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Sacred Grounds Serving Coffee & Vegetarian Fare on Main Street

Sacred Grounds Serving Coffee & Vegetarian Fare on Main Street

Veg-Friendly Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Sacred Grounds in Edwardsville

Edwardsville, IL/August 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If you’re in the mood for a hot cup of joe with a side of eclectic atmosphere and maybe a slice of pumpkin bread, or a quick and affordable vegetarian-friendly bite to eat at a cozy study spot with your college buddies, then Sacred Grounds, at 233 North Main Street in downtown Edwardsville might just be right up your alley.  As a patron of Sacred Grounds, I’ve got to say that they are my new favorite vegetarian-friendly hang out in the St. Louis area.  After an old college friend introduced me to Sacred Grounds a few months back, I have been raving about them to all my friends—and now I’m going to rave about them to you, too!

Sacred Grounds has it all: a menu which caters to vegetarians while also not alienating non-veggie patrons (for example, my mother and grandmother ate a whole meal there and did not realize it was a vegetarian joint until I told them last week!), super friendly and helpful workers, and a cozy and artsy hipster vibe.  The exposed brick walls are hung with interesting and fresh local art; patrons sit at vintage, yet chic metal chairs and wooden tables; an old acoustic guitar leans in the corner, presumably for live music nights, but maybe just for decoration? (nobody is really sure of its true purpose, but everyone accepts it as a part of the atmosphere); mason jars, and a stack of classic board games.  It’s all a little strange, but in the best way.

Last time I was there, I ordered a slice of the pumpkin bread (moist and delectable) and a kale panini, which comes with melted cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, and perfectly blanched kale.  It was delicious—and only five dollars!  The DJ (just a girl working in the back with an iPhone hooked up to the speakers) was taking requests for “Diva Night” and I suggested Wannabe by the Spice Girls.  Although Sacred Grounds technically closes at 8:00 p.m., the workers told everyone still milling around the dining area that we were more than welcome to stay later.  I really can’t stress how polite, accommodating, and friendly the people who work there are.

Sacred Grounds’ owner Jenn Courtney does all the baking.  She gets started between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. each morning.  Courtney was taught the baking basics by her grandmother, but has been self-taught ever since, honing her skills through experience—from just doing it for more than 15 years.  And she’s accomplished some delicious things in that time.  Courtney has established numerous connections with local farmers, so that she can source as much produce as she can close to home.  The freshness shows in the quality of the small cafe’s offerings.  There’s a wide selection of fresh baked goods to choose from, along with paninis and wraps.  At breakfast, you’ll also find classic dishes like scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and waffles with real maple syrup.

Although the coffee shop is in the heart of the downtown Edwardsville business district, they are open all day—from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and serve breakfast, lunch, and early dinner every day of the week.  But, if you are less of a foodie and more of a caffeine-head, then Sacred Grounds has your back.  They are a coffee shop, after all, and what kind of coffee shop wouldn’t serve great coffee? Sacred Grounds sells gourmet coffee drinks (lattes, cappuccinos, iced coffee, etc.), as well as pour overs, (I’ve heard great things about their black coffee), and they have a nice selection of teas.

The cafe is filled with people of all ages, so it is not just a college kid hot spot.  This place is great for groups of friends to hang out, but it’s also very family friendly.  I have seen people of all ages enjoying everything Sacred Grounds has to offer—maybe I’ll see you there too.

Contact Information:

Sacred Grounds

Owner: Jenn Courtney

233 N Main Street

Edwardsville, IL 62025

Phone: (618) 692-4150

Frankly Sausages Going Brick-and-Mortar

Frankly Sausages Going Brick-and-Mortar

Cherokee Street Restaurant in the Works for Frankly Sausages

St. Louis, MO/July 23, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There are some really great food trucks dishing out amazing food around town. One of the best is the chef-driven Frankly (Artisan) Sausages.  Chef Bill Cawthon and wife Jamie Cawthon have been feeding us from their commissary truck for nearly two years.  Now, they’re ready for the next step—the Cawthon’s are opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Cherokee Street.  On the Frankly Sausages Facebook page they wrote:

“Cat is officially out of the bag…

It has been an incredible year and a half introducing Bill’s food to the community through our food truck.  We have spent a lot of time considering where the best, permanent home for Frankly Sausages would be.  We are thrilled to be joining a thriving community of business owners and neighbors on Cherokee St. and look forward to bringing something unique to the table.
We have much more to share in the coming weeks but first wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who has enjoyed our food.  You are the fuel to the fire to keep us growing, expanding and bringing you more.  Thank you for your support, thank you for your critiques, thank you for keeping us so busy that we outgrew our commissary.  Looking forward to serving you on Cherokee Street soon.”

