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A few Mothers Day specials in the St Louis area

A few Mothers Day specials in the St Louis area

Mothers Day Specials for 2017 in the St. Louis area

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Mothers Day is rapidly approaching.  It is a big day for restaurants as kids and families gather to treat mom rather than mom treating the family.  There are many options to choose from in the St. Louis area for Mothers Day. We have listed a few that we know of, but there are many more.

Restaurants in the St. Louis area that have announced specials are as follows:

Aya Sofia – 6671 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO (314) 645-9919 Featuring Mother’s Day Brunch or Dinner. Call for details or reservations.

Benedetto’s on Main – 16721 Main Street, Wildwood, MO (636) 821-3535 – Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm for $26.95

Bishop’s Post – 16125 Chesterfield, Pkwy West, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Phone (636) 536-9404 – Featuring a Mother’s Day Brunch from 9 am to 2 pm and dinner from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar – 100 Holloway Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011 (636) 220-8989 – Featuring Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet from 10 am to 3 pm and dinner from 4 pm to close. Cost is $22.99 per person, children $8.99 and children 3 and under eat for free.

Charlie Gitto’s – St. Louis’ Favorite Italian Dining Experience – Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm with three locations to choose from – Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill (314) 772-8898 – Charlie Gitto’s From The Hill (636) 536-2199 and Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino (636) 770-7663.

Cork & Barrel – 7337 Mexico Rd, St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 387-7030 – Featuring Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm and dinner buffet from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

LaChance Vineyards – 12237 Peter Moore Lance, Desoto, MO 63020 (636) 586-2777 – Featuring Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 am to 2 pm.

Lucas Park Grille – 1234 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO (314) 241-7770 – Featuring Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm. Cost is $35 per adult, $15 for children 5-12 and younger than 5 eat from free. Call for reservations.

Spiro’s – 1054 North Woods Mill, Chesterfield, MO (314) 878-4449 – Featuring Mother’s Day specials. Call for details!

Table Three – 16765 Main Street, Wildwood, MO (636) 458-4333 – Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet – Reservations Required – Adults $35 – Children 6 thru 12 cost $14 and Children 5 and younger eat for free. Seating times are 9, 9:30, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 1:30 & 2:00 – Brunch Ends at 3:30

Talayna’s Italian Restaurant – 68 Four Seaons Shopping Center, Chesterfield, MO 63014 (314) 469-6650 – Mother’s Day Brunch till 3 pm with regular menu served all day & evening. Call for more details.

Trattoria Giuseppe – 5442 Old Hwy 21, Imperial, MO (636) 942-2405 – Call for details and reservations.

Tucker’s Place West – 14282 Manchester Road, Manchester, MO (636) 227-8062 (one block east of 141) Featuring Maine Lobster Dinner and Steaks for Mother’s Day – Opens at 2 pm on Mother’s Day

If you are a St. Louis restaurant you are welcome to email us or call (314) 808-1870 and give us your details about your Mother’s Day specials and we will add it to our list.

Laylas and The Grove

Laylas and The Grove

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) St. Louis is an ever developing and expanding city. Often this entails re-branding an historic district, The Grove is a perfect example of the city’s growth.  The Grove used to be known as Adam’s Grove and, in the 1950s, it was a busy commercial district for the city.  For years after, Adam’s Grove fell into decline as businesses moved into the downtown area and upkeep on the area was poorly maintained.  The Grove area received its’ first wave to revitalizing investments in the 1980s, starting first with Attitudes Night Club.  In 2009, a group of property owners founded The Grove Community Improvement District (CID).  CID’s main goal is to strengthen the area’s businesses, residential community, and entertainment.  On December 4th, 2015 approval was granted from the Missouri Housing Development Commission to begin development creating affordable housing.  The development incorporated contemporary design and green building into the building of 50 garden apartments and town-homes.  After decades of growth and development, The Grove has become an eccentric area full of diverse cultures and exciting events.

Layla is a restaurant located in the heart of The Grove.  It embodies the cities vision for this area, by offering entertainment, delicious food, and local art.  Layla offers its patrons entertainment most nights of the week.  They are often the host of fundraising events, live bands, and the last Wednesday of each month is designated Simpsons Trivia Night, where you can show off your Simpson’s knowledge and win big!  Layla’s has so much more than entertainment, they are St. Louis’s only restaurant to offer Shawarma and gourmet burgers.  Layla’s menu is filled with options like falafel fries and three types of homemade hummus to choose from.  They have eleven mouthwatering hand dipped milkshakes ranging from Strawberry or Mango to Gooey Butter Baklava or Feel Like Bacon Love!

