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Dave & Buster’s to Debut Exclusive Spider-Man Arcade Game Nationwide

Tremendous Year for Spider-Man Franchise Continues with New Arcade Game at Dave & Buster’s

DALLAS/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – In anticipation of the worldwide release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, in theaters July 7, Dave & Buster’s, the ultimate destination for fun, food, friends and games introduces a brand new Spider-Man arcade game created exclusively for the concept.

The new game, based on Spider-Man: Homecoming, is part of Dave & Buster’s new sourcing strategy that builds partnerships with some of the biggest brands in popular culture and supports the collaborations with world-class games and entertainment for our guests.  Developed by Adrenaline Amusements, the new game is a custom arcade conversion of Spider-Man Unlimited, created by Gameloft SE under license from Marvel, and utilizes assets specific to Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Only available at Dave & Buster’s, the game lets players swing through the streets of New York, and if successful, battle the evil super-villain, the Vulture.  It is everyone’s chance to be their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!

To celebrate, Dave & Buster’s will be offering guests the opportunity to play three games free, including the new Spider-Man: Homecoming – and others like World’s Largest Pac-Man and Space Invaders Frenzy – with each $10 Power Card purchase or reload!

“The new Spider-Man: Homecoming game is a milestone for the Dave & Buster’s brand as it is a game-changer in the way we source and deliver games to our guests,” says Kevin Bachus, SVP of Entertainment and Games Strategy at Dave & Buster’s “We are passionate about offering our guests a unique experience they can’t get anywhere else, and now fans of the iconic Spider-Man franchise will have another way to celebrate their favorite Super Hero with a game that is as fun and exhilarating as the films and comics.  This game was made exclusively for Dave & Buster’s, and will be the only place to play it – ever!”

About Dave & Buster’s:

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, operates 99 large-venue, high-volume Dave & Buster’s restaurant/entertainment complexes throughout North America.  Each Dave & Buster’s offers an impressive selection of high-quality food and beverage items, combined with the latest games and attractions.  Guests can play state-of-the-art simulators and games of skill they can’t play anywhere else.  Dave & Buster’s also provides a vibrant sports bar filled with massive screens, creating an ideal sports watching experience.  For more information, visit www.daveandbusters.com.  The exciting environment of the Dave & Buster’s complex also provides the perfect setting for corporate and group events.

About Spider-Man: Homecoming

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).  Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Directed by Jon Watts.  Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal.  Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Screen Story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.  For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

Dave & Buster’s – St. Louis

13857 Riverport Drive

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Phone: (314) 209-8015

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The Best Cocktails in St. Louis – Top 10 Cocktail Bars and Lounges

The Best Cocktails in St. Louis - Top 10 Cocktail Bars and Lounges

St. Louis’ Top 10 Cocktail Bars and Lounges

St. Louis, MO/June 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Top 10 Cocktail Bars – We write a lot about food and the great St. Louis area restaurants that feed our adventurous appetites.  But sometimes, you just want something to drink.  And when you thirst for adventure in our fair city, a myriad of libations await.  St. Louis has a rich and varied beverage culture—everything from craft breweries and wine bars to corner taverns and craft cocktail lounges.  It’s the latter that concerns us here.  Sure, we love an artisan brew as much as the next person, and our appreciation for a well curated wine list is boundless.  But sometimes, you want to wet your whistle with something intoxicating and delectable, and that’s where cocktails come in.  These clever combinations of booze, juices, syrups, muddled fruits and herbs, and other flavorings satisfy both our thirst, and our sense of adventure.

Parched St. Louisans can find relief at literally thousands of local bars, taverns, restaurants, and lounges.  Whether you prefer a dry martini, an old fashioned Old Fashion, a fruity and frozen cocktail, or something more akin to boozy ice cream, there’s a bartender creating the cocktail of your dreams.  So, finding the top 10 was a daunting task.  We scoured the customer reviews to find the mixologists who make St. Louis’ favorite cocktails.  And what we found was an eclectic list of bars, pubs, lounges, and restaurants offering some truly clever cocktails.