They haven’t given an exact address, but have said they hope to open this fall. St. Louis’ Local Development Co. approved a loan for the project last week.  The Cawthons have begun teasing the new restaurant site on Facebook, even posting picture of the inside with the comment, “The new Frankly Sausages restaurant is looking #whitebox #longwaytogo #comingsoon.”

Frankly Sausages serves made-from-scratch sausages and what may be the best food truck fries anywhere.  These are chef-created, hand-made, artisan sausages.  All of the meats are antibiotic free, hormone free and humanely raised, featuring local products whenever the best is available.  All their pork is sourced locally.  They source produce from area farmers and even grow a lot of their own produce.  But then Chef Bill has a background in fine dining, having served as chef de cuisine at Gerard Craft’s Pastaria, and at Cardwell’s.  High quality ingredients are key to his approach to sausage making.  And it shows.  If you’ve never had fresh, premium sausages, you are missing out.  Seriously.  Each style of sausage is made up of unique ingredients.  There are familiar offerings like beer brats and all-beef hot dogs, along with a rotating menu of specials varieties using ingredients like lamb, alligator, wild boar, and local rabbit or duck.  Unlike a lot of other sandwich purveyors, the fries at Frankly Sausage are not an afterthought.  These are hand cut, brined overnight, fried at a low temperature for creaminess, then fried again on the truck, making them perfectly crispy.

The new Frankly Sausages restaurant on Cherokee Street will expand on the simple, straightforward food truck menu.  We anticipate more special menu items and sides that go beyond the truck’s legendary fries.  We don’t yet know where along Cherokee Street the new place will be, how far Chef Bill’s new menu will push the culinary sausage envelope, or when exactly it will open this fall, but we, and other Frankly Sausages fans are excited, nonetheless.  In the meantime, you can find out where the Frankly Sausages food truck will be by checking the schedule on their website: http://franklysausages.com/.

New Potsticker Restaurant to Open in South St. Louis

New Potsticker Restaurant to Open in South St. Louis

Not Your Typical Potstickers

St. Louis, MO/July 2, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If you are a fan of potstickers, you might be in luck because starting this fall a new pot sticker restaurant is set to open at 4168 Juniata Street in St. Louis’ Tower Grove South neighborhood.  The restaurant will be the front end of David Dresner’s potsticker production facility.  It’s been two years since Dresner, CEO and Founder of Sleeve a Message coffee cozies, first announced his plans to create a combined space for making his Crispy Edge brand retail line of potstickers and a restaurant.  Although the name of the restaurant hasn’t been announced, Dresner says his plans are moving forward and the Crispy Edge facility and restaurant should open in the fall.  You can follow the progress of the restaurant build on his Crispy Edge Facebook page.

Introduced to the savory, doughy, stuffed dumplings by his grandfather as a young boy in Chicago, David Dresner says he’s been making potstickers since he was only five years old.  Now that he’s perfected his technique, he wants to share his lifelong passion with hungry fellow St. Louis citizens.  Dresner bought the building (a former community center) which will house his business in 2015.  After a few delays, Dresner says he’s finally set to open his restaurant. Potstickers might seem like an odd focal point around which to build a restaurant (and business), but Crispy Edge’s Facebook page already has upwards of 750 followers, and the company isn’t even off the ground yet.  It seems pot sticker lovers in the St. Louis area have already worked up an appetite and are excited for Dresner’s new restaurant.

A new pot sticker joint is exciting enough news for a St. Louis area foodie, but Dresner does not make just your typical run-of-the-mill potstickers.  According to Dresner, he’s interested in expanding upon traditional potstickers to make globally inspired cuisine.  And he’s thinking way outside the box.  Take the Asian Cherry Bomb he shared with Facebook followers.  It’s a green tea matcha dough with a mascarpone pistachio filling.  It also has a pitted cherry stuffed with a full cashew, includes a toasted almond chamomile edge, and it’s finished with a lemon white tea sauce.  Sounds amazing! Crispy Edge’s future menu will include completely original pot sticker combinations influenced by flavors around the world.  The restaurant will also have a coffee and bar section.

