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Fire-Damaged Lewis & Clark – Plans to Reopen Soon

Fire-Damaged Lewis & Clark’s Plans to Reopen Soon

Historic St. Charles Restaurant Set to Rise from the Ashes – Lewis & Clark

St. Charles, MO/June 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Lewis & Clark – Three months is a long time in the restaurant business.  It feels even longer when that time is spent rebuilding after disaster strikes, instead of serving your customers.  It was just about three months ago when disaster struck Lewis & Clark’s Restaurant at 217 South Main Street in St. Charles.  It came in the form of fire in the wee hours of Wednesday, March 9, 2017.  The three-story, historic building (dating to the late 1800s) was saved, but the restaurant suffered extensive damage and was forced to close temporarily.  Now, after three-months of rebuilding, this Main Street mainstay is about to reopen for business.

Lewis & Clark’s first opened along Historic Main Street in the mid 1980s. Dan Badock bought the popular St. Charles restaurant and public house in 2012.  The restaurant was already well known for its classic American fare, including great burgers and white chicken chili.  Badock elevated the cuisine, by adding upscale selections like prime rib, filet mignon, and grilled salmon, while maintaining the restaurant’s comfortable, family-friendly vibe and reasonable prices.  He says it’s important to him that families continue to feel comfortable dining at Lewis & Clark’s.  When customers return, they will find the menu and the hours haven’t changed.  Lewis & Clark’s will be open Sunday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Fire-Damaged Lewis & Clark - Plans to Reopen Soon

Fire-Damaged Lewis & Clark – Plans to Reopen Soon (Picture property of St. Louis Media, LLC d.b.a. STLRestaurant.News)

The restaurant’s enormous three-story brick building has alway provided ample dining and event space with big picture windows, and balcony seating that offers nice views of the Missouri River and historic Main Street.  Badock says having to rebuild after the fire gave him and his wife the chance to freshen up the restaurant’s decor, and give it a nice makeover.  “While we were down,” he said, “we were able to do some other really nice renovations.”  That includes a new cedar deck and a fresh new look in the restaurant itself.  Badock says one of the best features of the new design is that even though it’s a large space, they purposely created plenty of cozy nooks.  That gives the place a more intimate, comfortable feel.

Besides daily lunch and dinner service, Lewis & Clark’s has been a popular events venue for decades, and once it reopens, it will continue to be a go-to location for wedding receptions, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, anniversary parties, and other social gatherings.  The restaurant specializes in customized menus for gatherings of 20 or more guests.  Badock says they’re already booking reservations for events in July, August, September, and beyond.  Reservations and party arrangements are being accepted by telephone at (636) 947-3334.

Badock says he expects things to go fairly smoothly when they reopen later this month.  One of the reasons Lewis & Clark’s can get back to business as soon as the physical rebuild is complete, is because they were able to retain most of their staff through the rebuild.  The restaurant and event venue normally employs about 45 people.  Badock says he’s glad he was able to keep most of his staff employed throughout the rebuilding process.  That’s meant less disruption for their lives, and it’ll mean a quicker return to normal once the restaurant doors open again.

Badock says they have set the target date for their reopening as Wednesday, June 21st.  He says he’s really hopeful they will be ready to get back to serving their customers by that date.  But rebuilding an entire three-story restaurant is a daunting task, with many, many moving parts.  So, Badock is advising customers to keep an eye on the restaurant’s FaceBook page for updates, and to watch their progress.  He says he’ll post an announcement there if they have to push back that opening date.  Even with the constructions still underway, it’s nice to know that this little slice of St. Charles will soon be returning to normal.

Contact Information:

Lewis & Clark’s Restaurant
Owner: Dan Badock
Historic St. Charles
217 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301

Join Olivino for Streets of St Charles Yoga on Beale

Join Olivino for Streets of St Charles Yoga on Beale

Spend a Healthy Morning with Olivino at Yoga on Beale

ST. CHARLES, MO/May 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) We try to eat healthy but with all the temptations put in front of us, it’s sometimes very difficult!  Yet we know that eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis can add several years to your life.  Sometimes we just need a little guidance and tips on staying fit.  That’s why you’ll want to be sure and join Olivino this Saturday, May 13, for the Streets of St. Charles first ever Yoga on Beale event.