Layla’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday 10 am-11 pm, and Sunday 10 am-10 pm.  The restaurant holds happy hours from 4 pm-7 pm, Monday through Friday.  For more information on upcoming events visit Layla’s Facebook page or follow them on instagram at @laylastl.  For discounted lunch look for Layla on Groupon, currently offering $20 for $12 or $40 for $24.

Location:

4317 Manchester Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone: (314) 553-9252

Email: [email protected]

Hours:

Monday thru Friday: 11 am-11 pm
Saturday: 10 am-ll pm
Sunday: 10 am-10 pm

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Author: Caley Johnson

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Works Cited:

“About.” About – The Grove STL. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2017. <http://thegrovestl.com/about/>.
Layla. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2017. <http://laylastl.com/>.
Perlmutter, Larry. “Adams Grove on the Rise.” Rise. Larry Perlmutter http://www.risestl.org/media/2016/01/rise-web-logo-no-slogan-2.png, 30 Dec. 2015. Web. 25 Apr. 2017

Leaving it to the Diners – St. Louis’ Top 10 People’s Choice

St. Louis’ Top 10 People’s Choice Neighborhood Restaurants

ST LOUIS, MO/December 28, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) We always hear a lot about what the food critics say about which restaurants we should frequent but what about the diners themselves?  After all, isn’t that who really matters in the end?

OpenTable, the San Francisco-based online restaurant reservation service thinks so.  Their website evaluates 400,000 new diner reviews every month to find the best overall restaurants around the world.  In a recent article they ranked the top ten neighborhood restaurants chosen by local diners.

St. Louis’ Diners Top 10 Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants:

1. Candicci’s Restaurant & Bar in Ballwin
2. Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge in Soulard/Benton Park
3. Demun Oyster Bar in Clayton
4. Tavolo V in The Loop
5. Yemanja Brasil in Soulard/Benton Park
6. Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante in Grand Center
7. Atlas Restaurant in the Central West End
8. 612 Kitchen & Cocktails in Kirkwood
9. Herbie’s Restaurant in the Central West End
10. Bar Italia Ristorante in the Central West End

Candicci’s Restaurant & Bar, came in at #1 is known for their fine Italian cuisine, which got more than a few fabulous compliments from customers in numerous OpenTable website reviews.  Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge took the #2 spot.  They serve cuisine driven by palates all over the world.  French, Moroccan, Italian, Mexican and Cajun are just a few of those different cultural flavors.

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The gastroLAB Café at Confluence Kombucha

Confluence Kombucha

A Tasteful Fusion of Art, Food, and Adventure – Confluence Kombucha

St. Louis, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – The newest restaurant in the Grove will be new to St. Louis diners in more ways than one.  Confluence Kombucha at 4507 Manchester Road opened its gastroLAB café in September.  The gastroLAB is the playful, food side of the business.  So far, the innovative small plates and snacks are a big hit with customers.

The gastroLAB’s menu is both elegant and simple.  Chef William Pauley’s creations are expertly prepared vegetarian luxe, at a very affordable price.  The food is fresh, with a sophisticated Asian influence, and downright delicious.  Vegetarians, vegans and omnivores will find something to love on the menu, which changes regularly.  In the playful style of the cafe, gastroLAB’s menu is divided into four categories: drinks, curiosities, compositions, and sweets.  The first and last are self-explanatory.

The name “Curiosities” winks at the adventurous style that underscores the entire business.  It includes interesting choices like coconut yogurt with sesame; beautifully marbled tea eggs; variations on kimchee—including tomatillo & corn, or Korean melon & patty pan squash, and a half-dozen others.  There’s a nice variety of nukazuke (vegetables and fruit fermented in rice bran or nuka).  This week you’ll find cucumber, apple, turnip, and radish with jackfruit seed butter and rhubarb jam.  There are also pickles (brined veg & fruit).  This week’s selection includes beet, blueberry, green papaya, bitter melon, mushroom, pineapple core, sunchoke, cactus, cauliflower, and watermelon rind.  A curious variety, yes?

