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FieldHouse Pub and Grill

Fieldhouse Pub and Grill

A Sports Fan’s Haven…FieldHouse Pub and Grill

ST. LOUIS, MO/March 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The FieldHouse Pub and Grill is haven for sports fans with their multiple state of the art flat screens airing an ample selection of sports.  Their website even hosts a schedule of airing sport events that you’ll find streaming upon your arrival.  Located in Midtown within walking distance to the SLU campus and the Chafeitz Arena, the venue is the official sponsor of the Billiken athletics.  And it’s no surprise that the FieldHouse is one of the favorite social meet ups as the pub has 20+ On Tap Drafts and an impressive selection of bottled beers and local craft brews such as Schlafly, Urban Chestnut and O’Fallon, plus many quality Crafts from around the country.

A creative menu that transcends pleasing the pre-sport/concert event diners, or Fabulous Fox post-show patrons, or the evening club crawl crowds, into the daytime business lunchers, the Fieldhouse offers up really scrumptious eats: Such as the sandwich menu favs which include the popular Grouben (blackened grouper with a Reuben twist, remoulade, creamy cole slaw, Swiss cheese on a marbled rye), or their BLFGT a Bacon, Lettuce and fried green tomatoes (with peppered may on grilled sourdough), St. Louis Steak Sandwich (thin sliced sirloin sautéed with green pepper, onion, mushrooms and provel cheese), BBQ Brisket, Veggie Sandwich (Fresh grilled veggies with balsamic reduction and provel on a ciabatta), Grilled Salmon (charbroiled and basted with a sweet and spicy Thai chili BBQ glaze on a Kaiser Roll), Cubano (Herb roasted pork loin, honey ham, Swiss cheese, sliced dill pickles, spicy mustard all grill pressed on Cuban bread), Reuben; Classic Club; Blackened Mahi, Porkzilla (a monster pork loin sammie on Fresh ciabatta), Buffalo Chicken, plus many others including Make it your Own burgers and chicken breast (all of which are served with your choice of home made chips, fries, creamy cole slaw or fresh veggies).

Fieldhouse specialties include Bronzed Grouper Tender fillet pan seared in spices topped with shrimp scampi over rice pilaf), Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Fish and Chips, Smothered Chicken (Char broiled chicken smothered with sautéed mushrooms, onions and provel over rice pilaf), Fieldhouse Mac N Cheese; Cajun Chicken Grille, and classic Chicken Parmesan.

Soups include: White Bean Chili, Beer Cheese Soup in addition to their Soup Du Jour.

Salad grazing ops include the FieldHouse (mixed green with provel, tomato and peperoncini), a classic Ceasar (with housemade dressing), Bistro (Red onion, dried cranberries, candied pecans and bleu cheese crumbles), Clubhouse (Mixed greens topped with julienne ham, turkey, hard boiled egg, smoked bacon and provel cheese), Grilled (or fried) Chicken (chicken breast with red onion, provel and smoked bacon), St. Louis (Fresh greens with artichoke hearts, red onion, pimento and provel tossed in their house vinaigrette dressing topped with fresh croutons and parmesan) Beef Steak (Grilled sirloin, sliced beefsteak tomatoes, red onion and bleu cheese crumbles).

And what would the fun American bar atmosphere be without the favorite shareable appetizers, such as FieldHouse Wings, Buffalo Shrimp, Fried Pickles, Nachos, BBQ Brisket Nachos, Pub Pretzels, Pretzel Skins, Fried Cheese, Chicken Strips, Quesadilla, Artichoke Dip, Stuffed Mushrooms, Scotch Eggs (Hard-boiled eggs, coated in Italian Sausage straight from the Hill, dusted in bread crumbs, served with a spicy mustard dip), Lahvosh (American Cracker bread baked with mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil topped with baby spinach and balsamic reduction), and of course a St. Louis tradition – Toasted Ravioli (original or cheddar jalapeno).

