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Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host July Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting All Among Us

Katie's Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host July Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting All Among Us

ST. LOUIS, MO/July 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit All Among Us. The event is slated for Tues., July 25.

Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity. Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included. So far, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria has donated more than $100,000 to local nonprofit organization.

This month’s Giveback Tuesday will also mark the restaurant’s third anniversary of starting up the monthly event.

“We truly believe in the spirit of giving back and supporting the community that we serve,” said Katie Lee Collier, owner of Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria. “That’s why we had decided to hold this event every month, to help out worthy charities in need.”

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will go directly toward helping the organization build funds to renovate their building at 107 Carson Road in Ferguson, which is being used as a women’s care center.

“Our desire is to make a safe place for women and children to heal and move forward,” said Kristin Hayes of All Among Us. “This facility will be a warm and welcoming home for women and children, many of whom come from abusive relationships, are chronically homeless, or are struggling with mental illness. We also walk alongside our clients as we enroll their children in school and assist the clients with obtaining their GEDs and health insurance, teaching them about finances, finding them jobs where they can succeed, helping them find permanent homes, and more.”

All Among Us, Inc., is a young non-profit organization. Cathryn Shaw, the Executive Director of All Among Us, founded the organization in July 2016 to better serve those in need after working in the city for 11 years with chronically homeless and single mothers who were living in extreme poverty. The organization is currently focusing on opening a 24/7 women’s care center in Ferguson.

“We want to fill the gap created by the closure of three major shelters in the city by opening this care center for women and children in Ferguson,” said Hayes. “Last year, we had an impact in over 600 lives. Many of these people have not received love, care, or dignity in years. It’s very gratifying to see how quickly someone heals once they feel safe, have people care for them, and receive something as simple as new clothes, a healthy meal, and a daily shower.”

Zion Lutheran Church of Ferguson is providing the proposed building rent-free for 10 years. The building, which was constructed in 1927 and has sat vacant for nine years, is in need of ADA-compliant renovations, including the installation of showers, a renovated kitchen, new drywall, paint, flooring, and more.

“We are grateful to Zion Lutheran Church of Ferguson and appreciate Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria for believing in us and helping us as we get our feet on the ground financially,” Hayes said.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day at 11 a.m. and features Happy Hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Carry-outs are also available.

For more information or to make reservations, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit http://www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

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Source: News provided by Katie’s Pizza – distributed by 24-7 Press Release – published on STLRestaurant.News

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host June Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting World’s Fair Park St. Louis

Katie's Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host June Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting World's Fair Park St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit World’s Fair Park St. Louis.  The event is slated for Tues., June 27, 2017.

Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity.  Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included.  So far, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria has donated more than $100,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will go directly toward the completion of the organization’s feasibility and economic study, which will serve as a launching point for their special park to be created.

“Once the study is conducted, we will not only have a location for the park, but we will also have the hard numbers and information that businesses are seeking, which we can present to government officials and independent contributors,” said Tim Buening of World’s Fair Park St. Louis.  “Currently, our Board of Directors is performing the majority of the fundraising work, along with networking and building awareness for this park.”

Established in 2016, World’s Fair Park St. Louis is aiming to create a special park that will serve thousands of diverse people.

“Our park will serve eight neighboring states within driving distance with a 1005 accessible playground, rides, attractions, amphitheater, ice rink, and greenhouse,” Buening continued.  “We will also be providing our wounded veterans and high-level persons with disabilities job placement and expansion phases.  Overall, our goal is to make sure that this park is 100 percent inclusive to every single person, no matter what their physical or mental needs are.”

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Source: 24-7 Press Release

New Meal Kit Company, Vero Pizza and Pasta launched by Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria

New Meal Kit Company, Vero Pizza and Pasta launched by Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria

Vero Pizza and Past provides unique food kits, which include carefully curated Italian recipes and fresh ingredients for customers to prepare easy and enjoyable meals.

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 07, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is proud to announce the launch of their most recent company, Vero Pizza and Pasta.