Dresner came to St. Louis from Chicago for college.  He began Sleeve a Message, a company which designs custom printed coffee-sleeves, in the T-Rex startup incubator.  It now employs 30 people and serves 2,000 customers.  So, while this will be his first time running a restaurant, the 29-year old Dresner is an experienced businessman who wants to share something he loves with his adoptive city.

Along with the restaurant itself, David Dresner intends for Crispy Edge potstickers to become a patented food product, so a section of the restaurant’s location will become a factory dedicated to manufacturing the potstickers to make his food accessible for customers at stores—he’s already expanding his business outside of the restaurant.

So, if you are already a fan of potstickers, keep your eye out for Crispy Edge’s retail debut, and Dresner’s new restaurant in the very near future.  David Dresner’s fun new take on potstickers is promising to bring something fresh to St. Louis diners.

Contact Information:

Crispy Edge Gourmet Potstickers
4168 Juniata Street
Tower Grove South
St. Louis, MO 63116
Phone: (847) 899-0920
Target Opening: Fall 2017

Southside Favorite, Iron Barley Moving to Jefferson County

Southside Favorite, Iron Barley Moving to Jefferson County

Carondelet Comfort Food Purveyors, Iron Barley Heading South to Jefferson County

St. Louis, MO/June 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – South St. Louis is losing a favorite restaurant and some valued members of the community.  Tom and Gen Coghill have announced that they’re moving Iron Barley, An Eating Establishment from its current home in Carondelet to Jefferson County.  The Coghills made the announcement on their Facebook page on Friday (June 9,2017).  The Coghills said they have been looking for a larger place for the past two years because the current restaurant and party space at 5510 Virginia Ave. in south St. Louis has prevented them from accommodating larger parties and private events.  Their Facebook announcement read in part:

On May 25th we closed on a new property in High Ridge Mo.  We have been looking for a larger place for over two years and believe we have found it!  Three times the size of our current location and 70 plus parking slots.”

It went on to say:

Fourteen years ago we poured our hearts and souls into the Iron Barley steadily investing back into the business to help us serve you better.  Fourteen years ago we were told ‘you can’t do that the neighborhood will never support you.’  We have proven them wrong.  A lot of great friendships have been made, many of which we feel to be our second families.”

The Coghills opened their restaurant at 5510 Virginia Ave. in south St. Louis in 2003, offering American food with a definite German influence.  Besides burgers on pretzel buns, prime rib, and smoked salmon, diners flock in for the klops (mini German-style meatballs) schnitzel (breaded pork tenderloin), and spaetzle (hearty, German-style noodles).  Besides amazing food and service, Iron Barley is also known for their dedication to craft beer, bourbon and whiskey.

But Iron Barley was much more than “an Eating Establishment” for the community surrounding it.  The restaurant and its owners were “go-to” sources for community service.  In 2016, Iron Barley was one of just three Missouri restaurants to receive the state Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award—honoring restaurants that give back to their communities.  And this local eatery had a real impact on its neighbors.  Iron Barley’ annual Tomato Fest has raised money for the Lift For Life Gym for more than 10 years.  The Tom Hall Guitar and Resophonic Extravaganzas, which began to aid a single musician, have become annual fundraisers benefiting the music program at St. Frances Cabrini Academy, as well as Lift for Life Gym and Six String Heroes, a volunteer group that teaches returning combat veterans how to play the guitar.  Their annual Memorial Day Rib Fest raises money for organizations like the USO and Fisher House, which provides housing for families of wounded soldiers undergoing medical treatment.  They’re also regular sponsors for events benefiting local neighborhood, civic, and business associations, veterans’ services, 9/11 memorial events, etc.

