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Mona’s on The Hill will close doors this Sunday

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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After less than a year in business, owner Brendan Marsden is closing doors at Mona’s – An American-Italian Joint on The Hill. The restaurant’s last day of dinner service will be Sunday, Sept. 3.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s a decision that I had to make and decided to focus on some more important things in my life, like family and my other job,” he said.

Marsden, who also owns Whitebox Eatery in Clayton, surprised the restaurant community in August 2016 when he closed Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant after 15 years. He opened Mona’s in the same space just a few months later. Now, Marsden is selling the 3,600-square-foot space as a turnkey restaurant.

Marsden now plans to focus his energy on his Clayton breakfast and lunch spot.“It’s all on Whitebox now. We’ve got a lot of stuff going on over there,” he said.

He hopes to expand catering operations, explore options for evening events and possibly even take the concept outside the St. Louis area.

 

Photo by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Fire breaks out at Giovanni’s on The Hill

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

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Giovanni’s On The Hill at 5201 Shaw Ave., was damaged by fire on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Co-owner Carmelo Gabriele said no one was hurt, but the building did suffer substantial damage.

Gabriele said the fire most likely started as a result of some electrical work being done on the restaurant’s second floor. He said that level sustained “extensive damage,” and there was also some smoke and water damage on the first floor, though the kitchen itself was untouched. Gabriele said initially he expects the restaurant to be closed approximately 60 days.

“Initially, it looks like it’ll cost more than $500,000 to get us up and running,” he said. He had no estimate as to when the second floor would reopen.

St. Louis fire department Captain Garon Patrick Mosby confirmed that investigators believe the fire was electrical in nature and accidental.

Gabriele said the company has insurance to help cover employees who will be out of work during the rebuilding, and the company is also working to find positions for them at its other restaurants, Giovanni’s Kitchen in Ladue and Il Bel Lago in Creve Coeur. “Our employees are covered. No one is going to be left out in the cold,” he said.

The restaurant was fully booked for Valentine’s Day, so Gabriele said he and the staff are in the process of contacting those customers and finding them reservations at other places. “We’re making this as easy as possible for our customers,” he said. “They’ve been so good to us for 44 years.”

Editor’s note: This post was updated at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 26 to include information from the St. Louis fire department. 

Photo by Allyson Mace

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Sneak Peek: 2nd Shift Brewing on The Hill

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

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{From left, the 2nd Shift crew includes Mikey Manning, Jake Senn, co-owners Libby Crider and brewer Steve Crider, Becca Senn and Mike Sweeney.}

After months of anticipation, co-owners Steve and Libby Crider are putting the final touches on 2nd Shift Brewing’s new home at 1601 Sublette Ave., on The Hill. Doors are set to open Dec. 3, pending final licensing approval.

As The Scoop reported in May, the Criders have spent the past three years looking for a new home for their 6-year-old brewery, which was originally located in New Haven. They settled on a large warehouse in an industrial part of The Hill. The 12,000-square-foot main building holds both the tasting room and the brewery, and the additional space will drastically increase 2nd Shift’s production.

The Criders embraced the stripped-down industrial feel of the space, which includes exposed ductwork suspended from soaring warehouse ceilings. Racks of barrels used to age 2nd Shift beers divide the tasting room from the brewery. The bar features 16 taps, the majority of which will pour 2nd Shift brews. (A handful will be reserved for regional guest taps.) Crider also hopes to offer a select wine program of by-the-glass and bottle offerings.

The Criders have partnered with brothers Jason and Adam Tilford of Tilford Restaurant Group, which owns Mission Taco Joint, Tortillaria and Milagro Modern Mexican. Don’t expect a fourth Mission Taco Joint, though. Libby Crider said they are working to construct a menu that will include nods to The Hill’s Italian influences, as well as sausages and paninis. Until the kitchen build-out is complete, the Tilfords will operate a mobile taco bar at 2nd Shift.

Once doors open, the tasting room will operate Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek at 2nd Shift’s new home:

 

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Read more about 2nd Shift Brewing
• The Scoop: 2nd Shift to open brewery on The Hill
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• Drink This Weekend Edition: 2nd Shift Technical Ecstasy
• Drink This Weekend Edition: 2nd Shift Brewing’s Hibiscus Wit

 

Editor’s Note: This post oringinally stated that 2nd Shift would be open on Sundays. This is anticipated for summer, but not upon opening. It has been updated to correct the error. 

-photos by Michelle Volansky

First Look: Mona’s on The Hill

Monday, October 24th, 2016

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Two months after closing doors at his Spanish tapas restaurant, owner Brendan Marsden opened doors at Mona’s, an American-Italian joint, on Oct. 19. As The Scoop reported in August, Marsden closed Modesto after 15 years, announcing that it was time for a concept change at the space on 5257 Shaw Ave.

