“Dine Out for Disaster Relief “at Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar

“Dine Out for Disaster Relief “at Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar

Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar Participates in “Dine Out for Disaster Relief”

BALLWIN, MO/August 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) 2017 is the year we’re saying “Happy 100-Year Anniversary” to the St. Louis Red Cross.  The organization provides help and hope to those affected by some of the greatest disaster threats in our country such as floods, tornadoes, and house fires.  The biggest disaster threat in the United States is house fires.  The Red Cross responds locally to an average of three fires per day with staff and trained volunteers available to provide food, clothing, shelter, health services and comfort to those in need.

When floods hit the area in April and May, the Red Cross was among the first on the scene to help those impacted.  They had fifteen shelters open to provide 1,083 overnight stays, over 52,000 meals, and 77,147 relief items such as clean up kits that included rakes, shovels, and gloves.  In Missouri, over $1,000,000 was spent by the Red Cross on response and recovery.

As part of their year-long Centennial Celebration, the organization is teaming up with the Missouri Restaurant Association, MasterCard and KMOV-TV to hold a “Dine Out for Disaster Relief” on Wednesday, August 23.

Krieger’s Sports Grill is one of the Ballwin restaurants thrilled to be participating in the event.  A percentage of that day’s proceeds will be donated to this great cause.  All funds raised from the event will benefit local disaster relief operations.

Krieger’s owner, Dave McDonald says, “This is just such a worthy cause.”  He added, “It’s just really nice to be in a position where I can give back to the community to help the less fortunate in times of need.”

Please join Krieger’s and the many other local restaurants in their effort to raise funds and raise awareness in the community. Please tell your waiter that you are there to support the American Red Cross Dine Out for Disaster Relief. Please consider paying with your MasterCard, our Dine Out partner, to increase the donation to the Red Cross.

Another way to help is to invite your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues to “Dine Out for Disaster Relief.” For more information about the American Red Cross, please visit

DINE OUT for the Red Cross DISASTER RELIEF – August 23, 2017

Participating Ballwin Restaurants:

Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar
1356 Big Bend Road, Ballwin, MO 63021

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar
100 Holloway Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011

Firehouse Subs (includes catering & take-out)
14948 Manchester Rd., Ballwin, MO 63011

The Wolf
15480 Clayton Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011

The Top 10 Whiskey Bars in St. Louis

The Top 10 Whiskey Bars in St. Louis

St. Louis’ favorite Whiskey Bars – Top 10 Whiskey Bars

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, single malt, Tennessee, single barrel or blend—there’s a whiskey for nearly everyone.  Whether you drink it neat, on the rocks, or stirred into a cocktail, whiskey is one of America’s most beloved spirits.  This brown elixir is seeing a resurgence in popularity, with bourbon, the distinctly American whiskey, leading the pack.  Thanks to a rise in interest among Millennials and women, bourbon and Tennessee whiskey are among the fastest growing categories in the beverage alcohol world, according to figures from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.  With this rise in demand for whiskey has come a welcome rise in the number of splendid places to drink it.

So where are the best spots in St. Louis to enjoy whiskey in all its many, distinct forms?  For a truly whiskey-focused experience, one visits a whiskey bar, and St. Louis is rich with them.  So, we checked the customer reviews to find St. Louis’ favorite whiskey bars.  Lots of bars and cocktail lounges offer whiskey and whiskey cocktails, along with craft beer, wine and other beverages.  The watering holes that made our top 10 list are whiskey specialists, offering more selection, more varieties, and a certain atmosphere that make them terrific spots to sip and savor these distilled spirits.

If the idea of a whiskey bar conjures images of leather chairs, dark woods, and a certain amber glow, then the bar at the top of the list is an ideal choice.  Stepping into the Fox & Hounds Tavern at the Cheshire Inn is like stepping into a different world.  It’s modeled after a stag parlor, a sort of den in old English manor homes—plush chairs, big stone fireplace, and a relaxing bar.  The tavern offers dozens of varieties of Irish, Scotch, and American whiskey along with a nice small plate menu.  Friday and Saturday nights add live music to the mix, making the Fox & Hound Tavern a terrific destination for a night out.

