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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

Top 10 Best Asian Restaurants in St. Louis

Top 10 Best Asian Restaurants in St. Louis

Blend of Cultures Represented Among STL’s Best Asian Restaurants

St. Louis, MO/April 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Asian Restaurants – Asian food is a broad category.  It includes the cuisines of many nations. Most Westerners may think of it as Southeast Asian and East Asian, but South Asian, Central Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines are also included.  It also includes the micro-cuisines of subcultures within those regions.  Some Asian fare crosses national lines.  Some are the creations of immigrants who left their native countries and created new dishes by applying their traditional cooking techniques to new foods found in their new lands.

That blending of old world technique and new world ingredients is the root of what we call Asian Fusion cuisine.  It’s a blending of cultures across regional and national lines that has become quite popular in the U.S. and other Western nations.  St. Louis is, of course, no exception.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when we went looking for the Gateway City’s favorite Asian restaurants, nearly half of the top ten spots are filled with restaurants offering Asian Fusion, including the top spot!

Topping the list is Lona’s Lil Eats at 2199 California Avenue in St. Louis’ Fox Park neighborhood.  This place began in a stall with a single gas-grill at Soulard Market.  Their fried dumplings quickly became a favorite stop for shoppers.  Then in September 2015, the cafe opened, offering diners fresh Asian fare with a soul food vibe.  You can still get those famous dumplings at the restaurant, along with make-your-own giant rice paper wraps, which is what they’re most famous for…that and the small town, Chinese style hospitality.  But then, Lona’s Lil Eats is St. Louis’ favorite Chinese restaurant too.

We checked the customer reviews and found that many of the Asian restaurants that made our top 10 list last year, are still local favorites.  There are some new faces too. According to local diners, here are the top 10 best Asian restaurants in St. Louis:

1. Lona’s Lil Eats (4.64 stars/370 reviews) Asian Fusion, Vegetarian, and Chinese in Fox Park, 2199 California Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 899-5582.
2. Pad Thai (4.54 stars/192 reviews) Thai Food in South County, 12676 Lamplighter Square, Saint Louis, MO 63128, (314) 843-0999.
3. Smiling Buddha (4.44 stars/75 reviews) Asian Fusion, Desserts, and Salad in Oakville, 5544 Telegraph Road, Saint Louis, MO 63129, (314) 845-8233.
4. Himalayan Yeti (4.44 stars/75 reviews) Indian, Himalayan/Nepalese in Northampton, 3515 South Kingshighway Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 354-8338.
5. Tai Ke (4.40 stars/105 reviews) Taiwanese in University City, 8604 Olive Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63132, (314) 801-8894.
6. Kimcheese (4.30 stars/286 reviews) Asian Fusion in Chesterfield, 13435 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017, (314) 485-1408.
7. Guerrilla Street Food (4.29 stars/227 reviews) Filipino Street Food in Tower Grove East, 3559 Arsenal Street, Saint Louis, MO 63130, (314) 529-1328.
8. Monsoon Vietnamese Bistro (4.27 stars/168 reviews) Vietnamese in Manchester/Ballwin, 14248 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO 63011, (636) 256-8838.
9. Seoul Taco (4.27 stars/526 reviews) Korean and Asian Fusion in The Loop, 6665 Delmar Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63130, (314) 863-1148.
10. Truc Lam (4.26 stars/114 reviews) Vietnamese in Tower Grove South, 3737 Gravois Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 776-1299.

Honorable mentions (Best Asian Restaurants):

Kounter Kulture (4.80 star/46 reviews) Asian Fusion in Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  This little shack of Asian fusion heaven actually got the highest score, but didn’t have enough reviews (minimum 50) to make the top 10.  It’s not too surprising since they just opened as a brick-and-mortar incarnation of Kitchen Kulture last fall.  The little carry out restaurant occupies the location vacated when Pint Size Bakery moved to bigger digs.  Now that the weather is warming up, making their outdoor-only seating more appealing, Tower Grove Farmer’s Market favorite is sure to become a farm-to-table favorite among south-side diners.

