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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

J Greene’s Pub Is Irish Tradition + Family Recipes + Local Sports

J Greene’s Pub Is Irish Tradition + Family Recipes + Local Sports

St. Louis County’s Authentic Irish Pub is J Greene’s

Warson Woods, MO/February 22, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When you think Irish pub, you might think of beer, and Celtic music, darts and St. Patrick’s Day.  And those are certainly fine images of some of the roles Irish pubs play in the St. Louis community.  But do you think of a chef conceived menu of scratch made food and slow-roasted meats?  How about big screen TVs and online ordering for carryout?  You should, if you’re thinking of J Greene’s Irish Pub at 10017 Manchester Road in Warson Woods.  This is a neighborhood pub in the old tradition.  It’s the kind of place where families gather for a meal, where friends meet to share the events of the day over drinks, and the community comes together to cheer on their favorite teams.  Owners Juliet and Jason Greene wouldn’t have it any other way.

In proper Irish-American tradition, you’ll find their menu includes Fish & Chips (hand-dipped, beer-battered cod and fried curry chips), Corned Beef & Cabbage (sliced from the whole brisket they cooked overnight), as well as Bangers & Mash (which includes their house made pork sausage, and Guinness onions).  You’ll also find their signature dish: John R. Greene’s Beef Tenderloin Medallions (with garlic mashed potatoes and an Irish whiskey mushroom and onion cream sauce).  Even more Irish favorites are coming to the J. Greene menu starting March 1st, including braised lamb shank!  Since this is a terrific sports bar too, their menu also includes all the sandwiches, pizza, and apps you’d expect—including J Greene’s awesome take on that St. Louis favorite, toasted ravioli—giant, handmade, golden brown, and delicious!  Want something sweet?  This is an Irish Pub, so try the Chocolate Guinness Cake: it’s moist chocolate cake made with Guinness stout, and topped with Bailey’s whipped cream and Jameson anglaise.  Erin go braugh!

At J Greene’s, any day is a good day to celebrate your Irish, but St. Patrick’s Day is their favorite day of the year!  So they’ve planned some special events to celebrate:

Saturday, March 11th, skip the downtown crowds after the parade and head to J Greene’s for authentic Irish food and drinks!
Tuesday, March 14th, the Kräftig team visit J Greene’s for trivia night starting at 8:00 p.m.  There will be free samples and giveaways, including some excellent Blues Hockey tickets in section 124!

Thursday, March 16th, the Jameson team will be along to help you get an early start on your St. Patrick’s Day festivities!  Join them from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for free samples and great giveaways!

Friday, March 17th, celebrate St Patrick’s Day at one of the most authentic Irish Pubs in St. Louis County!  J Greene’s Irish Pub is pulling out the stops for a day filled with grown-up fun!  There will be visits from the Guinness team, the girls from Tullamore Dew, and Bushmills will feature their newest Irish whiskey, Red Bush!  It’s a day of free samples, giveaways, and authentic Irish food and drinks!

J Greene’s opens at 11:00 a.m. each day. Sunday – Tuesday they’re open until 11:00 p.m., Wednesday – Thursday until midnight, and Friday – Saturday, until 1:00 am.  Since J Greene’s Pub is all about celebrating the season, you won’t want to miss their Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil!  This Friday – Sunday, February 24 – 26, they’re offering an authentic Louisiana craw-fish boil and other Cajun specials to celebrate Mardi Gras.  A ligean ar an dea-uair rolla! (Let the good times roll…Irish style!)

Contact Information:

J Greene’s Pub
Owners: Juliet and Jason Greene
10017 Manchester Road
Warson Woods, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 394-2330
[email protected]

Lucas Park Grille Launching Pad for Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

Lucas Park Grille, St. Louis, MO

One Option for St. Louis Mardi Gras 2017 – Lucas Park Grille

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 5, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Lucas Park Grille – Mardi Gras is a grand time in the city of St. Louis.  We throw one of the biggest Mardi Gras parties in the country.  City officials say it’s the biggest outside of New Orleans, and that might be the case.  In recent years, it’s outgrown the Soulard neighborhood where it began and spilled into downtown and even Laclede’s Landing, creating more opportunities to let the good times roll across town!

One of the most fun was to enjoy a party like Mardi Gras is with a pub crawl.  You get transportation, drink specials, and no cover charges.  My Drink On has teamed up with Lucas Park Grille to create a Mardi Gras pub crawl across downtown St. Louis on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.  The $20 ticket gets you two $5.00 gift cards (food or drink), $3-5.00 drink specials featuring Cruzan Rum and EFFEN Vodka.  All cover charges are waived (but you may still have to stand in line), and a limited number of masks and beads will be provided.  Plus, a portion of the proceeds will go to local charity.  Tickets can be purchased online through My Drink On.

On the day of the event registration is 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Lucas Park Grille, 1234 Washington Ave., St. Louis.  Get your ticket scanned (from either your phone or a printed ticket) and then the crawl begins!  The other venues signed up so far include: Flannery’s Pub (1324 Washington Ave), Roaring Twenties Complex (807 N 2nd Street), Big Daddy’s Laclede’s Landing (118 Morgan Street), and Morgan Street Brewery (721 N 2nd Street).

