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Strauss Park Alive Festival Bringing 8 Weeks of Fun to Grand Center

Strauss Park Alive Festival Bringing 8 Weeks of Fun to Grand Center

Free Summer Fun & Great Food at Strauss Park Alive Festival

St. Louis, MO/June 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Have you been looking for fun and interesting ways to get out of the house and spend your summer days in the sunlight and fresh air?  If so, then you might want to mark your calendar!  Starting in early July and continuing through for the rest of summer, the Strauss Park Alive Festival at Grand Center promises to be an exciting arts festival in St. Louis this summer.

The festival at Strauss Park, 3534 Washington Ave., will have it all: public art (and local artist talks and guest painter sessions), live music (concerts and DJ collectives), community yoga, improv in the park, sand sculpting, and of course, great food!  Festival-goers can sample the wares of some of the city’s most popular food trucks, including the Nacho Pit, Sweet Divine’s Cupcake Truck, and Doughboy’s Wood Fired Pizza, as well as the many restaurants that call Grand Center home.

This is eight weeks of fun in the heart of the city.  Some festival highlights include the official Alive Kick-off Happy Hour w/ Hiro and Guest Painter Karen Jones on Wednesday, July 5th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (and each Wednesday evening throughout the festival), Tune and Trucks Tuesdays (live music and gourmet food trucks!), 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and Chess in Strauss with the World Chess Hall of Fame each Monday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.  Every Saturday will bring live musical performances, and more.  And the best part, in my humble opinion—admission is free!

The festival’s schedule is as follows:

Week 1 (July 3 – 8)
July 3, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 4, Tuesday: Tunes and (food) Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
July 5, Wednesday: Alive Kick-off Happy Hour w/ Hiro and Guest Painter Karen Jones (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 6, Thursday: Dan Belcher, Sand Artist 1st piece. (2 days). Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.), Performance by Chris Ware (7:00 p.m.)
July 7, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 8, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Retro Boogie (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)

Week 2 (July 9 – 15)
July 9, Sunday: Chalk Mandalas in the Park w/ Sukanya Mani (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)
July 10, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 11, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7–8:30 p.m.)
July 12, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 13, Thursday: Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.) Performance by The Midnight Company (Title & Deed, 7:00 p.m.)
July 14, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 15, Saturday: 3rd annual Park Jam (all day)

Week 3 (July 16 – 22)
July 16, Sunday: Melissa Allen, Aerialist (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)
July 17, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 18, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Building Vanya (7-8:30 p.m.)
July 19, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 20, Thursday: Community Yoga (5-6 p.m.), StlFringe Press Preview (7:00 p.m.)
July 21, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 22, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Johnny Vancouver (Noon- 2:00 p.m.)

Week 4 (July 23 – 29)
July 23, Sunday: Campfire in Strauss Park (1p-9p TENTATIVE)
July 24, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 25, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
July 26, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 27, Thursday: Community Yoga (5-6 p.m.)
July 28, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 29, Saturday: Concert Series w/ NATO (Noon-2 p.m.)

Week 5 (July 30 – August 5)
July 30, Sunday: Bob Kramer’s Marionette Show in Strauss Park (noon-2 p.m.)
July 31, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 1, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
Aug 2, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 3, Thursday: Community Yoga (5-6:00 p.m.)
Aug 4, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 5, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Sweet n Low (Noon-2:00 p.m.)

Week 6 (August 6 – 12)
Aug 7, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 8, Tuesday: Dan Belcher, Sand Sculpture #2, Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
Aug 9, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 10, Thursday: Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.), Performance by Chris Ware (7:00 p.m.)
Aug 11, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 12, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Retro boogie (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)

Week 7 (August 13 – 19)
Aug 13, Sunday: Chalk Mandalas with Sukanya Mani
Aug 14, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 15, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7–8:30 p.m.)
Aug 16, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 17, Thursday: Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.), StlFringe opening Night/ Wellness Fair in Strauss Park (all day)
Aug 18, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Aug 19, Saturday: StlFringe Family day in Strauss Park (all day), Cary Colman Jazz Trio (2–4:00 p.m.)