The Streets of St Charles is partnering with Barnes-Jewish, St. Peters and Progress West hospitals to bring you a triple dose of Healthy Living!  When you get in sync with the Universe everything turns out better.  Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Yoga Teacher, Maegan Beale, will be holding 2 sessions of yoga, one from 8 am-9 am and one from 11 am-12 pm.

One of the sponsors, Mobile Health Unit, will be on-site giving FREE health screenings.  There will also be a nutritionist, as well as, fitness demonstrations with Orangetheory Fitness!  And in addition, you can expect cooking demonstrations featuring Olivino and Prasino.

Olivino is excited to be participating in the event!  Beachbody Coach & daughter-in-law of Olivino Owner, Debbie Baker-Oliver, Melissa Baker, will be on hand to demonstrate healthy and easy recipes at 8:00 a.m., and again, at 11:00 a.m.  She’ll talk about all the ways to make quick meals that are also good for you.

She’ll be whipping up a Green Smoothie with Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil.  She’ll also be preparing a Mason Jar Mediterranean Salad drizzled with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic and Tuscan Herb Ultra-Premium Olive Oil and Greek Yogurt with fresh Berries with Strawberry and Blueberry Balsamic Vinegars, both to be sampled.

Find out from Olivino just how easy it is to make quick, delicious and healthy meals at home by incorporating quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  Besides tasting fantastic in a variety of food applications, Extra Virgin Olive Oil can contribute nutritional support in the fight against such health problems as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and in pain management.

There are also a multitude of health benefits of Balsamic Vinegar such as reducing the risks of heart disease, cancer and other infectious diseases.   Moreover, balsamic vinegar decelerates the aging process, controls diabetes and assists in digestion.
Yes, that’s right…good quality extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars are scrumptious and great for you!  So come out and have fun and learn more.

“Yoga on Beale”
1650 Beale St #147, St Charles
Saturday, May 13- 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Tickets available at – yogaonbeale.eventbrite.com

Olivino Tasting Bar 1650 Beale St #167, St Charles 636-757-5455
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Celebrate Streets of Saint Charles “Summer Beale Street Concert Series” Kick-Off with Olivino Tasting Bar

Celebrate Summer Beale Street Concert Series” Kick-Off with Olivino

Olivino Tasting Bar Offers Special Cocktails at Streets of Saint Charles “Summer Beale Street Concert Series” Kick-Off

ST. CHARLES, MO/May 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) We know about coffee and tea aficionados who will drive out of their way for that one special cup, but something new is making its way to the top of the favorites list and that’s the different smell and tastes of Ultra-Premium extra-virgin olive oils and amazing balsamic vinegars.  Many chefs consider it the most essential, elemental ingredient in their craft.

Olivino Tasting Bar at 1650 Beale Street #167, in the Streets of St. Charles, is giving home cooks and foodies a wonderful opportunity to sample pairings of olive oil and balsamic vinegars, plus try both as ingredients in foods ranging from tasty caprese salads to delicious brownies made with blood orange olive oil.  They realize the importance of tasting items before you buy them.

The eclectic shop that opened at the end of 2016 has been wowing customers ever since with their vast selection of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, local food products, gift baskets and accessories for entertaining.  Owner, Debbie Baker-Oliver, is a former corporate career woman who channeled her career experience and passion for excellent food into Olivino.

Tonight is the kick-off of the Streets of Saint Charles’s “Beale Street Concert Series,” featuring the popular Dr. Zhivegas, and Olivino is ready to help with the celebration.  Stop by and sample incredible Caprese Bites, Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Crostini and No-Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote.  That’s on top of their usual samples made with their Ultra-Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.

They will also be selling a variety of Specialty Cocktails including Vodka Balsamic Club, Blackberry Bourbon Fizz, and yummy Tropical White Sangria.  Olivino also carry’s wines from Noboleis Vineyards, along with a variety of craft beers for to choose from.

In case you’re still hungry after all the delectable samplings, they will also be selling sausage and cheese complete with small picnic bags for napkins, plates and knives to enjoy while watching the concert.  Bring a lawn chair and come out for a night of fun!