Topping our list is a unique concept cocktail bar, Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice in the Central West End.  This is a slushy bar, strictly for grown-ups. Narwhal’s opened in October 2016 inside the historic Gerhart Building at Laclede and Vandeventer Aves, near St. Louis University.  The bar is a nautically themed, attractive space with driftwood walls, beachy accessories, a glittery bar, and lots of sea blue accents.  The drinks are pulled from slushy machines, but these are not the artificially flavored, sugary treats of youth.  They’re seriously delicious, frozen alcoholic beverages flavored with hand-crafted infusions and purees made from scratch in-house.  Some customer favorites include the Apple Mint Julep, made with Kentucky bourbon, Angry Orchard hard apple cider, lime, and mint simple syrup; the Chocolate Mudslide, made with Vodka, Kahlua, homemade five-ingredient ice cream, and chocolate; and the Negroni—Narwhal’s take on the classic Italian cocktail, made with Campari, sweet vermouth, gin, orange juice, lemon, and simple syrup.  The frozen cocktails at Narwhal’s are delicious, and perfect for a warm summer evening, and these unique concoctions are St. Louis’ favorite cocktails, according to customer reviews.

The cocktail makers on the top 10 list represent a nice cross section of what the city’s bars, lounges, pubs, and restaurants have to offer.  There are straight up cocktail bars, elite dining clubs, elegant lounges, and even a vegetarian restaurant known for hand-crafted food and beverages.  So, without further ado, here are the top 10 cocktail bars in St. Louis:

  1. Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice (4.71 stars/62 reviews) Central West End, 3906 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 696-8388.
  2. Taste Bar (4.50 stars/464 reviews) Central West End, 4584 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1200.
  3. The Fountain On Locust (4.48 stars/1131 reviews) Midtown, 3037 Locust Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 535-7800.
  4. Blood & Sand (4.46 stars/236 reviews) Downtown, 1500 St Charles Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 241-7263.
  5. Twisted Tree Steakhouse (4.46 stars/104 reviews) 10701 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63127, (314) 394-3366.
  6. Bossanova Restaurant and Lounge (4.40 stars/105 reviews) Riverbend, 112 West 3rd Street, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 462-1175.
  7. Thaxton Speakeasy (4.39 stars/109 reviews) Downtown, 1009 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 241-3279.
  8. Retreat Gastropub (4.35 stars/330 reviews) Central West End, 2 North Sarah Street, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 261-4497.
  9. The Preston (4.32 stars/103 reviews) Central West End, 212 North Kingshighway Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 633-7800.
  10. Tree House Vegetarian Restaurant (4.29 stars/261 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3177 South Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 696-2100.

With thousands of cocktail bars to choose from, there was just no way to include everyone worth noting on the list.  We could have put the top 20 on the list and still left dozens of great mixologists out.  And with the requirement that everyone on the list have at least 50 reviews, that leaves a lot of really great, newer, smaller, or more out of the way spots off the list as well.  With that in mind, we offer honorable mentions to a few lesser known locations mixing up some killer cocktails.  Honorable mentions go to:

Polite Society (4.54 stars/37 reviews) Lafayette Square, 1923 Park Ave., St Louis, MO 63104, (314) 325-2553.  This contemporary, sophisticated bar and restaurant opened in 2016 and it’s anything but stuffy.  The bar program includes a great wine-by-the-glass selection, plus several signature cocktails, including a refreshing Hibiscus Daiquiri.

Propaganda (4.74 stars/47 reviews) Benton Park West, Gravois Park, 2732 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 769-9696.  This Soviet-inspired nostalgia bar opened last June.  It’s red walls and art reminiscent of “Mother Russia” create a unique atmosphere.  The menu is loaded with delicious vodka cocktails.

The Whiskey Ring (4.47 stars/43 reviews) Benton Park West, Gravois Park, 2651 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 669-5817.  Another Cherokee Street gem, The Whiskey Ring offers a neighborhood bar feel, with a terrific cocktail menu.  They offer more than 50 bourbons, ryes, scotch and malt whiskeys, as well as an array of cocktails including some prohibition era libations.

W Karaoke Will Bring Something Totally New to The Loop

W Karaoke Will Bring Something Totally New to The Loop

Asian Karaoke to fill Vacant Social Club II

University City, MO/June 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – One of St. Louis’ premiere entertainment districts is about to get something totally new to the area, an Asian-style Karaoke lounge.  St. Louis restaurateur Ivan Wei plans to open W Karaoke in October, right next door to his Corner 17 and Joy Luck Express restaurants.  We profiled Wei’s University City eateries last July.  Wei is working with Tao+Lee Associates to renovate the old Social House II at 6655 Delmar Blvd.  This is the same design firm he tapped for last year’s expansion of Corner 17 and creation of his Asian express takeout, Joy Luck Express.

