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First Look: Half & Half in Webster Groves

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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Webster Groves residents will set their alarm clocks a little earlier when Half & Half opens at 220 W. Lockwood Ave. Co-owners Mike and Liz Randolph hope to open the second location of their popular Clayton breakfast and lunch spot by the end of August, pending final inspections.

As The Scoop reported in January, the Randolphs (who also own Randolfi’s and Público in The Loop) signed a lease on the space that once housed First Watch Cafe. The four-month renovation process, helmed by SPACE Architecture & Design, has yielded an 85-seat eatery with a light, airy feel. Randolph said he wanted to evoke the feeling of a New England-style breakfast spot with bright white walls and benches, a large space for waiting near the host stand and big picture windows along the front.

Half & Half executive chef Dale Beauchamp will move to the Webster Groves space, executing the same menu as the sister location – though each restaurant will feature its own weekend brunch specials. Those just looking for a caffeine buzz can pop their heads through a to-go window in the breezeway and place a quick coffee order with the barista behind the bar. This Half & Half will also carry Blueprint Coffee and offer a full menu of traditional drip and espresso options, as well as pour-overs.

Half & Half will be open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Here’s what to expect when doors open at the Randolphs’ newest restaurant.

 

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 Space photos by Michelle Volansky; pancake and coffee photos by Carmen Troesser

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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{ Clara Cakes at Half & Half }

 

 

Mike and Liz Randolph, co-owners of Randolph Restaurants (Randolfi’s, Público, Half & Half), have announced a second location of Half & Half in Webster Groves. The breakfast and lunch spot will open in late spring or early summer at 220 W. Lockwood Ave., in the current First Watch space.

Liz Randolph said Webster Groves has many similarities to Clayton, which has proven to be a supportive environment for the original location. These include a community that patronizes local business and plenty of nearby residential areas. The city also has a university with a large student population.

“We have wanted to expand for a while, but it needed to feel right. It’s important to us that we continue to be a part of a community. Webster Groves seems like a great fit, and we are really excited to take this next step,” she said. “We’d been talking about it for about a year, and I always figured it would work out when the time was right. You can’t rush it.”

Randolph said the space was especially attractive since it’s already set up as a restaurant. “We’ve turned an old Blockbuster and a former hair salon into restaurants before,” she said, adding that transforming them into restaurants took considerable work. “I’m just excited to have a kitchen this time.”

The new space will have more seats than the Clayton location, she said, but less than First Watch. Space Architecture & Design will oversee the restaurant’s rustic design, which will include a large coffee bar, mason jars, a white wood bar and antique mirrors.

The Webster Groves Half & Half will share hours and menu items with the Clayton location, though Randolph said the chefs at each restaurant will be creating their own brunch specialties.

 

 

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The Scoop: Olive & Oak owners to open cafe in Webster Groves

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Webster Groves is getting another restaurant from the owners of Olive & Oak, and it’s right next door. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at 100 W. Lockwood Ave., in the former Webster Groves Bookstore space.

The team chose to stay in the same neighborhood for their second concept because, “the neighborhood needed it,” said co-owner Mark Hinkle. “They were asking for something like this, and I think we can give it to them in a fun way.”

The menu will keep with Olive & Oak’s classic American cuisine in a fast casual format. Expect cafe standards like coffee and pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches, all with Olive & Oak executive chef Jesse Mendica’s special spin.

Hinkle hopes the 2,200-square-foot space will open in the early summer.

Best New Restaurants: No. 3 – Olive & Oak

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

To be the best, everything matters – atmosphere, service and food. Here, the places that dazzled us from the moment they opened: St. Louis’ 10 Best New Restaurants of 2016.

 

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Since Olive & Oak opened to great acclaim in January, eager customers have had to book reservations well in advance. Determined walk-ins order cocktails and prowl the bar, waiting to pounce on a vacant seat. Webster Groves residents who used to drive 20 minutes for a night out now have a dining destination in their own backyard.

Despite the hustle, you’ll rarely see disgruntled or discontented staff at Olive & Oak. In fact, servers look downright cheerful as they weave through standing-room only crowds carrying trays piled with food. After more than a decade in the hospitality industry, owner Mark Hinkle found that poor service was often due to an overwhelmed wait staff, not bad attitudes. “If you never staff to be busy, you’ll never be busy, ” he said.

Hinkle wants his staff to be professional, but relaxed. If they aren’t enjoying their night, neither will the guest. “I look around and they all seem to be having fun … [There’s] a good vibe and a comfortable feel,” Hinkle said.

Dining at the bar best exemplifies this superior hospitality. These multitasking masters are servers, bartenders, bar backs and your best friend. Settle in to an open seat and order a drink from the surprising, well-balanced menu that can hold its own in a city obsessed with craft cocktails. Try the No. 78, made with pear, lime, sherry, Scotch, gin and umami bitters for an unusual concoction with savory notes that you can only find at Olive & Oak. Your bartender will happily chat and simultaneously take an order from the patron standing behind you as she mixes your drink.