Streets of Saint Charles’s “Beale Street Concert Series” Today- May 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Olivino Tasting Bar

1650 Beale St #167

St. Charles, MO

Phone: (636) 757-5455

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis

The Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis – STL.News

Best Bets for Your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

St. Louis, MO/April 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching!  The annual May 5th observation may have started as a commemoration of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, but in the U.S., it’s grown into a celebration of Mexican culture.  Cinco de Mayo has us heading to our favorite cantina to celebrate.  It’s with this in mind that we scoured the customer reviews to find the very best of the hundreds of Mexican restaurants in the St. Louis area.

We cast our net wide, to make sure readers all over the St. Louis area could find the best Mexican restaurants in the metro area.  What we found is that there’s a lot of great Mexican food in every corner of St. Louis.  From St. Peters to Waterloo, and Benton Park to Edwardsville, there’s a fiesta in everyone’s back yard!

Topping the list is Rosy’s Cakes & Paco’s Tacos in St. Peters.  This tiny storefront opened in 2016 and quickly became a local favorite.  Rosy’s & Paco’s isn’t fancy, just a small restaurant in an unadorned strip mall, but don’t let that deter you.  They’re making fresh, authentic Mexican food, Tres Leches cake and specialty desserts that are second to none.  Tacos are a specialty at Rosy’s & Paco’s.  They do tacos seven different ways—with chicken, steak, pork, chorizo, and other delicious fillings. Customers also rave about their burritos, quesadillas, nachos, sopas and flautas.  A trip to Rosy’s and Paco’s wouldn’t be complete without a sample of Rosy’s amazing Mexican sweets.  From Tres Leches cake and Mexican flan, to cupcakes and cookies, everything is authentic, fresh, and delicioso!  There’s not a lot of seating at Rosy’s & Paco’s, but that’s okay.  You can get your fiesta to go.

Our list of the Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis includes a wide variety of restaurants ranging from quick service cafes specializing in Mexican street food to full service restaurants as well loved for their margaritas as they are for their carnitas.  Diners are sure to find a great place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo their way on this top 10 list.

  1. Rosy’s Cakes & Paco’s Tacos (4.76 stars/75 reviews) St. Peters, 6240 Mexico Road, Saint Peters, MO 63376, (636) 244-4599.
  2. Casa Romero (4.71 stars/52 reviews) Waterloo, 512 South Market Street, Waterloo, IL 62298, (618) 939-6440
  3. Casa Maria Mexican Grill (4.43 stars/79 reviews) Belleville, 100 North High St, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 416-1337.
  4. La Gardenia Mexican Restaurant & Cantina (4.40 stars/73 reviews) Collinsville, 8406 Collinsville Road, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 344-9763.
  5. El Tio Pepe (4.38 stars/79 reviews) O’Fallon, 315 West Terra Lane, O Fallon, MO 63366, (636) 978-9766
  6. Kalbi Taco Shack (4.36 stars/50 reviews) Benton Park, 2301 Cherokee Street, St Louis, MO 63118, (314) 240-5544.
  7. La Tejana Taqueria (4.34 stars/117 reviews) Bridgeton, 3157 N Lindbergh Blvd, Bridgeton, MO 63043, (314) 291-8500.
  8. Catrina’s (4.28 stars/65 reviews) Edwardsville, 1027 Century Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 692-5522.
  9. El Burro Loco Mexican Restaurant (4.23 stars/217 reviews) Central West End, 313 N Euclid Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 224-5371.
  10. Mission Taco Joint (4.20 stars/377 reviews) Soulard, 908 Lafayette Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 858-8226.

We use customer reviews to find St. Louis’ favorite restaurants for our top 10 lists.  In order to make the list, a restaurant must have great ratings, and a lot of them (at least 50).  That way we, and our readers, can be sure the restaurants on the list are consistently great.  Because of these strict criteria, there are always a couple of really terrific restaurants that don’t quite make the top 10.  So, we offer honorable mentions to these highly rated restaurants that are worth checking out.

Honorable Mentions to:

Chaparritos Mexican Restaurant (4.63 stars/48 reviews) Gravois Park, 2812 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 240-5990.

Terra Sur Mexican Cuisine (4.64 stars/36 reviews) Troy, IL, 920 Edwardsville Road, Troy, IL 62294, (618) 667-1022.

King Burrito Mexican Cafe (4.47 stars/30 reviews) Maryland Heights, 11084 Midland Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63114, (314) 427-5580.


