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Sen Thai moves to new Washington Avenue spot next week

Thursday, January 11th, 2018



Sen Thai Asian Bistro is heading to new digs downtown. The restaurant, which has been located in the Shell Building at 1221 Locust St. since 2002, will move to 1000 Washington Ave., the space that most recently housed Prime 1000.

Manager Nuttamon Pongmanawut said this Saturday, Jan. 13, will be the last day of service at the Locust location.

“We have been thinking of moving for a long time,” she said. “We’ve been here for quite a while. We thought we’d move out of downtown, but we still love downtown.”

She said the new space’s location on the corner of a busy thoroughfare that was within walking distance of the previous location for longtime customers made it the perfect choice.

Pongmanawut said the move will take approximately two weeks, and the restaurant should reopen by the end of the month, depending on how the inspection process goes.

The space has been subdivided since the Prime 1000 days – the other side is now home to Caruso’s Deli. Pongmanawut said the new Sen Thai will feature 100 seats, roughly the same as the Locust location, and the menu will remain the same – for now. Eventually Pongmanawut said they will broaden the menu to include other Asian cuisines.

“We’re going to expand and add some items,” she said. “The intention of the owners in the beginning was to be an Asian bistro, so we’re going to add more types of Asian food.”

Photo by Josh Monken 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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First Look: The Kitchen Sink downtown

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015



Chef-owner Anthony Ellerson Jr. has brought a taste of New Orleans to Washington Avenue. The Kitchen Sink’s second location opened at 626 N. Sixth St., around the corner from the Mercantile Exchange, on Dec. 2.

As The Scoop reported in April, this Kitchen Sink is across the street from the upcoming National Blues Museum. The 225 Union Blvd. location in the Central West End, which has been temporarily closed since Nov. 30 to give Ellerson time to prepare downtown, will reopen for business Dec. 15.

The new location is sizable with 7,000 square feet, lofty ceilings featuring exposed beams and ductwork and large windows that flood the dining room with natural light. Seating is available for 160 with ample room for private events. Eight large-screen TVs dot the walls, and a game room gives diners a place to unwind with a drink and darts or a game of pool with friends.

The 22-seat bar boasts 20 taps featuring national and local craft breweries like Schlafly and 4 Hands. Bar manager Chibueze Onukogo created a house cocktail menu of fruity concoctions as well as classic cocktails like Sazeracs and martinis.

The extensive food menu featuring Cajun and Creole-inspired fare from breakfast through dinner remains the same, but Ellerson said the new space will allow him to be more creative with daily specials. Look for rotating burger and sandwich specials, as well as seafood and steak entrees. Ellerson also plans to install a high-temperature oven and offer a late-night pizza menu in the new year.

The Kitchen Sink is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Here’s a first look at what you’ll find on the corner of Lucas and Sixth streets.


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Editor’s Note: This post originally stated that The Kitchen Sink is located at Locust and Sixth streets. It has been updated with the correct location at Lucas and Sixth streets.


-photos by Michelle Volansky 


The Scoop: The Dubliner on Washington Avenue closes

Thursday, November 19th, 2015



After nearly a decade of serving whiskey, beer, burgers and Irish pub fare, The Dubliner poured its last pint Tuesday, Nov. 17. Owner and longtime St. Louis restaurateur Eddie Neill attempted to sell the Washington Avenue gastropub earlier this fall, but when the deal fell through, Neill said he decided to close.

Neill has worked in St. Louis restaurants since he was 14 and has owned a number of area eateries, including Café Provencal. Neill was also among the first St. Louis chefs to advocate locally sourcing in 1982, and his kitchens have made their own sausage and charcuterie for more than two decades. “Us old guys are the last to toot our own horns,” Neill said. “But we do kind of chuckle when we hear restaurants boast about house-made pate. You should be able to make your own pate.”

He is now helping The Dubliner’s 30 employees to find other work. “Rich LoRusso (of LoRusso’s Cucina) is a great guy and is interviewing some of my staff this week,” he said. As for Neill, he said he is pursuing opportunities outside the restaurant industry.


The Scoop: The Boom Boom Room to open off Washington Avenue downtown

Friday, May 8th, 2015




The singers, dancers, aerialists and contortionists of the Jumpin’ Jupiter roadshow are ready to settle in – but not settle down – at The Boom Boom Room, a new restaurant and entertainment spot at 500 N. 14th St., formerly home to Lola.