The site of his new venture has a history of cutting edge entertainment and controversy.  Social House II closed last June after just four-months in business.  The controversial nightclub had drawn protests from the community and members of the University City government over the scantily clad servers (who wore only pasties and body paint from the waist up).  Wei’s planned karaoke lounge has already won approval from the University City council.  Wei won approval of his conditional use permit for the karaoke bar at the May 8th city council meeting.

Renovations are underway, including a gut rehab of the building and installation of an elaborate sound system that will allow karaoke performances in multiple locations inside the 4,000-square foot lounge.  W Karaoke will feature 11 private rooms that can accommodate five-six people, and an open common area with a bar.  Each room will have it’s own karaoke setup, allowing customers to sing for just their friends, or belt out a tune in the larger, and more public bar space.  The multiple private rooms allowing performers to sing for just the audience they want is the crux of the difference between traditional American-style karaoke and Asian-style.

Asian-style karaoke lounges have been very popular, especially with college students, in China, Korea, and Japan for several years.  They’re also hot right now in major U.S. cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.  While there are a few spots offering Chinese karaoke and Korean karaoke in the St. Louis area, Wei’s new place will be different.  He says customers won’t find just another bar when they walk into his lounge.  W Karaoke will feel be glitzy and more glamorous.

W Karaoke Lounge will offer a full bar along with simple, limited menu of American eats and Pan-Asian cuisine.  Although food won’t be the main draw, the popularity of Wei’s restaurants, especially the noodles at Corner 17, it’s sure to be a nice addition to the karaoke lounge.  The plan is for W Karaoke to be open Sunday – Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to midnight, and Friday – Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  The new lounge is slated to open in October.

Steampunk Brew Works is Creating Beer Inside Brewers’ Shop

Steampunk Brew Works is Creating Beer Inside Brewers’ Shop

Town & Country’s First Brewery is Steampunk Brew Works

St. Louis, MO/May 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Steampunk Brew Works – Beer brewing is as much a part of St. Louis history as the Old Court House.  The city has been home to scores of breweries, and thousands of homebrewers over the past 250 years.  There are more than 60 commercial breweries in the St. Louis area today.  Thousands of homebrewers create beer of their own every year.  There are clubs, associations, websites, publications, and shops dedicated to the art and craft of homebrewing.  One well known homebrew supplier in the area is St. Louis Wine & Beermaking at 231 Lamp & Lantern Village in Town and Country.

Dave Deaton discovered homebrewing and winemaking in 1988.  Deaton will tell you that it’s every homebrewer’s dream to own a homebrew supply shop or their own brewery.  So in 2006 the computer programmer/cook bought St. Louis Wine & Beermaking.  In 2015, he decided to check two dreams off, by building a microbrewery inside the supply shop.  The renovations, licensing, and permitting process took more time than originally planned.  But it’s now finally all come together.

On Saturday, May 26, Deaton opened Steampunk Brew Works, the microbrewery inside his brewers’ supply shop.  About a third of the shop has been taken up by Steampunk’s three-barrel brewing system and tasting area with a rotating selection of beers on tap.  Customers will be able to sample the brews before buying them in pints and growlers across the bar.  Deaton hopes to also sell to outside accounts.  Right now, the brewery operation is really just Deaton, with help from friends and the staff at St. Louis Wine & Beermaking.  He also says he’s gotten some great help and advice from Jerid Saffell from Heavy Riff Brewing Co. (6413 Clayton Ave., St. Louis).

Since Steampunk Brew Works sits inside a beer making supply shop, Deaton has daily access to more ingredients (like the 80 hops on hand) than do most brewers.  This gives him the opportunity to brew something special, and share the beer as well as how to make it with his customers.  Some of the beers bearing the Steampunk label include their American IPA 1216, a citrusy, refreshing IPA; Cream Ale; Au Frau, a German blonde ale; Gearhead Porter, a well-hopped porter; Cerasus, an American Wheat; Maestro, a hybrid American/English amber; Zwischen, an unfiltered German Kolsch; Nuns Habit, a Tafelbier or low-alcohol table beer; Rusty Shackle, an Irish red; Kolsch; Vulcans Hammer, a Belgian dark strong beer; and St. Draconius Belgian Abbey.  With access to the ingredients Deaton has, customers can expect constant variations on familiar classics.  Like its namesake Sci-fi genre, Steampunk Brew Works offers old-fashioned flavor with a modern twist.