Bike Stop to Open Chesterfield Café

Bike Stop to Open Chesterfield Café

New Monarch Levee Trail Bringing 2nd Bike Stop to Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, MO/April 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There’s great news for cycling enthusiasts and those looking for another healthy dining option in Chesterfield.  A St. Charles favorite, the Bike Stop Café is opening a second location at Taubman Prestige Outlets Mall (17057 N. Outer Road, Chesterfield), which is adjacent to Great Rivers Greenway’s new Monarch Levee trail.

The original Bike Stop Café at 701 South Riverside Drive in St. Charles sits along the Katy Trail, the 225-mile multi-use trail that runs from St. Charles to Clinton, Missouri.  The café was opened in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Tony Caruso and Jodi Devonshire.  Both cycling enthusiasts, the couple wanted to provide customers of all walks of life, reasonably priced bicycles, cycling service, and healthy foods in close proximity to a great riding trail.  It’s a goal that will extend to the new Chesterfield location.

Devonshire calls this expansion “an exciting step.”  She said it “demonstrates the strength of the cycling community.”  With the two cafés connected by 18 miles of biking trails along the Missouri River, Devonshire said she expects to see their dedicated cycling customers from St. Charles visit them at both locations.  Like the original location, the new Bike Stop will also rent bicycles, and shuttle service can be arranged for riders who want to make a one-way trip between cafés.

Menu favorites from the St. Charles café will also be available in Chesterfield, including Bike Stop signature items like the Lewis & Clark wrap (feta, organic field greens, tomato, avocado, red onions, and pesto in a wheat wrap), the Greek Goddess wrap (eggs, feta, organic spinach, red onion, tomato, avocado), and their deliciously moist vegan zucchini muffins.  Customers will also be able to get Jodi’s healthy peanut butter balls.  But the new café will be much larger, allowing Devonshire and Caruso to expand their menu.  Other features of the St. Charles shop diners will find in Chesterfield include all-day breakfast and lunch service, a full-service coffee bar, and a curated selection of beer and wine.

The new café at Taubman Prestige Outlets Mall is expected to open in late June or early July.  The Chesterfield Bike Stop Café will be open Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

Bike Stop Café
Owners: Tony Caruso and Jodi Devonshire
(636) 724-9900

Saint Charles
701 South Riverside Drive
Saint Charles, MO 63301


17057 N. Outer Road
Chesterfield, Missouri 63055

Two Plumbers Offers Craft Beer & Video Games in St. Charles

Two Plumbers

St. Charles’ Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade Now Open

St. Charles, MO/March 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Charles County has a brand new way to play.  Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade at 2236 First Capitol Drive opened for business on March 18th.  It’s one of just a handful of establishments nationwide to combine the arcade bar experience with house-brewed beer.  Two Plumbers was named to honor Mario and Luigi, Nintendo’s famous video game brothers who first emerged to save New York from the monsters in its sewers in 1983.  As Mario Brothers, they went on to rescue the hapless Pauline from the great ape Donkey Kong, and to arcade racing fame in Mario Kart, becoming the faces of Nintendo’s brand.

Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade, St. Charles, MO

Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade, St. Charles, MO

The new brewhouse and arcade near Lindenwood University is the collaborative creation of childhood friends Robert Schowengerdt and John Simon.  A longtime video game fan, Schowengerdt’s background is in animation.  Simon is a microbiologist.  With a decade of home brewing experience, plus time spent in the breweries of Six Row Brewing Co. and Ferguson Brewing Co, he’s leading the brewing operations.

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade is an adults-only (over 21) establishment offering small-batch craft beer.  There are ten taps with seasonal offerings and two year round beers: a honey blond called Pauline (the damsel in distress in Donkey Kong), and an American brown ale called Braunen Mantel (German for “brown coat”), which is a nod to the rebels in the sci-fi TV series Firefly. You’ll also find the wares of other craft brewers like Firestone Walker (Buellton, CA), Founders Brewing (Grand Rapids, MI), Logboat Brewing (Columbia, MO) and others.

The arcade and bar occupies more than 3,000 square feet in an unassuming looking strip mall.  Inside there’s an industrial vibe and seating for about 80.  The space is centered by long, beer hall style tables, and surrounded by the bright, inviting lights of more than 25 video games and a wall of 10 pinball machines.  Customers will find everything from the classic Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Frogger to Mortal Combat and imported Japanese gaming consoles.

