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Water Street, Wasabi downtown announce closures

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

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{ Water Street owner Gave Kveton }  

Water Street in Maplewood will close up shop at the end of the month after almost seven years. According to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Tuesday, Jan. 30, will be the last day of service.

Water Street opened in April 2011 with owner Gabe Kveton running the bar and the front of the house and his sister, Maria Kveton, helming the stoves as executive chef. Gabe Kventon said his sister left the restaurant last fall to pursue a career outside the restaurant industry.

“I feel like we had a really good run here,” he said. “I was starting to feel just a little bit burned out after seven years, so I put the feelers out to see if anyone would be interested in buying the equipment and buying out the rest of my lease, and I found someone who wanted to do it, so the timing kind of fell into place.”

Kveton declined to reveal the new tenant, but said he had high hopes for the next concept. “It’s going to be really exciting, and it’s going to be really great for Maplewood,” he said. “I can’t wait to see what this person does with it.”

Kveton said he plans to close Water Street with little fanfare. “We’re just going to focus on what we’re doing now and end our run as Water Street and take it from there,” Kveton said. Water Street fans will get the chance to indulge in some of favorite dishes of years past before the doors close, including the restaurant’s popular lemon lasagna.

 

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In other closing news, Wasabi Sushi Bar at 1228 Washington Ave., downtown will close this month and move to a new undisclosed, location, as reported by the Post-Dispatch. Per a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, the last sushi roll will be served on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The restaurant was the first Wasabi location and opened in 2003.

Wasabi Sushi Bar CEO John Kim said the final destination for the relocation is still up in the air. “We’re looking hard at either Midtown or Central West End,” Kim said. “We’ve got a couple of spots in mind. We hope to have a landing spot by the end of the year.”

Kim said the company has some aggressive expansion plans for the next five years, and plans to have two new restaurants open this year, one of which may be the relocated downtown location.

Announcement of the closure comes a little more than a month after Wasabi opened its newest restaurant at 312 S. Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 3:50 p.m. Jan. 24 to include comments for Wasabi Sushi Bar CEO John Kim. 

Photos courtesy of Water Street and Wasabi Facebook pages

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Budget Crunch: 10 delicious dishes and sweet deals to try now

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

It’s time for Budget Crunch, wherein intrepid reporter Holly Fann offers 10 tips on delicious menu items and sweet deals happening now. Got $10 and some change? Grab a friend and sample, split and stuff yourselves with these steals.

 

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1. Take your lunch cravings to Salume Beddu for The Beast, a beautiful mess of a sandwich featuring house-made fiama salsiccia, peporanata and grain mustard on crusty bread. Savory, rich and loaded with tender sweet peppers, this sammy will only set you back $8.50, leaving you enough cash to add a San Pellegrino to wash it all down.

2. Don’t let U City Grill’s gruff appearance keep you from ordering a primo bowl of bimbimbap. A Korean dish literally meaning “mixed rice,” it is a bowl filed with bulgogi beef, vegetables, hot sauce and topped with a fried egg. For only $6, you’ll get to enjoy some of the tastiest Korean fare in St. Louis.

 

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3. Cleveland-Heath offers its full menu at lunch and dinner, allowing you to order the Okonomiyake or Japanese Pancake whenever your heart desires. The traditional Japanese street food receives a lavish upgrade, topped with wild Gulf shrimp, bacon, cabbage, Kewpie mayo, barbecue sauce and bonito flakes for $9.

4. The gelato pops at the new fast-casual Italian eatery Porano Pasta are not the dull popsicles of your youth. These velvety pops come in flavors like mango, vanilla bean, Askinosie chocolate and salted caramel. At only $3 a pop(!), these fun treats are a steal.

 

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5. Vegetarians can feast on the Mediterranean Grain Salad at Winslow’s Home completely guilt free. The satisfying salad is chock-full of bulghur, farro, cucumber, peppers, olives, capers, feta, parsley, lemon, hummus and topped with a crispy falafel. The half size is generous and runs $7, but you can order an even heartier full order for $10.

6. At Bar Les Freres you can dine on four warm potato blinis dressed with creme fraiche and a handsome portion of caviar, all served on fine bone china for a mere $10. Surrounded by the dim glow of candles, attentive staff and overstuffed settees, you’ll feel like royalty.

 

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7. The first thing you see when you enter Royal Chinese BBQ is the open kitchen window displaying golden, crisp-skinned ducks and hunks of glistening cherry-red pork. Order the Honey Roasted Pork and a cook will go to the window, retrieve the slow-cooked and lacquered pork from the hook and slice up a portion for you. The caramelized, sticky goodness is served with steamed white rice for just $9.50 an order.