Our list of the Top 10 Whiskey Bars in St. Louis offers a nice mix of bars, taverns, and restaurants where whiskey features prominently.  So, whether you’re looking for premium whiskey cocktails, or a mind-blowing tasting flight, here are ten great places to sip the brown water:

1. Fox & Hounds Tavern (4.74 stars/209 reviews) Hi-Pointe, 6300 Clayton Road, Saint Louis, MO 63117, (314) 647-7300.
2. Taste Bar (4.49 stars/481 reviews) Central West End, 4584 Laclede Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1200.
3. The Whiskey Ring (4.37 stars/100 reviews) Benton Park West, Gravois Park, 2651 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 669-5817.
4. The Scottish Arms (4.27 stars/573 reviews) Central West End, 8 South Sarah Street, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 535-0551.
5. Salt + Smoke BBQ Bourbon Beer (4.23 stars/1113 reviews) The Loop, 6525 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO 63130, (314) 727-0200.
6. Small Batch (4.20 stars/250 reviews) Midtown, 3001 Locust Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 380-2040.
7. Brennan’s (4.05 stars/110 reviews) Central West End, 4659 Maryland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 497-4449.
8. The Side Project Cellar (4.05 stars/92 reviews) Maplewood, 7373 Marietta Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 224-5211.
9. Square One Brewery & Distillery (4.03 stars/735 reviews) Lafayette Square,1727 Park Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 231-2537.
10. Water Street (3.96 stars/186 reviews) Maplewood, 7268 Manchester Road, Saint Louis, MO 63143, (314) 646-8355.

It seems that no matter how exhaustive our top 10 lists are, there are always a few noteworthy places that don’t quite make the cut.  Sometimes they don’t have enough reviews (minimum 50).  Sometimes they just miss squeaking in, but are still well worth your attention.  To these establishments we offer honorable mentions:

Gamlin Whiskey House (3.96 stars/499 reviews) Central West End, 236 North Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 875-9500.  With one of the deepest whiskey lists in the country, Gamlin has won national acclaim, being named one of America’s best bars for whiskey lovers by USA Today, and one of the 21 best whiskey bars in America by Thrillist.  Their educated staff can help even the most novice drinker find the right whiskey for their palate.

Naked Vine (4.28 stars/36 reviews) Chesterfield, 1624 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017, (636) 536-0711. This wine and whiskey shop is also an excellent tasting bar. The selection of around 100 whiskeys is constantly changing, with the focus on small-production, boutique varieties. Don’t let the strip mall exterior fool you. This bohemian gathering place is something special. (And since it’s also a shop, you can buy whiskey to take home too.)

St. Louis Area Restaurants Among 40 Joe’s Crab Shack Closings

St. Louis Area Restaurants Among 40 Joe’s Crab Shack Closings

Shuttered Restaurants Tied to Joe’s Crab Shack’s Likely Return to Original Parent Company

St. Louis, MO/August 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — If you had plans to have lunch or dinner with friends or family at Joe’s Crab Shack in Fairview Heights or St. Peters, you’ll need to make other plans.  If you’ve been saving that Joe’s Crab Shack gift card you found in your stocking last Christmas for a special occasion, then you’ve probably waited too long.  The family seafood favorite at 51 Ludwig Drive in Fairview Heights, Illinois abruptly closed over the weekend.  The Joe’s Crab Shack at 5856 Suemandy Drive in St. Peters was similarly shuttered.  It’s unclear if employees were notified prior to the closing.  Illinois staff members received their final paychecks Tuesday, according to a report in the Belleville News-Democrat.

An email sent to employees Monday and obtained by the BND blamed parent company Ignite Restaurant Group’s June bankruptcy filing and impending sale for the permanent closure of the St. Louis area restaurants.  The company has closed more than 40 Joe’s Crab Shack locations across the country, including all three Illinois locations (Fairview Heights, Gurnee, and Schaumberg), and two in Missouri (St. Peters and Independence).  According to the restaurant’s website, the only remaining Joe’s Crab Shack in Missouri is the Branson location at 717 Branson Landing.  Otherwise, local Crab Shack fans will have to drive to Memphis, Nashville, or Louisville, KY for their favorite steampot.