Schowengerdt and Simon are part of an emerging beer making community west of the Missouri River.  St. Charles County has been called a craft beer desert.  A few breweries have begun to fill that void.  Two Plumbers is the newest.  As such, they’re hosting a Marquee event during this year’s St. Charles County Craft Beer Week (April 22-29, 2017).  Join them Friday, April 28th from 8:30 p.m. to midnight for Brewery + Arcade Night.

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade is open Tuesday – Friday from 3:00 p.m. to Midnight and Saturdays from noon to 1:30 a.m.  Be advised that this is a craft brewery and arcade, not a restaurant.  So if you want food, you’ll probably want to bring your own.  The owners say they are working to add (locally produced) Dan O’s frozen pizza.  It should be available at the bar in the next few weeks.  Even so, customers are welcome to bring in their own food, or have it delivered to them at the arcade.

Contact Information:

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade
Owner: Robert Schowengerdt
Brewmaster: John Simon
2236 First Capitol Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
Phone: (636) 224-8626

The Top 10 Wine Bars in St. Louis

Top 10 Wine Bars in St. Louis

St. Louis’ 10 Best Wine Bars

ST. LOUIS, MO/March 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Top 10 Wine Bars in St. Louis – Wine is the new black.  But you could say it was the old black too.  So does that make wine retro, like its again-popular sidekick fondue?  No.  Wine is the little black dress of dining.  It’s a classy choice that never goes out of style.  Just as hemlines change, our taste in wine may undergo subtle changes over time, but we know we can count on it to elevate a night out.

St. Louis loves wine.  We are fortunate to live in a city surrounded by award winning vintners and wineries.  But you don’t have to head to Augusta or Ste. Genevieve to have a great wine experience.  A fantastic culinary city like St. Louis is rich with wine-drinking destinations, including an impressive list of wine bars.  So we checked customer reviews to find out where St. Louis likes to enjoy a glass.

It turns out St. Louis’ favorite wine bar is in St. Charles. Bella Vino Wine Bar and Tapas is cozy spot along Historic Main Street in Old Town St. Charles.  It’s a popular stop for drinks before or after dinner.  It’s also a terrific choice to enjoy a glass from their global wine list and tapas, or small plates in the Spanish tradition.  They’re also a top 10 destination for salad, ranking #2 on our January list of The Best Salads in St. Louis. Bella Vino’s menu was made to go well with wine.  Besides fantastic salads, it includes a cheese and meat board, chorizo stuffed dates, four cheese fondue, plus flat-breads, and desserts.  They also have a terrific fireplace to warm the chilliest day, and lovely patio in warmer weather.

While many of the wine bars on our top 10 list offer more than wine and nibbles, all of them offer wine lovers a special place to relax with friends and family, and enjoy are really great glass of wine.

1. Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas (4.54 stars/265 reviews) St Charles, 325 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301, (636) 724-3434.
2. The Wine Tap (4.51 stars/122 reviews) Belleville, 223 East Main Street, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 239-9463.
3. Olive + Oak (4.46 stars/242 reviews) Webster Groves, 102 W Lockwood Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63119, (314) 736-1370.
4. 33 Wine Shop & Bar (4.46 stars/83 reviews) Lafayette Square, 1913 Park Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 231-9463.
5. Twisted Tree Steakhouse (4.39 stars/116 reviews) Sunset Hills, 10701 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63127, (314) 394-3366.
6. Scarlett’s Wine Bar (4.33 stars/57 reviews) Central West End, 4253 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 797-8223. Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar (4.32 stars/700 reviews) Downtown, 1004 Locust Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 241-8141.
7. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (4.31 stars/266 reviews), Frontenac, 1855 South Lindbergh Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63131, (314) 567-7610.
8. Louie’s Wine Dive & Clayton Kitchen (4.27 stars/86 reviews) Clayton, 16 South Bemiston, Clayton, MO 63105, (314) 875-9373.
9. Ernesto’s Wine Bar (4.23 stars/132 reviews) Benton Park, 2730 McNair Ave., St Louis, MO 63118, (314) 664-4511.
10. Robust Wine Bar & Cafe (4.16 stars/258 reviews) Webster Groves, 227 W Lockwood Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63119, (314) 963-0033.
Honorable Mention:

The Vino Gallery (4.58 stars/19 reviews), Central West End, 4701 McPherson Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 932-5665.  This place is part retail wine boutique, part tasting bar, and part art gallery.  They specialize in smaller production, artisan wines, and beers.  They hold wine tastings on Saturdays, view gallery exhibits featuring local artists.  Customers enjoy sampling at the tasting bar or splitting a bottle with friends on the patio.  Bonus: this is a dog friendly establishment.