The burlesque-inspired show has been performing at venues around town, including Copia Restaurant and Wine Garden, since the 2013 closure of The Jumpin’ Jupiter cabaret in Maplewood. Jim Callahan, who owned the shuttered club, is opening The Boom Boom Room with his fiancee, Brandy Dunn, this summer. “From the red velvet curtains and vintage decor, you will be transferred to a time where everything is exciting and in full swing,” Dunn said.

The menu isn’t final, but Dunn said they are planning to serve food with a “French flair” for lunch and dinner, plus a weekend pancake brunch with Champagne and bloody marys.

Large shareable martinis dominate the drink menu, which has several options designed to appeal to bachelorettes like the fruity Princess-tini and Drama Queen-tini. The Boom Boom Room also plans to serve wine and local beer from Alpha Brewing, Urban Chestnut and 4 Hands.

Dunn said she and Callahan had long searched for a location and jumped at the chance to secure a downtown spot. “We wanted to be accessible to everyone including locals and tourists and had been looking for spaces for awhile,” she said.

The Boom Boom Room will be open daily. On Wednesday through Saturday nights, there will be live entertainment and full shows on Friday and Saturday evenings.




The Scoop: Mango to move to former Mosaic spot on Washington Avenue

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015


{The former bar at Mosaic}


The team at Mango is packing up and shipping out – one block south. The Peruvian restaurant is moving to 1001 Washington Ave., the former home of Mosaic, as reported by Feast.

Manager Jessica Lees said the new location will provide much more space than their current location at 1101 Lucas St. The kitchen, dining room and private event spaces will all see additional square footage, allowing for more customers and potentially expanded menu offerings.

Lees said Mango will remain open at its current location while the demolition and renovation continue. The move is slated to take place in April, ideally during just a few days. “The ultimate goal is having a complete rollover with barely any close time at all,” Lees said.

-photo by Ashley Gieseking

Editor’s Note: This post originally stated that Mango is located at 1101 Locust St. It has been updated to the correct address.

The Scoop: Alpha Brewing Company opens today

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Add one more name to the growing list of local breweries now in operation. Alpha Brewing Co., located downtown at 1409 Washington Ave., opens its doors today at 3 p.m. The primary face behind Alpha is its co-owner and brewer Derrick Langeneckert, whose brewing venture has been in the works since March of last year when he began writing a business plan for the company.

Alpha will debut with eight beers. On tap, thirsty drinkers can find: a storter, which Langeneckert described as lying somewhere between a stout and a porter; a maple storter; a Belgian pale ale; a rye IPA; a blonde ale; an American pale ale; a roasted red ale; and an American IPA. Langeneckert dubs his beers as “aggressive ales.”

“We are trying to appeal to the crowd that wants craft beer,” he said. “We are trying to think outside the box.” As examples, he cited the Alpha red ale as have a stronger roasted taste than other red ales; he also described the American IPA as “super hoppy.” This AIPA is named Simcoe Simcoe, after the hops that are used to brew it.

Besides the eight Alpha beers, the brewpub also has two guest taps, which currently hold Schlafly Hefeweizen and Schlafly  Kölsch.

The brewpub plans to offer a small menu of snacks, such as a meat and cheese plate featuring locally made products. However, Alpha also has an open food policy, welcoming guests to bring their own food or to order carry-out from other restaurants.

The 50-seat brewpub has a 14-seat bar, a community table, a smattering of four-top tables and a soft seating area. Langeneckert added that patio furniture would be arriving soon, enabling outdoor seating for an additional 30 people.

Doors open today at 3 p.m. Although Alpha has an address on Washington Avenue, the entrance is located on the north side of the building on Lucas Avenue. Alpha’s regular hours of operation are: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Scoop: St. Louis added to cities on Dishcrawl circuit of culinary tours

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Food enthusiasts who enjoy dining in the company of like-minded eaters will be interested in learning that Dishcrawl has added St. Louis to the cities where it hosts culinary tours. At a Dishcrawl event, participants dine together at four places in one night, walking between restaurant. Dishcrawl organizes these gastronomic adventures in more than 140 cities around the U.S., and in 16 cities in Canada.

Dishcrawl’s upcoming event in St. Louis is dubbed “Wash Ave Gastronomique [sic] Crawl” and is scheduled for the evening of Wed., April 24. To keep crawlers’ taste buds salivating, the names of the participating Washington Avenue restaurants are being kept a secret, but keep your eye on Dishcrawl’s Twitter handle, @DishcrawlSTL, for hints in the days ahead. For more details or to purchase tickets, visit the Dishcrawl – St. Louis web page.