Private Kitchen (4.39 stars/36 reviews) Chinese, University City, 8106 Olive Blvd, University City, MO 63130, (314) 989-0283.  This is one of the more unique restaurants in the St. Louis area, Asian or otherwise.  Private Kitchen is a reservations-only restaurant offering original and authentic Shanghai-style Chinese food.  The twist is that your order is taken when you make book your table.  That way owner and chef Lawrence Chen can shop for the ingredients, ensuring they are the freshest possible.  It also allows him to create some extraordinary menu items that require days of preparation.  Everything is good—the soup dumplings are amazing.

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar, Ballwin, MO

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at Candicci's Restaurant and Bar, Ballwin, MO

BALLWIN, MO/April 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar located in Ballwin, MO has announced their Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet special and menu.

Candicci’s has been serving fine Italian cuisines to the St. Louis area for more than 36 years.  Additionally, Candicci’s offers catering, banquet, online ordering, delivery and special events for holidays such as Easter.

Candicci’s Easter Sunday Buffet will begin at 10 am and last till 4 pm on Easter Sunday, Sunday April 16, 2017.  Cost of the buffet is $23.99 for adults, $8.99 for children and children 4 or younger are free.

Candicci’s Restaurant is conveniently located one block south of Manchester Rd in Ballwin at 100 Holloway Rd.  For reservations it is recommended that they are made very soon as Candicci’s is known for their Easter Sunday Buffet and seats fill up quickly.  Depending on weather patio seating may be available.

The buffet will feature the following items:

Assorted Danish & Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Fruit Display with Berries, Scrambled Eggs, Crisp Smoked Bacon, Sausage Links, Cheesy Breakfast Potatoes, Baked French Toast, Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, Peel & Eat Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce, Roasted Smoked Ham with Apple Bourbon Butter Glaze, Tuscan Pork Roast with Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Puree, Seafood Cajun Pasta in Alfredo Sauce, Slow Roasted Italian Beef with Horseradish & Au Jus, and Seared Salmon with Lemon, White Wine Butter Sauce.  Additionally, Candicci’s Favorites: Italian House Salad, Grilled Chicken Picatta, Toasted Ravioli with Marinara, Pasta Con Broccoli and a Variety of Desserts.  Included are, Soda, Iced Tea, Coffee

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd.

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Element Restaurant and Lounge offers an Easter Brunch Menu

Element Restaurant and Lounge offers an Easter Brunch Menu

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Easter Brunch – Element Restaurant and Lounge, St. Louis’s destination for contemporary comfort food, has prepared a seasonally-inspired Easter Brunch menu for patrons to enjoy on Easter.  The menu will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sun., April 16, 2017.

Normally closed on Sundays and does not serve brunch, but is offering a specially crafted menu for the public in celebration of the Easter holiday.

Selections include Challah French toast with bananas, nuts, and a side of melons; eggs Benedict with braised pork cheek, biscuit, poached eggs, spinach, and Hollandaise; Cast Iron Smashed Burger with caramelized onion, avocado, fried egg, and home fries, and more.

We usually aren’t open for brunch, so this is an exciting opportunity for us to add our own creative twist to some brunch classics,” said Tudor Seserman, Executive Chef at Element Restaurant & Lounge. “We enjoy taking comfort food and adding a little something unexpected. We put a lot of detail into this menu to reflect that.”

Guests can book their reservation anytime by visiting http://www.elementstl.com.

Element Restaurant and Lounge is located off Lafayette Square on 1419 Carroll Street and offers contemporary comfort food using local ingredients and a menu that changes seasonally.  Guests can enjoy small and large shareable plates in an expansive, sophisticated, and open-concept atmosphere.

For more information, please call Element Restaurant and Lounge at (314) 241-1674.