Fire Damages Lewis & Clark’s Restaurant in St. Charles

Fire damages

Historic Main Street Restaurant Temporarily Closed After Blaze

St. Charles, MO/March 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — A popular restaurant along St. Charles’ historic Main Street is temporarily closed after a late night fire.  Lewis & Clark’s Restaurant at 217 South Main Street was ablaze when firefighters were sent to the scene about 12:30 Wednesday morning.  Battalion Chief Dan Casey of the St. Charles Fire Department said crews arrived to find heavy smoke pouring from the roof and back of the building.

Chief Casey said the fire began in the kitchen.  He said the size, age, and type of structure caused additional concern in battling the fire, so a second alarm was called.  Lewis & Clark Restaurant occupies a three-story brick building that dates back to the late 1800’s.  The chief credits the installed sprinkler/fire suppression system with keeping the damage to a minimum.  He said that allowed his men to get the fire under control fairly quickly.  Still, Chief Casey said the whole building sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

Lewis & Clark’s American Restaurant and Public House opened in St. Charles’ historic shopping district in 1985.  Dan Badock (of Soulard’s Restaurant fame) bought the established restaurant from founder Bob Kirkwood in 2012.  Badock posted this message Wednesday on the restaurant’s Facebook Page: “We had a Fire early this morning. We will Re Open (sic) after Repairs… I will keep you my loyal customers and friends posted.  Sorry for any Inconvenience.”  Repairs are reportedly expected to take about a month to complete.

Lewis & Clark’s offers classic American fare, including steaks, seafood, and burgers.  The casual restaurant is known for its ample dining and event space, picture windows, and balcony seating, which offers nice views of the Missouri River and historic Main Street.

Olivino Is Bringing Good Taste to St. Charles

Olivino, St. Charles, MO

Tickling the Taste Buds with Ultra-Premium Samples at Olivino

St. Charles, MO/February 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Olive oil, like the fruit itself, has been a part of civilization since before recorded history. Many chefs consider it the most essential, elemental ingredient in their craft.  Extra-virgin is the highest grade of olive oil.  It’s pressed straight from the olive, without the use of chemicals or excessive heat, so it retains the sweetest, purest flavor profile.  The very best extra-virgin olive oils can finish a dish like nothing else can.  Olivino Tasting Bar at 1650 Beale Street #167, in the Streets of St. Charles, is giving home cooks and foodies the chance to sample Ultra-Premium extra-virgin olive oils before buying them—and amazing balsamic vinegars too!

Olivino owner Debbie Baker-Oliver is a former corporate executive with a passion for good food that’s contagious.  Lucky for us, she’s channeling that passion into a business that will make all our lives more delicious.  Let’s face it, gourmet items like olive oil and balsamic can be intimidating to the home cook.  It can be difficult to find the ones that suit our individual palates.  Many of us don’t even know where to start.  That’s where Olivino comes in!  This specialty food shop gives customers the chance to sample the very best olive oils from around the world, and balsamic vinegars from the birthplace of balsamic, Modena, Italy.  All of the olive oils and balsamics at Olivino are sourced from Veronica Foods, sticklers for quality and the “real deal” when it comes to EVOO and balsamics.

The olive oils you’ll find at Olivino bear the Ultra-Premium (UP) logo.  To earn the UP designation, these extra-virgin olive oils must exceed worldwide standards for olive oil quality.  Ultra-Premium extra-virgin olive oils are the freshest and finest olive oils in the world today.  They are made from the very best oil olives like Arbosana, Arbequina and Koroneiki.  At Olivino, you can sample the pure olive oils to find your favorites, or try one of the flavored varieties.  They offer both fused olive oils, which are crushed at picking with spices or herbs like rosemary; and infused olive oil, which have herbs or fruit zest blended in afterward.  They also offer samples of foods made with these amazing oils, so you can taste for yourself what a difference an amazing EVOO makes.  A favorite among customers is the blood orange olive oil brownies.  They also offer some non-food products like olive oil lotions, shampoo & conditioners, body wash, soaps, and even candles!