Sneak Peek: Empire Deli & Pizza

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Empire Deli & Pizza will officially open on Monday, March 11. The East Coast-style deli, located downtown at 1131 Washington Ave., is the newest project by chef Dave Rook, his brother Michael Rook and their business partner Ryan McMillan. Whether you’re looking for a new lunch place or needing to curb a late-night craving, Empire offers plenty of hearty eats to fill a hungry belly.

For a sneak peek at what’s in store, head to our Facebook page.

The Scoop: Learning the lingo at The Rustic Goat

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The Rustic Goat recently opened at 2617 Washington Ave., half a block west of Jefferson Avenue. The eatery and lounge is housed inside a massive space – some 6,500 square feet – separated into areas that span the privacy spectrum: intimate, secluded soft seating on a mezzanine; a main dining area with industrial elements such as a huge tin can “chandelier” softened by airy floor-to-ceiling windows, candles on the tables and low lounge sofas along one wall; plus two playful, communal rooms in the rear. The room upstairs, guarded by the hanging portrait of the reclining goat (pictured) is for playing board games around the fireplace, and the room downstairs is for pool and foosball. The menu at The Rustic Goat is as eclectic and varied as the space. To get a sense of what The Rustic Goat is all about, The Scoop sat down with owner David Holmon.

The tagline at The Rustic Goat is “Sooo damn tasty,” began Holmon, who is a graphic designer and the former owner of dessert bar and lounge The In Spot. His goal for his new venture was to integrate elements of “fun,” “hip,” “polished” and “rustic.” The latter, he said, came from the space itself prior to his renovation. “It was rustic. I wanted to keep the rustic feel.” And the “goat” part of the venue’s name? “It’s an acronym: Greatest Of All Time,” Holmon said.

All comers to The Rustic Goat should have a great time. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, happy hour and late-night, and it caters to these distinct groups not just via the space but also the menu. Holmon called the food “modern food with a Southern twist.” He clarified: “Not soul food. Not country food. But simple fare, down home, tasty.” Holmon developed the menu with his culinary team of chefs: Lee Barken, Ray Carpenter, Kevin Ruck and Britt Simpson.

The lunch menu features salads, sandwiches, grits, entrees, flatbread pizzas and desserts. The dinner menu holds more selections in each of those categories, as well as a handful of appetizers. The kitchen plays up the bleating goat with dishes like braised goat grits, a goat burger and a cheesecake “sandwich” that features goat’s milk toffee. Coming this week are more goat dishes: goat pizza, goat (in the manner of pulled pork) and pomme frites, and a milkshake made with goat’s milk. The late-night menu features items such as shrimp n’ grits, chicken wings served with goat saag sauce, and atypical pizzas like fig and bacon.

The drink menu at The Rustic Goat includes punches, whiskey- and moonshine-based cocktails, Champagne cocktails and mimosas, infused hard teas and lemonades, and dessert-style martinis, coffee- and liqueur-based cocktails. While the list is extensive, Holmon dubbed it “approachable.” He explained, “We’re not going to give you stuff like elderberry or lavender. We’re going to give you something simple, tasty, and you’ll order another one.” Themed happy hours such as whiskey and wings, beer and bacon, and all-you-can-drink wine Fridays along with live music give reasons to grab a drink and sit back.

The Rustic Goat offers valet parking, with free parking available in the lot behind the building (accessed via Jefferson Avenue) and in the two lots across the street. More information about The Rustic Goat is available on its Facebook page and will soon be available on its website.

— photo courtesy of David Holmon

The Scoop: Prime 1000 no longer just a steakhouse

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Since opening its doors at the corner of Tenth Street and Washington Avenue in late 2010, Prime 1000 has been a place to visit when you’re in the mood for sirloin, a 10-ounce New York strip or a rib-eye. (See Michael Renner’s January 2011 review of Prime here.) But starting July 16, it won’t just be a destination for steak-lovers.

The menu at Prime is expanding beyond steaks because of rising beef prices, according to GM Tom Sutliffe. “Prices keep going up and up and up,” he explained. “It’s just not feasible anymore. We’ll keep signature items, but add pork, veal and lighter items like fish to balance the menu and cost.”

The bar will also see a number of changes. Besides the launch of a special small plates menu at the bar, a new cocktail menu will feature a combination of vintage pre- and post-Prohibition cocktails with a few modern drinks worked into the 12-strong list. Syrups and infused spirits will also be made in-house. On the suds side, the restaurant is taking a craft beer approach, both with its six tap handles and the dozen bottle offerings, including 22-ounce bombers. Prime will also begin offering beer dinners. In July, a multi-course dinner will be paired with Goose Island brews; the August beer dinner will feature local brewery Urban Chestnut.

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