The closures follow a June 6th announcement that a tentative deal was in place for the sale of Joe’s Crab Shack and a sister brand, Brick House Tavern + Tap, to the San Diego-based private equity firm Kelly Companies.  The announcement also stated that “Pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code” Ignite would also file a motion to allow other companies to submit bids for its holdings through a Court-supervised process to purchase the assets being sold.  The original parent company of Joe’s Crab Shack, Landry’s Inc. (Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Morton’s The Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick’s, etc.) won the bankruptcy auction last week to acquire Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap for $57 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.  A final hearing on the sale is scheduled for this week, but it is expected to be approved.

The restaurant shutdowns are counter to statements made by Ignite Restaurant Group in announcing its bankruptcy sale.  That announcement had indicated there would be no closings as a result of the company’s Chapter 11 filings and impending sale.  It read in part, “Both Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap restaurants will remain open and operating as usual and Ignite customers can expect to continue to enjoy the same great food and service that they have come to expect from our brands.”  Clearly the plans have changed since Landry’s won their bid.

In an interview after last week’s bidding win, Landry’s founder Tilman Fertitta told National Restaurant News that Landry’s plans call for shrinking the Joe’s Crab Shack concept “considerably” and to sell off the Brick House casual-dining brand.  Fertitta had originally bought Joe’s Crab Shack in 1994, when it had one restaurant, and sold the brand to private-equity firm J.H Whitney & Co. in 2006, which went public in 2009, changing its name to Ignite Restaurant Group.

According to the website, the company began closing restaurants without warning on August 7th, with some employees reporting that they showed up for work and were turned away.  In April 2017, the Joe’s Crab Shack website had listed 112 locations nationwide.  As of this writing, there are just 72—reflecting these recent closures.  It is unclear what will become of the shuttered St. Louis area locations.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Offers North Carolinians a Delicious and Convenient Barbecue Option

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Offers North Carolinians a Delicious and Convenient Barbecue Option

Dickey’s will begin serving the residents of Cary, NC in Fall 2017

CARY, NC/August 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Dickey’s Barbecue Pit plans to open their newest North Carolina location this Fall in Cary, NC behind the lead of new Owner/Operator, William DeArmey. A long-time North Carolina resident and former Dickey’s Barbecue Pit employee, DeArmey and his family are looking forward to bringing a delicious barbecue option to their community.

“At Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, we pride ourselves on serving authentic, Texas-style barbecue to our community with a side of southern hospitality,” says Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We love that in an area that has many amazing barbecue options, Dickey’s is still a fan favorite and is being provided to the community by first-class Owner/Operators like William DeArmey.”

After working at a local Dickey’s Barbecue Pit location for a short six months, DeArmey decided it was time to open a location of his own. “North Carolina has delicious barbecue options everywhere, but Dickey’s has the best barbecue sandwich, hands down,” says DeArmey. “When it came down to if I should open my own Dickey’s location it was easy; I love the food and I love the brand.”

To find the location nearest you, click here. Find Dickey’s on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant. The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and home style sides with ‘No B.S. (Bad Stuff)’ included. The fast-casual concept has expanded to nearly 600 locations in 44 states. In 2016, Dickey’s won first place on Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list and in 2017 again won a top 10 on the list. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Times, and Nation’s Restaurant News. For more information, visit


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STLRestaurant.News notes: There are four Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants located across Missouri, but only one in the St. Louis area located at 1912 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, MO 63144.

The Writing is on the Wall: The Shack Breakfast & Lunch is a hit!

The Writing is on the Wall: The Shack Breakfast & Lunch is a hit!