The Hill is known for Italian-American eateries, but Marsden has his own spin. Pizzas feature toppings inspired by different American culinary regions, like a smoked chicken pizza with corn, red onion and grilled red pepper. While the ultra-thin pizza crusts lean toward the lighter side, four pasta dishes offer heartier fare.

Marsden spent the last two months updating the interior, which now features white and blue walls. The space seats roughly 100 in bright yellow chairs. While the menu is new, loyal Modesto fans will find a pleasant surprise: the bacon-wrapped dates and bread pudding still make an appearance.

Mona’s is currently open Monday to Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10:30 p.m.; Marsden plans to add lunch service in the coming weeks. Here’s a first look at The Hill’s newest eatery:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

The Scoop: Mona’s to open in former Modesto space

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Tapas are out and pizzas are in at 5257 Shaw Ave., the former home of Modesto. Owner Brendan Marsden plans to open Mona’s, an American-Italian restaurant, the first week of October, as reported by St. Louis Magazine. The restaurant is named for Marsden’s mother.

Don’t confuse American-Italian and Italian-American, though. “It’s regional American cuisine and ingredients presented in an Italian way,” Marsden said. Pizzas or pastas may feature toppings inspired by American regions, such as crawfish and andouille or pork paired with chiles and pineapple. Executive chef Carlos Hernandez will develop a menu centered around pizza with four or five pasta options and appetizers.

“We’re not really playing by the rules. We want people to know we’re not trying to be authentic in any way, but it’s all going to be high quality,” Marsden said.

Marsden, who also owns Whitebox Eatery in Clayton, closed Modesto on Aug. 20 after 15 years serving Spanish tapas. Customers can expect a new look to go with the new concept. “It’s a complete remodel,” he said. “We’re not removing walls, but it will look a lot different. Everything will be refinished or replaced.”

The beverage program will focus primarily on beer and wine with a limited selection of Italian-inspired cocktails like Negronis and spritzes. Marsden said fans of Modesto’s sangria need not worry; a version will still be available at Mona’s.

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

From new pizza joints in The Grove to 2nd Shift’s new home on The Hill, here’s what went down in the St. Louis food scene last week, in case you missed it.

 

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1. The Hill is about to get sudsier as 2nd Shift Brewing announced that after a three-year search, the brewery has leased a building at 1601 Sublette Ave., which will house both production facilities and a tasting room. The new facility will be open for a preview day on Thursday, June 9, and the brewery hopes to fully open in late June or early July.

 

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2. Doors open for dinner service at Cherokee Street’s newest restaurant on Monday, May 30. Executive chef Chris Bork and The Mudhouse owners Jeremy and Casey Miller have transformed 2609 Cherokee St., into Vista Ramen.

 

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3. With the goal of putting pizza and beer on the same footing, Atomic Cowboy owner Chip Schloss has teamed up with chef Wil Pelly and barman Tony Saputo to open Firecracker Pizza and Beer at 4130 Manchester Road in late summer.

 

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4. Look sharp, Maplewood. Artisan knife maker Nate Bonner and co-owner and CEO Melody Noel plan to open a production and retail space for nationally recognized NHB KnifeWorks on July 8 at 7328 Manchester Road.

 

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5. Staff is adding the finishing touches to Stone Summit Steak and Seafood in Wentzville. Developed by the same ownership group as Hotshots, Stone Summit will be located at 17 Cliff View Drive. Former J. Buck’s executive chef Patrick Viehmann will don the top toque when the restaurant opens in June.

The Scoop: 2nd Shift to open brewery on The Hill

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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{From left, Becca Senn, Mikey Manning, Steve Crider, Jake Senn, Libby Crider, Michael Sweeney and Irene Wan}

 

The Hill is about to get sudsier as 2nd Shift Brewing announced that after a three-year search, the brewery has leased a building at 1601 Sublette Ave., which will house both production facilities and a tasting room. The new facility will be open for a preview day on Thursday, June 9, and the brewery hopes to fully open in late June or early July.

Co-owners Libby and Steve Crider are moving the brewery from its current location in New Haven, Missouri. “We wanted to be central and be a part of the beer community,” said Libby Crider.

Located amid local favorites like Perennial Artisan Ales, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., 4 Hands Brewing Co. and more, 2nd Shift plans to use the 18,000-square-foot space to increase its brewing capacity, have options for future packaging and help thirsty patrons put a face with the name behind the brew.

