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The Capital Grille Opening Soon at Hanley Corporate Tower

The Capital Grille Opening Soon at Hanley Corporate Tower

National Steakhouse Chain, Capital Grille, Filling Empty J. Buck’s in Clayton

Clayton, MO/June 22, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Plans to add a new steakhouse to the former J. Buck’s site in downtown Clayton are advancing.  J. Buck’s had announced the closing of the Clayton restaurant (along with Joe Buck’s Restaurant downtown) in October 2015.  In April, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants Inc. filed plans with the city’s Architectural Review Board to create a nearly 9,000-square foot, ground-floor restaurant at 101 South Hanley.  The restaurant, The Capital Grille, will be the latest in Darden’s national chain of upscale steakhouses.

Darden is investing $2.5 M in the project construction of which is nearing completion now.  When finished, the restaurant will be a sleek, modern design.  The new restaurant will include the old J. Buck’s footprint on the north side of the Hanley Corporate Tower, plus an additional 2,600-square foot area that used to be part of the plaza.  The project includes a complete rebuild of the old restaurant space and is expected to be finished in time to open in July.  Staffing ahead of opening is underway.  The Capital Grille is currently recruiting staff for the new steakhouse in Clayton.  Applications are being accepted on the company’s website for sous chef and restaurant manager for the new restaurant.

Once open, it will be the fourth steakhouse in downtown Clayton.  There’s Ruth’s Chris in the west (1 N Brentwood Blvd), Morton’s to the south (7822 Bonhomme Ave.), and 801 Chophouse to the east (137 Carondelet Plaza).  The Capital Grille’s location on the north end of downtown will create a steakhouse ring around the city center. It will be the first restaurant for The Capital Grille in the St. Louis area, and the second in Missouri.  There is a Capital Grille in Kansas City (4740 Jefferson Street) in the Plaza, as well as three in Chicago (downtown, Lombard, and Rosemont).  The company’s website lists 56 U.S. locations spread across 25 states and the District of Columbia, plus one in Mexico City.

The Capital Grille restaurants are generally well regarded in their markets.  Customers praise the high quality of their food, their well-curated wine lists, attentive service, and attractive facilities.  The steaks are dry aged and hand-cut in each restaurant.  Customers also rave about the fresh seafood, creative sides, and scratch-made desserts.  Some popular menu items include the All-Natural Herb Roasted Chicken, Bone-In Ribeye, and the Dry Aged Porterhouse.  One other feature of The Capital Grill is that most locations are open Thanksgiving Day.  They are closed on July 4th, Christmas Day, and—on an unofficial national holiday—Super Bowl Sunday.

The Capital Grille was founded in 1990 in Providence, Rhode Island.  Already a small chain of restaurants, it was acquired by Darden Restaurants along with RARE Hospitality in 2007.  Specialty Restaurant Group, a division of Darden operates The Capital Grille restaurants today.  Among Darden Restaurants Inc. other holdings are Longhorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden restaurants.

The Top 10 Wineries Near St. Louis

The Top 10 Wineries Near St. Louis

Great Wineries on St. Louis’ Doorstep

St. Louis, MO/June 18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Missouri has always been wine country.  The rich, fertile soil, abundant sunshine, and crisp, cold winters make it ideal for growing grapes.  German immigrants began growing grapes and producing wines here in the early 1800s.  By the middle of the century, so much wine was being made that the region was nicknamed the “Missouri Rhineland.”  Later in the 19th century, Italians came, bringing their own winemaking techniques.  By the time Prohibition banned wine-making in the U.S., Missouri was the second-largest producer of wine in America.  Fortunately, Prohibition was repealed.  In the 1960s and early 1970s, Missouri’s winemaking tradition was beginning to come back.  So it’s no real surprise that in 1980 the August Wine region along the Missouri River in St. Charles County was the first federally designated as an American Viticultural Area.  That means there’s some really fine wine right on St. Louis’ doorstep.

We wanted to know where to find the best winery experience closed to home.  So we checked customer reviews to find out where St. Louisans go for great wine and a beautiful place to drink it.  We limited the results to wineries situated within an hour’s drive of the city center.  That way, we knew these would be great daytrip destinations—no luggage required.  That did leave out a lot of great wineries in places like St. Genevieve and Hermann, but what we found was a list of classic Missouri wineries along the Augusta Wine Trail, and a burgeoning selection of vintners in Jefferson County!