“Compositions,” as one might have guessed, are composed dishes (entrees) that stick to the inventive vegetarian theme.  Again, the menu rotates weekly, generally including dishes based on seasonal ingredients.  Among the choices this week you’ll find Jackfruit prepared with lime, herbs, crispy shallots, and tomatoes; Tempeh with pickled beets, honey, tahini, and fermented greens; and Kimbap Tacos, made with slices of fresh kimbap (sushi’s cousin), roasted seaweed, brown rice, kimchee, and seasoned vegetable.  Hey, they had me at tacos.

And just because it’s vegetarian, doesn’t mean you should skip dessert!  Why would you with choices like Pear with chestnut, coconut, apple cider, currants, dates, and pistachios?  There’s a certain promise of decadence with a dish called Nut Butter Cup.  The gastroLAB’s is a delicious, healthy tryst with raw cacao, almond, peanut, coconut sugar, and turmeric.  Even their Raw Cacao dessert is made with mushroom, maple syrup, coconut oil and ashwagandha (a super immune-boosting, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, sleep-inducing, and antibacterial herb).  So who doesn’t love dessert, especially when it’s delicious and good for you?

Just because you can count on everything on the gastroLAB drinks menu being potable, that doesn’t mean you’ll find a mundane selection of offerings.  The simplest drink on the menu this week is fresh coconut water.  There’s also wild harvested chaga tea (mild mushroom tea with a hint of nuttiness and vanilla); pineapple aluá (a lightly fermented Brazilian drink made of pineapple, brown sugar and clove); wildflower honey jun (fermented with green tea and raw honey); and a variety of hot teas.

The kombucha brewing operation is still in the works.  That’s because the folks at Confluence Kombucha are brewing it using traditional methods, so it contains a small amount of naturally occurring alcohol, which means they need special permits to make and sell it.  On October 7th Confluence Kombucha received federal approval to brew and sell kombucha.  The City of St. Louis just approved their brewer’s license.  Co-owner Julienne Villarini says they expect to get state approval in the next week or so.  Villarini says once that happens, they’ll start selling their kombucha creations right away—something that could happen as soon as the first week in December.

For the uninitiated, kombucha is sweet tea fermented with yeast cultures and beneficial bacteria, to create a fizzy drink that’s lighter and a little less effervescent than soda.  It’s become popular for its tart applesque flavor, and its purported health benefits (claims range from detoxification benefits, to help with digestion, sleep, and weight loss).

Confluence will offer six varieties on tap including some newbie-friendly choices like pineapple-turmeric, plum blossom-elderberry, and rose-honeysuckle-vanilla (a good first choice, since it hits the vanilla notes rather strongly, making it kind of like a tart cream soda).  For something more exotic, try the hibiscus-jasmine flower-juniper berry or one of the seasonal flavors which will rotate regularly.

The gastroLAB at Confluence Kombucha serves lunch (11 to 3) and dinner (5 to 9) Weds – Sat, and lunch on Sunday.  When the weather is nice, the patio they share with Urban Chestnut’s Research Brewery is a comfortable place to sample the gastroLAB’s elegantly prepared dishes.  It’s a popular spot for lunch, and there’s no doubt it will soon make an excellent spot to sit and sample kombucha.

Contact Information:

Confluence Kombucha gastroLAB
Owners: Julienne Villarini & Chef William Pauley
4507 Manchester Avenue (The Grove)
St. Louis, MO 63110
314.833.3059
[email protected]

THE MAGIC OF DINNER THEATER

Dinner Theater

Dinner with a Side of Comedy, Mystery, or Burlesque! Dinner Theater

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Dinner Theater – The phrase “dinner and a show” conjures up all sorts of images.  It can be as simple as musicians playing unobtrusively in the corner of a restaurant, as immersive as mystery dinner theater, or as elaborate as medieval feasting.  In St. Louis, a wide variety dinner shows pop up throughout the year, everything from food truck-music festivals to Shakespeare in the Park.  Four of the most popular dinner shows are in full swing, some opening their special holiday shows this week.  Each is offering a unique evening out.

Probably the best known is the Bissell Mansion Restaurant & Dinner Theatre, 4426 Randall Place in North St. Louis, (314-533-9830).  All this month and through December, the Bissell Mansion presents “It’s A Wonderful Death”, a parody of Frank Capra’s classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.”  In their version, the cantankerous Mr. Potter is found murdered.  You’ll meet the residents of Bedford Falls, as the play unfolds and the audience helps to solve the case.  You can be part of the cast, by asking for a “starring” role in the show, or just sit back, relax, and guess “whodunnit.”  Tickets for the Bissell Mansion Participatory Murder Mystery include a 4-course meal (appetizer, salad, entree and dessert).  Evening meals also included two glasses of white wine.  Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm., with a Sunday show at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $54.95 per person in November ($56.95 in December), and must be reserved in advance, by phone.