Week 8 (August 20 – 30)
Aug 20, Sunday: StlFringe in the Park
Aug 21, Monday: Eclipse Party, Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 22, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks w/ musician Kristen Goodman (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7–8:30 p.m.)
Aug 23, Wednesday: Dan Beclher, Sand Sculpture #3 (Josephine Baker), Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Aug 24, Thursday: StlFringe in the Park (all day), Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.)
Aug 25, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Aug 26, Saturday: Concert Series w/Johnny Vancouver (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)

Aug 27, Sunday: Melissa Allen (noon- 2:00 p.m.)
Aug 28, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 29, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Aug 30 Wednesday: Closing Happy Hour w/ Hiro and Guest Painters (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)

So, if spending time in the community surrounded by free public art, free fun and live entertainment, and great food sounds like something you want to experience this summer, then the Strauss Park Alive Festival at Grand Center is for you.  More information about Strauss Park Alive and other events at Grand Center, visit the Grand Center Arts District website.

The Best Cheap Happy Hours in St. Louis

The Best Cheap Happy Hours in St. Louis

The Top 10 Happy Hours in St. Louis — that Won’t Break the Bank

St. Louis, MO/June 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Happy Hours – Happy Hour is that special time of day when restaurants and bars offer discounted drinks, appetizers, and entertainment in order to lure in customers.  Although the term dates back to Shakespeare’s King Henry V, and was also used to describe organized entertainment for U.S. sailors during World War II, Prohibition brought us the modern definition of the term.  “Happy hour” was code for meeting friends for a secret drink before going out to dinner in an alcohol-free restaurant.  So, it’s speakeasies that popularized having drinks before dinner.  Today’s happy hour is usually several hours long and takes place in late afternoon or early evening, just as people are getting out of work.  So it’s not surprising that a bar or restaurant offering a great happy hour is a terrific place to meet up with coworkers and friends before heading home.

St. Louis’s rich and diverse restaurant/bar scene includes happy hour.  There are literally thousands of places in the metro area to enjoy discounted apps and drink specials with friends.  Even with the discounts, too much after work reveling can put a real strain on the pocketbook.  So, we wanted to know where to go for a great happy hour that wouldn’t break the bank.  We checked the customer reviews and found St. Louis’ favorite bars, pubs, taverns, and restaurants offering cheap drinks and eats during happy hour.

Topping our list of the best, cheap happy hours is the Tick Tock Tavern at 3459 Magnolia Ave. in Tower Grove East.  This cash-only neighborhood bar offers kitschy decor (owls, clocks, bric-a-brac), plenty of craft brews on tap and packaged, and sometimes free live entertainment.  Tick Tock Tavern had been a neighborhood watering hole from the 1970s to the mid-1990s, but closed for a few decades.  New owners reopened Tick Tock in 2014.  The old corner bar still offers the comfortable vibe of a neighborhood bar, but now instead of two-taps offering Busch beer, they have a rotating set of taps offering Schlafly, Civil Life, and a host of locally made beers, ciders and meads, along with a full bar.  This isn’t a ritzy, flashy place, but it is St. Louis’ favorite cheap happy hour.

Our Top 10 list of the best cheap happy hours in St. Louis is an eclectic assortment of establishments that include taverns, neighborhood bars, and nightclubs.  There’s a bowling alley, a pinball lounge, and an art bar with one of the best patios in St. Louis.  Here are St. Louis’ favorite spots for fun, cheap happy hours:

1. Tick Tock Tavern (4.61 star/80 reviews) Tower Grove East, 3459 Magnolia Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63118.
2. The Heavy Anchor (4.54 stars/97 reviews) Bevo, 5226 Gravois Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 352-5226.
3. Shady Jack’s Saloon (4.50 stars/90 reviews) Near North Riverfront, 1432 North Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 241-4644.
4. Colorado Bob’s Ship of Fools (4.48 stars/60 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3457 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 772-7564.
5. Amsterdam Tavern (4.45 stars/85 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3175 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 772-8224.
6. Venice Cafe (4.42 stars/157 reviews) Benton Park, 1903 Pestalozzi Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 772-5994. Goes until 8p.!
7. Crack Fox (4.39 stars/110 reviews) Downtown, 1114 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 621-6900.
8. Saratoga Lanes (4.32 stars/73 reviews) Maplewood, 2725 Sutton Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63143, (314) 645-5308.
9. The Silver Ballroom (4.32 stars/74 reviews) Bevo, 4701 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 832-9223.
10. The Clubhouse (4.27 stars/55 reviews) Affton, 9420 Gravois Road, Affton, MO 63123, (314) 696-2285.