The Shack in Frontenac, MO – Breakfast & Lunch

FRONTENAC, MO/August 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The Shack in Frontenac dazzles the pallet with intriguing dishes spiced with humor.  Plan on arriving a little early and before the stomach growling so you can enjoy scanning the menu where you’ll find amusing names such as the Witness Protection™omelet (avocado, mozzarella & tomato); the Gringo Killer™ Skillet (chorizo, onion, bell peppers, green chili salsa & Shack cheese); or the If Tim & Biebs Went to Prison Skillet (fried chicken breast on a biscuit smothered in gravy, sharp cheddar cheese & green onions) and Plates such as Ma…The Meatloaf (bacon-wrapped meatloaf stuffed with onions & peppers served over crispy hash browns & topped with homemade gravy and two sunny side eggs), or the Love Me Now Hate Me Later™ (breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, tater tots, crushed Fritos & cheddar cheese nestled on a bed of chili smothered with Shack cheese and topped with green onion); or the Why The French Hate Us™ (Toasted Croissant stuffed with two sausage links, scrambled eggs, covered in Shack gravy and cheddar cheese); or the Do It Yourself Meg Ryan; or the Up The River Without a Paddle (Smoked salmon, thick cut bacon, lettuce, tomato & peppercorn aioli on a brioche bun); or the Cease & Desist (1/4 seared double stack burger, shredded lettuce, peppercorn aioli, bacon jam, white cheddar, tomato and red onion); or the Ta-Ta Tacos* (beer-battered panko-breaded tilapia, cabbage, salsa fresca, queso blanco, and avocado spread; and many more. * – Note: For each taco order sold, one dollar is donated to the TaTa Sisterhood organization, which provides financial and motivational support for women battling triple negative breast cancer.

There’s plenty of sweet love at the Shack Griddle with a variety of Belgian Waffles, Pancakes such as The King Lives (chocolate chips, bacon, banana & peanut butter drizzle); and French Toast Brioche such as the Merica (strawberries, blueberries, marscapoe honey glaze topped with whipped cream and powered sugar).

If you like your sandwiches hard pressed, you might enjoy a Panini, which they have several such as the Rubin, or Turkey Foccaia, and the Wicked Good Turkey to name a few.  Sides include Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Pot Tots, Fries, Homemade Chips, and more.

The Shack salads are huge and big enough for sharing.  Among their savory dressings, their white balsamic vinaigrette stands out and is absolutely fabulous.  For those sustaining healthier habits there are options such as egg white omelets, skillets, Avocado Focaccia, Granola & Fruit Parfaits, Fresh Fruit and more.

The Shack also specializes in Gluten Free cuisine with dedicated skillets and fryers when preparing all gluten free meals. The GF Menu includes omelets, skillets, pancakes (YES pancakes), chicken Strips & Buffalo chicken (breaded in-house with wheat free flour); a variety of Sammies served on gluten-free buns such as the S.O.B (chicken, bacon, tomato, jalapenos, avocado spread and pepper jack cheese), a Philly, and the Caprese to name a few. And don’t forget the yummy smoothies (which are non-fat and gluten free) such as “UR My Boy Blue (blueberry), Billy Bob’s Straw (strawberry) and Gone ‘Biebs” (banana).

As you’ll note during your visit, The Shack’s witty theme is tied into every aspect of the dining experience. The hipster barn vibe with re-purposed wood throughout, most of which are sharpie decorated with colorful autographs by happy patrons enhances the fun mood for enjoying breakfast or lunch with family, friends, colleagues, a date or perhaps a morning cocktail with a quick bite at the bar. Will that be a mimosa with your breakfast? Or how about one of these clever concoctions: Good Mooning (Blue moon, Amsterdam Peach, St. Germain, cranberry & orange juice) or a Meaty Mary (Zing Zang Tomato juice, Cucumber Vodka, Shack-seasoned rim bacon, cheese, that comes with a Beef Jerky Straw), or perhaps one of the Shack’s Cereal Killer Boozie Shakes such as: I Do What I Want (Coco puffs, Yogurt, Bailey’s & Frangelico), or Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That (Yogurt, Loopy Vodka, Froot Loops, strawberries & blueberries), and others to kick up the party.

The Shack is managed by the OG Hospitality Group (which also manages The Corner Pub and Grill, and the award wining 2011 Restaurant of the year, The Tavern Kitchen and Bar)

The Shack additional locations are in Valley Park and Chesterfield.