Food Truck “Court” Coming to Tower Grove South

Food Truck “Court” Coming to Tower Grove South

Sit Down Cafe Will Offer Food Truck Grub

St. Louis, MO/April 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis diners are always looking for something new to eat, and someplace new to eat it.  We crave creative, quality, culinary adventures. So it was no surprise that local diners embraced the food truck scene.  Hey with world class chefs offering a huge variety of delicious choices curbside, what’s not to love?  The only thing that makes food trucks better is when you get to choose from several all in the same place.

That’s the root idea behind Steak Louie chef-owner Paul Listenberger’s plan for St. Louis’ first ever “food truck court.”  The idea is sort of like a mall food court—offering food from a variety of vendors, all in one location.  Listenberger told the Riverfront Times that location will be the former Annie Moon’s Bakery at 4001 Utah Street in the Tower Grove South neighborhood.  The location has a cozy indoor dining space, a large sidewalk seating area out front, and room for four food trucks to park in the back.

Initially, Listenberger plans to collaborate with some of the best food truck purveyors in the city, including chef Samantha Marshall’s Farmtruk, which offers farm-to-table fare focused in fresh, locally sourced and free range products.  Also in on the collaboration is St. Louis’ gourmet Greek food truck, Go Gyro Go.  And RFT is reporting they’ll be joined by Holy Crepe!, the mobile creperie in a retrofitted school bus.

Here’s how it will work: diners will place their orders at the counter inside the cafe.  They’ll be able to order from any or all of the participating food trucks.  They can then relax at a table inside or on the sidewalk patio outside, and wait for their food.  Food preparation will take place in the cafe’s kitchen as well as on the food trucks.  Once it’s up and running, this will be St. Louis’ first permanent indoor venue for food truck cuisine.

Listenberger says he hopes to have the food truck court open in May, once all of the city permits have been secured.  Initially the food truck court will be open on weekends, but Listenberger hopes to eventually invite enough other food area food trucks to join in that they’ll be able to be open daily.

Steak Louie
Owner: Chef Paul Listenberger
Food Truck Court
4001 Utah Street
Tower Grove South
St. Louis, MO 63116

Beloved St Louis restaurant that works with homeless to close

Beloved St Louis restaurant that works with homeless to close

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 08, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) It’s not often business ventures pop up determined to make a lasting impact on the community above all else.  The St. Louis region’s largest homeless services agency closed down its downtown restaurant, McMurphy’s Café, last month, officially ending a job training program that it had been offering the homeless since 1990.  It was the first food services program of its kind that has since been replicated across the country.

Laurie Phillips, CEO of St. Patrick Center, said that the nonprofit is restructuring to “remove all barriers to housing as the client’s first step.”  She went on to state that “Job and skills training, along with employment placement, are necessary support services in this model.  We will restructure the McMurphy’s employment training program to align with eh Housing Fire practice.”

Specifics were not provided at this time of how the closing will be overseen.  Phillips did state, however, that the McMurphy’s employment training program, including program staff visits to other similar operations around the country, is expected to take 12 to 18 months.

At the same time, the agency is closing its McMurphy’s food kiosk at 1520 Market Street, a building that houses several city services today.  The exact date for its closure has not been determined at this time.

The St. Patrick Center first opened a café 27-years ago in St. Louis, solidifying itself as the nation’s first restaurant for training those struggling with homelessness and mental illness.  Today, thousands of nonprofits around the country have adopted St. Patrick’s business model to run operations with a similar structure.  The organization works with partners Peter and Paul Community Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the St. Louis City Continuum of Care to provide housing coordination through Biddle Housing, presently a 24-hour shelter that opened in August.

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Contributing Editor: Alexandra R. Fasulo

Business is Really Good for St. Louis-Based Panera Bread Co.

Business is Really Good for St. Louis-Based Panera Bread Co.

Panera Bread Is One of the Most Expensed Restaurants in US

St. Louis, MO/April 3, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – The business lunch used to mean full service and three martinis.  For some meetings, it still does.  But the leaner, faster, younger business model has moved away from such excess, and replaced it with quick service venues that don’t sell booze.  That’s according to the Certify SpendSmart™ for 2016 report just released by the corporate expense reimbursements processing firm.  Certify’s report analyzed business expense and vendor ratings data to see where business travelers are spending most while on the road.