To avoid parking headaches and possible fees (not to mention driving home afterward), participants are encouraged to hire a ride from Lyft or Uber!  First time Lyft!  Users can get a $50 voucher by using code: MDO50.  First time Uber users can get a big discount with code: 39r5v.

Contact Information:

Lucas Park Grille & Market
1234 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 241-7770

Email inquiries about the event: [email protected]

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Grappa Growlers Is a Belleville Gem

Grappa Growlers, Belleville, IL

It’s Part Bar, Part Winery, Part Liquor Store, All Fun – Grappa Growlers

Belleville, IL/January 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s a bar!  It’s a winery!  It’s a restaurant!  It’s a liquor store!  It’s Grappa Growlers!  This distinctive little shop at 1501 North Belt West in Belleville is a little bit of all of the above, and then some.  Kelly Whitney and Jodi Meravy opened their unique business in December 2011, and they’ve been growing loyal customers ever since.  Their customers call this place a local gem, and they aren’t kidding.  Where else can you go for a beer (or wine) and snacks with friends, catch the game on TV, and do a little gift shopping?

Grappa Growlers, Belleville, IL

Grappa Growlers, Belleville, IL

Grappa Growlers does serve some food, but it’s not the main draw.  That would be the craft beers and amazing selection of wines.  They always have eight artisan, import, or craft beers on tap.  As of this writing the list include: Bell’s Hop Slam (10%), Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout (10.5%), Half Acre Lead Feather Black Ale (6%), Abita Bourbon St. Chocolate Stout (10.5%), Founders Azacca IPA (7.0%), Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat (5.5%), Abita Mardi Gras Bock (6.5%), and Great Lakes Conway Irish Lager (6.5%), but keep in mind that they rotate regularly.  One of the qualities that set Grappa Growlers apart from a “regular bar” is that you can sample the beer before you make your selection.  Then you can enjoy that beer at one of the tables or sip while you shop.  This is a great place to split a bottle of wine with friends too.

This hybrid establishment is a destination for a fun, relaxing evening.  The decor is stylish without being pretentious.  The vibe is upscale, but comfortable.  And the staff is extremely friendly and helpful.  They are also exceptionally knowledgeable about the products they sell.  With about 500 bottled wines, plus dozens of beers, bourbons and other hard to find liquors, that’s saying something!

If you are looking for a special or rare beer, wine, or spirit the staff at Grappa Growlers is happy to help you find it.  They’ll do all the research and determine the availability and price of your request, then contact you with the information.  They also do gift baskets that can be delivered locally or shipped out of town for you.

Customers say they especially enjoy sampling the craft beers, or sharing a bottle of wine (along with a meat & cheese plate) among friends.  In addition to the food and drink available daily, Grappa Growlers offers monthly beer and wine tastings, plus they host special food nights.  For instance, this Saturday, Jan. 28, they’ll be offering Gyros & Fries from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During warmer months they also have special food truck nights.  It’s a terrific way to spend an evening on their patio.  And they even have live music from time to time.

St. Louis favorite Molly Rittenhouse in a performance last year at Grappa Growlers alongside guitarist Andy Vieluf.

The next beer tasting at Grappa Growlers will be Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  On Thursday, Feb. 9 they’ll feature Northern California’s Chacewater Wines from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Check their website for a complete listing of upcoming events.  Grappa Growlers is open Tuesday – Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m.

As if all that wine tasting, beer tapping, and hanging out wasn’t enough, Grappa Growlers can also be the place for your unique event or a party.  They offer private wine tasting parties for individuals as well as corporate events.  They also have space available to host showers, birthday parties or whatever you’re celebrating.  Grappa Growlers may seem like a nice beer and wine shop on the surface, but they’ve become a go-to destination in Belleville for a good time with friends.

Contact Information:

Grappa Growlers

Owner: Kelly Whitney & Jodi Meravy

1501 North Belt West

Belleville, Illinois

Phone: (618) 234-9463

Irish Eyes are Crying – Dandy Inn scheduled to close

Dandy Inn

The Closing Chapter for Dandy Inn

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL/January 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) For the last 40 years, the Dandy Inn, a Fairview Heights mainstay has been the family friendly restaurant and bar of choice for both locals and far away visitors.  Originally built as Becherer’s Tavern in 1850, the building has served as a general store, a tavern, a dance hall and always, a very popular meeting place. And since 1977, it has been the lifeblood for the Daniels family.

On April Fool’s Day of that year, Dave and Phyllis Daniels, officially opened as the Dandy Inn and throughout the years it has been passed down through the family.  Today, you can find their son Mark working from morning to night and his son, Casey, doing his part in the kitchen after school.  Phyllis is now retired and Dave was very fittingly laid to rest on St. Patrick’s Day, 1998.

There have been many changes in the Dandy Inn throughout the years, but one thing that’s remained the same is that there is always something for everyone.  It’s continued to be a great gathering place for families, a restaurant with delicious home-style meals, and a cozy pub to grab a cold one after work.  That’s why the news of its closing has left so many sad.

The family friendly restaurant and bar, best known for their wings, fish dinners, and for hosting their weekly car shows, will close its doors for the final time on Sunday, January 15.  The family recently announced that with a heavy heart they will be moving on to new adventures.

But they are thankful for their incredible journey, which has allowed them to see a generation of young men and woman who first came in as young children now bring in their own kids!  And for the many customers and friends who have frequented the traditional Irish pub along the way, it’s been an extremely dandy ride.

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