While you ponder the menu that entices such a crowd, another bartender sets down The Dip sandwich piled high with shaved leg of lamb, served with a cup of rich jus and fries so crisp, you may be tempted to steal them from your neighbor’s plate (Don’t – that’s rude.). If you can’t decide whether to get the starter of bubbling blue crab gratin, thick and cheesy with a kiss of Calabrian chile oil, or jump straight to the perfectly charred, medium-rare flank steak you just saw flying past on its way to another table, the solution is simple: get both.

Order another round. Take your time. You’re a guest at this classy yet laid-back dinner party.

 

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Photo by Carmen Troesser

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

From chef changes at The Scottish Arms to new eateries in Webster Groves, Midtown and Edwardsville, here’s a rundown of everything that went on last week in the STL food scene, ICYMI.

 

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1. Chef Will Volny now leads the kitchen staff at Bixby’s, the restaurant located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum operated by Butler’s Pantry.

2. Executive chef Carl Hazel fired his final ticket at The Scottish Arms on Wednesday, Jan. 27. He worked at the Central West End restaurant since 2007, having left in 2012 and returned again in 2013.

 

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3. Webster Groves welcomed its newest restaurant when Olive & Oak fired up the burners Jan. 26 at 102 W. Lockwood Ave.

4. The tide has gone out for good as Coastal Bistro & Bar closed its doors Saturday, Jan. 23 after five years in business.

 

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5. It was out with the arcade and in with asada when Catrinas opened at 1027 Century Drive in Edwardsville.

6. A longtime Maplewood bar and grill is closing to make way for a new gastropub. The Muddled Pig is set to open doors in mid-February in the space currently occupied by The Wood at 2733 Sutton Blvd

 

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7. Pappo’s Pizzeria & Brew Co. opened doors in the former home of Six Row Brewing Co. in Midtown, serving up pizzas and house beer.

 

 

 

Sneak Peek: Olive & Oak in Webster Groves

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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Webster Groves welcomes its newest restaurant when Olive & Oak fires up the burners tonight, Jan. 26, at 102 W. Lockwood Ave. Having spent the past six months preparing, co-owners Mark Hinkle and Greg Ortyl, along with executive chef Jesse Mendica, are eager to share their food with the community at a grand opening this weekend.

As The Scoop reported in May 2015, Hinkle formerly worked in front-of-house management at Annie Gunn’s in Chesterfield. Inspired by that experience, the Olive & Oak wine list boasts more than 120 bottles with 20 available by the glass, while bar manager Chelsea Little’s cocktail menu offers light and bubbly options, as well as boozy libations and eight rotating local beer taps.

Executive chef Jesse Mendica also hails from Annie Gunn’s, where she served as executive sous chef for eight years. Her menu offerings include oysters and other pre-dinner seafood options, five appetizers and half a dozen soup and salad options. The entrees are almost evenly split between surf and turf dishes, including chicken options and two sharable dishes – a salt-roasted red snapper and a rib-eye. Meat-free options appear as entrees like a potpie filled with local mushrooms and cauliflower and a grilled pear and cheese sandwiches featuring Tulip Tree Trillium.

Here’s what to expect when you step inside Webster Groves’ newest eatery:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

The Scoop: New sushi restaurant opens in Webster Groves

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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After seven years managing Blue Ocean Sushi on The Loop, Pui Nammakhot is opening her own restaurant in Webster Groves. The Sushi Station will celebrate its grand opening at 29 N. Gore Ave., in Webster Groves in early September. The restaurant had a soft opening Friday, July 31 and is currently operating with a limited menu.

The full-service sushi restaurant will offer dozens of sushi rolls with fresh fish delivered from Chicago every three days. Sushi Station will seat 35 inside and soon another 25 on an expanded patio. Nammakhot will also offer carry-out and delivery.

The 14 nigiri options include surf clams, shrimp and snapper, while the 17 regular and 24 specialty rolls range from simple vegetarian options to creations like The Old Webster that features salmon, tuna, yellow tail, asparagus, gobo and a honey-wasabi mayo. The Sushi Station also serves a selection of entrees like katsu kare (Japanese-style curry with chicken or pork), udon noodles and Japanese fried rice.

Nammakhot said Webster Groves was the ideal location for her first sushi restaurant. “Webster Groves was always my dream place to come and open and do business in this community,” she said. “Webster Groves is a family community. I wanted to go to a place that doesn’t have much sushi and introduce (it) to the area.”

Nammakhot said she wanted to cater to families, so she planned an affordable menu that isn’t overwhelmingly spicy and features make-your-own sushi options for especially picky eaters.

On the beverage side, The Sushi Station will feature bottle Japanese brews like Sapporo, Hitachino and Kirin, as well as sake and Japanese whiskey. Currently Sushi Station operates from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; doors will be open daily after the grand opening.