The Shack – Frontenac:
731 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131
Phone: (314) 736-5900

Breakfast: (7 days) 6:30am – 2pm
Lunch: (Mon-Sat) 11am – 2pm

The Shack – Valley Park:
13645 Big Bend Rd. Ste.105
St. Louis, MO 63122
(636) 529-1600

Breakfast: (7 days) 7am – 2pm
Lunch: (Mon-Fri) 11am – 2pm

The Shack – Chesterfield:
14810 Clayton Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 220-9367

Breakfast: (7 days) 6:30am – 2pm
Lunch: (Mon-Sat) 11am – 2pm

Pieology Pizzeria Embarks on International Expansion with Entry Into Mexico City

Pieology Pizzeria Embarks on International Expansion with Entry Into Mexico City

Pieology Pizzeria: Award-Winning Franchise Taps Mexican Partner to Meet Growing International Demand

August 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Pieology, the creator of personally-inspired pizzas, announces international expansion into Mexico.  The expansion will take place before the end of the year, with stores in the Polanco and San Jose de Insurgentes Sur areas of Mexico City.

“The pizza market is one of the largest in Mexico and consumers are demanding better quality, personalized offerings and new opportunities to expand their palate,” said Steve Kishi, VP of Franchise Development.  As the former VP of International Development for Carl’s Jr., Kishi oversaw the brand’s entry into Mexico and has been tasked with leading international relationships for Pieology’s newest endeavor.  “Pieology offers higher quality ingredients, customer service and a dining experience that we feel meets the Mexican consumer’s growing expectations.”

Franchise partner OPFRA S.A. de C.V., a Mexican holding company based in Mexico City, will operate the Pieology brand within the Mexican territory.  With development rights for the entire Republic of Mexico, OPFRA has committed to 47 new Pieology locations in the initial development phase, located in not only Mexico City, but the surrounding areas as well.

“The key to success in launching an international franchise is the selection of outstanding and successful business people as our franchisees,” said Kishi.  “We are excited to partner with the ownership group of OPFRA and their vast depth of professional business connections, especially in the real estate development sector.”

Owned by an established local Mexican family, OPFRA affiliates have diverse ownership of a premium supermarket chain along with several other retail and real estate businesses in Mexico, including many joint ventures and master franchise agreements with top American retail brands.  In addition to establishing a national infrastructure for Pieology, OPFRA looks forward to future expansion throughout the franchised restaurant sector.

Since 2011, Pieology has been dishing out delicious hand-crafted pizzas, growing from a simple idea to bring creativity back to pizza that now encompasses more than 100 stores across the nation with additional international expansion opportunities on the horizon.

About Pieology Pizzeria

Using only the freshest ingredients along with signature sauces and crusts, award-winning Pieology offers hand-crafted, personally-inspired pizzas in unlimited flavor combinations that are stone oven fired in six minutes or less.  Founded in 2011, Pieology was created from the simple idea to turn America’s most craveable food into an affordable and interactive experience.  Pieology’s mission is to inspire individual creativity in a positive atmosphere where guests can gather with family and friends, while enjoying their delicious pizza creations.  Along with providing great food and a memorable dining experience, Pieology is committed to making a positive difference in the communities it serves, one pie at a time.  Named the 2015 #1 Fastest Growing Chain by Technomic, Pieology is steadily expanding its U.S. footprint, with commitments throughout the country in various stages of development.  For more information, visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Nixta Makes Bon Appétit’s 10 Best New Restaurants List

Nixta Makes Bon Appétit’s 10 Best New Restaurants List

Bon Appétit Picks Nixta as One of America’s 10 Hot New Restaurants

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis’ favorite new Mexican restaurant is one of the best new restaurants in America.  That’s According to Bon Appétit, which named Nixta (1621 Tower Grove Ave.) one of The Best New Restaurants in America 2017.  This year’s “Hot 10” list includes ten restaurants from major foodie cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and New Orleans.  Two restaurants from St. Louis, Nixta and Chef Michael Gallina’s Vicia had been among 50 finalists.  Nixta is the only restaurant in Missouri, and one of only three restaurants in the Midwest to make this year’s list. (Chicago’s Elske and Giant were the other two.)