With thousands of happy hours to choose from, it’s not surprising that there are several popular joints that just haven’t had enough reviews (minimum 50) to make our top 10 list.  These places also offer terrific and cheap happy hours and received high marks from customers, so we give them Honorable Mentions:

The Waiting Room Bar & Venue (4.75 stars/49 reviews) St Ann, 10419 St. Charles Rock Road, Saint Ann, MO 63074, (314) 890-8333.
SuWaller’s Bar & Grill (4.55 stars/29 reviews) Maryland Heights, 2101 Warson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63114, (314) 426-2600.
The Cue (4.42 stars/36 reviews) Maplewood, 3632 South Big Bend Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 781-3501.

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Frank Romano Joins BaiKu Sushi Lounge, Triumph Grill Restaurant as General Manager

Frank Romano Joins BaiKu Sushi Lounge, Triumph Grill Restaurant as General Manager

Romano brings with him a vast knowledge of food and wine and an inherent sense of creating a vibrant atmosphere – BaiKu Sushi Lounge & Triumph Grill Restaurant

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 24, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – BaiKu Sushi Lounge and Triumph Grill, two esteemed restaurants located in Midtown, are proud to announce the addition of Frank Romano as their new general manager.

Romano brings with him a vast knowledge of food and wine and an inherent sense of creating a vibrant atmosphere.  His background as the general manager for Robust Wine Bar is an asset for BaiKu Sushi Lounge while his experience in food and beverage combinations will make him instrumental in Triumph Grill’s evolution.  “He’s a seasoned veteran in the business who has a strong wine and beverage background, as well as a management style that works well with the Triumph Grill and BaiKu Sushi Lounge culture,” said Brad Beracha, President of REV Hospitality Group, which owns Triumph Grill and BaiKu Sushi Lounge.  “We work great together on menu engineering, and we plan on rolling out a new menu in August.”

The addition of Romano will enhance the restaurants’ atmospheres, create a new set of service standards, and help the businesses grow in new directions.

Romano is looking forward to working at both restaurants.

“It will be a pleasure working once more with Chef Eliott Harris,” said Romano, who worked with both Harris and Beracha while serving as general manager of Miso on Meramec.  “BaiKu itself is unlike any other sushi restaurant in town.  It’s a truly unique experience for our guests, and the sushi is delicious.  As for Triumph Grill, it has so much to offer from breakfast and lunch to dinner, and it features a private party space.  The design and vibe are unique – I don’t know of anyone who gets to work every day in a place that has a motorcycle museum and dealership attached to their restaurant!”

BaiKu Sushi Lounge is a high-end sushi lounge in St. Louis, located in the boutique Hotel Ignacio on Olive Street.  BaiKu Sushi Lounge serves authentic sushi and sashimi, using the freshest fish.  The restaurant features a lunch and dinner menu, as well as a happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  For more information about BaiKu Sushi Lounge, visit http://www.baikustl.com or call (314) 896-2500.

Triumph Grill is the sister restaurant of BaiKu Sushi Lounge and is known for its delicious American cuisine and unique atmosphere. Located in Grand Center next to the Moto Museum and Moto Europa, Triumph Grill offers multiple private dining areas that can accommodate up to 35 people for sit-down meals and up to 50 people for standing cocktail parties.  For information about Triumph Grill, visit http://www.triumphgrill.com or call (314) 446-1801.

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Source: 24-7 Press Release

Published on STLRestaurant.News by M.S.