Vero Pizza and Pasta provides unique food kits, which are collections of carefully curated Italian recipes and ingredients that customers can prepare easily and enjoy.  The kits change on a bi-weekly basis and feature delicious, seasonal ingredients to help customers make simple yet authentic recipes with family and friends.

When customers order their kit, everything will be delivered to their door and packed in temperature-controlled boxes.  Included in each kit will be Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria’s signature dough or fresh pasta, raw ingredients, full-color recipe cards, and video links to recipe demonstrations by Chef Katie Lee Collier.

We are thrilled to launch this new company,” said Collier.  “Our goal with Vero Pizza and Pasta is to bring families and friends together to celebrate love and life, build bridges, and enjoy delicious food with our meal kits.  We hope that our customers will enjoy exploring unique possibilities and will create new memories with Vero Pizza and Pasta.”

Customers can purchase meal kits by visiting http://www.veropizzaandpasta.com and selecting the type of kit they want.  They can select either a one-time purchase or sign up for a bi-weekly subscription and create their Vero online as well.  Customers can also select which day of the week they would prefer the kit to arrive – Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday – and the kit will arrive seven days after the order is placed.  Shipping is free on all orders.

Vero Pizza and Pasta has also teamed up with Operation Food Search to help heal hunger throughout St. Louis.  Each time a meal kit is purchased, Vero Pizza and Pasta will donate an emergency meal to a hungry child in St. Louis through Operation Food Search.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day at 11 a.m. and features Happy Hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Carry-outs are also available.

For more information about Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria or to make reservations, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit http://www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

Pizza Head Brings NY Style and Punk Rock to South Grand

Pizza Head Brings NY Style and Punk Rock to South Grand

South Grand’s New Pizza Joint is Pizza Head

St. Louis, MO/June 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – What do you think of when you think of punk rock music?  Head banging? Sure.  Edgy, urban eatery?  Maybe.  How about vegetarian, New York style pizza?  Err, probably not.  If you’re in St. Louis’ famous South Grand restaurant district, you should.  Pizza Head opened last month at 3196 South Grand Blvd. offering 20-inch pies, large foldable slices, and cheap beer.  They’re serving it up with punk rock ambiance (and music blaring) and unapologetically minimalist counter service.  This is pizza with attitude.

Attitude and ambiance might be fun hooks to get you to try Pizza Head, but the pizza will keep you coming back for more.  This edgy new eatery on South Grand was created by Pizzeoli’s Scott Sandler, a New Jersey native.  Pizzeoli in Soulard is renowned for its authentic Neapolitan style pizza.  Like his Soulard restaurant and Sanders himself, Pizza Head is vegetarian.  Unlike the classic wood-fired oven at Pizzeoli, the pies at Pizza Head are made on high-heat electric pizza decks which bake a 20-inch pizza lickety-split.

Pizza Head offers no-frills counter service.  Like the service model at Pizza Head, the menu is simple and straightforward.  It includes pizza by the slice, whole pies, soda, and beer.  Diners can order just pizza, or pizza & beer and pizza & soda combos.  For instance, two slices of cheese and a pint (beer) is $8.00.  Swap the beer for soda and it’s $7.00.  Dining with friends?  You can get a 20-inch cheese pizza and a four-pack of Stag for just $25.00.  The pizza is fresh and hot, the beer is cold.  Nice.

The by-the-slice options include cheese, pepperoni, or vegan cheese (made with cashew cheese).  Twenty-inch whole pies can be ordered three styles: cheese (made with a classic red sauce), white (same as the cheese, but with white sauce), and vegan (made with cashew cheese).  Any combination of toppings can be added for $2.00 – $4.00 per topping.  Choices include mushroom, green peppers, black olives, artichoke, spinach, garlic, onion, and jalapenos.  Pepperoni and sausage are also available (both are vegan).  Pizza Head’s menu also includes a simple salad with Italian or ranch dressing.