Olivino, St. Charles, MO

Olivino, St. Charles, MO

Olivino is also a great source for the very best balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy.  This is the home of balsamic vinegar—where it’s been made since the Middle Ages.  Some modern balsamics you’ll find in supermarkets are actually blends of balsamic and wine vinegar with caramel color and sugar added.  Not the balsamic vinegars sold at Olivino; their mellow sweetness and deep color comes from being aged for a minimum of 12 years in a battery of several barrels of successively smaller sizes.  The casks are made of woods like chestnut, cherry, oak, mulberry, ash and juniper, each imparting a different nuance to the vinegar.  No matter which you try, the superior balsamic vinegars you’ll find at Olivino offer a classic velvety mouth-feel with rich, complex flavors.

Olivino, St. Charles, MO

Olivino, St. Charles, MO

Because these vinegars are made using the slow, time-honored process, most have only three grams of sugar per tablespoon.  There are two exceptions in the Olivino line up.  The Aged Vermont Maple Balsamic, the first of its kind, using 100-percent pure maple syrup that’s produced at a small family farm in Vermont, has eight grams of sugar per tablespoon, but then again, it is made from real Vermont maple syrup!  This naturally infused balsamic condimento, like all of Olivino’s others, is caramel color-free, free of added sugar or thickeners, and aged in the wood barrels of the traditional Solera System in Modena, Italy.  This one is an excellent choice to top ice cream!  The other exception is Olivino’s handcrafted artisanal Serrano Honey Vinegar.  This golden elixir is made in the USA with 100–percent pure honey.  It has only six grams of sugar per tablespoon and is also free of sulphites!

In addition to olive oils and vinegars, Olivino also offers specialty foods like local cheeses from Heartland Creamery (Newark, MO) and Milton Creamery (Milton, Iowa), as well as sausage from St. Louis’ Salume Beddu (Named “The Best Salami in the Country” by Forbes Magazine), and artisan candies from Ethereal Confections (Woodstock, IL).  You’ll find gourmet pastas, including gluten free varieties; pestos and sauces; gourmet salts and peppers, tapenades, and stuffed olives.  You’ll also find some accoutrements that make serving your oils and vinegars more fun!  There are popcorn sprayers that let you flavor your snack with delicious, healthy olive oil.  There are also items made from olive tree wood including cutting boards and bowls.  Olivino can also create beautiful gift baskets that are as thoughtful as they are delicious!  They do bridal shower and wedding favors too!

Olivino, St. Charles, MO

Olivino, St. Charles, MO

Coming soon: Wine tastings!  Olivino will soon offer wines from Noboleis Vineyard in Augusta, and regional craft beers too.  Debbie Baker-Oliver also has her own vineyard, Triple 3 Vineyard, near Washington, Missouri.  This is its fourth growing year, so it’s really just getting started, but she’s hoping to one day offer her own wines too.  And while the winery is not yet open to the public, they do host weddings and other special events.

As if tasting while you shop isn’t enough, Olivino is also offering special event tastings.  These are part cooking class and part pop-up dinner!  These are chef led, intimate events for 10 to 12 people.  Visiting chefs will prepare simple, wholesome, and delicious foods using the oils, vinegars, and other ingredients found at Olivino.  So these are meals diners will be able to go home and prepare for themselves too!  Diners will also learn about the health benefits of olive oil and the best ways to use the products in cooking and baking.  The dinners will include wine and beer pairings as appropriate.  There will be special theme nights, like “Date Night,” “Girls Night Out,” “Making Veggies Kids will Love,” and others.  Guests can reserve a spot in the demonstration dinner they choose, or book a private event for a birthday, bridal shower, corporate outing, or social club gathering.

Olivino is open for tasting and shopping Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Sunday hours will expand as the weather warms!)  The sampling at Olivino is more than your standard dribble of oil on bread.  Try some balsamic on ice cream, or extra-virgin olive oil infused brownies.  This is the place to come, taste, and learn about these exquisite culinary essentials from a knowledgeable and helpful staff that are all too happy to share their love of fine flavorings with you.  A complimentary tasting at Olivino is sure to be flavorful, and it may just change the way you define deliciousness.