In the mood for pizza? The FieldHouse offers St. Louis style thin crust pizza with a selection of their homemade sauces (traditional red sauce, BBQ, Buffalo or Pesto), your choice of traditional toppings and/or specialty toppings such as grilled chicken, shrimp, crab meat, artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers.

Don’t forget dessert, which includes Fudge Brownie Sundae, Hank’s Cheesecake and/or Fried Ice Cream.

FieldHouse Pub and Grill
510 N Theresa Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103

Phone: (314) 289-0311

All items available for carryout.
Open 7 Days a week from 11:00 am to close.

Crushed Red to open in Chesterfield, MO

Crushed Red to open in Chesterfield, MO

CHESTERFIELD, MO/March 24, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Crushed Red is scheduled to open its new company owned location in Chesterfield, MO in a few days.  More details will soon follow.

Crushed Red’s new Chesterfield location was previously home to Kreiger’s Sports Bar & Grill for 25 years.  Krieger’s was forced to close when the landlord refused to renew their lease.  Kreiger’s (Chesterfield) are referring their previous customer to the Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar & Grill located at 1356 Big Bend Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021.  The Ballwin location is owned by Dave McDonald, who purchased the establishment approximately 18 months ago.

Crushed Red is known for their organic salad, pizza and soup.  Additionally, Crushed Red is a part of the Green Dining Alliance and is a Certified Clean Hands Facility.

Crushed Red to open in Chesterfield, MO

Crushed Red to open in Chesterfield, MO

Crushed Red and its employees are working hard to properly prepare for a successful opening.  While visiting the new location everybody was busy paying close attention to every detail.  It is a beautiful facility with a completely new atmosphere that complements their mission that is stated on their company website.  Their slogan is “Artfully Chopped Craft Salads™”.

Crushed Red has 5 Missouri locations, 2 Colorado locations, 1 Illinois location and 1 Kansas location with more opening soon according to veteran restaurateur, Chris LaRocca, whom I visited briefly with when I stopped by to take pictures.   In addition to their new Chesterfield location their four other Missouri locations are in Clayton, Columbia, Creve Coeur, and Kirkwood.

While we have not written about this restaurant establishment previously you can count on reading more here.  After talking with LaRocca he agreed to provide us with some additional information that we will soon be publishing.  They have some great ideas that diners are obviously ranking high and visiting regularly.  Their food is clean, organic, fairly priced and in great locations with great atmosphere’s.  What else can a diner ask for?

Crushed Red

1684 Clarkson Rd

Chesterfield, MO 63017


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Vicia’s Much Anticipated Opening Is This Week

Vicia Restaurant, St. Louis, MO

New Veggie-Forward Restaurant by Tara and Michael Gallina

St. Louis, MO/March 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It may be the most anticipated restaurant opening of the year.  Vicia will begin feeding Central West End diners this week. Michael and Tara Gallina began creating their signature culinary magic for St. Louis diners about a year ago with a series of pop-up dinners playfully named Rooster and the Hen (gallina is Spanish for hen).  Now, they’re ready for the next step.  Their new brick-and-mortar restaurant Vicia is set to open this week in the Cortex Innovation Community (4260 Forest Park Ave.).

Like the Gallina’s pop up dinners, Vicia will be seasonally driven and feature vegetable-forward cuisine.  But the menu won’t vegetarian.  It will focus on spotlighting produce and using proteins (meat, fish, chicken) as an accompaniment to the vegetables.  The restaurant will also specialize in wood fired cooking and offer an ever-changing menu.  The brand new space will seat about 50 inside the modern, glass, wood, and stone dining room and another 30+ in the outdoor dining space when weather permits.

The unofficial grand opening March 21st will be Tuesday night’s $200 per plate James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour dinner.  It will feature culinary creations by the host, Chef Michael Gallina, as well as celebrity chefs from Nashville, Chicago, and St. Louis—including 2017 JBF Best Chef finalist Kevin Nashan (Sidney Street Café & Peacemaker).