Bon Appétit deputy editor Andrew Knowlton and senior projects editor Julia Kramer spent nearly a year traveling across the U.S., sampled food coast to coast.  They traveled a combined 35,000 miles and ate at hundreds of restaurants in 41 cities in researching their subjects to find this year’s winners.

Nixta, which opened last November, is part of chef-restaurateur Ben Poremba’s portfolio which includes Elaia, Olio, and another new restaurant last year, Parigi.  Nixta’s kitchen is led by executive chef Tello Carreon, who combines his childhood in Guanajuato, Mexico, his expert culinary skills, and fresh ingredients to create upscale, contemporary Mexican dishes like nowhere else.

In selecting Nixta to the Hot 10, the Bon Appétit editors lauded Carreon for his broad approach to Mexican cuisine, praising him for not limiting his dishes or choice of ingredients to just one region of Mexico. Of Carreon’s food, the magazine writes: “He makes deeply complex moles the way his grandmother taught him.  He fries mushroom-cheese flautas that could be the ultimate bar food.  He applies dots of rose water foam to a stunning ceviche of juicy, plump shrimp.”  But it’s the octopus at Nixta that especially got their attention.  It is the most popular dish on the Nixta menu for good reason. Bon Appetit’s Julia Kramer called it “a perfect specimen” and extolled its crispy tentacles, describing it as “tender and meaty,” and not too soft in the middle.

St. Louis diners already knew Nixta was an amazing dining experience.  It had already earned much local, critical acclaim, and Nixta had won a spot on our customer review-based Tapas & Small Plate Top 10 list in June.  The restaurant’s exquisite food is served in a cozy, colorful dining space.  Reservations are strongly recommended, since this place fills up fast.  If you’re there on a Friday or Saturday night, be sure to stick around past 10:00 p.m. when the restaurant transforms into Bar Limon, offering a late-night menu, cocktails made with plenty of Mezcal and premium tequila, plus live music and salsa dancing.  Nixta and Bar Limon have quickly become St. Louis favorites, and now the secret is out, thanks to Bon Appétit.

Contact Information:

Owner: Ben Poremba (Bengelina)
Executive Chef: Tello Carreon
Botanical Heights
1621 Tower Grove Ave.
Saint Louis 63110
Phone: (314) 899-9000


Picture courtesy of TripAdvisor

Red Robin Celebrates National Lemonade Day in Support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc-Freckled-Lemonade

The Gourmet Burger Authority™ to Serve Samples of Freckled Lemonade® and Raise Funds to Help Find a Cure for Childhood Cancer

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO/Aug.18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Red Robin (RR) is standing by its tradition to support the fight against childhood cancer on National Lemonade Day.  This Sunday, Aug. 20, participating Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews® restaurants will host lemonade stands to serve guests free samples of its famous Freckled Lemonade and collect donations for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for all children with cancer.

“Red Robin is proud to support our charity partner Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and celebrate National Lemonade Day for a fifth consecutive year,” says Jonathan Muhtar, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Red Robin.  “It’s truly a day we look forward to each year, as we continue to support the fight against pediatric cancer and give back to families and children who need it the most.”

Freckled Lemonade is a refreshing blend of sweet strawberries and tangy Minute Maid® Lemonade.  The signature beverage with bottomless refills has been a Red Robin guest favorite for more than 20 years and is available in restaurants nationwide.  For a limited time, RR guests can also enjoy the new Freckled Lemonade Smoothie for a creamy twist on the guest favorite.

RR’s support for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation continues beyond National Lemonade Day.  The casual dining chain donates all Freckled Lemonade sales during the grand opening week of its new restaurant openings to the charity to help find a cure for all kids with cancer.  For more information about the partnership or to make a donation, visit, or contact your local Red Robin restaurant for lemonade stand hours of operation.