These wineries to the south of the city may be the best “unkept” secret in St. Louis, as is evidenced by this top 10!  Leading the list is Wild Sun Winery in Hillsboro.  Open since 2015, Wild Sun is one of the newest wineries on our list.  The winery sits on an old country estate that dates to the 1870s.  The winery is the collaboration of two experienced beverage professionals—former Anheuser Busch Marketing Manager Ed Wagner and veteran wine-maker Mark Baehmann (Montelle, Mount Pleasant, Chaumette).  They don’t grow their own grapes like some wineries, but instead source their grapes from other Missouri growers to create a portfolio of wines that include an array of whites and reds that run from sweet to dry, and include a barrel-aged Chardonel, a well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon, and a port-style dessert wine.

Enjoy Wild Sun wines in their tasting room (inside the nearly 150-year old mansion), at an umbrellaed table on one of the spacious patios, or under the pavilion.  The 10 acres of rolling hills and lush, green lawns make for great picnicking, and you’re welcome to bring a basket, blankets, and lawn chairs, but no outside beverages.  They do offer a limited menu of light fare to accompany their wines, including pizza, soup, sausage, cheese and bread.  There’s live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Friday evenings too.  Wild Sun is one of the newer wineries in the St. Louis area and it’s only 25-minutes south of the city.

We found lots of great wineries just a stone’s throw from St. Louis.  It seems any direction you head from the city, and you’ll find a unique winery waiting for you.  Here are the top 10 wineries within an hour’s drive of St. Louis:

1. Wild Sun Winery (4.82 stars/28 reviews) Jefferson County, 4830 Pioneer Road, Hillsboro, MO 63050, (636) 797-8686.
2. Lake Creek Winery (4.72 stars/27 reviews) Warren County, 15088 Boone Monument Road, Marthasville, MO 63357, (636) 242-2036.
3. The Terrace at French Village (4.68 stars/28 reviews) Sainte Francois County, 6188 Hwy Y, French Village, MO 63036, (573) 358-7177
4. Augusta Winery (4.32 stars/36 reviews) St. Charles County, 5601 High Street, Augusta, MO 63332, (636) 228-4301.
5. The Weingarten (4.26 stars/28 reviews) St. Clair County, 1780 East State Rt 15, Belleville, IL 62221, (618) 257-9463.
6. Villa Antonio Winery (4.25 stars/48 reviews) Jefferson County, 3660 Linhorst Road, Hillsboro, MO 63050, (636) 475-5008.
7. Balducci Vineyards (4.24 stars/56 reviews) St. Charles County, 6601 South Hwy 94, Augusta, MO 63332, (636) 482-8466.
8. Noboleis Vineyards (4.23 stars/44 reviews) St. Charles County, 100 Hemsath Road, Augusta, MO 63332, (636) 482-4500.
9. Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery (4.23 stars/48 reviews) Warren County, 13699 South Hwy 94, Dutzow, MO 63342, (800) 419-2245.
10. EdgeWild Restaurant and Winery (4.02 stars/330 reviews) St. Louis County, 550 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017, (636) 532-0550.

Honorable Mentions:

Montelle Winery (3.74 stars/193 reviews) St. Charles County, 201 Montelle Drive, Augusta, MO 63332, (636) 228-4464.  This is the classic Augusta Wine Trail winery experience.  Montelle Winery offers some of the best views of the Missouri River valley from its perch atop the Osage ridge.  Montelle is known for making comfortable wines that people like to drink.  Their Dry Vignoles won the 2008 Missouri Governor’s Cup (best overall wine), and Montell was the first winery in Missouri with a distillery that produces four kinds of brandy: apple, peach, cherry and grape (grappa).

LaChance Vineyards (4.32 stars/20 reviews) Jefferson County, 12237 Peter Moore Lane, De Soto, MO 63020, (636) 586-2777.  Located just 45 minutes south of St. Louis, you will find this elegant, family-owned vineyard nestled amidst the picturesque, rolling hills of southern Jefferson County.  The LaChance wines are distinctive, with a well-balanced menu of sweets (both red and white), blushes, dry wines and a very fine Norton.  Enjoy the splendid views of the vineyards while you sip wine and nibble local sausage and cheeses, or bring a picnic basket to enjoy.

