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The Scoop: The Vine to eliminate grocery, add juice bar

Friday, May 12th, 2017


Some significant changes are afoot at The Vine Mediterranean Cafe and Market at 3171 S. Grand Blvd. The Mediterranean eatery is in the process of eliminating its grocery selection and adding a juice bar.

“Last year we did a renovation where we removed most of the market and we added tables,” said operating manager Ali Mohsen. “We left a small section of the market, and we’re going to use that area now for the juice bar. Jay International is just across the street. It didn’t make sense to keep on trying to carry the same items.”

He said hookah supplies and fresh meats would still be available for purchase.

The new bar will feature a variety of nonalcoholic beverages. “We’re going to have about 10 ‘energy drinks:’ mixtures of kale, spinach, beets, carrots and things like that,” Mohsen said. “And we’re going to have Mediterranean cocktails, which are mixtures of fruits with custards, honey and almonds and things like that.”

The renovated bar space will feature elaborate tile work and showcases for the fresh ingredients. Construction is already underway, and Mohsen said the juice bar should be running by the end of June.

Photo courtesy of The Vine 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Cheap Date: Mediterranean Tuesdays at Venice and Vine

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Once upon a time, the patio at The Venice Café was the place to be in the up-and-coming Benton Park neighborhood just west of Anheuser-Busch. Hot summer nights swelled with throngs of regulars and first-timers who sipped tall rum and cokes and frosty bottles of Red Stripe while pondering the mismatched, Xanadu-esque décor that transported them out of the Midwest for a few hours. Some came for the eats: massive plates of beef kabobs and jerk chicken pasta. Others arrived to watch the bartenders drop live mice into the snake terrarium behind the upstairs bar. But most came for the live music – and still do. Beginning at 9 p.m., regular groups of local talent – bluegrass, rock and folk bands – let loose on the downstairs main stage. No cover. No credit cards, either, in this wacky paradise, so bring some actual dollars.

To wash down all that free music you’ll be snapping to, take advantage of Venice’s sweet weekday deals. (You know CheapDate loves weekday deals.) When the sun goes down on Tuesdays, Venice treats patrons to an all-night happy hour with obscenely low prices: $1.50 cans, $2.25 A-B beers, $2.50 rail cocktails and $2 shots. No doubt Venice has begun to show her age – crowds have thinned out and the food is but a distant memory. But with stellar specials and psychedelic scenery, St. Louis’ most eclectic hipster hideout remains an underrated nightlife gem.

Though Venice’s kitchen has closed, the good news is the diverse and über-cheap fare of the South Grand strip is within striking distance. Before grabbing a spot at the bar, swing by The Vine Mediterranean Café and Market to partake in traditional Lebanese finger food. The romantic little venue with a bargain basement menu has earned serious street cred among discerning falafel fiends. Shared plates are always a plus. This place is flush with them.

Start out with the Hummus Deluxe for $6, topped with your choice of chicken or beef. Follow with a pair of grilled, pita-wrapped kabob sandwiches. Two standouts are the Sujok ($6), a spicy Lebanese-style burger composed of peppery ground beef, lamb, onions, peppers, tomatoes and pickles, and the Beef and Chicken Shawarma ($6), which pairs slices of marinated chicken and beef with tomatoes, pickles, and tahini or garlic sauce.

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