About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB)

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (, a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., and under the trade name, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, is the Gourmet Burger Authority™, famous for serving more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries® in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages.  At Red Robin, burgers are more than just something guests eat; they’re a bonding experience that brings together friends and families, kids and adults.  In addition to its many burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature beverages. Red Robin offers a variety of options behind the bar, including its extensive selection of local and regional beers, and innovative adult beer shakes and cocktails, earning the restaurant a VIBE Vista Award for Best Beer Program in a Multi-Unit Chain Restaurant.  There are more than 550 Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada, including Red Robin Express® locations and those operating under franchise agreements.  Red Robin… YUMMM®!  Connect with Red Robin on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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3rd Annual Rock the Hops in Alton – Tickets Selling Fast

Rock the Hops in Alton Celebrates Music, Beer & Art

Alton, IL/August 18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Alton will be sipping beer and rocking on Saturday, August 19th at the third annual Rock the Hops Festival.  The event celebrates music, beer, and art across multiple venues in the historic downtown Alton entertainment district.  Now in its third year, the event was dreamed up by Alton-natives and alternative-rockers Drew and Hope Mader.  The event doubled in size last year.  It’s added even more venues, acts, and craft brewers this year.

The Rock the Hops festival runs from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and includes dozens of musical performances, scores of craft beers to sample, plus lots of vendor booths showcasing the work of local artists and artisans.  Venues participating in this year’s event include Bottle and Barrel, Chez Marilyn, Elijah P’s, Germania Brew House, Hops House at Argosy Casino, The Old Bakery Beer Company, and Tony’s.

There will be more than 40 styles of craft beer to sample.  The list of brewers participating in this year’s event includes several St. Louis area favorites like 4 Hands Brewing Company (St. Louis), 4204 Main Street Brewing Company (Belleville), Excel Bottling & Brewing Company (Breese), Big Muddy Brewing (Murphysboro), Grafton Winery & Brewhaus (Grafton), Gumbo Flats Brewery (Chesterfield), Peel Brewing Company (O’Fallon, IL), Recess Brewing (Edwardsville), The Old Bakery Beer Company (Alton), O’Fallon Brewery (Maryland Heights), Schlafly Beer (St. Louis), Urban Chestnut Brewing Co (St. Louis), and more.  Some Illinois craft brewers who might not be as well known in the Gateway City will also be there.  Look for Destihl Brewery of Normal and Champaign as well as St. Nicholas Brewing Co. of Du Quoin.  The list of out-of-town craft brewers includes Elysian Brewing (Seattle) and Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles), with more labels signing on.

More than 29 local bands will perform throughout the festival, including the Mader’s Hope & Therapy, which is actually playing at Tony’s at 8:15, as the event winds down.  Some of the other local favorites at Rock and Hops include Seashine, The Trophy Mules, Prairie Rehab, The Fade, Pono AM, Hideous gentlemen, Catching the Westbound, MFG, Polyshades, Mayor Maynot, Orphan Welles, Bastard and the Crows, Floor Nine, Scribble, and The Bonbon Plot.

The Bonbon Plot performing earlier this year at Lighthouse Sounds (115 Market St, Alton) is among the bands lined up for Alton’s 2017 Rock the Hops festival Saturday, August 19.

In its first two years, the event sold out completely.  As of this writing, there are still General Admission tickets ($30) available through Brown Paper Tickets (  But festival organizers say the event is likely to sell out again this year, and may do so well ahead of the 2:00 p.m. start time Saturday.

Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery—Making Farm-to-Table Spirits

Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery—Making Farm-to-Table Spirits

Stumpy’s is a Family-Owned Whiskey Farm in Columbia, IL

Columbia, IL/August 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – We’re all familiar with the farm-to-table trend in restaurants and catering, but what about farm to bottle?  Would local sourcing, and growing their own ingredients entice you to try a fresh alcoholic beverage brand?  What if it gave you the chance to support another local business?  The folks at Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery, 1727 Centerville Road in Columbia, Illinois are hoping their grain-to-glass methods will do just that.  This Metro East distillery may be the perfect brand for anyone looking for a locally sourced product which packs a punch while maintaining its small-batch integrity.