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


Lizzie Bob's

Offering Sweets from Scratch to Go!

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) – Sweet-toothed residents in the metro-east now have a new, daily source of scratch-made goodies!  After a year of baking custom cakes and sweets, Lizzie Bob’s Sweets From Scratch has opened a storefront bakery at 823 Lincoln Highway, #102 in Fairview Heights.  Lizzie Bob’s owner Elizabeth Toepfer’s has been baking and designing cakes for more than 15 years.  For the last year her company Lizzie Bob’s Sweets From Scratch has been supplying custom cakes and treats on a special order basis.  So when she opened the new bakery, she had one goal in mind: make it easier for customers to get her sweets from scratch every day.  And customers who already know and love her delectable treats are celebrating.  Soon others will discover the carefully crafted, scrumptiousness of Lizzie Bob’s baked goods.

The new bakery officially opened Tuesday, November 15th with customers coming in before the sun was fully up.  If you missed the grand opening, you can still check out the new bakery any Tuesday – Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  You’ll find a daily selection of scratch-made baked goods including cupcakes, pies, brownies, scones, cheesecake, cookies, cannoli, pizzelle (those delicate Italian waffle cookies), gooey butter cake, rice Krispy treats.  Plus there’s homemade bread, rolls, soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and even dog treats!  This month’s special is Lizzie Bob’s fresh baked, personal-sized Streusel Apple Pie!  As in her special order business, everything at the new bakery is made fresh and from scratch.

When Toepfer says she makes her goodies from scratch, she means everything—right down to the cake flour, which she makes herself!  She also makes her own modeling chocolates and all of her butter cream frostings (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, orange, and raspberry!)  As if that wasn’t enough, she makes all her own whipped cream frostings in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.  Toepfer says her husband and kids act as taste testers and quality control inspectors as she experiments with new creations.

A self-proclaimed “science nerd,” Toepfer enjoys developing new ingredients and new recipes for her bakery.  Right now she says she’s working on creating her own vanilla extract and flavor emulsions.  And in response to customer requests, she’s developing a line of diabetic sweets.  In creating her sweet treats, Toepfer is guided by her own desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  That’s led her to use only fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs in her cooking and baking.

Besides the daily selection in the new shop, Lizzie Bob’s continues to offer dessert table catering for special events including weddings, showers, birthday parties, office parties, anniversaries, grand openings, etc.  They’ll create custom themed cakes, cupcakes and cookies.  Orders can be placed online, by phone at (618) 334-4917, or in person at the shop.  You can even arrange to have them deliver and set up!

Oh, and Lizzie Bob’s also does pie—really, really good pie.  But get your Thanksgiving order in while there’s still time!  If you want something wonderful right away, now you don’t have to wait!  Now you can pop into Lizzie Bob’s Bakery and get a scratch-made sweet fix today!

Contact Information:

Lizzie Bob’s Bakery
Owner: Elizabeth Toepfer
823 Lincoln Hwy #102
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
(618) 589-3770


Wine Market


MISSOURI: (STLRestaurant.News) – According to a new report from Shanken News Daily, a daily email news service covering the global spirits, wine and beer business, the U.S. Wine Market is in step to increase by more than 20 million cases by the year 2020. Even in an uncertain global economy with slow growth, we Americans continue to purchase more and more wine. Since 2013, the U.S. has held the title for the world’s #1 wine-consuming nation.

Even so, for the last four years it has been sluggish because of slow economic conditions. Between 2003 and 2008, which was before the last recession, the wine market grew by an average of 3.1 percent annually. Then after solid 3.3 percent growth in 2011, annual volume gains were well under 1 percent in each of the following four years. That didn’t stop consumption though! Intake has increased by over 70 percent in the past two decades, regardless of two recessions in that time span.

According to the latest issue of the U.S. Wine Market: Shanken’s Impact Databank Review and Forecast, the long-term growth run in 2016 is expected to continue, even if it is a modest 1.1 percent projected increase. The market is expected to grow by more than 3.5 million cases this year. And future projections are that the U.S. wine market will continue increasing, reaching over 344 million cases by 2020, for a five-year growth rate of 1.3% annually.

Contributing Editor: Kara Savio

Source: MOBev.News