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Valley Park will get its first brewery, Mackenzie Brewing, on Memorial Day

Thursday, March 8th, 2018



A strip mall in Valley Park will soon be home to a new craft brewery. According to owner Jeffrey Doss, Mackenzie Brewing Co. should pour beer around Memorial Day at 932 Meramec Station Road.

While he personally leans toward Belgian and high-gravity brews, Doss said Mackenzie will debut with a sessionable array that will most likely include a couple of IPAs, an American wheat, a French saison and possibly a red ale, a brown ale, a wee heavy and a double IPA.

Doss, who got his start as a homebrewer, said the brewery has been years in the planning. He and his brother, who is no longer with the company, put the first business plan together in 2011. Doss named the brewery after his niece.

“We’ve been on the search for the right location for a long, long time,” Doss said. “We’ve been in and out of two failed leases.”

Capacity-wise, the brewery will have a 3-barrel system, and Doss said he plans to brew two to three times per week, depending on demand. Initially, there won’t be any distribution – all of the beers will be available on tap and onsite – and there also won’t be a kitchen, but patrons are welcome to bring in their own eats or have food delivered.

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Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Dalie’s Smokehouse in Valley Park

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015



Fans of Pappy’s Smokehouse will note the familiar scent of wood smoke wafting from Valley Park this month. Doors have opened at Dalie’s Smokehouse , the newest member of the venerable barbecue joint family. Co-owners Mike Emerson and Skip Steele opened the restaurant at 2951 Dougherty Ferry Road on June 30.

As The Scoop reported in May, Emerson announced he would open his seventh eatery in the space that formerly housed Squeaker’s BBQ & Bar. Dalie’s big day came on the heels of yet another Emerson project with chef Rick Lewis: Southern, a hot chicken and sandwich shack located next to Pappy’s in Midtown. That restaurant opened just one week before Dalie’s. “Imagine planning two weddings back-to-back and the whole city’s invited,” Emerson said.

Pappy’s and Bogart’s Smokehouse customers will find similar menu offerings at Dalie’s, but all Emerson and Steele’s restaurants boast their own unique barbecue preparations and sauces (except the classic pulled pork recipe, the same at all their restaurants). For example, Dalie’s ribs receive a rich coating of the new Papa Joe’s original barbecue sauce, while the smoked chicken is glazed with the sweet heat of cranberry cayenne sauce.

Eleven sides are available, including Pappy’s classic sweet potato fries. Customers can also pair barbecue sandwiches or plates with chipotle-spiked mac-n-cheese, crunchy fried pickles and hush puppies studded with jalapeno, corn and black pepper. On the beverage side, soda and tea are currently available; Emerson soon hopes to add beer and wine.

Dalie’s is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect when you jump in line at Valley Park’s newest barbecue joint.


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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

The Scoop: Pappy’s, Bogart’s owners to bring barbecue to Valley Park with Dalie’s Smokehouse

Monday, May 4th, 2015



{Pappy’s owner Mike Emerson} 


People travel great distances to enjoy pulled pork and beef brisket at Pappy’s Smokehouse and Bogart’s Smokehouse, both of which serve big crowds within St. Louis city limits. Now Mike Emerson and Skip Steele, respective owners of those establishments, are throwing a (rib) bone to their fans out west with a new barbecue joint, Dalie’s Smokehouse, at 2951 Dougherty Ferry Road in Valley Park.

“There’s a ton of wonderful people out that way,” Emerson said. “I’ve been in the city for quite a while and had a lot of requests from people who sometimes can’t make it out to the city.”

Set to open in early June, Dalie’s will be located in a space that most recently housed Squeaker’s BBQ & Bar, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

The menu is not quite set yet, Emerson said, but will feature highlights from both Pappy’s and Bogart’s, plus daily specials. Emerson hopes to take advantage of the kitchen’s flat grills, a feature he doesn’t have at Pappy’s. One dish he’s considering is barbecued meatloaf, which might also appear on the menu at Southern, his other soon-to-open venture with former Quincy Street Bistro chef Rick Lewis.

Unlike its sibling restaurants, Dalie’s will offer beer, most likely local. “It’s something new for us, and I think in this location it’s going to work out very, very well,” Emerson said. “I’ve got a lot of friends in the craft-brewing industry, so I’m anxious to see what they’ve got to offer.”

In addition to seating about 75 people inside and on its patio, the restaurant will offer curbside carryout, which Emerson hopes will appeal to parents with cars full of hungry kids.

Look for familiar faces among the staff when Dalie’s opens, too. “I never like to open a restaurant with a rookie crew,” Emerson said. “Skip Steele and myself will be out there, as well as partners from other restaurants.”

And he plans to spend some time with the owners of his new neighbors at the Valley Park shopping center, The Shack, The Tavern Kitchen & Bar and The Corner Pub & Grill.

“I knew those guys from The Shack when they were down by us,” Emerson said. “I couldn’t have better neighbors. We’re going to make that corner a hot spot to go to. Not only will you see me at Dalie’s; I’ll probably be sitting on their patios as well, so it will be fun.”

-photo by Greg Rannells

The Scoop: Sugarfire to open fifth location in Valley Park

Monday, April 27th, 2015




Expanding like wild fire, Sugarfire Smoke House will open its fifth location at 932 Meramec Station Road in Valley Park in early summer. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, this location will replace the former Dickey’s BBQ Pit at the intersection of Interstate 44 and Highway 141.

“This location will actually open before the downtown location,” said Mike Johnson, co-owner and chef of Sugarfire Smoke House. “It’s appealing because it is so close to a major highway.”

The Valley Park restaurant is the second Sugarfire to be owned by a franchisee, Matt Martin. The first franchised location opened in O’Fallon in 2014, and Johnson said the arrangement is working out well.

“The franchisee has great business sense,” he said. “We train the chefs, and he’s got the numbers on lockdown. It’s a great match.”

The Valley Park location will feature the same menu and cafeteria-style service as the other locations and will seat 150 diners inside and 35 outside.



Second location of Shack Restaurant opens today in Frontenac

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015



Shack Restaurant officially opens its second location today, April 14, at 731 S. Lindbergh Blvd., the spot previously occupied by now closed The Pig.

The “breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner” joint is in fact expanding dinner hours at the new Frontenac location to Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. until close, while dinner service will end at the original Valley Park location. OH Hospitality Group co-owner Brant Baldanza said that space will be available in the evening for private events.


While the Frontenac Shack menu will largely mirror that of the Valley Park location, it will boast an on-site smoker, which will be used for all manner of proteins: salmon, ham, turkey, pork butt, short ribs, wings and brisket. New menu items include dishes like a hearty portion of house-smoked salmon (pictured) served atop a slice of rye toast with onions, tomatoes and a sunny-side-up egg, all drizzled with a dill crème fraiche and briny capers. Also look for new dinner offerings like the Short Slided, two smoked short rib sliders on mini brioche buns with white cheddar, horseradish and a side of au jus and crispy chips.


-photos by Michelle Volansky



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