Deaton plans to rotate a half-dozen Steampunk brews on tap in his tasting room, along with some guest labels.  As customers become accustomed to visiting his in-shop microbrewery, some popular varieties may become permanent fixtures.  Deaton will be pouring his beers at the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival Saturday, June 3rd.  It’s the 11th year for the annual showcase of St. Louis brewers, but the first year for Steampunk.

Steampunk Brew Works owner David Deaton spoke with KSDK-TV’s Dana Dean about the uniqueness of opening a microbrewery inside a brewing supply shop.

The St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival features more than 100 styles of beer from 50 local brewers.  This year’s event will also include a Collaboration Festival Beer, home brew club tastings, a Rare Tapping Tent, live music, and great food in the shadow of the Gateway Arch, along Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd.  The festival happens in two sessions: the afternoon session is 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Early Entry at Noon) and the evening session runs from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Early Entry at 6:00 p.m.).  The Evening Session will include a world class fireworks display over the Mississippi River!  New this year: a very limited number of tickets to an exclusive iTap Riverfront VIP Experience.  Tickets are $45 – $125.00.  More information, including a complete list of participating breweries can be found at the festival website: https://stlbeer.org/events/heritage/.

St. Louis Wine & Beermaking is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

Steampunk Brew Works
Owner: David Deaton
St. Louis Wine & Beermaking
231 Lamp & Lantern Village
Town and Country, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 230-8277

Cedar Hill’s Down Home Dining Favorite Is Coyote Joe’s

Cedar Hill’s Down Home Dining Favorite Is Coyote Joe’s

Homespun Hospitality and Down Home Good Eats at Coyote Joe’s

Cedar Hill, MO/April 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If you drive out Hwy 30 through Jefferson County, you’ll come across the small town of Cedar Hill, tucked along the bank of the Big River.  This is a quintessential Missouri small town.  With fewer than 2,000 residents, it’s fairly rural, with a definite Ozark hills flavor.  The local park is a popular canoe launch site for locals and city-folk alike, since its about 10 miles upstream from Rockford Beach.  There’s an old mill and dam, and a popular fishing hole too.  Visitors will also find an old log cabin near the river that has a great view of the Cedar Hill area and is home to Coyote Joe’s Bar & Grill.

Kristi and Joe Lunsford opened their bar and grill in August 2016.  It’s a family-friendly establishment, even offering a special “Li’l Pups’ Coloring Corner” where kids can color their own coyote pictures to be hung on the restaurant walls.  Since they’re a 100-percent family owned and operated restaurant, they wanted to make sure families feel welcome in their place.  They’ve even started a Tuesday night dinner special that has kids eating free!  Kristi Lunsford says welcoming families, and providing a clean, comfortable dining destination for them is important.  She says they want to make their guests and their staff feel at home.

Coyote Joes offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day.  Their menu is a bit different. It’s written in “Ozark slang,” but don’t worry.  The friendly staff is more than happy to translate for you!  From the fried walleye and alligator tacos to the house-made pork skins—fried fresh daily, and the locally sourced, grass-fed beef, this is down home, Southern-style comfort food.  They even use grandma’s recipes to make their homemade desserts.  Diners will find daily and weekly lunch and dinner specials.  Every Friday, they do “FryDay” all you can eat catfish, shrimp, homemade hushpuppies, and a “fixin.”  There’s a takeout menu too, and customers say the prices are the best in town.

Besides their down home, Southern-style hospitality, another thing that sets Coyote Joe’s apart is their dedication to hunting and using game in their kitchen.  Two Saturdays every month, they offer special “wildlife” dinners featuring dishes made with buffalo, elk, venison, wild boar, rabbit and other game animals.  That culture is reflected in the decor too.  The walls are covered with wildlife and there’s even a stuffed coyote, and a “braggin’ wall” for everyone to hang up their hunting pictures.

Coyote Joe’s is a bar and grill, so you’ll find a full bar offering beer, wine, liquor, and mixed drinks.  They have weekly drink specials during “Happy Hour.”  Like any good bar, you can catch a game (or your favorite sport fishing/hunting show) on one of the TVs.  There’s a jukebox, Video Keno, and lottery ticket sales too.