8. Sometimes over-the-top flavor and a little indulgence is exactly what you need. Fulfill both with the Pat Say Jack Burger from The Kitchen Sink. Grilled andouille, roasted pork loin, jalapeno bacon, Swiss and pepper jack cheese, fried pickles and fried banana peppers struggle to stay atop the toasty bun. Served with house chips, this mega meal will set you back an even ten spot.

 

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9. Cocktails at Water Street Cafe are intriguing combinations of liquors, spirits, fruits and sometimes, vegetables. The $10 Sweet Pea Cocktail uses green tea-infused vodka, local Lion’s Tooth dandelion liquor, lemon and muddled snap peas and mint for a refreshing, vegetal sipper.

10. For a great happy hour snack for two, try the Imam Baylidi at Olio. A Middle Eastern dish of charred eggplant, yogurt and pomegranate molasses, the creamy dip is served with slices of crusty bread. At $10, its bright, vibrant flavor will satiate and satisfy early evening munchies.

 

-photos by Holly Fann 

 

A tour for your taste buds: StL Culinary Tours offers intimate experience for food enthusiasts

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Looking for a unique way to experience the local culinary scene? Check out StL Culinary Tours, a brand new business that offers guided tours of gems from the St. Louis food scene. Guests of the tour will enjoy an intimate evening of food and drink in the company of chefs, beverage experts, artisan food producers and local farmers. The newly launched tour company is a project by self-proclaimed “culinary evangelist” Beth Huch in response to what she calls the region’s growing appreciation for all things culinary.

The first guided tours – scheduled for October 4 and 18 as well as November 1 and 15 – will showcase Maplewood’s culinary scene. At the boutique shop Vom Foss, guests will enjoy a craft cocktail, learn about innovative oil and vinegar pairings, and leave with two of their favorite oils and vinegars in hand. Moving on to Italian restaurant Acero, guests will enjoy dinner and wine in a private dining room where chef Adam Gnau will create appetizers, pasta dishes and entrees. The tour culminates at the cocktail lounge Water Street Cafe, where brother-sister team Gabe and Maria Kveton will prepare dessert and a nightcap for guests. Each tour begins at 6 p.m. and is limited to 10 guests.

Subsequent tours are being planned for downtown St. Louis, Clayton, Webster Groves, Central West End and Chaumette Winery. StL Culinary Tours also offers private, corporate, alumni and group tours, as well as gift certificates. For more information, including pricing, or to reserve your spot on a tour, visit the company website.

Drink This Weekend Edition: Spirited drinks from Hollywood to Maplewood

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Are you an adventurous-minded individual hell-bent on drinking this weekend? We have two unique boozy events guaranteed to please everyone from the Hollywood-crazed to the supporters of Maplewood Days.

On Saturday, actor Dan Aykroyd will be in town on a mission … to sell you vodka. “Yeah, yeah, vodka,” you say. “What’s so unique about that?” Well, Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka was awarded a double gold medal at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. To get the smooth taste, Crystal Head is quadruple distilled then filtered seven times. Three filtrations go through polished crystals known as Herkimer Diamonds, quartz formations mined in Herkimer, N.Y. Those who are into the crystal thing (and can recite lines from Ghostbusters) may already know that, as Aykroyd explained to me, “The new age belief system claims that Herkimer diamonds emit positive energy.” Keeping with the spiritual theme, the vodka comes in a bottle shaped like a human skull. “My great grandfather was a correspondent with Arthur Conan Doyle, who was an author involved with the mediums and channeling activities that were going on at the same time,” Aykroyd explained. “The crystal that we use is the perfect medium to showcase our pure, premium spirit.”

Aykroyd will be signing bottles on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sam’s Club at 4512 Lemay Ferry Road. After you get yours signed, you can emulate the actor and enjoy it in a Cranium cocktail – Crystal Head Vodka, cranberry juice and a splash of grenadine – or use your own head to think up a drink. Not a Sam’s Club member but still dying to show off your Ghostbusters jumpsuit? Don’t fret; the event is free and open to the public.

Unmoved by the psyche of the crystal skull? Desperate for a drink sooner rather than later? After tonight’s Food Truck Friday, head to downtown Maplewood  from 6 to 11 p.m. where history will be in the making as the municipality holds its biggest Let Them Eat Art celebration yet. The self-guided evening of Maplewood-style entertainment will include demonstrations by more than 40 artists, live music and, of course, food and drink specials by Maplewood purveyors. Among the 19 bars and restaurants participating, thirsty adults can try blueberry-tequila push pops from Water Street Café, the vodka-based Metrosexual cocktail at The Crow’s Nest, a rum punch called The Salivation Dalí at The Post Sports Bar & Grill, a twist on a bloody Mary at Orbit Pinball Lounge and Maya Cafe’s secret concoction, Maplewoody.

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