Another popular choice is the Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn, 3322 DeMenil Place in the Benton Park neighborhood of St. Louis, (314-664-8024).  The Jest Murder Mystery Company at the Lemp Mansion Restaurant has also begun performing their holiday show.  This year it’s “Dickens of a Killing!”  The comedy mystery centers on the murder of Ebenezer Scrooge.  The suspects are a who’s who of Charles Dickens’ characters.  Tickets for the interactive comedy-mystery show are $52.95 per person, including a three-course meal with wine.  The show runs every Friday and Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. from now through January 7, 2017.  Reservations are required and can be made by phone or online at www.lempmansion.com.

A once familiar downtown St. Louis favorite is back for a limited engagement in a new venue!  The Royal Dumpe Dinner Theatre has moved to The Lodge at Grant’s Trail, 4398 Hoffmeister Ave. (Lemay) in South St. Louis County, (636-933-9057).  At “the King’s Hunting Lodge,” you will step back into 16th century England for an evening of medieval madness with King Henry VIII and his bevy of wenches.  The comedy show is an interactive night of bawdy merry making and song!  The Royal Dumpe claims to be the longest running show of its kind in the U.S. Since this is their fourth decade of feasting, they may well be.  But it almost wasn’t so.  The Royal Dumpe Theatre closed last spring when their landlord sold the building on North 2nd Street that had been their home.  At the new location in South County, they won’t hold weekly shows as in the past.  In fact, there are only two dates listed on their website: December 4 & 15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  With the new location comes a new menu and a change in pricing.  At the new venue, the $49.50 per person price includes dinner, the show, all drinks, parking, taxes, and even the gratuity!  There’s a link to buy tickets online at www.royaldumpe.com.

For something completely different, check out the burlesque show at the Boom Boom Room at 500 North 14th Street in downtown St. Louis (314-436-7000).  Modeled after a 1920’s speakeasy with a modern twist, customers describe the dinner and cocktail shows as “classy with divine debauchery.” The venue is intimate, with a limited number of seats.  On Friday and Saturday nights they offer two-hour dinner shows.  Tickets for the Friday night show, “Cocktails, Cuisine & Corsets” cost $14.99, plus $14.99 each for the two-course dinner (salad & entree).  On Saturday it’s “Dinner Von Tease” at $21.99 each for the show, plus $29.99 each for a four-course dinner (salad, fish course, entree, dessert).  Tickets can be purchased online at www.theboomboomroomstl.info.  Both shows feature singing, dancing, burlesque, cirque and more to keep you thoroughly entertained.  Since the venue is downtown, be prepared to pay for parking at one of the two nearby garages.

All of these dinner theaters have limited seating, so reserving your place well ahead of your planned night out is recommended.  No matter whether you want a raucous whodunit, a bawdy medieval feast or something else entirely, these establishments are serving up dinner and a show.  It’s a whole evening of entertainment like nothing else.

RAILSHAKE IN HIGHLAND

railshake

Hold On To Your Po Boy At Railshake!

HIGHLAND, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) – Where can you go to get a New Orleans style po boy, fried alligator tail and remoulade, homemade potato chips and a more than respectable craft beer selection?  Follow the tracks to Railshake, 504 Walnut Street in Highland, Illinois!

Part gastropub, part good old fashioned tavern, the Railshake sits in an historic brick building right next to an active railroad line.  The building dates back to 1856 when it was built as a hotel for the railroad.  As such, it’s always had a bar.  Railshake owner Teffy Beard says the bar back in place now in the restored interior is the same one that was in service in the 1850s.  The decor is a combination of clean, modern design in rustic wood and brick surroundings.  It’s reminiscent of the kind of place you’d find in Soulard, which was the plan when the building was restored and Railshake first opened in 2013.

The menu has a decidedly Cajun/Creole slant to it.  They offer boudin balls, jambalaya pasta, muffaletta (made with country hard salami and smoked ham, then topped with olive relish and provel cheese).  You can get real alligator tail, breaded and fried and served with spicy remoulade.  Their po boy sandwiches feature your choice of deep fried crawfish, gator, or shrimp and they’re topped with a crispy, sweet slaw.  They even have gumbo, red beans & rice, and etouffee.