Daily service at the Central West End eatery will begin with lunch Wednesday, March 22.  It will feature a small rotating menu of quick, delicious, seasonally driven items like tartines, grain bowls, soups, salads and sandwiches every Monday – Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Dinner service will be Tuesday – Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday – Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. beginning March 28, 2017.

Dinner will feature a frequently changing a la carte menu of shareable starters, snacks, and innovative entrees—all created with the same vegetable-forward approach.  Vicia will be destination dining that’s both casual (no tie needed), and elegant, with an emphasis on creating a whole meal experience.  Along with an elevated dinner menu, the bar program will feature cocktails made with seasonal ingredients and a carefully curated wine list reflective of small, organic, and sustainable producers from across the globe.  In another nod to freshness, the Gallinas have purchased a stone mill that will allow Pastry Chef Summer Wright to grind flour in house daily.  It will be used to create fresh pastries (both sweet and savory), as well as whole grain cookies which will be available all day at the pastry counter.

Michael and Tara Gallina met while working as chef de cuisine and service captain, respectively, at Dan Barber’s internationally renowned Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, New York.  They married in 2015.  Rooster and the Hen was their first endeavor together, and Vicia is their first restaurant.  The couple chose Michael’s home town of St. Louis for their business because they wanted to bring forward-thinking, inventive, delicious dining home.

Contact Information:

Vicia Restaurant
Owners: Tara and Michael Gallina
Cortex – Central West End
4260 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 553-9239

2017 Dine Out for Life Saint Louis

Dine Out for Life, St. Louis, MO

50+ STL Restaurants Participating in AIDS Fundraiser

St. Louis, MO/March 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — Enjoy a great meal on Thursday, April 27th and support an important cause in your community.  Dine Out for Life is a win-win proposition for hungry St. Louisans.  Each year, since 1993, local restaurants have given away at least 25-percent of their day’s receipts to benefit those living with HIV/AIDS in the St. Louis community.  St. Louis is one of more than 50 communities in the US and Canada participating.  This year 58 restaurants have signed up to participate so far.  Nine are donating 50-percent of each customer’s check to benefit St. Louis Effort for AIDS.  The local non-profit provides education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease.

Here’s an interactive list of participating restaurants that lets your sort by region, cuisine, or meal and then stack by donation amount or alphabetically.  The list includes great breakfast destinations like the Bike Stop Cafe in St. Charles, MoKaBe’s Coffee House, and both Rooster restaurant locations (downtown and South Grand).  There are dozens of choices for lunch, including burger joints, craft breweries, Mexican restaurants, Asian eateries, German beer gardens, brew pubs, BBQ, and more.  Dinner adds upscale dining options, along with steak houses, tapas, Italian cuisine, taverns, pizzerias, and more.

Even your dog can get in on the giving! Stop into Four Muddy Paws at 1711 Park Ave. in Lafayette Square and pick up a treat for your furry pal, and they’ll donate 25-percent of the tab!  Maplewood’s Airedale Antics (7316 Manchester Road) is also donating 25-percent of all food sales that day.

Last year alone, 3,197 restaurants participated in Dine Out for Life Events in the US and Canada, raising $4.19 million for 54 licensed charitable organizations.  In 2016 the St. Louis community raised over $151,000.  One of the truly unique aspects of this annual fundraiser is the emphasis on helping the local community.  All of the funds are raised locally and all of the funds stay local.  April 27th is St. Louis’ chance to grab a great meal, snack, coffee, or cocktail and help our neighbors too.

The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

Spotlight on the Top of the Top 10s – The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants

ST. LOUIS, MO/ (STLRestaurant.News) – The culinary offerings in St. Louis are flavorful, varied, and ever changing.  The restaurants across the metro area offer a little something for every taste—from down home cookin’ to experimental cuisines—the dining experiences offered are both extensive and exceptional.  And St. Louis is a city of hungry diners with varying appetites.  We’re always on the hunt for our next great meal.  That’s where customer reviews and culinary top ten lists come in really handy!  We use them to find our next great dining experience, and to help our readers satisfy their cravings as well.