The Lunsfords are a community oriented family, so they make it part of their business to get involved in community service projects, donate to local charities, and even host benefits.  They have a great private party room that’s perfect for civic events, club meetings, and private party rentals too.

They love to party at Coyote Joe’s, so they celebrate just about everything.  They do themed parties for all the national holidays, including the unofficial celebrations like Mardi Gras, Taco Tuesdays, the Daytona 500, etc.  They’re planning crab boils this spring and summer.  They’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef and cabbage specials on Friday and Saturday.  They’ll have plenty of green beer and drink specials too!

Coyote Joe’s is closed on Mondays.  They’re open Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Unlike some rural establishments, Coyote Joe’s takes credit cards!  There’s always plenty of parking for motorcycles, big trucks, campers and RVs—whatever you’re driving.  “So come on down,” Lunsford says, “we want to see ya here!”

Contact Information:

Coyote Joe’s Bar & Grill
Owners: Joe and Kristi Lunsford
7000 State Road BB
Cedar Hill, Missouri
Phone: (636) 285-0926

1860 Saloon Building History

1860 Saloon Building History

1858 – 1860 South Ninth Street in the Soulard neighborhood

St. Louis, MO/April 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The original building was built in the late 1800’s as a two-family town house with two separate entrances (1858 – 1860 S. 9th St.).  In the early 1900’s the south side residence was converted to commercial space with the north side preserved as the living quarters for the commercial space proprietors.

Over the years the commercial side of the building has been a bakery, butcher shop, confectionery, and, in the 1960’s, a storefront church.  The two spaces were eventually made into one space and became a tavern.  The attached picture was during this time period.

In early 1980’s Richard Marion bought the building for $15,000; changed the front entrance to one door and the name to Marion’s 1860’s Tavern.  The inside remodel included the addition of a stairway to the second floor (the opening in the ceiling when you walk in the 1860’s Saloon front door is where the stairway was located), the historic back bar and the vintage Budweiser neon sign.  The tavern did not have food at this time.

In 1989, what is currently the Game Room was added with a full kitchen.  The exposed beams are from old railroad tresses, which were dismantled in the 1970’s and 80’s when the railroads were in decline.  When this room was finished the tavern’s name was changed to 1860’s Hardshell Café & Bar.

In 1992 construction began on what was to be a garden area on the east end of the building.  Original plans called for an open-air building without a roof.  By the time the project was finished there was a plastic roof along with weather-proof doors and windows.  A unique feature is that the concrete floor was installed with heat pipes underneath so the snow and ice would melt off when bad weather prevailed.  The system is still used today on cold winter nights to heat the floor.  The plastic roof let in a lot of light, but never seemed to keep the rain out.  The roof was replaced in 2013 with beautiful reclaimed wood from an old warehouse in north county.  This space is now called 1860’s Hardshell Café, but the locals still call it “60’s Patio”.

Stay tuned for:

1860’s Parking Lot Miracle
(Installment Two)

1860’s Ghosts, Legends and Myths
(Installment Three)

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Author: Tom Gullickson

The Fryers Daughter is Kirkwood’s Newest Restaurant

The Fryers Daughter is Kirkwood’s Newest Restaurant

The Wood Cask Is Replaced by The Fryers Daughter

KIRKWOOD, MO/April 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The Fryers Daughter – In any great food city, restaurants come and restaurants go.  It’s part of the life cycle of the industry.  But it isn’t often that an owner closes his doors and a week later reopens as a brand new restaurant with a new name, a new look, and a fresh new menu.  But that’s just what has happened to The Wood Cask at the Green Tree Center (10332 Manchester Road) in Kirkwood.  The upscale, casual restaurant had been open for just over two years, offering handcrafted cocktails using upscale liquors and small batch bourbons, along with an exceptional selection of whiskey, wine, and beer.  The restaurant menu included well-planned bar staples like wings, flatbread pizzas, apps, and burgers, along with steak, seafood, and salads.