Besides Cajun/Creole cuisine, you’ll also find the kind of food you’d expect at a top rated bar & grill; cheeseburgers, fries, steak and sandwiches, but they’re done Teffy’s way, with a nod to extra flavor.  Consider the Railshake take on grilled cheese for instance.  It’s a triple-decker with smoked Gouda sauce, Provel and American cheeses melted together on buttery sourdough.  It’s vegetarian friendly, unless you add their crispy, thick-cut bacon, which you can, and you should.

Even more than the food, and friendly service, Railshake may best be known for their extensive craft beer selection which rotates seasonally.  They have 18 beers on tap—all craft beers, except for Stag, which is a local favorite.  They also have a wide selection of bottled beers, bar drink specials and local craft sodas.  Enjoy your drink at a table with your meal, or chill at the bar and your beer chills too, thanks to a built in frost rail.  There’s also a three-season patio overlooking the railroad tracks.  And if you’re lucky a train will rumble by and you’ll get the chance to feel how the place got its name!

Railshake is open Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Contact Information:
Owner: Teffy Beard
504 Walnut St
Highland, IL 62249
(618) 651-4900

THE GOBBLE STOP SMOKEHOUSE

THE GOBBLE STOP SMOKEHOUSE

St. Louis’ Smoked Poultry Expert Is Four – The Gobble Stop Smokehouse

CREVE COEUR, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) The Gobble Stop Smokehouse – In the Midwest, it’s not too hard to find good pulled pork or barbecued beef, but have you ever had smoked turkey ribs or fried corn?  Then you’ve probably never eaten at Gobble STOP Smokehouse, 1227 Castillon Arcade Plaza (Fee Fee Road and Olive Blvd.) in Creve Coeur.

This family-owned and operated smokehouse is all about smoked, barbecued poultry.  You won’t find pork or beef or fish on the menu, and you won’t miss them.  You will find smoked barbecued turkey and chicken paired with both traditional and innovative comfort foods.  Instead of short ribs or spareribs, they’re smoking turkey ribs.  Or try the smoked turkey tips and award-winning chicken wings.  Whether it’s a chicken Philly sandwich or classic smoked turkey drumstick, everything is seasoned with their signature rubs and spice blends.

Pair up the smoked poultry of your choice with traditional sides like baked beans, cole slaw or corn on the cob.  Or dip into their selection of their unique offerings like sweet potato fries, fried corn, fried green beans or collard greens.  They do sandwiches, salads and fresh cookies too.  Ever had a banana white chocolate chip walnut cookie fresh from the oven?

DeMarco Howard knew he needed to do something new after being laid off.  So, he went to culinary school at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.  Then with the help of his brother DeMones and other family members, he opened Gobble STOP Smokehouse in 2012.  That sense of family and community flavors everything they do.

So what better way to celebrate the restaurant’s four-year anniversary than as part of the 4th annual “Brew in the Lou” festival at Francis Park?  The October 15th fundraiser (1-5 p.m.) benefits the Lutheran Elementary School Association of St. Louis.  And it’ll be a great opportunity to gobble up samples from “the Lou’s” smoked poultry experts.

Contact information:

Gobble STOP Smokehouse

1227 Castillon Arcade Plaza

Fee Fee Road & Olive Blvd.

Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Phone: 314-878-5586

DINEOUTSTL.COM LAUNCHES NEW INTRO VIDEO

DineOutSTL.com

DineOutSTL.com Intro Video

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) DineOutSTL.com is a locally owned/managed online restaurant directory that is dedicated to the St. Louis restaurant industry.  The St. Louis restaurant directory has been online for approximately two years offering directory listings, which include name, address, links to restaurants website and social site, menu and more.  Additionally, DineOutSTL maintains an active blog intended to inform the public about the local restaurant scene.

Consumers can find, rate and post reviews about St. Louis area restaurants.  Restaurants can subscribe to listings, featured listings on the front page or on the category page.  Additionally, restaurants can pay to have articles published on the blog page of DineOutSTL to further enhance their online visibility and increase their customer base.

Currently, some of the featured listings are; Charlie Gitto’s, Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar, Talayna’s Italian Restaurant, J Green’s Pub, Magpies on Main, Imo’s Pizza in Chesterfield, D’s Place, Krieger’s Sports Grill, 1860’s Saloon and more.  If you are interested in subscribing, you can view some of these featured listings to see what you get for a subscription in DineOutSTL.com.