Sanders says his new pizzeria was born of coincidence and opportunity.  Inspired by a recent trip back east where he dined at a retro New York style pizzeria, Sanders says he was actually mulling over the idea of opening something similar here, when he learned about a space becoming available along South Grand Blvd.  He told the Riverfront Times that the neighborhood was the perfect location for his new place and the availability of the storefront (the old Brickyard Tavern) was an opportunity he just couldn’t pass up.  He signed a lease in January, then began the work of creating this new venture.

Pizza Head is open Tuesday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dine in, carry out, or enjoy the picnic tables in the fenced patio around the corner.

Sander’s says if Pizza Head does well on South Grand, he might open additional locations using the same branded model.  The no-frills but the music pizzeria is certainly something new along South Grand.  This is the first dedicated pizzeria in this mostly-international restaurant hotspot.  But expect something a little different.  This ain’t your granddad’s pizzeria.  Like they say on the Pizza Head website, “Don’t expect to be coddled.”  This is order at the counter service.  The water and napkins are self-service, and customers are expected to bus their own tables.  But the energy at Pizza Head is addictive—and so is the pizza.

Contact information:

Pizza Head
Owner: Scott Sandler
3196 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Phone: (314) 266-5400

Joanie’s Pizzeria in Soulard Has a New Pizza Proprietor

Joanie’s To Go, Joanie’s Pizzeria been Soulard sensation for over 20 years

Joanie’s Pizzeria in Soulard Has New Proprietor

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 06, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Joanie’s Pizzeria (JP) has been a Soulard sensation for over 20 years.  Ready to take on new challenges and embark on a somewhat “normal” life Joanie Thomas, owner of Joanie’s Pizzeria has “passed the pie “.  Jeff Schneider, a veteran manager of Joanie’s has taken over the reins of this prolific pizzeria while Joanie still in charge of Joanie’s To Go (JTG).

Jeff has been a manager at Joanie’s for five years.  It has been a personal goal of his to own a bar by his 40th birthday.  Taking over ownership of the restaurant at 39, Jeff is poised to carry on a legacy 20 years in the making.

Not only will he be taking over a Soulard pizza landmark, Schneider has lived in Soulard for over 10 years and has taken an active role in the betterment of the community.

Joanie's Pizzeria in Soulard Has a New Pizza Proprietor

Joanie’s Pizzeria in Soulard Has a New Pizza Proprietor (Picture property of St. Louis Media, LLC)

She may be passing the pie, but that doesn’t mean Joanie will be leaving the Joanie’s Pizzeria family.  Joanie says she will still be around for the near future.  Schneider plans on using Joanie as a sounding board for advice on some of his future plans.  The two have developed a close relationship. Schneider says he thinks of Joanie as his big sister.  Joanie will still be in charge of Joanie’s To Go, a catering offshoot of the pizzeria specializing in delivered catering, residential & business carryout and delivery.

Joanie Thomas is Soulard born and bred.  She grew up just blocks from the pizzeria.  Joanie thinks of herself as a “city girl”, having grown up in McKinley Heights and being a graduate of St. Anthony’s of Padua High School.  The secret to Joanie’s success is her recipes. Joanie and her friend, Jim Russell worked together to create the renowned pizza recipes.

Joanie would like to thank all of the customers that have become part of the Joanie’s Pizzeria family.  According to Joanie, without them, Joanie’s Pizzeria would not have been the success and neighborhood land mark it now is.

The change of ownership became official in May 2015.  Although ownership has changed, Joanie’s famous recipes have remained the same.  As manager, Schneider created several popular specials.  Those specials are going to remain in place.  The one change he has made was to develop more of a late-night crowd.  He just had a brand new Patio Bar built for the 2017 Patio Season.  The Grand Opening was Sunday, June 4th.