The Capital Grille Opening Soon at Hanley Corporate Tower

The Capital Grille Opening Soon at Hanley Corporate Tower

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

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

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

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

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

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

Longtime Delmar Loop Icon, Cicero’s is Closing

Longtime Delmar Loop Icon, Cicero’s is Closing

Final Concert at Cicero’s is this Weekend

University City, MO/June 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – A special era in St. Louis’ vibrant nightlife is about to come to an end. Cicero’s at 6691 Delmar in the University City Loop is closing this weekend.  Cicero’s music venue manager and talent buyer Jay Mumma had announced yesterday on Facebook that this Saturday’s performance by The Weekend Routine would be the last concert event at the iconic venue.  Today, the Jacobs family which owns the iconic restaurant and bar, announced that Cicero’s will close permanently on Sunday, June 25, 2017.  The announcement comes a year after the death of Jacobs patriarch and Cicero’s founder Shawn Jacobs death in June 2016.  Cicero’s is currently owned by Chad and Trisha Jacobs, who took over after their father’s death. (Their mother Alice passed away in 2012.)

On the official Cicero’s Facebook page the Jacob’s posted the notice:

Dear friends and patrons,

It’s with an extremely heavy heart that I inform you all that our last day of business will be Sunday, June 25th.  After nearly forty years of serving up some of St. Louis’ best pizza, and beer, among other things, we’ve determined it no longer makes sense to continue.  Our father, Shawn, put his heart and soul into a place that has become a St. Louis institution.  He, and our mom, Alice, sacrificed everything our family had, and took a huge risk, to open Cicero’s.  We couldn’t be prouder of them for their accomplishments.

We want to thank everyone who has patronized Cicero’s over the years.  You all have played an integral role in making the restaurant a St. Louis landmark.  We would also like to thank all of our employees who made our successes possible.  Everyone connected to Cicero’s has had some amazing times; some good, and some bad.  We hope that you can appreciate all of those times, and recognize the influence our family had in your life.  That would mean the world to us.

If you are interested in continuing the Cicero’s legacy, we are looking for prospective buyers.  Please contact Ron Kramer at Kramer Commercial Realty. He can be reached at 314-221-6276.

Until we see you again.
Cheers,
The Jacobs Family

The late Shawn Jacobs opened Cicero’s in 1977 at 6510 Delmar Blvd. in the corner of the building now occupied by Blueberry Hill.  Cicero’s offered pizza, toasted ravioli, and other Italian fare, along with independent label beers like Heineken and St. Pauli Girl, that were harder to find in St. Louis at that time than the locally made AB products.

Cicero’s began hosting concerts in their basement bar in 1984.  In his Facebook post, Mumma wrote about the history of live performances at Cicero’s, including that first performance by guitarist Buddy Guy that kicked off the basement bar as a performance venue.  Since then Cicero’s stage has served as a launching pad for many nationally and internationally famous acts. Mumma credits the bar with making the Loop important to the music industry and fans alike.  “The old Basement Bar was an iconic room, introducing many groundbreaking artists in the music industry to the St Louis market and putting the UCity Loop on the musical map,” Mumma said.  Some of the acts who’ve performed there over the years include Beck, Ani DiFranco, The Cranberries, The Indigo Girls, They Might Be Giants, and more recently Umphrey’s McGee and Bowling for Soup.

A clip from a 2014 performance by Slow Down Scarlett on the Cicero’s stage.

In 1997 Cicero’s moved a few blocks west from its original location at Delmar Blvd. and Melville Ave. to its current location at 6691 Delmar Blvd (at Kingsland).  The new space offered more space for both restaurant and music venue.  In the new space, a dessert case was added that became quite popular with Loop visitors.  They also built a 50-tap bar (later expanded to 55-taps) and the focus shifted to beer, including the creation of a “beer school” aimed at educating patrons about the art and craft of beer making, and introducing them to new brews.

On a personal note: I have very fond memories of Cicero’s in the 1980s and 90s.  It was a favorite dinner stop before the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Varsity Theater (now Vintage Vinyl), and one of the best places in St. Louis to see a jam band performance.  Both the original location and the current spot are thick with memories for many music fans in St. Louis, myself included.  This is a real loss to the community.