Contact information:

Olivino Tasting Bar
Owner: Debbie Baker-Oliver
1650 Beale Street #167
(Streets of St. Charles)
St. Charles, MO 63303
Phone: (636) 757-5455

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Padavan’s NY in New Town

Padavan’s NY in New Town – St. Charles, MO

Authentic New York Pizza & Pinball Lounge – Padavan’s NY

ST. CHARLES, MO/February 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Padavan’s NY – Located in the center of New Town in St. Charles, Padavan’s NY serves up creative cuisine and authentic New York Pizza. Brothers, Owner Greg Padavan and Executive Chef Mark Padavan who are natives of Westhampton Beach, NY, brought their award winning pizza to New Town in 2009 and continue to generate the culinary accolades for not only their signature pizza but for their other culinary creations as well.  Padavan’s menu features traditional sports bar favorites such as steaks, fish and chips, creative burgers, Golden-Guinness Chicken Strips, NY Buffalo Wings (Three-time Wing Ding Award Winner), Quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps including the Burgerdog (their famous hamburger with Lettuce, tomato onion, cheese and chipotle mayo in a wrap), John’s Philly Cheese Steak, salads, soups, and so much more.

The eclectic Entrée menu includes a traditional American and world fusion of flavors and is the creation of Executive Chef Mark Padavan.  Mark perfected his culinary roots in Italy and in Paris, France where he studied at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu and learned his French and Italian techniques from some of the most famous chefs in the world.  Such inspired specialties include Penne Alla Vodka (A 150 year-old family recipe that he learned directly from the world famous Chef Lorenzo Delmichi while studying in Italy.  The exquisite dish features Roma tomatoes, red onions, fresh basil & Bacon finished with cream & Absolute Vodka sauce); Gorgonzola Crusted Chicken (All white meat chicken breast sautéed in oil & garlic, smothered in sautéed mushrooms, covered in a decadent Gorgonzola, then browned to a melted cheesy perfection); Chef Mark’s popular spin on Chicken Cordon Bleu (Grilled chicken breast topped with Ham, Bacon and Swiss cheese served on the best Pretzel Bun in St. Louis); and The Padavan (a signature sushi roll with crab, cream cheese, avocado, tempura dipped, deep fried, top with massago & eel sauce).

Topping the Dessert menu includes the “Pada-fan” favorites such as Deep Fried Oreo Cookies, Chocolate Volcano Bistro Cake, NY Cheesecake Bistro Cake, and the Root Beer Float.  Their kid’s menu offers something yummy for even the pickiest kiddo pallet.

Padavan’s is a staple eatery for the New Town regulars and is an entertaining foodie destination for fun seekers.  The venue celebrates the family fun year round as their prime location is at New Town’s Volleyball courts.  “We’ve been a round since 2009 and we’re always expanding and appreciate the support from the New Town residents and neighbors.  We love this location!” says Padavan’s manager Grady Wilson.  The restaurant expanded adding the highly anticipated state of the art Pinball lounge.  “The games, which are still hand-made, are well maintained and include a nice rotating mix of the newest games available as well as a couple of vintage collector quality games of yester year, “ says Brian Brannon, Owner and Operator of the games.  “What makes pinball so special is that the games can be played by any age.  I’ve seen three-year olds to people in their Nineties playing.  Greg Padavan is a pinball enthusiast and you can see that in the way the lounge is constructed with indirect lighting and USB connections, and the way he interacts with the customers,” adds Bannon, IFPA State Championships Representative.  On Tuesday nights the lounge is host to Pinball leagues and is the host venue for the regional IFPA (International Flipper Bin Ball Association) Championship tournaments.  In fact one of the local league players, Chris Basler is the reigning state champion and will represent Missouri in the IFPA National championships held in Dallas Texas in March 2017.

During warm weather, In addition to the exciting volleyball league action in front of the Restaurant, live entertainment can be enjoyed on Padavan’s festive patio.  An ample selection of Spirits, Draft (including the first Guinness Counter Mount in St. Louis), Bottled Beer, Wines and innovative Martinis are available to kick up the party for any occasion.  Padavan’s NY is more than a restaurant.  It’s a destination.

Padavan’s NY & Pinball Lounge

3249 Rue Royale # 1

New Town, St. Charles, MO 63301

Phone: (636) 947-6969

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday – Friday (5:00 PM – 1:30 AM)
Saturday (4:00 PM – 1:30 AM/Beginning March, 2017: 11:00 AM – 1:30 AM)
Sunday (10:00 AM – 12:00 AM)