Joanie’s To Go
804 Russell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: (314) 865-5800

Imos’ Named One of the Best Pizzas in America

Imos’ Named One of the Best Pizzas in America

Tasting Table Picks Imo’s Pizza as One of the Best Pizzas

St. Louis, MO/May 23, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Pizzas – Every pizza lover within 100 miles of the Gateway City is familiar with the classic thin-crust pizza dubbed St. Louis-style.  And we all know “the square beyond compare” that is the granddaddy of St. Louis-style pizza, Imo’s.  Now, this iconic St. Louis pizza company is getting some national props.  The editors at the foodie website Tasting Table have included Imo’s pizza on their recently published article The Best Pizzas in the Country.  The list span coast to coast and included everything from deep dish to Neapolitan, chewy New York Style and St. Louis’ unique thin crust.

The Imo’s crust is a puzzle to East Coast pizza lovers, who can’t seem to grasp the concept.  While pizzas born in New York or New Jersey are all about the flavor and texture of their chewy, hand-tossed crusts, Imo’s thin crust shifts the focus to the incredible toppings.  The editors at Tasting Table describe it this way, “Unlike most other styles, the Saint Louis version swaps yeast for baking powder in its crust, which yields a cracker-like consistency reminiscent of saltines in the best way possible.”  Am I the only one who’s tired of reading/hearing this crispy, delicious crust described as a “cracker” crust?  A saltine’s got nothing on this crust, which is crispy, but more akin to unleavened flat-bread than any cracker ever made.

The editors at Tasting Table also seemed to appreciate the unique qualities of Provel® cheese, which tops all Imo’s pizzas.  The much-maligned, processed cheese is a blend of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone, but with it’s own savory flavor.  It was invented by Costa Grocery (now Roma Grocery on the Hill) in collaboration with the Hoffman Dairy Company of Wisconsin (now part of Kraft Foods) in the 1940s specifically for use on pizza.  The inventors were looking for a white cheese that would melt really well, but not be stringy they way mozzarella is when diners bite into it.  Provel has a buttery texture at room temperature, and a low melting point, allowing it to spread gooey goodness all around the toppings.

One thing the Tasting Table article didn’t mention was the other toppings that go into an Imo’s pizza and helped this mom-and-pop shop grow to around 100 stores over the last 50+ years.  St. Louis-style pizza is also known for its rich, slightly sweet tomato sauce, and Imo’s version is no exception.  When the crust is this thin and crispy, the sauce becomes the foundation of flavor, so it has to deliver just the right balance of sweet tomato and aromatic seasonings.  Then, unlike the pepperoni world of other pizza places, an Imo’s Deluxe is topped with Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, green pepper, and the crispiest bacon found on any pizza.  This combination of toppings makes Imo’s Deluxe pizza really special. (Sure, you can get pepperoni too, but this is Imo’s signature pizza.)

The secret to holding all those toppings, which go edge to edge, is in the cut.  Imo’s may not be the first thin-crust pizza in St. Louis.  And it’s certainly not the first to use Provel cheese, but Ed Imo, a tile-cutter by trade, who founded this iconic pizza company with his wife Margie in 1964, made the square, or tavern-cut pizza famous in St. Louis and the surrounding area.  By cutting the pizza into three-to-four-inch squares, the thin crust is able to stand up to the heavy toppings.  This cut also has an amazing side-effect, pizza corners.  Yes, with a square cut, the round pizza has little triangle-like corners offering a crispy tidbit with a smear of sauce, a smattering of cheese, and a bite of sausage and bacon. It’s the two-bite, go-to piece for pizza lovers in the know.

The Imo’s story goes like this: Ed and Marge Imo, who were Catholic, had a habit of ordering pizza at 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and going out to pick it up, so they could have meat on their pizza as soon as the Friday fast ended at midnight.  One night, it occurred to them that it would be even better if they didn’t have to venture out so late, and could have their pizza delivered to them.  It was a stroke of genius.  The Imo’s opened their pizzeria at Thurman and Shaw Avenues, offering delivery of their favorite, South St. Louis-style pizza to their neighbors.  Pizza delivery was a new and welcome concept in St. Louis in 1964.  And we’ve been devouring this square-cut, thin-crust, Provel-topped pizza ever since.  It really is a St. Louis original, and arguably one of the best pizzas in America.