This column is our chance to highlight the very best of St. Louis’ favorite restaurants by focusing on the establishments that have earned the #1 position on the many restaurant top ten lists.  This week we cover five categories that take you through your day, from that first morning bite to a great spot for a night cap.


Nathaniel Reid Bakery (4.82 stars/77 reviews) Kirkwood, 11243 Manchester Road, Saint Louis, MO 63122, (314) 858-1019.  This is art for breakfast.  After just over seven months in business, St. Louis diners have deemed this Kirkwood bakery their favorite stop for breakfast.  Internationally recognized pastry chef Nathaniel Reid and his wife, pastry chef Lee Lee create delectable works of art.  But the bakery goes beyond amazingly buttery croissants for breakfast.  It’s the kind of place you can grab coffee and an artisan pastry for breakfast.  (Also a great stop for a quick lunch, or to pick up some macarons for the office).


Rosy’s Cakes & Paco’s Tacos (4.742 stars/70 reviews) St. Peters, 6240 Mexico Road, Saint Peters, MO 63376, (636) 244-4599.  At Rosy’s & Paco’s every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday!  They do tacos seven different ways.  Everything is made fresh and in-house—these aren’t fast food tacos.  St. Louis area diners may love the tacos, but they also do burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and more Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites.  Their also known for their tres leches cake and specialty desserts!

Asian Cuisine

Kounter Kulture (4.80 star/46 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  Asian food means a lot of different things to different people.  So it’s not too surprising that an Asian fusion restaurant with a rotating menu that includes Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese.  Local sourcing has made this carry-out joint St. Louis’ favorite Asian restaurant.


Annie Gunn’s Restaurant (4.49 stars/667 reviews) Chesterfield Valley, 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005, (636) 532-7684.  This long-time local favorite relies on local family farmers for the freshest ingredients, expertly prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Lou Rook, III.  Annie Gunn’s is St. Louis’ favorite destination for really terrific steaks like the Angus reserve aged filet mignon and the 34-ounce American Style Kobe Tomahawk Chop, an award winning wine list, and their family-friendly, pub like vibe.

Wine Bar

Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas (4.54 stars/265 reviews) St Charles, 325 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301, (636) 724-3434.  St. Louisans love great wine and comfortable places to drink it.  And this cozy wine bar in Historic Old Town St. Charles is a favorite stop for drinks before or after dinner, and as a dining destination that combines a global wine list with tapas, or small plates in the Spanish tradition.  You’ll find a menu that includes some classic choices that pair well with wine, including a cheese and meat board, chorizo stuffed dates, four cheese fondue, plus salads, flatbreads, and desserts.  They also have a terrific fireplace, and a really nice patio.  Bella Vino is a great way to end an evening.

Tower Grove South’s Tasty Shack Is Now Open

Tasty Shack, St. Louis, MO

Tasty Shack Brings New Life to Old Fast Food Site

St. Louis, MO/March 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – The corner of Gravois and Gustine Aves. in South St. Louis has been a destination for quick, tasty food since a Jack in the Box restaurant opened there in the 1970s.  The site later housed a Papa Murphy’s Take N’ Bake Pizza restaurant.  Now a new kind of “fast food” restaurant has taken up residence at 3909 Gravois.  Tasty Shack, a lunch and dinner take out, opened there March 6th, serving fried fish and chicken, steak, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

This is a new venture from co-owners Sam Lateef and Jose Suarez.  The first time restaurateurs already own several gas stations and phone stores. They tapped Moath Migdady (St. Louis Fish and Chicken) to help develop a menu that includes flour battered chicken and fish, along with other Southern-influenced dishes.  They offer mild and spicy fried chicken, Chicago-style wings, drumsticks, thighs, chicken tenders and nuggets, and even fried gizzards.  They also offer fried shrimp, tilapia, jack salmon, and catfish.  Family meals and chicken-fish combos are also available.