When looking at restaurant meals, Certify found that St. Louis-based Panera Bread is one of the most frequently expensed restaurants in the nation.  The data ranked Panera as third on the list, in terms of the number of times it was listed on expense reports.  Starbucks was ranked first, and accounted for 5.2-percent of all expensed meals.  McDonald’s was number two with 2.85-percent of all meals expensed.  Panera accounted for 1.68-percent, just ahead of Subway’s 1.53-percent.

The report is based on customer submitted data that includes all meal expenses for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The data indicates which vendor is most frequently expensed, the average amount per transaction and average satisfaction ratings.  It’s worth noting that Certify found the average tab at Panera was much higher than those at Starbucks and McDonalds.  The report indicated that the average bill at the bakery-cafe chain was $42.10, while the average at McDonald’s was $9.76 and Starbucks was $12.62.  In the top 15 restaurants on the report, only Buffalo Wild Wings showed higher average tabs than Panera.

Certify also looked at which restaurants business travelers rated highest.  And again, Panera was highly ranked.  It was fifth, with a 4.3 star score on a 5 point scale.  Only Chick fil-A, Chipotle, Jimmy John’s, and Olive Garden were ranked higher.  According to Certify, meal expenses made up 19-percent of business Travel and Expense (T&E) spending in 2016.

In another sign of Panera’s success, Bloomberg reported Monday (Apr. 3, 2017) that Panera is “exploring strategic options, including a possible sale” after takeover interest.  The bakery chain has a market value of about $6.5 billion.  Bloomberg cited unnamed, inside sources in reporting that the company is working with advisors to study the options.  However, no deal has been reached.  Potential suitors are reported to include Starbucks Corp., Domino’s Inc., and Luxembourg-based JAB Holding Co. (Krispy Kreme, Caribou Coffee, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Bally, etc).

Panera executive are refusing comment on the matter, telling Bloomberg that it is their policy not to comment on rumors or speculation about the company.  Still, shares of Panera jumped 7.9 percent Monday, and had its highest close on record.

Panera Bread Company’s first fast-casual cafe opened in Kirkwood (St. Louis Bread Company) in 1987.  There are now more than 2,000 Panera bakery-cafes in the U.S. and Canada offering breakfast, lunch, light dinners, specialty coffees, smoothies, as well as fresh bread, bagels, and pastries.

Certify’s full report on business expense spending can be seen online here.

New Restaurants in the Works for St. Louis

New Restaurants in the Works for St. Louis

Private Kitchen, Fork & Stix, Gamlin Creating New Ventures

St. Louis, MO/March 31, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – So often when we write about rapid change within the St. Louis restaurant industry, we are sadly lamenting the loss of one eatery to make room for another.  This week, the changes are all about plans for new ventures that promise to bring St. Louis new flavors and new fun!

St. Louis is atwitter about a new Thai restaurant coming to the MX Building (Mercantile Exchange) downtown later this year.  The news broke via Twitter (https://twitter.com/stlrainbow/status/846495471954747392 ) that the owners of Fork & Stix, the acclaimed Thai restaurant in the Delmar Loop are working on plans to do just that.  Fork & Stix owner Phatcharin Wanna has confirmed plans for a second restaurant downtown.  He tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the new restaurant won’t be called For & Stix, but will offer a broad menu of foods from different regions of Thailand.  Look for it to open in July.

When the owner of one of the best new restaurants in St. Louis decides to add a casual venue next door, local diners should take notice.  Chef Lawrence Chen’s reservation-only, fine dining Chinese restaurant Private Kitchen became an instant favorite among St. Louis diners when it opened in 2015.  Now, Chen and wife and Private Kitchen co-owner Ellen are planning a new, casual takeout restaurant right next door.  Private Kitchen will continue to offer its special pre-selected, fresh tastings at 8106 Olive Blvd. in University City.  The new place at 8110 Olive Blvd. will be called St. Louis Soup Dumplings.  Chen told the Riverfront Times that he and Ellen “just wanted to do something casual.”  The menu is still a work in progress, but will include various kinds of soup dumplings, including Private Kitchen’s famous soup dumplings.