Contact Information:

Imo’s Pizza
Founders: Ed and Margie Imo
Imo’s Pizza Executive Office
800 North 17th Street
St. Louis, MO 63106
Phone: (314) 822-0443

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Have a Slice of Humble Pie: Ladue’s New Pizzeria

Have a Slice of Humble Pie: Ladue’s New Pizzeria

New Ladue Pizzeria is Serving Up Humble Pie

St. Louis, MO/May 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Humble Pie – Just in time for a spell of beautiful, summer-like weather in St. Louis, a new pizzeria offering outdoor-only seating has opened in Ladue.  Humble Pie at 9783 Clayton Road in Ladue has been open about two weeks, offering fresh pizza with for takeout, delivery, and patio dining.  The new pizzeria occupies the spot left vacant when Red-L Pizza closed last November.

Humble Pie owners, husband and wife, Mark and Jessica Lucas are no strangers to hungry St. Louis County denizens.  Their Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium shops in Richmond Heights (1170 S. Big Bend Blvd.) and Des Peres (11656 Manchester Road) have been local favorites for their big, inventive sandwiches made with fresh ingredients (some of which they grow themselves) and perfectly crispy, house-made chips.

The Lucas’ commitment to creating real food made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients and without unnecessary additives is carrying through to their new pizzeria.  The pizzas at Humble Pie are made with small batch, organic dough, then heaped with fresh, wholesome toppings. There are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options too.  This healthier approach to pizza means there are delicious creations that diners can also feel good about.

Diners can choose from their crispy, thin crust, or their thicker, Sicilian-style crust. At lunchtime, they offer pizza by the slice.  The rest of the time the price is based on crust type and size, with three price points: 12-inch thin, 14-inch thin or half pan Sicilian, and 18-inch thin or whole pan Sicilian.  There’s also a 10-inch gluten-free crust available for $2.00 more.

Pizza purists will appreciate menu classics like the Humble Margherita with it’s organic red sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, drizzled with olive oil and a dash of pink himalayan salt.  They also offer some creative combinations like the Presto Pesto with fresh pesto, red peppers, artichokes, chicken and fresh herbed goat cheese; the BRIEzy with Brie cheese, granny smith apples, dates, fig balsamic, and fresh arugula; plus pizzas made with sliced Brussels sprouts and bacon, or barbecued cauliflower.  And diners are free to select their own combination of toppings from lists that include all the classics like Italian sausage, pepperoni, green peppers, and onions, plus less conventional choices like marinated artichokes hearts, hot cherry peppers, chopped peanuts, fennel, salmon, organic tofu, and falafel, plus fresh herbs.

The selection doesn’t stop there. Humble Pie offers several cheeses, which diners can mix and match as they desire.  There’s the house’ classic-style mozzarella, plus fresh mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, a pepper jack-mozzarella blend, vegan Daiya mozzarella, fontina, brie, feta, and goat cheese.  The menu includes dozens of options for vegetarians and vegans, each indicated with a small leaf icon (vegetarian), and a circled leaf (vegan).

Besides pizza, diners will find bread sticks, garlic sticks, meatballs, and organic, baked “smashed taters” which can be served plain, or topped like a 12-inch pizza.  The nine offered salads can be ordered as halves or whole salads.  They come in clever combinations like the Herb-A-Voire, a combination of fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, mint, parsley), mixed greens, toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and dried cherries with a citrus champagne vinaigrette; the Humble Caprese with marinated, grilled zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil with basil oil and a balsamic drizzle; or the Lux Lox with a spinach- arugula mix, smoked salmon, herbed goat cheese, capers, cucumber, hardboiled egg, pickled red onion, and lemon-dill yogurt dressing.