Tasty Shack also offers charcoal grilled steak—ribeyes and T-bones, cooked to order.  There are also burgers and sandwiches, including a Philly Cheesesteaks and gyros.  There are entree salads too, including Greek, gyro, grilled chicken topped salad and crispy chicken too.  Besides French fries, side choices include hushpuppies, fried okra, jalapeno poppers and others.  Another nod to the Southern influence is seen on the dessert menu which includes banana pudding, cake, bean pies, and sweet potato pie.

Tasty Shack is open Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The kitchen takes up most of the 1,200 square foot building. Customers place their takeout orders at a large walk-up counter, then sit in a row a chairs along the windows to wait (generally less than 10 minutes) for their food to be ready.  It takes a few minutes more than traditional fast food, but then Tasty Shack is cooking up fresh food, and that’s usually worth an extra few minutes.
Contact Information:

Tasty Shack
Co-owners: Sam Lateef and Jose Suarez
3903 Gravois Ave.
Tower Grove South
St. Louis, MO 63116
Phone: (314) 240-5051

Five #1s from St. Louis’ Restaurant Top 10s

Five #1s from St. Louis’ Restaurant Top 10s

Spotlighting the Best of St. Louis’ Restaurant Top 10s

St. Louis, MO/March 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – A look at the top of the restaurant top ten lists reveals a glimpse of the vast variety of restaurant styles, cuisines, and atmospheres offered across the St. Louis area.  It reveals a little of the fickle nature of St. Louis diners, and the ever-changing landscape of the restaurant industry itself.

This week, we’re highlighting five restaurants that sit atop their respective top ten list.  Sometimes restaurants featured here are so well-loved, they occupy the number one spot in multiple top 10 lists.  That is certainly the case with the first category this week.  Broadway Oyster Bar, our #1 Happy Hour destination is also St. Louis’ favorite seafood restaurant, and they’re tops for Cajun/Creole cuisine too.  But they’re not the only terrific restaurant we’re highlighting this week.  All five on this week’s best of the top 10s list are worth your attention.


Broadway Oyster Bar (4.51 stars/1926 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  This downtown favorite specializes in award winning seafood and cajun/creole cuisine, along with live music every night.  The rustic charm of the 170 year old building, combined with amazing food, a patio made for partying, and killer cocktails.  If the original Hurricane, the Creole Mary, or the Sazarac don’t lure you in from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the beer, wine and app specials (think oysters 10+ ways) surely will.


Lona’s Lil Eats (4.64 stars/370 reviews) Fox Park, 2199 California Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 899-5582.  This is the home of the “giant rice paper wrap.”  This quaint south city eatery specializes in fresh Asian cuisine with a soul-food flare.  St. Louis diners may tag them as the best Chinese Restaurant in the city, but they’re also highly rated as a fusion food and vegetarian destination.  This is small town Chinese cuisine with a focus on fresh food.  Think spicy cucumber salad, kebobs, Thai spring rolls, and those amazing giant rice paper wraps.


Amsterdam Tavern (4.45 stars/80 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3175 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 772-8224.  Everyone has their favorite sports bar, just as everyone has their favorite team.  And St. Louis is such a great sports city, so it’s not surprising that we have a lot of great sports bars.  According to customer reviews, Amsterdam Tavern is a as good as it gets.  If you needed any proof that St. Louis love soccer, this bar’s #1 status is it.  AT is a European-style soccer fans’ sports bar, offering craft beer, artisan cocktails, and a beer garden.  The focus here is on soccer and suds, so you’ll have to get your food next door at the Dam.