Contact Information:

Cicero’s
Owners: Chad Jacobs and Trisha Jacobs
University City Loop
6691 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
(314) 862-0009
chad@ciceros-stl.com
http://www.ciceros-stl.com/

The Top 10 Wineries Near St. Louis

The Top 10 Wineries Near St. Louis

Great Wineries on St. Louis’ Doorstep

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honorable Mentions:

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

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

PuraVegan Is a Healthy and Tasty Experience

PuraVegan Is a Healthy and Tasty Experience

Plant-Based Menu Is a Healthy Treat at PuraVegan

St. Louis, MO/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Summer is the season of fresh fruit and vegetables.  It’s also a great time to try new things.  A lot of people use summer to try to eat healthier or try a new workout routine.  If all or any of these things interest you, PuraVegan at 307 Belt Ave. in St. Louis might be your new favorite summer restaurant—and it’s more than your typical restaurant.  PuraVegan is an organic cafe with a strictly vegan menu, but it is also a yoga studio which offers different classes every day of the week.  If you value a healthy vegan menu which contains fresh fruit and veggies, or a fun way to get fit this summer, they’re worth checking out.

PuraVegan has a lot more to offer than just their food. On their website, PuraVegan is described as “a community resource for healthy living offering juice & smoothie bar, vegan cafe, coaching, yoga, detox programs, workshops and more!  You decide how [PuraVegan] can help you”.  PuraVegan owner, Monica Stoutenborough is focused on helping her customers achieve their healthy lifestyle goals in any way they can, whether that’s a quick, animal cruelty free bite to eat, a yoga session, or advice on healthy eating.  Along with yoga classes (many of which just have dotation options to take them, so they’re basically free!), PuraVegan also offers a cleanse/detox program for customers looking to get healthy through a three-day juice cleanse which, according to Stoutenborough, is designed to be relatively easy even for those new to juice cleanses.  PuraVegan also has a partnership with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit 501c3 organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. which promotes nutritional medicine and healthy diet as primary methods for the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer.

Monica Stoutenborough talks about the detox programs offered at PuraVegan.

PuraVegan’s rotating menu of cooked and raw plant-based dishes make them a great choice if you’re looking to try raw food, such as juices and smoothies, but that’s not all their menu has to offer.  They would also make a great place to have lunch if you want to eat healthy, but you’re just not sure if a fruit smoothie alone will satisfy your hunger.  PuraVegan’s menu has some really fun options if you’re looking to eat a tasty vegan meal.  Some especially yummy options include their carrot cake smoothie, a healthy smoothie version of a classic dessert made with freshly juiced organic carrots and blended with banana, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and dates.  Their creamy “Makincheese” (That’s right! Vegans eat mac-n-cheese too!) would satisfy anyone looking for a hearty meal.  It’s brown rice noodles with house-made pepita cheddar and Brazil nut parmesan, along with smoky pea and tempeh bacon.  It’s so creamy you won’t miss the milk. Introducing a carnivore to vegan fare?  The Jackfruit Reuben is a great place to start.  It’s perfectly meaty tasting jackfruit layered with sauerkraut, house made Swiss sauce, and Thousand Island dressing on Ezekiel bread.  They also offer several organic cookies on their dessert menu, in case you want a tasty treat after your meal.

Located in the DeBaliviere Place neighborhood, at 307 Belt Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63112, PuraVegan is within close walking distance from Forest Park, but there is also a free parking lot right across the street if you’re driving.  They are open Monday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays – Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  To learn more about the nutritional services and classes offered at PuraVegan, including their yoga schedule, check out their website: http://www.puravegan.com/.

You don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to visit PuraVegan.  Maybe you’re just someone looking for a healthy alternative to fast food, or you want to try something new.  If so, this cafe might be just your place.

Contact Information:

PuraVegan Cafe & Yoga

Owner: Monica Stoutenborough

307 Belt Avenue

Debaliviere Place

Saint Louis, MO 63112

Phone: (314) 932-5144

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Contributing Editor: Katie Smith

Buffalo Wild Wings Community Day Raises Record-Breaking Amount for Local Boys & Girls Clubs

Buffalo Wild Wings Community Day Raises Record-Breaking Amount for Local Boys & Girls Clubs

More than 950 Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants have donated over $760,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation as part of Team Up for Kids™ initiative

ATLANTA/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced today that Buffalo Wild Wings has donated over $760,000 to their local Boys & Girls Clubs following the 2017 Community Day fundraiser.  On April 19, more than 950 restaurants participated by collecting Guest donations and contributing at least 10 percent of restaurant sales to support youth sports opportunities at Boys & Girls Clubs.  The 2017 Community Day donation is the largest to-date since the annual fundraiser began in 2014.