There’s also a kids’ menu with options like pizza, baked chicken strips, mac & cheese, as well as pizza bread grilled cheese and pizza bread PB&J.

Dessert includes a selection of small pies (1–2 servings) in flavors like Vegan Mexican Chocolate, with a hint of cayenne, cinnamon, silken tofu, and vegan chocolate in a coconut graham crust.  There’s also the Gimme S’More made with hazelnut chocolate ganache and marshmallow fluff, plus salted caramel apple, and blueberry lemon.  They also make pie pops, which are like really small, two-crusted pies on a lollipop stick.  And their signature granola bars, playfully dubbed “The Humble Square.”  It’s a crunchy, sweet combinations of pumpkin seeds, flax, unsweetened dried cherries, mini chocolate chips, rolled oats, sunbutter, flour, and maple syrup.

Humble Pie is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Keep in mind, they offer takeout and delivery ($10 minimum), and the only seating is on their patio.  But when the weather is as nice as this week’s, that’s plenty.

Contact Information:

Humble Pie
Owners: Jessica and Mark Lucas
9783 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 997-7070

Fortels Pizza in University City Closed

Fortels Pizza in University City Closed

Tax Suit Appears to Shutter U-City Fortels Pizza

University City, MO/April 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – No one likes to see another restaurant closed, especially when it’s a franchise location of a favorite local pizza chain.  But it comes as no surprise that the Fortel’s Pizza Den at 7358 Forsyth Blvd. in University City has shut down.  The move comes less than a month after owner Jeffrey Behrmann and his company JB2, LLC were sued by the State of Missouri over unpaid taxes.  The lawsuit, filed March 20, 2017, alleges that the restaurant owes the state $149,389.  The debt is allegedly a combination of sales taxes paid by customers on their purchases and earnings taxes withheld from employee paychecks, but never paid to the state.

The pizzeria apparently closed early last week. Still, there is no posted sign indicating the restaurant has closed, but the building is dark and the doors remain locked.

Behrmann and JB2, LLC had been working with the state to pay back taxes, even entering into a payment plan.  But the Department of Revenue now claims that three payment checks issued by the pizza restaurant bounced.  This issue of back taxes is not new for Behrmann.  Even before last month’s lawsuit, Behrmann and his business have been the subjects of at least 21 liens and three writs of garnishment.  The lawsuit also alleges that the restaurant has allowed its business license to lapse, a code violation.

Tax issues between the State of Missouri and Behrmann have drug on since at least 2014, with the Department of Revenue reporting it had revoked the pizzeria’s sales tax license in December of that year.  The state is now asking a St. Louis County judge to bar the restaurant from doing business or to consider putting it in receivership so that it can be closed permanently.  Behrmann was supposed to appear at a hearing last week (4/11/17) to tell the judge why the preliminary injunction should not go forward.  It doesn’t look as if Behrmann came to court.  According to Missouri Case.net, a summons was served to the Fenton man the following day (4/12/17).  That’s about the same time his U-City Fortel’s location closed.

Fortel’s Pizza Dens are all franchises that are independently owned.  There are other Fortel’s franchises located in Afton, Ballwin, Creve Coeur, Fairview Heights, and Kirkwood.  The pizza restaurant at 7358 Forsyth Blvd. in University City is the only one owned by Behrmann, and the only one involved in the state’s lawsuit.

Both STL Area Pie Five Pizza Cos. Now Closed

Both STL Area Pie Five Pizza Cos. Now Closed

Richmond Heights Pie Five Pizza Closed Last Week

Richmond Heights, MO/April 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis is a tough pizza town. Diners here are demanding of both quality food and quality service.  That’s because we love pizza. Denizens of the Gateway City love it so much that we invented our own kind—St. Louis style. But St. Louis diners love pizza in all it’s forms, from our own thin crust, to hand tossed, foldable New York style, stuffed crust, and even Chicago deep dish.  There are hundreds of pizza places to choose from.  Still, we’re a hungry bunch, always looking for something new.  So when the first Pie Five Pizza opened in May 2015 in Chesterfield (17215 Chesterfield Airport Road), there was much fanfare.