Directory listings are an excellent online strategy to strengthen a restaurants online presence.  Search engines monitor a websites inbound link count and quality of links to help determine where to rank a website in search results.  Your listing in DineOutSTL will assure a higher online visibility and assure that a restaurant website will rank higher in search results.  A website needs “relevant” links and mentions to rank high in search results.  DineOutSTL helps restaurants accomplish those tasks, but more importantly, it will help to increase your in-store traffic.

“DineOutSTL.com is highly optimized and properly indexed with the major search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Yandex”, says Dave Myers of St. Louis Media, LLC.  “Web design and SEO is part of our business and DineOutSTL.com is an example of the quality of work you can expect from St. Louis Media”, says Myers.

Contact information:

DineOutSTL.com

Phone: (314) 808-187 or (417) 529-1133

Email: [email protected]

Video courtesy of DineOutSTL.com

GLEAMING, RUSTIC GASTROPUB – COPPER PIG

Copper Pig

The Year of the Copper Pig

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Copper Pig; it’s been about a year since Nhat Nguyen opened the Copper Pig (4611 Macklind Avenue) in the Macklind Business District in Southampton.  He said all along he wanted the restaurant to be unique. He wanted to serve the food he liked to eat.  He wanted to offer a dining experience that drew from his Asian roots, his American upbringing and his world travels.  So he opened a bar & grill—but not an ordinary bar & grill.  The Copper Pig is a gleaming, rustic gastropub set in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city.

Visually, the Copper Pig is modern and comfortable, with a fusion of rustic and industrial design.  The building’s original wooden beams and brick walls were left exposed.  Wood reclaimed from the Cupples #7 warehouse was used for the table tops and to build the bar, giving the pieces a substantial, earthy feel.  The lighting is understated, but sparkling.  The eight-foot panel windows make the space feel airy and open.  Whimsical pigs created by local artists decorate the walls and even the floor.

Nguyen delights in taking familiar dishes and twisting them, much the way the artists have twisted the traditional images of pigs, embellishing and enhancing them in adventurous and unique ways.  Nguyen doesn’t offer his customers a Philly cheesesteak: he gives them Bulgogi cheesesteak.  That’s bulgogi beef, cheddar cheese, kimchi, and slivered apples layered on a garlic baguette.  He even offers a jackfruit bulgogi version for vegetarians.  Whether it’s the maduros (cooking plantains) on the Pork Belly Cuban, duck confit poutine, or beet fries dipped in whipped goat cheese, diners will find the Copper Pig’s menu to be unique and enticing.

After a year in SoHa, Nguyen is promising something special for those who stop in during the Macklind Days street festival, noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 24.  The festival will be along Macklind Avenue from Neosho to Nottingham.  The dog-friendly event will include activities for kids, live music and of course, lots of great food.  On his Facebook page, Nguyen said, “It’s gonna be a day you don’t want to miss!”

Contact information:

Copper Pig

4611 Macklind Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63109

Phone: (314) 499-7166

Email:[email protected]

DONUT SHOP RESURRECTION HALTED – CALIFORNIA DO-NUTS CO.

California Do-Nuts Co

California Do-Nuts Co. Owner Says She Can’t Reopen

ST, LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) California Do-Nuts Co. – A long empty hole in the south St. Louis donut scene will remain unfilled.  The anticipated reopening of the California Do-Nut Company at 2924 South Jefferson Avenue has been cancelled.  Aspiring restaurateur Felinna Love had bought the long-shuttered Benton Park neighborhood donut shop in 2015 with plans to renovate the building and reopen it this year.  But Love has announced on the company’s Facebook page that “unforeseen circumstances” are forcing her to abandon her plans to reopen the shop.

According to Love, some of the issues are related to the renovations of the building that has housed the shop since it first opened in 1948.  Other issues, like the death of her father, have taken Love away from the St. Louis area.  She said it was “heart-aching to admit” that she wouldn’t be reopening the store.

Love had tried to raise cash for renovations and equipment using crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, but refunded the donations after raising less than $5,000 of her $45,000 and $15,000 targets.

It’s unclear what will happen to the boarded up brick storefront now.  Years of neglect have left it in need of major repairs. Love is already auctioning off the commercial kitchen gear she’d purchased for the store, even putting a link to the auction site on Facebook.

Despite the disappointment, Love says she’s grateful for all the support she’s received from the neighborhood and the city, and she’s “confident that many sweet things lie ahead for Benton Park, the South-side, and St. Louis as a whole.”