Adam Stumpf founded his distillery in 2014, after developing a business plan during an entrepreneurship class while working toward his MBA at Washington University.  He started making his own beer back in his undergraduate days in Rolla, Mo.  He told the Belleville News-Democrat, “There’s literally nothing to do in Rolla other than school and beer.”  So, he took up brewing, eventually trying his hand at distillation.  He fell in love with the process, and founded the distillery on his family’s farm. This is a small-batch, craft distillery that aims to give customers a farm fresh, pure drinking experience.  This makes Stumpy’s Distillery a truly unique local business—they don’t just make the whiskey, they grow the grain and pump the water from the well to make it with.  So, when they say that they are locally sourced, they really mean it.

Stumpf says being able to source almost all their ingredients from their 8th generation family farm has allowed them to have absolute control of the quality of the ingredients they use.

Stumpy’s founder Adam Stumpf spoke with Fox 2’s John Pertzborn about what goes into making quality whiskey.

Stumpy’s is the first distillery in Columbia, Illinois since the repeal of Prohibition back in the 1930’s.  Before the alcohol ban was lifted, there was an illegal distillery named Old Monroe open on Main Street in Columbia.  Stumpf pays tribute to the old bootleggers by adopting the Old Monroe label for his whiskeys.  Stumpy’s has four labels on the market so far: Old Monroe Bourbon Whisky (single barrel wheated, 90 proof), three Old Monroe flavored whiskeys (Pecan Pie, Lemon Drop, and Honey—all 60 proof), Old Monroe White Whiskey (100 proof), and their very first product, Unbroken Vodka (80 proof).  And, the distillery has something else promising in the works—a new alcohol which Stumpf calls a “Midwestern version of a Scotch single malt” which he hopes to be releasing to the public in the near future.

Want to try a taste of what Stumpy’s has to offer?  Well, you can!  The company’s products are available at several area retailers, and served in a variety of local restaurants and bars.  Here’s a few:

Total Wine – Town & Country at 13887 Manchester Rd, Town and Country MO
Total Wine – Chesterfield at 1781 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield MO
Friar Tuck – O’Fallon at 4629 Hwy K, O’Fallon MO

Friar Tuck – Crestwood at 9053 Watson Rd, Crestwood MO
Friar Tuck – Fenton at 792 Gravois Bluff Blvd, Fenton MO
Telegraph Liquors at 5661 Telegraph Road in St. Louis, MO
The Wine & Cheese Place – Creve Coeur at 457 N Ballas Rd, Creve Coeur MO
The Wine & Cheese Place – Clayton at 7435 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis MO
Fallon’s Bar & Grill at 9200 Olive Blvd, Olivette MO
St. Louis Brewery (The Schlafly Tap Room) at 2100 Locust St, St. Louis MO
TwinOak Wood Fired Fare at 1201 Strassner, Brentwood MO
Wild Flower Restaurant & Catering at 4900 Laclede Ave, St. Louis MO
One Eyed Willie’s Pub & Grill at 2924 Telegraph Road in St. Louis, MO
Who Dat’s Southern Food at 123 South Main Street in Columbia, IL
Chateau La Vin at 119 S Main Street in Columbia, IL
J. Fires’ Market Bistro at 725 North Market Street in Waterloo, IL
Boxing Turtle Saloon at 1310 Dutch Hollow Road in Belleville, IL.

Stumpy’s products are also available online at

You can learn more about whiskey making by touring Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery.  There’s also an onsite tasting room, so you can actually sip a farm fresh alcoholic beverage at the farm where it was created.  Talk about knowing where your product comes from!  Distillery tours, tastings, full bottle sales, and merchandise are available Thursday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The 45-minute tours begin at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.

Stumpy’s also hosts special events at the distillery, such as the spirits tasting and crawfish boil (a collaboration with Geaux Cajun) back in June.  Next month they’re hosting their first painting party.  Reservations are being accepted for the Pour.  Sip.  Paint.  Party!  On Wednesday, August 16 (6:30 p.m.)  Seating is limited.  As the business continues to grow, more fresh, fun events will be held Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery.  In the meantime, Adam Stumpf and his family are busy growing wheat, barley, and rye, and making farm fresh whiskey (and bourbon and vodka) from grain to glass.

Contact Information:

Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery
Owner: Adam Stumpf
1727 Centerville Road
Columbia, IL 62236
Phone: (618) 281-7733


By Katie Smith