As part of the Team Up for Kids™ mission, Buffalo Wild Wings has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to help thousands of kids play team sports each year.  The Community Day donations will help Clubs provide uniforms and equipment to young athletes and give them the opportunity to play team sports and learn skills that will help them grow into productive, caring and responsible citizens.

“At Buffalo Wild Wings, we greatly look forward to Community Day each year as a way for our local restaurants and Guests to get involved in Team Up for Kids and give back to their local Clubs,” said Emily Decker, senior vice-president and general counsel of Buffalo Wild Wings.  “We’d like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to all who participated in making this year’s event the most successful to-date, helping us create opportunities for kids and teens, and supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America and their effective youth programming.”

In 2016, Buffalo Wild Wings and their Guests raised and donated over $4.1 million to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  BGCA was able to fund 325 ALL STARS sports grants to local Clubs, and provided training and resources for Clubs to offer more than 88,000 youth and teens the opportunity to participate on high-quality ALL STARS football, basketball, cheer-leading, dance, step and soccer teams.

“With the support of Buffalo Wild Wings and their Guests, our youth and teens across the country are receiving uniforms, equipment and the opportunity to participate in organized teams that help them build confidence and social skills,” Boys & Girls Clubs of America President and CEO, Jim Clark.  “We are thankful to have partners like Buffalo Wild Wings who are dedicated to getting youth physically active and making communities a better place.”

Buffalo Wild Wings will donate at least $2 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America each year, and is committed to raising and donating $18 million by 2020.  Since the partnership began in 2013, Buffalo Wild Wings has donated over $10 million to support sports programs at local Clubs.  Buffalo Wild Wings Guests can support the Team Up for Kids initiative by donating at www.buffalowildwings.com/giving and BGCA online.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

About Buffalo Wild Wings and Team Up for Kids

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 21 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin’®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of “Best Wings” and “Best Sports Bar” awards from across the country. There are currently more than 1,200 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across the world.

Buffalo Wild Wings’ charitable giving initiative – TEAM UP FOR KIDS®– centers on the vision: There is a champion in every child. We are committed to helping build communities where all kids can thrive, compete, and belong to a team. As part of this mission, Buffalo Wild Wings has teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to help thousands of kids play on sports teams each year. Buffalo Wild Wings is committed to donating and raising at least $18 million for BGCA by 2020. Guests can join the effort through donations from sauce and seasoning bottle purchases and in-restaurant fundraising events. For more information, visit www.buffalowildwings.com/giving.

Buffalo Wild Wings has multiple locations throughout the St. Louis metro area.

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SOURCE: Boys & Girls Clubs of America – distributed by PR Newswire – published by STLRestaurant.News

Dave & Buster’s to Debut Exclusive Spider-Man Arcade Game Nationwide

Tremendous Year for Spider-Man Franchise Continues with New Arcade Game at Dave & Buster’s

DALLAS/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – In anticipation of the worldwide release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, in theaters July 7, Dave & Buster’s, the ultimate destination for fun, food, friends and games introduces a brand new Spider-Man arcade game created exclusively for the concept.

The new game, based on Spider-Man: Homecoming, is part of Dave & Buster’s new sourcing strategy that builds partnerships with some of the biggest brands in popular culture and supports the collaborations with world-class games and entertainment for our guests.  Developed by Adrenaline Amusements, the new game is a custom arcade conversion of Spider-Man Unlimited, created by Gameloft SE under license from Marvel, and utilizes assets specific to Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Only available at Dave & Buster’s, the game lets players swing through the streets of New York, and if successful, battle the evil super-villain, the Vulture.  It is everyone’s chance to be their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!

To celebrate, Dave & Buster’s will be offering guests the opportunity to play three games free, including the new Spider-Man: Homecoming – and others like World’s Largest Pac-Man and Space Invaders Frenzy – with each $10 Power Card purchase or reload!