Three Sixty at the Ballpark Hilton (4.12 stars/782 reviews) Downtown, 1 South Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri 63102, (314) 241-8439.  If you want to show off the St. Louis skyline, short of the top of the Arch, it just doesn’t get any better than Three Sixty.  As the name suggests, this restaurant atop the Ballpark Hilton offers 360-degree views of downtown from both the indoor dining area, and the outdoor rooftop bar.  You can even get a good look into Busch Stadium.  The view may draw you to this lofty eatery, but the terrific small plate menu and extensive wine, beer and cocktail selection will keep you there.


Zodiac at Neiman Marcus (4.5 stars/31 reviews) 100 Plaza Frontenac, Saint Louis, MO 63131, (314) 994-5050.  With all of the tea rooms, boutique restaurants, and tasting specialty shops in St. Louis, one thing is very clear: good ladies’ lunch venues must offer more than just a nice meal.  Most of them include shopping in some form or other.  That’s certainly true at the highest rated ladies’ lunch venue.  Zodiac is on the upper level of Neiman Marcus at the posh Plaza Frontenac.  This Neiman Marcus branded restaurant offers upscale light dining in a tony, elegant dining room, or lovely umbrella-shaded outdoor patio.  Customers rave over the polished service and exceptional food choices like their famous Mandarin Orange Soufflé.

South City’s Three Flags Tavern Closed

Three Flags Tavern, St. Louis, MO

Bridge Construction Among Factors in Demise of 3 Flags Tavern

St. Louis, MO/March 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s a sad day for foodies in St. Louis as we learn of the closing of Three Flags Tavern at 4940 Southwest Ave.  After just three years in business, owners John and Cathy O’Brien are calling it quits.  The husband and wife team announced Monday that they had shut down their restaurant at the end of business Sunday due to low revenue.

Three Flags Tavern had been named in honor of the three-way land deal that made the St. Louis territory part of the United States. (The other two nations involved were France and Spain).  The decor inside TFT reflected this storied history, as did the clever and creative menu designed to reflect the influences of all three cultures.  The food was impeccably conceived and prepared, but not pretentious in the least.

TFT had a reputation as hospitable and comfortable with an elevated menu.  It was a well-liked restaurant with good customer reviews.  Their “Oyster Hours” were especially liked.  They were like regular weekday Happy Hours, except there were oyster specials along with drink specials. Brunch at TFT was also quite popular.  They also received critical acclaim.  In 2016, TFT was named to OpenTable’s top 10 restaurants fit for foodies in the St. Louis region.

Until bridge construction on Kingshighway slowed traffic in the area to a trickle, you needed reservations to get a table at TFT on a Friday or Saturday night.  John O’Brien told St. Louis Magazine that they can’t blame it all on the bridge, but it did take a significant toll on the business.  The long-running bridge project has kept South Kingshighway closed between Southwest Ave. and Shaw Blvd. for most of two years.  It was supposed to reopen last fall, but construction delays are keeping closed until later this spring.

Three Flags Tavern had occupied the site left vacant when the venerated Harry’s Bar & Grill closed in 2011 over lease issues.  South city diners can only hope some other worthy endeavor finds its way to that patch of Southwest Ave. soon, and that John and Cathy O’Brien find another way to feed St. Louis so well again.

More Drama Over Settlement in Sweetie Pies Suit

Sweetie Pies

Sweetie Pies Files Motion Over Settlement Issues

St. Louis, MO/March 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – A legal battle between mother and son that has been the subject of the courts and reality TV has taken another turn.  Sweetie Pie’s founder Robbie Montgomery first opened her soul food restaurant in 1996. Since then she and son Tim Norman have built the business into a St. Louis classic and a national brand.  The restaurant became famous in 2011 when it became the subject and setting for a reality television show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN television network.  As OWN describes it, “Welcome to Sweetie Pies follows the loud, loving and musical Montgomery family as they struggle with the demands of expanding their family-owned St. Louis business.” That has included the legal battle between mother and son.

