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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.

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.

Kaldis Coffees Sprouting Up in New Locations

Kaldis Coffee

Four’s a Charm for Kaldis Coffees

ST. LOUIS, MO/March 25,  2017 (STLRestaurant.News) In a coffee shop, people seem to be able to comfortably be themselves.  They can speak openly; they can laugh out loud; they can engage with strangers; they can read whatever they want or get their work done.  And, they can stay as long as they choose.  Coffee shops serve as a gathering place for communication and congregation, in both verbal and nonverbal terms.

The interpersonal opportunities that are afforded by coffee shops are part of what makes that business model so popular and successful.  They are places to ‘see and be seen’ – an important aspect of human nature.  Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company which first came to St. Louis’ DeMun neighborhood in 1994 understands that concept well and has flourished from it.

The company is especially busy this year with new cafes popping up all around St. Louis.  After opening its brand-new Gerhart location in Midtown at the beginning of the month, they recently announced there are three more local locations in the works by the end of the year.

The Mid Campus Center (MCC) cafe at Washington University Medical School is slated to open in April and the coffee shop’s third new project will occupy the beautiful Citygarden building in sculpture park downtown.  That location, at 808 Chestnut St. was previously home to Death in The Afternoon.

The Citygarden coffee shop will be sort of a test kitchen for new food and drink items that will be introduced at the other cafes.  It will also offer more brunch items, cold-brew coffee, nitro cold brew, sparkling teas and limited cocktails.  And, it should be up and running just in time for opening day at the ballpark.

The fourth and final new 2017 shop will be located in the heart of the popular Central West End.  It will sit inside the Euclid, the mixed-use Central West End development currently under construction by the Koman Group and also feature the current Kaldi’s Coffee menu as well as coffees and teas on tap.

Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. with its high-quality green, unroasted coffees from the world’s best farms and co-ops will then not only have numerous locations in the St. Louis area, but also locations in Columbia, Missouri, Kansas City metro area and Atlanta.

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.

Two St. Louis Chefs Are 2017 James Beard Finalists

James Beard Finalists

Second Year for St. Louis Chefs on James Beard Finalists List

St. Louis, MO/March 18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) James Beard Finalists — St. Louis has a long history of great restaurants and inventive chefs.  There have been dozens of accolades and honors bestowed upon St. Louis’ restaurateurs, chefs, and innovators in recent years.  From AAA’s coveted four-diamonds rating (St. Louis establishments have 18), to National Restaurant Association’s “Restaurant Neighbor” awards (three in 2016), and the James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classics Award Gioia’s Deli received in January, St. Louis’ restaurant professionals have proven they’re national caliber.

For the second year in a row, two local chefs have been named as finalists for JBF’s Best Chef: Midwest award.  Executive Chef/Owner Kevin Nashan is the creative force behind Sidney Street Café, 2000 Sidney St. in Benton Park.  Executive Chef/Owner Kevin Willmann has made Farmhaus, 3257 Ivanhoe Ave. in Lindenwood Park a regional leader in farm-to-table, sustainable dining.

Three other St. Louis chefs had been named JBF semifinalists this year.  Chef Ashley Shelton of Pastaria in Clayton was a semifinalist for the Rising Star Chef of the Year award honoring especially talented young chefs who are likely to have a meaningful influence on the industry.  Executive Chef Jesse Mendica of Oak + Olive in Webster Groves and Executive Chef/Owner Mike Randolph of Público in The Loop were also named semifinalists for the Best Chef: Midwest award.

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to encourage and acknowledge the restaurants, chefs and other industry innovators who create America’s diverse food culture.  Established in 1990, the JBF Awards recognize culinary achievement.  It’s regarded as one of the very highest levels of recognition in the culinary industry.  This year’s JBF Chef award winners will be announced May 1st at a gala in Chicago.

Longtime Soulards Restaurant & Bar Fire

Longtime Soulards Restaurant & Bar Fire

Fire Destroys Soulards Restaurant & Bar

ST. LOUIS, MO/March 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) A longtime mainstay in Soulard is no more.  Firefighters were called to a blaze at the Soulards Restaurant & Bar located at 1731 S. 7th, at approximately 6:00 p.m. tonight.

Longtime Soulards Restaurant & Bar Fire

Longtime Soulards Restaurant & Bar Fire

Jasean Davis, a dishwasher at the restaurant, said the fire began when the manager was cleaning the stove.  He says he believes backed up grease and food were the cause of the fire, which eventually traveled to the hood.  Passersby saw flames shooting from the roof.

The fine dining venue located one block south of the historic Soulard Market, and one mile from Busch Stadium appears to be a total loss.  This is devastating news for Tim Badock, who has owned the restaurant for over 35 years.  Badlock’s parents opened the restaurant in 1977.

Many of the employees had worked at Soulard’s for years.  The low key fine dining venue with an American steak and seafood menu also had many regular patrons from all around the metropolitan areas.

At the time the fire broke out no customers were in the restaurant.  There were workers onsite but fortunately no one was hurt.  Badock’s family also owns the Lewis and Clark restaurant in St. Charles, which was also damaged last week by fire.


Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar Coming to Maplewood

Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar

New Maplewood Bar Will Let Customers Work the Taps – Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar

Maplewood, MO/ (STLRestaurant.News) – Maplewood has been an incubator for new food and dining concepts in the St. Louis area.  So it’s really not surprising that Ryan and Lindsay Reel chose the inner ring suburb to debut their new beer and wine bar Tapped.  They’re nearly done with renovations to the property at 7278 Manchester (formerly A Pizza Story). Tapped is slated to open in April.

What makes this new Maplewood bar unique is that customers will get their own drinks.  Tapped will use the iPourIt tap control system.  It’s a novel, new tap system that will allow customers to pour their own beer and wine.  According to the manufacturer, iPourIt works with RFID wristbands that each customer receives.  The thirsty customers wave the wristband to activate the tap they choose.  They decide how much they want to pour, and pay only for the beer or wine they take.

This will let customers sample from any of the 40 local craft beers and ciders Tapped will offer.  Each tap will have an interactive tablet, allowing customers to learn more about that particular libation before deciding what to pour.  The Reels say they do not plan to offer any major brewer’s products. (So don’t look for Bud Light here.)  Instead, they’ll have brews from St. Louis favorites Schlafly, Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands, and other.  There will also be eight wine taps, and coffee too.

Diners who miss the old pizza place will be glad to learn that the Reels have still have the wood-burning pizza oven from A Pizza Story, and plan to offer the same Neapolitan pizzas that were once served in the building.  They’ll also do small plates and appetizers that pair well with beer.  Look for fresh, gourmet sandwiches, dips, and mussels.

The exact opening date hasn’t been set, but mid-April is the target date.  According to their Facebook page, the Reels are in the process of hiring staff for Tapped.  They’re looking for “beer, wine, and food enthusiasts” to fill all positions, including prep cooks, cooks, hosts, and managers.

Contact Information:

Owners: Ryan and Lindsay Reel
7278 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143