The Scoop: New American eatery Olive & Oak to open in Webster Groves historic building

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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Olive & Oak, founded by Annie Gunn’s veteran Mark Hinkle and business partner Greg Ortyl, will soon open in a century-old former boutique at 102 W. Lockwood Ave in Webster Groves.

Hinkle, who confirmed the opening tentatively for September 2015, will depart his management role at Annie Gunn’s in Chesterfield in June to focus on construction of the restaurant. Before moving to St. Louis, Hinkle worked in Chicago in both restaurant and beverage management for several companies, including Gibsons Restaurant Group. He said his pending departure from Annie Gunn’s would be bittersweet.

“I’ve learned a lot with this institution. It’s a hard place to leave, with Tom (Sehnert) and Lou (Rook III) and Glenn (Bardgett),” he said. “It’s one of those handful of places across the country that’s just lightning in a bottle.”

Olive & Oak’s menu is still under development, and Hinkle and Ortyl are also still in the process of choosing a chef. “Food-wise, we’re going to be American, very ingredient focused,” Hinkle said. “(We’ll) bring the best ingredients in and treat them the way they should be treated.” Current candidates for the menu include stout fare like oysters, steaks and pork.

Hinkle added that he’ll handle the initial beverage direction himself, arraying a selection of local beer, cocktails and “a good solid wine list, from affordable options to the big dogs.”

The restaurant will initially offer dinner only, opening for lunch and brunch service after the eatery finds its footing. The 2,600-square-foot space is being remodeled into an open concept with high ceilings and a rustic, exposed aesthetic.

Olive & Oak’s name has personal resonance for the owners, too. Hinkle and Ortyl both had sons who died at young ages of congenital heart conditions, and both have founded charitable organizations named for their children to fund further medical research. The restaurant, named in homage to Oliver Hinkle and Oakes Ortyl, is a continuation of this.

“Both of our families have gotten involved in charitable causes, that’s how (Greg and I) met,” Hinkle said. “We’re having a tribute to the boys and at the same time doing what we want to do, which is run a great restaurant … St. Louis has become a hell of a food town, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

 

 

 

 

The Scoop: The Block now open in Central West End

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Residents of the central corridor who enjoy visiting The Block in Webster Groves have eagerly anticipated the restaurant and butcher shop’s expansion into the Central West End. The wait is now over, as co-owners Brian and Lea Doherty and Marc and Amy Del Pietro have opened doors at The Block’s second home at 33 N. Sarah St., in Terrene’s former location.

The Central West End location offers a mix of old and new for those already familiar with The Block. According to a press release, “Many of the features that have contributed to The Block’s success, locally sourced produce, grass-fed beef, and fresh on-site butchering, will remain.” The press release also mentioned, “In addition, there are new menu items such as the Pork & Pappardelle (braised pork, house-made pappardelle, roasted fennel, orange zest), Wood Fired Mussels (house-made sausage, Civil Life Milk Stout broth, local herbs), and a daily pasta special.” Beverages include bottled and draft beer from multiple St. Louis breweries, seasonal craft cocktails and a wine list curated by co-owner Lea Doherty, who, according to the release, has previously been honored by Wine Spectator.

The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday hours and lunch hours will be added in the near future.  A complete menu is available on The Block’s website, while its Facebook page offers up-to-date information about daily specials.

The Scoop: The Block coming to the Central West End

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012



Carnivores, take note, The Block is taking up shop in the Central West End. Co-owners Marc Del Pietro and Brian Doherty, who opened the restaurant and butcher shop in Webster Groves in June 2011, are adding a second location at 33 N. Sarah St., as reported by Feast. The space was previously occupied by now-defunct Terrene.

“We like the West End a lot because of the diverse, urban feel,” said Del Pietro. “I think our shtick lends itself to the West End.” Del Pietro hopes to open in early 2013, noting that the date is really “a matter of when I can get the space flipped over and ready to go.” Among the décor changes that diners will notice are the addition of reclaimed barn wood and lighting that should make the space feel more open and airy. “We don’t want people to come in and go, ‘Oh, this is the old Terrene space.’ [Terrene was] kind of pricy, formal and an intimate setting. We want to do The Block: loud and noisy and to be congested … We want our feeling to it.” The tin ceiling and terrazzo floor will remain, however, as those reclaimed, recycled elements align with The Block’s concept, Del Pietro explained.

The menu at the Central West End location will be roughly 50- to 60-percent the same as the meat-centric one at the Webster Groves restaurant. Del Pietro added that with “meat-forward” The Scottish Arms just down the block, we might see more of an Italian influence than we do at the Webster Groves location. “We don’t want to go head to head, rather to complement them,” he explained. “We might introduce a bit of Italian into the feel of it with pork as our main staple.”

— Photo by Jonathan Gayman

Pictured: Milk chocolate ice cream flecked with chewy bits of local bacon, a dessert at The Block in Webster Groves

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