There’s still no specific opening date set for Gamlin Restaurant Group’s 1764 Public House, but construction of the Central West End pub is well underway at the corner of West Pine Blvd. and Euclid Avenue, and it is expected to open sometime this spring.  1764 (named to honor St. Louis’ founding) will be an upscale, casual establishment, similar to the group’s other two restaurants Sub Zero Vodka Bar at 308 N. Euclid Ave. and Gamlin Whiskey House at 236 N. Euclid.  Besides dinner and late-night service, the new pub will offer breakfast and lunch too.  Gamlin Group proprietor Derek Gamlin says they’re holding off on announcing an expected opening date because of the complexity of creating a new place from the ground up.  “As with any new business, there are a lot of pieces in motion.  We want to make sure we have the details in place,” Gamlin said. Both Sub-Zero and Gamlin Whiskey House have received national accolades, including being named Best Vodka Bar and one of the Best Whiskey Bars in the country by USA Today, so expectations for this new venture are justifiably high.

With new restaurants popping regularly, St. Louis’ dining scene keeps getting brighter.  Good news for hungry diners across the metro area.

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.

8th Annual Maplewood Coffee Crawl Tickets Going Fast

Maplewood Coffee Crawl

Only Afternoon Tickets Remain for 2017 Maplewood Coffee Crawl

Maplewood, MO/March 28, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Like most good things, Maplewood’s annual Coffee Crawl is growing.  Now in its eighth year, the Maplewood Coffee Crawl Saturday, April 1, 2017 will offer participants a chance to meet even more roasters and sample more coffee than ever before.  And like all popular events, tickets for this one are going fast.  But then, there can’t be many more pleasant ways to spend a sunny, crisp April Saturday than strolling throughout the city’s special business district sampling a variety of coffees (and pastries) from local roasters like Art House Coffee, Kaldi’s Coffee, La Cosecha Coffee Roasters, Stringbean Coffee Co., Tim Hortons and others.

This year’s event is being held in two sessions, a “Wake Up Call” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by an “Afternoon Buzz” from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Each session offers participants the chance to meet regional coffee roaster, watch demonstrations of the craft of coffee roasting, and sample a variety of coffee blends, as well as treats.  This is a self-guided tour with is billed as the region’s first and only walkable tour of caffeine.  It is a rain or shine event that includes strolling around historic downtown Maplewood, so dress appropriately.

This is a ticketed event, and participants must have a ticket to join the tour.  The morning session has already sold out, but tickets ($7 each) are still available for the Afternoon Buzz session.  They can be purchased online through the City of Maplewood website and will be available for pickup on the day of the event.

The following businesses will host an afternoon session featuring these roasters:

Schlafly Bottleworks will feature roaster: Kaldi’s Roasting Co.
Foundation Grounds will feature roaster: Blueprint Coffee
Boardwalk Waffles and Ice Cream will feature roaster: Ronnoco Coffee Company
La Cosecha Coffee Roasters, serving as both host and roaster
Great Harvest Bread Co. will feature roaster: La Cosecha Coffee Roasters
Stone Spiral will feature roaster: Riley’s Coffee Co.
Pie Oh My! will feature roaster: Park Avenue Coffee
The Living Room will feature roaster: Art House Coffee
Tim Hortons will serve as both host and roaster

Street parking is free.  There will also be free parking available in the Bellevue parking lot at Bellevue and Manchester, the Marietta parking lot in the 7300 block of Manchester, and at both Citizens National Bank parking lots at Manchester and Oakview Terrace/Marshall Ave. as well as along the west side of the bank building.  Although this is a walking event, it isn’t dog-friendly.  Participants are asked to leave pets at home.