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First Look: VP Square in South Grand

Thursday, March 8th, 2018



VP Square, the latest eatery from the family of restaurateurs behind Café Mochi, is now serving up pan-Asian fare at 3611 Juniata St., just off the South Grand strip.

Like sister restaurant Café Mochi, VP Square is run by three siblings: Victor Pham (the VP in the name) handles the business side of things, while Duncan Pham helms the kitchen and Mina Pham oversees the front of the house. The restaurant boasts a varied menu of dishes from all over Asia: bibmibap from Korea, ramen from Japan, a Sichuan spicy hot pot from China and banh mi from Vietnam. Beverages include bubble tea, and a selection of sake, wine and cocktails.

The building dates back to 1927, and was most recently split into a salon on one side and apartments on the other. After a year-and-a-half gut rehab, the dividing wall is long gone, and the space has been completely reimagined. The interior spacious interior seats 32 on the first floor and approximately 100 upstairs. Soft colors, wood floors and details like unique light fixtures and the building’s soaring ceilings make it airy and bright.

VP Square is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Here’s a look at the latest international offerings in South Grand.


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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Monday, October 19th, 2015

We Scooped up a storm last week with new eateries getting ready to feed hungry St. Louisans and the return of a hometown chef. ICYMI, here’s the latest in the STL food scene:




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1. After 12 years away from his native St. Louis, Michael Gallina, chef de cuisine at Dan Barber’s famed Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and his wife Tara Gallina, are returning to the Lou in November. Click here  to learn about their STL culinary plans in the Sauce Scoop.

2. Craving gyros and baklava? Classic Greek fare is heading to St. Louis Hills with the opening of Dados Cafe. Click here for the Sauce Scoop.

3. The Civil Life Brewing Co. has purchased the vacant building next door with big plans – to tear it down. Click here for the Sauce Scoop on what owner Jake Hafner has in mind for the future of his brewery.




4. Cafe Mochi owner Victor Pham has begun renovations for a new international fusion restaurant in South Grand. Click here for the Sauce Scoop.

5. The first St. Louis-area Louie’s Wine Dive is coming to Clayton, taking over the former Tani Sushi Bisto location. Click here for the Sauce Scoop on this new wine bar, set to open in early 2016.




6. When you taste the Shrimp Scampi at Peppe’s Apt. 2, you’ll remember why this dish is an Italian-American treasure. Click here to find out why you should Eat This dish now.  8.

7. If you did a happy dance the moment butternut squash hit produce shelves, these Fall Tacos made with butternut squash, kale and pepitas tacos are for you. Click here to get the recipe for this Meatless Monday dish.

-Peppe’s Apt. 2 photo by Carmen Troesser

The Scoop: Cafe Mochi owner to open new restaurant on South Grand

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015



The ever growing and changing landscape of South Grand will include a new international fusion restaurant next spring as Cafe Mochi owner Victor Pham prepares to renovate a building at 3609 Juniata St. “It’s going to be a very inviting space,” said Pham, who owns the space. “It will be very modern and open.”

Renovation is still in the design stages, but current plans call for opening up part of building’s second floor for an atrium-type feel for first-floor diners. When complete, the restaurant will accommodate around 100 diners.

Although the name of the restaurant and menu are still in development, Pham’s brother and Cafe Mochi chef Duncan Pham described the concept as international fusion. “We will have Vietnamese sandwiches,” Duncan said. “Also some ramen, but some fusion, too, like a tuna burger or salmon burger.”

The Phams hope to open in May 2016.



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