtown cocktail bar squeezes in 10 seats – and that’s if three people don’t mind getting cozy on the couch. With real estate at a premium, quality trumps quantity behind the bar. The cocktail menu, created by Planter’s House co-owner Ted Charak, shakes up classic cocktails like martinis and Manhattans, as well as a few originals. The 1/8th Cocktail, an eight-part sipper that’s fruity and rum-forward, was made in tribute to Eddie Gaedel, the dwarf with a brief baseball career as No. 1/8 for the St. Louis Browns. Five rotating local draft brews are also available, as well as glass pours of exactly one red, white, rosé and sparkling wine. Petite patrons, note the 5-Foot Special: a 25-percent discount for those shorter than 60 inches.


4. Kingside Diner: 4651 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, 314.454.3957, kingsidediner.com 

Traditional diner fare gets the royal treatment at Kingside Diner. Located next to Saint Louis Chess Club, the chess-themed daily eatery features fare fit for a king but sold at plebeian prices. If breakfast is on your mind any time of day, order the Kingside Slinger, which piles pulled pork, chorizo chili and fried eggs atop crispy hash browns. Those who waver between waffles and French toast don’t have to choose with Waffled French Toast, brioche that bathes for a day in French toast batter before getting pressed in the waffle iron. For lunch, try the Trout and Greens Salad, or dig into the Thanksgiving All Year sandwich (pictured), which combines the flavors of the best food holiday into one giant sammie.

-Clementine’s photo by Meera Nagarajan, all others by Michelle Volansky 

Sneak Peek: Clementine’s Creamery in Lafayette Square

Thursday, May 14th, 2015




Just in time for summer, Clementine’s Creamery is set to scoop at 1637 S. 18th St. The new Lafayette Square ice cream shop celebrates its grand opening Saturday, May 16 at noon.

Owner Tamara Keefe has crafted and peddled her rich ice creams in St. Louis since August 2014, and nearly 20 St. Louis-area restaurants including Old Standard Fried Chicken, Cleveland-Heath and Pi Pizza feature them on menus. Now, customers can snatch up “naughty” (alcohol-infused) and “nice” (non-alcoholic) creations any time at the petite 550-square-foot shop.

Clementine’s will offer a rotating selection of 24 regular and seasonal flavors, made ultra-creamy thanks to a high 16- to 18-percent butterfat content. Choose from seven to eight boozy flavors like the Old-Fashioned or a Moscow Mule, or try a nice option like Salted Crack Caramel or Manchego with Truffles. Keefe will also feature one rotating vegan option, like chocolate coconut fudge made with coconut milk.

Mix and match two, three or five flavors and pop them into a house-made waffle cone or bowl. DIY sundaes will see unique toppings for customers’ creamy creations, too, like candied bacon and honey-roasted pistachios and sauces like house-made hot fudge or lemon-infused olive oil.

Keefe has partnered with several area businesses for her flavors. Gooey butter cake from Lafayette Square neighbor Park Avenue Coffee makes an appearance in one non-alcoholic creation, while the Belgian Beauty features with Perennial Artisan Ale’s Saison de Lis.

Other offerings at Clementine’s include affogatos, ice cream sandwiches made with macarons from La Patisserie Chouquette and the Lava Love, a decadent dessert of molten lava cake from Whisk topped with a scoop of ice cream and hot fudge.

Curious customers can get an early taste tonight, May 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. After doors officially open on Saturday, Clementine’s will operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Here’s what to expect at St. Louis’ newest ice cream shop:


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-photos by Meera Nagarajan

The Scoop: Clementine’s Creamery to open brick-and-mortar in Lafayette Square

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015



Lafayette Square is set to welcome a new ice cream shop. Clementine’s Creamery is set to open in mid- to late-February at 1637 S. 18th St., according to owner Tamara Keefe.

Clementine’s features alcohol-infused “naughty” flavors like maple-bourbon with salted candied pecans, chocolate-cabernet and banana rum with salted caramel swirl, and nonalcoholic “nice” options, too. Keefe said she focuses on locally sourced products for her creamy creations, sourcing from Woodside Honey and Sunfarm Dairy, area local farmers markets and using fresh mint grown in the Lafayette Community Garden. “Think microbrewery, but with ice cream instead of beer,” she said. “We’re a micro-creamery.”

Keefe started Clementine’s in August 2014 and currently supplies several area restaurants such as Old Standard Fried Chicken, Brennan’s, Four Seasons Hotel and all area Pi locations. Her new 750-square-foot shop will offer fans a permanent location to grab a scoop of one of 30 rotating flavors. Among those, look for collaborations with local restaurants and breweries; Keefe recently finished the last of her chocolate stout ice cream made with 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout.



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