When owner Dan Marten announced on Facebook that he would be closing The Wood Cask (his first restaurant venture), he hinted that something new was in the works.  On March 19th he had posted this: “This coming Wednesday, March 22nd will be our last call at The Wood Cask, because we are closing our doors.  The ownership, management, and staff would sincerely like to thank everyone we had the pleasure of serving and getting to know over the last two years here in Kirkwood.  More News To Come -”

More news indeed.  It seemed the doors had just about shut last Wednesday night when workers began removing fixtures, building a new counter, and repainting everything.  The upscale, casual atmosphere of the Wood Cask was swept away, and a bright new enterprise was in the making.  The Fryer’s Daughter, as Marten has named it in honor of his two daughters, promises to be different.

The Fryer’s Daughter specializes in fried chicken—buttermilk marinated, double-breaded fried chicken—the really crunchy, delicious kind.  Marten says they’re offering fried chicken in several varieties including by the piece, and as sandwiches, wraps, and salads.  Several house-made specialty sauces are available too, including classic barbecue sauce, their homemade Buffalo-style hot sauce, and their spicy Korean gochujang sauce called “K-town.”  There will be a nice selection of house-made sides as well.

Unlike the full service dining of the Wood Cask, The Fryer’s Daughter offers fast-casual counter service.  This trending, newer service style has customers placing their orders at a counter, yet offers a comfortable dining room.  But Marten is changing that model up a bit too.  Although The Fryer’s Daughter is a family-friendly restaurant, it’s not your average fried chicken joint.  This one has a full bar.  In fact, I’m told customers will still be able to find the small batch bourbons and amazing whiskey selection they loved at the Wood Cask—including the “create your own flights” option.

Marten had hoped to have the new restaurant open earlier this week (Monday, March 27), but pushed it back a few days to make sure every element was in place and ready to go.  Service will begin with lunch Thursday, at 11:00 a.m.  After that, the kitchen will be open Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  You might find the bar open a bit later, depending upon demand. Kirkwood’s newest restaurant, The Fryer’s Daughter will be something special—offering top shelf bourbon and fresh fried chicken in the same place. Yay!

Contact information:

The Fryers Daughter
Owner: Dan Marten
Green Tree Center
10332 Manchester Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 858-1085

Riverbend Restaurant & Bar Has Closed

Riverbend Restaurant & Bar

Richmond Heights Cajun/Creole Eatery Shuttered

St. Louis, MO/March 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — It’s no secret that the restaurant industry is an ever changing one.  Populations shift and customer tastes change.  Still, it’s always a little sad when a once-favorite restaurant closes.  That’s the reality for fans of Riverbend Restaurant & Bar at 1059 South Big Bend Blvd. in Richmond Heights.  The owner, Sam Kogos closed the restaurant and the end of business Sunday, March 26.

Kogos had moved with his wife to her hometown, St. Louis after Hurricane Katrina struck his native New Orleans.  He opened his Cajun-themed restaurant, Riverbend at 701 Utah in Soulard in 2010.  His cousin, Chef Steve Daney followed him here from New Orleans to help out.  The kitchen at the location just south of Anheuser Busch was tiny, but the food won high acclaim, and drew customers from across the metro area.  So when Kogos had the chance in 2014 to move to a bigger space (the former Harvest Restaurant) with a better-equipped kitchen, he took it.

Kogos had hoped the move would double his business, and at first things were going well.  His cousin had begun taking long breaks to cook Cajun food in Europe.  So Kogos soon found himself spending more time in the kitchen, which is not where his ambitions lie.  After three years in Richmond Heights, Kogos’ lease was coming up.  He told St. Louis Magazine that it seemed like an opportune time to close, and move on to something new.

On Riverbend’s website, he left the following message:

Riverbend is closed. We had a fun 7-year run. We’re on to the next adventure. Thanks for your friendship and great conversation!”

Kogos told St. Louis Magazine that he plans to return to New Orleans in the next week or so to seek his next adventure.

Two Plumbers Offers Craft Beer & Video Games in St. Charles

Two Plumbers

St. Charles’ Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade Now Open

St. Charles, MO/March 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Charles County has a brand new way to play.  Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade at 2236 First Capitol Drive opened for business on March 18th.  It’s one of just a handful of establishments nationwide to combine the arcade bar experience with house-brewed beer.  Two Plumbers was named to honor Mario and Luigi, Nintendo’s famous video game brothers who first emerged to save New York from the monsters in its sewers in 1983.  As Mario Brothers, they went on to rescue the hapless Pauline from the great ape Donkey Kong, and to arcade racing fame in Mario Kart, becoming the faces of Nintendo’s brand.

Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade, St. Charles, MO

Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade, St. Charles, MO

The new brewhouse and arcade near Lindenwood University is the collaborative creation of childhood friends Robert Schowengerdt and John Simon.  A longtime video game fan, Schowengerdt’s background is in animation.  Simon is a microbiologist.  With a decade of home brewing experience, plus time spent in the breweries of Six Row Brewing Co. and Ferguson Brewing Co, he’s leading the brewing operations.

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade is an adults-only (over 21) establishment offering small-batch craft beer.  There are ten taps with seasonal offerings and two year round beers: a honey blond called Pauline (the damsel in distress in Donkey Kong), and an American brown ale called Braunen Mantel (German for “brown coat”), which is a nod to the rebels in the sci-fi TV series Firefly. You’ll also find the wares of other craft brewers like Firestone Walker (Buellton, CA), Founders Brewing (Grand Rapids, MI), Logboat Brewing (Columbia, MO) and others.

The arcade and bar occupies more than 3,000 square feet in an unassuming looking strip mall.  Inside there’s an industrial vibe and seating for about 80.  The space is centered by long, beer hall style tables, and surrounded by the bright, inviting lights of more than 25 video games and a wall of 10 pinball machines.  Customers will find everything from the classic Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Frogger to Mortal Combat and imported Japanese gaming consoles.

Schowengerdt and Simon are part of an emerging beer making community west of the Missouri River.  St. Charles County has been called a craft beer desert.  A few breweries have begun to fill that void.  Two Plumbers is the newest.  As such, they’re hosting a Marquee event during this year’s St. Charles County Craft Beer Week (April 22-29, 2017).  Join them Friday, April 28th from 8:30 p.m. to midnight for Brewery + Arcade Night.

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade is open Tuesday – Friday from 3:00 p.m. to Midnight and Saturdays from noon to 1:30 a.m.  Be advised that this is a craft brewery and arcade, not a restaurant.  So if you want food, you’ll probably want to bring your own.  The owners say they are working to add (locally produced) Dan O’s frozen pizza.  It should be available at the bar in the next few weeks.  Even so, customers are welcome to bring in their own food, or have it delivered to them at the arcade.

Contact Information:

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade
Owner: Robert Schowengerdt
Brewmaster: John Simon
2236 First Capitol Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
Phone: (636) 224-8626

Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar Coming to Maplewood

Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar

New Maplewood Bar Will Let Customers Work the Taps – Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar

Maplewood, MO/ (STLRestaurant.News) – Maplewood has been an incubator for new food and dining concepts in the St. Louis area.  So it’s really not surprising that Ryan and Lindsay Reel chose the inner ring suburb to debut their new beer and wine bar Tapped.  They’re nearly done with renovations to the property at 7278 Manchester (formerly A Pizza Story). Tapped is slated to open in April.

What makes this new Maplewood bar unique is that customers will get their own drinks.  Tapped will use the iPourIt tap control system.  It’s a novel, new tap system that will allow customers to pour their own beer and wine.  According to the manufacturer, iPourIt works with RFID wristbands that each customer receives.  The thirsty customers wave the wristband to activate the tap they choose.  They decide how much they want to pour, and pay only for the beer or wine they take.

This will let customers sample from any of the 40 local craft beers and ciders Tapped will offer.  Each tap will have an interactive tablet, allowing customers to learn more about that particular libation before deciding what to pour.  The Reels say they do not plan to offer any major brewer’s products. (So don’t look for Bud Light here.)  Instead, they’ll have brews from St. Louis favorites Schlafly, Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands, and other.  There will also be eight wine taps, and coffee too.

Diners who miss the old pizza place will be glad to learn that the Reels have still have the wood-burning pizza oven from A Pizza Story, and plan to offer the same Neapolitan pizzas that were once served in the building.  They’ll also do small plates and appetizers that pair well with beer.  Look for fresh, gourmet sandwiches, dips, and mussels.

The exact opening date hasn’t been set, but mid-April is the target date.  According to their Facebook page, the Reels are in the process of hiring staff for Tapped.  They’re looking for “beer, wine, and food enthusiasts” to fill all positions, including prep cooks, cooks, hosts, and managers.

Contact Information:

Tapped
Owners: Ryan and Lindsay Reel
7278 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143
314-899-0011