After outgrowing the original location at 9841 West Florissant in Dellwood, Sweetie Pie’s opened two new locations: Sweetie Pie’s The Upper Crust at 3643 Delmar Blvd. in Grand Center, and Sweetie Pie’s at the Mangrove at 4270 Manchester Ave. in the Grove District.  The original Dellwood location reopened in May 2016 after being closed for more than three years.  Several weeks later, in July, Sweetie Pie’s at the Mangrove on Manchester closed (header picture).

That’s also about the time Montgomery filed a lawsuit accusing her son of taking money from the accounts of the Mangrove restaurant and using it to open restaurants in Berkeley, Florissant and North Hollywood, California.  The suit also accused Norman of violating Sweetie Pie’s trademarks in naming the restaurants “TJ’s Sweetie Pie’s Noho” (North Hollywood, California), “TJ’s Sweetie Pie’s Airport” (Berkeley) and “Sweetie Pie’s Kitchen” (Florissant).  Montgomery claims her son used the trademarked Sweetie Pie’s name without her permission.

On Friday, March 3, 2017, an attorney for Montgomery filed a motion in her trademark-infringement suit that outlines a potential settlement agreement she had reached with her son.  It also alleges that he’s breached that agreement.  The motion asks the court to enforce the settlement agreement Montgomery’s attorney says the two sides reached Dec. 31, 2016.  In a supporting memorandum filed with the motion, Montgomery’s attorney argues that Norman should be required to abide by the agreement since it was his attorneys who had pushed for settlement in December.  The memorandum states that as a condition of that December agreement, Norman would close the restaurants he’d opened in St. Louis, and his Los Angeles restaurants would become licensees of Sweetie Pie’s, paying five-percent of gross sales for use of the name.  It also stipulated that Norman would not open any new restaurants using the Sweetie Pie’s name.

Norman has made no secret of his desire to see Sweetie Pie’s soul food restaurants franchised across the nation.  He says he opened his TJ’s Sweetie Pie’s locations “to test his theory.”  Since that December settlement was reached, his St. Louis area locations have closed.  The North Hollywood restaurant and two in Inglewood, Calif. remain open. Norman has also opened a new Sweetie Pies in Houston, despite the settlement agreement.  On February 26th Norman even tweeted about the last round of hirings before the official grand opening of the new Sweetie Pies at 6356 Richmond in Houston.

It’s not clear if or when a judge might rule on the motion.  It’s also unclear if the parties will return to the negotiating table.  In November Montgomery had told Ebony Magazine that the lawsuit is just business.  Of her son she said, “I still love him, but we don’t agree on business.”  Despite an attempt at settlement, it seems that disagreement is going to linger at least for the time being.

Soulard Blues Band Jam Sessions

Soulard Blues Band Jam Sessions

Soulard Blues Band Jam Session at Broadway Oyster Bar

ST. LOUIS, MO/March 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Formed in 1978 the Soulard Blues Band has become an important piece of the Historic Soulard community.  In the past 25 years the band has been credited with bringing the Soulard community together and building the blues scene in St. Louis into the vibrant culture that it is today.  Tom Burnham of PPC Sine Blogs stated that “the Soulard Blues Band is among the unheralded saviors of the community” (Soulard).  The Soulard Blues Band has won Riverfront Times Music Poll for Best Blues artists in St. Louis twelve times.  For the past 20 years, Broadway Oyster Bar has been hosting The Soulard Blues Band’s Jam Session every Monday night!  It is the longest running Jam Session in the Nation!  Created by Art Dwyer, the lead bassist, the band currently consists of five members: Art Dwyer, Kirk “Dr. Drum” Grice, Brian Casserly, Tom Maloney, and vocalist Marty Abullah.  The Band is known to say, “Our mission always is to leave things around a little better than we found ‘em.”  Their motto is said to not only apply to the community, but also the mood of their audience.

Join the band every Monday night from 9:00 pm until 1:00 am for a patio Jam Session at Broadway Oyster Bar located at 736 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO.



Contributing Editor: Caley Johnson



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