“I can’t wait to have a tasting room where I can be face-to-face with people,” Crider said. “We put ourselves behind the beer, and now people can come to us, meet us and see the passion behind our beer.”

 

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In addition to a more personal experience with 2nd Shift’s offerings, customers can look forward to small-batch brews. “We’ll be able to do more of what we’re (brewing) now to start,” Crider said. “But once we have our feet under us, we can play with one-off brews just for the tasting room.”

Once open, the tasting room will be able to seat between 150 and 200 guests with an additional 50 to 75 in the Biergarten. 2nd Shift will pair with Tilford Restaurant Group (which owns Mission Taco Joint, Milagro Modern Mexican and Tortillaria) to provide food; specific dishes are still in development. The new brewery will have five guest taps featuring local brews from around the area as well as a “small, really boutique” wine list curated by Libby Crider, a certified sommelier.

 -photo courtesy of 2nd Shift/Jenny Martinez

Edible Weekend: 3 more food-filled events this weekend

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

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Don’t sit at home and miss out on the food and fun this weekend. Get out and experience these yummy events:

1. Maplewood gets in on the Cinco de Mayo festivities with five full days of food and drink specials at Maya Cafe, including discounted margaritas, sangria, tequila cocktails, tacos and live music. May 3 to 7, mayacafestl.com

2. Join the fiesta on Cherokee Street at the neighborhood’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. Enjoy the parade, then grab food from stands outside La Vallesana, Taqueria el Bronco, Don Carlos, Byrd & Barrel and newly opened Mezcla. May 7, cincodemayostl.com

3. Stroll through restaurants in the historic Hill neighborhood at The Hill Wine Walk. Fill your commemorative glass with samples at participating locations and enjoy entertainment. Tickets available online. May 7, shopthehill.com 

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Sneak Peek: Gioia’s Deli Downtown

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Gioia’s Deli Downtown is opening at 903 Pine St. today. As reported by The Scoop in January, this is the 98-year-old deli’s second location.

Third generation co-owner Alex Donley chose the spot after seeing how good lunch business was downtown. “The food truck sells out every Friday,” he said. Now Gioia’s-lovers can eat inside.

The menu is almost the same as that on The Hill, with the addition of a couple favorites from Gioia’s food truck and catering menus: the Hogfather sandwich, featuring hot coppa, hot salami and bacon, and the Italian Salad, with pepperoncini, black olives, tomatoes, red onion and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

The 2,000 square-foot space seats 40 for weekday lunch, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

-photos by Meera Nagarajan

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First Look: Cha Cha on Shaw and The Gaslight

Friday, March 4th, 2016

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A carryout taco joint and a recording studio walk into a bar … Rather, they share a space with one at 4916 Shaw Blvd., on The Hill, where patrons can now experience all three in one night at Cha Cha on Shaw, The Gaslight and Gaslight Studio.

As The Scoop reported in September 2015, Cha Cha Chow food truck owner Kandace Davis announced that former general manager Sam Burke would helm the Cha Cha on Shaw, a brick-and-mortar location doubling as the commissary kitchen for the truck. Davis and Burke partnered with Matt Stelzer of Amsterdam Tavern, who opened The Gaslight in the same building with JB Anderson, Ryan Anderson and Billy Holley.

As with other bar and restaurant partnerships (think Amsterdam Tavern and The Dam on Morgan Ford Road or Tick Tock Tavern and Steve’s Hot Dogs in Tower Grove East), customers place their food orders at Cha Cha, then step into The Gaslight to grab a seat and a drink. When their order is ready, Cha Cha will text customers via the No Wait app and they can pick up their food to eat in Gaslight.

Cha Cha Chow’s tacos, burger, fries and more are available for carryout along with items exclusive to the brick-and-mortar location. Look for pupusas, house-made masa tortillas stuffed with pork and/or cheese, grilled to order and served with red cabbage slaw and salsa. Local ice cream cart Maggie’s Icebox supplies three flavors of ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

Next door, The Gaslight offers a speakeasy vibe with dim lighting and boozy cocktails. The 49-seat venue serves 10 local draft beers from Six Mile Bridge, Urban Chestnut and others, as well as a selection of bottles and cans. A small selection of by-the-glass wine is available, and a full bar focuses on local and boutique spirits. Holley created the nine house cocktails, some of which are named for bars that once operated on St. Louis’ Gaslight Square.

The Gaslight also houses Gaslight Studio, where local and national artists can book recording sessions. During operating hours patrons can watch – and listen – to performers; a large window looks into the studio and speakers pipe music into the bar.

Cha Cha on Shaw is currently open at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, while The Gaslight is open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Here’s a first look at what to expect when you enter The Hill’s newest restaurant and bar:

 

 

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

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