“The new Spider-Man: Homecoming game is a milestone for the Dave & Buster’s brand as it is a game-changer in the way we source and deliver games to our guests,” says Kevin Bachus, SVP of Entertainment and Games Strategy at Dave & Buster’s “We are passionate about offering our guests a unique experience they can’t get anywhere else, and now fans of the iconic Spider-Man franchise will have another way to celebrate their favorite Super Hero with a game that is as fun and exhilarating as the films and comics.  This game was made exclusively for Dave & Buster’s, and will be the only place to play it – ever!”

About Dave & Buster’s:

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, operates 99 large-venue, high-volume Dave & Buster’s restaurant/entertainment complexes throughout North America.  Each Dave & Buster’s offers an impressive selection of high-quality food and beverage items, combined with the latest games and attractions.  Guests can play state-of-the-art simulators and games of skill they can’t play anywhere else.  Dave & Buster’s also provides a vibrant sports bar filled with massive screens, creating an ideal sports watching experience.  For more information, visit www.daveandbusters.com.  The exciting environment of the Dave & Buster’s complex also provides the perfect setting for corporate and group events.

About Spider-Man: Homecoming

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).  Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Directed by Jon Watts.  Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal.  Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Screen Story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.  For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

Dave & Buster’s – St. Louis

13857 Riverport Drive

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Phone: (314) 209-8015

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Source: News provided by Dave & Buster’s – distributed by PR Newswire – published by STLRestaurant.News

Einstein Bros.® Bagels Celebrates ‘Take Your Pet to Work Week’ with New Dogs Eat Free Offer

Einstein Bros Bagels Celebrates 'Take Your Pet to Work Week' with New Dogs Eat Free Offer

Free Doggie Bagel with Purchase Gives Dogs Everywhere Something to Wag their Tails About Einstein Bros Bagels

LAKEWOOD, CO/June 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Don’t let the dog days of summer get the best of you or your four-legged friend! Einstein Bros.® Bagels, the nation’s leading bagel retailer with over 700 locations across the US, today announced the launch of Dogs Eat Free in celebration of Take Your Pet to Work Week. Beginning Monday, June 19 and extending through Friday, June 23, pet parents can bring their dogs to any Einstein Bros.®  Bagels company-owned or franchise locations nationwide to receive a free doggie bagel with purchase.

Dogs Eat Free at Einstein Bros.® Bagels is aimed at providing pets with the same satisfaction their parents get while eating a freshly baked bagel from their favorite neighborhood bagel shop.  Following Take Your Pet to Work Week, dog parents will be able to continue to take advantage of the Dogs Eat Free offer and treat their companion to a free doggie bagel every Tuesday thereafter throughout the summer.

“Americans are investing more time and attention on their pets than ever before,” says Kerry Coyne, SVP of Marketing, R&D, and Catering at Einstein Bros.® Bagels, where doggie bagels have been a staple on the menu for over a decade.  “We recognize the unconditional love that our pet-loving customers have for their furry friends, and with free doggie bagels at stake, we’re sure Tuesdays will become a day to bark about!”

As part of the Dogs Eat Free offer, Einstein Bros.® Bagels is also encouraging guests to share pictures of themselves with their dogs enjoying bagels on their social media channels by using the hashtag #BarkForBagels.  Guests will need to visit www.EinsteinBros.com/DogsEatFree to print a copy of the coupon or simply show it on their mobile device at the register to qualify for the Dogs Eat Free offer.  FDA guidelines limiting non-service dogs to restaurant patios remain in effect.

For additional information on Einstein Bros.® Bagels or to find a restaurant near you, please visit www.EinsteinBros.com, or follow Einstein Bros.  Bagels on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

About Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc.

Einstein Bros.® Bagels is part of the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. family, a leading quick-casual company also known for the Noah’s New York Bagels® and Manhattan Bagel® brands. Einstein Bros.® Bagels is a neighborhood bagelry that’s always cooking up a new way to bagel.  Known for its fresh-baked bagels available in a variety of flavors and signature double-whipped shmears, Einstein Bros.® Bagels also serves gourmet bagel sandwiches, coffee, espresso, sweets and snacks.  Einstein Bros.® Bagels is proud to be the largest bagel retail company in America with more than 700 locations in 40 states and the District of Columbia. To learn more, visit www.EinsteinBros.com.

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Source: News provided by Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. – distributed by PR Newswire