The sleek, fast-casual restaurant offering design-your-own pizza baked in 5 minutes had been well received.  TF Pie Group, led by Jamey and Jill Tasker, is a group of about eight local investor behind the pizzeria.  TF Pie Group had signed a franchise agreement that called for 15 locations of Pie Five Pizza Cos. in the St. Louis area.  And a second location opened at the Menards development in Richmond Heights (1778 Hanley Road) the following June (2016). But the franchises didn’t last long.

The Pie Five Pizza Co. in Richmond Heights has closed.  A hand-lettered sign on the door was the only announcement made.  It reads simply, “We are closed.”  40 South News quotes an employee at the nearby Penn Station sub shop as saying the pizzeria closed last week.  The Chesterfield store had already quietly closed up.  Both locations are listed as closed by both Google Maps and by members on Yelp.

It’s unclear if the local closings are related to the Texas-based chain’s troubles with investors in Chicago, Minnesota, and Indiana.  According to Nation’s Restaurant News Pie Five’s parent company, Rave Restaurant Group, is being sued by a franchisee alleging the company provided misleading information about its profitability and sales, and nine restaurants in Chicago and Minnesota have also closed as same-store sales for the Pie Five chain fell 17.4 percent in the last quarter of 2016 (which ended Dec. 25).

A new CEO at Rave, former Smashburger CEO Scott Crane was brought onboard in January to try to turn things around for the struggling pizza chain.  Amid the turmoil, Rave is poised to open their 100th Pie Five Pizza Co. location next month, and they continue to expand across the country.  There are Pie Five locations in 21 states from Delaware to Texas, including four in Missouri (Kansas City, Independence, Branson, and St. Joseph, with a Springfield store in the works).  The franchise has plans to expand to four additional states (New Jersey, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arizona) in the coming year.

Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria hosting Giveback Tuesday benefiting Pedal the Cause

Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria hosting Giveback Tuesday benefiting Pedal the Cause

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria, located in Rock Hill, MO has announced their Giveback Tuesday.  It is created to benefit Pedal the Cause.  This event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

One day each month 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of lunch, dinner, drinks and carryout are donated to charities.  Contributions have exceeded more than $100,000 to date.

Funds raised from this event will be dedicated to fund groundbreaking cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

In a statement by Carrie Sweigart, Chief Operations Officer at Pedal the Cause, they will be presenting funds to their beneficiaries on November 16, 2017.  More than $3.8 million has been donated for cancer research by Pedal for Cause last year and they hope to grow their contributions in 2017.

About Pedal the Cause

Pedal the Cause was founded in 2010 with a mission to fund cancer research that will ultimately lead to the cure of all cancers.  However, more impressively, more than $15.8 million has been donated to the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital funding 84 research projects for cancer research.

About Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria

A husband and wife team, Ted and Katie Collier.  This family owned award-winning artisan Italian restaurant and bar that focuses on a modern interpretation of regional Italian cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients with Katies inspiration coming from her time spent living in Italy with her artist mother Belinda Lee.

Katie is the recipient of multiple awards for her cooking including, Best Pizza & Best Pasta by Feast Magazine, Best Pizza by Ladue News and A-List awards from St. Louis Magazine.  She has also been featured on the cover of Sauce Magazine.

August 2015, Katie was a contestant on Esquire Network’s “The Next Great Burger”.  She won her episode and made it to the finale for her Italian inspired “Ciao Bella Burger.”

Katie has a series of hit cooking and restaurant videos Katies Pizza & Osteria Vimeo Page with thousands of views and subscribers.

Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day from 11 am, featuring Happy Hour specials from 3 pm to 5 pm and 9 pm to 10 pm.  Carry-out is also available.

For more information about Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria, visit 9568 Manchester Rd, Rock Hill, MO 63119, call (314) 942-6555 or visit http://www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

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