The Coghills say the plan is to keep the current Iron Barley location in Carondelet open through mid-August.  Then in mid-September, they’re hoping to open the new Iron Barley’s High Hog Ridge at 3367 High Ridge Blvd, in High Ridge.  It has not yet been determined who, if anyone, will occupied the premises once the Carondelet Iron Barley has closed.  The Coghill’s say they’re currently looking for someone to “breathe new life” into the Virginia Ave. location.  And so neighbors must wait to learn what comes next.  Whatever it is, South St. Louis will miss the Coghills and Iron Barley.

Tour de Fat Will Bring Beer, Music & Merriment to Soulard

Tour de Fat Will Bring Beer, Music & Merriment to Soulard

Annual Festival Will Raise Money for Soulard Preservationists

St. Louis, MO/May 31, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis music and beer lovers are getting ready for one of the more unique beer-music festivals of the year, the Tour de Fat beer, music, and bike festival.  The annual multi-city event is part concert, part beer festival, and part cirque and fundraiser, created by New Belgium Brewing and named for its popular Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale.  The festival features a variety of performers, performance art, bicycles, beer, and costumed revelers.

The traveling philanthropic festival will come to St. Louis on June 10th as part of its 33-city 2017 season.  Dozens of nationally-known bands and performers will be perform in different cities across America.  Nick Waterhouse will headline the festival in St. Louis.  In addition to the headline act, a touring ensemble of artists, cirque performers, and others will appear alongside local street performers. St. Louis audiences can expect to see some vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and the like.  Costumes are highly encouraged at this raucous party.

Since its inception in 2000, the Tour de Fat has partnered with local nonprofits in the host cities.  The tour, put on by New Belgium Brewing, has raised more than $4.5 million to support local causes.  In St. Louis, Tour de Fat will benefit the Soulard Restoration Group.  A 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer community organization, the Soulard Restoration Group is dedicated to fostering community improvement, civic pride, encouraging restoration, beautification, and reestablishment of public areas in the Soulard Historic District.

The 2017 Tour de Fat St. Louis will be June 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Soulard Market Park, 730 Carroll Street, St. Louis.  Tickets are available online through the Tour de Fat website (http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/city/st-louis), but they can also be purchased on the day of the event.  The box office will open at noon. General admission tickets, as well as those for ADA patrons are $25.  Tour de Fat is a fully accessible event, fully navigable for people with mobility disabilities.  Accessible viewing areas will be made available to ADA patrons who may need to see above the crowd.  Tour de Fat St. Louis is an all-ages show. Kids 12 and under are free!

June is Promising New Eats for St. Louis Diners

June is Promising New Eats for St. Louis Diners – STLRestaurant.News

New STL Restaurants and Breweries Opening in June – New Eats

St. Louis, MO/May 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) New Eats – As we wind our way into the unofficial start of summer in St. Louis, we can look forward to long days, warm weather, summer festivals, and several new restaurants!  June is historically a month of new beginnings, so restaurant openings seem all too appropriate.  And this year, June delivers the goods.  There will be new things to eat and drink, and terrific new places to enjoy them.

The King is about to be resurrected—the long-closed St. Louis restaurant King Louie, that is.  Matt McGuire, former director of service for Gerard Craft’s Niche Food Group, is in the process of bringing back his much-loved restaurant, now simply dubbed Louie.  The new 2,800 square foot eatery will occupy a portion of the shuttered Jimmy’s on the Park, at 706B DeMun Avenue in Clayton.  The esteemed King Louie had been known for sensational food and service.  The menu still isn’t set for this new Louie, but diners should expect Italian and French influenced American cuisine.  McGuire has said he’s hoping the new Louie will become a DeMun neighborhood mainstay, rather than a destination restaurant.  Louie is expected to open in June, but no date has been set.  There’s no website yet either.

A new craft beer and hockey bar is soon to open in Midtown St. Louis.  Work is underway to get Center Ice Brewery at 120 Olive Blvd. up and running by mid to late June.  The hockey-focused brewery is the brainchild of St. Louis entrepreneur and philanthropist Steve Albers, who founded two hockey tournaments to benefit Shutout Autism, playfully dubbed the Frozen Cup and the Melted Cup.  Before developing his own brews for Center Ice Brewery, Albers spent three years brewing with friends under the name Hat Trick Brewing.  Center Ice Brewing will be primarily a brewery and tasting room with 12 – 18 taps and 60 or more seats.  Since the brewery is right next door to Pappy’s Smokehouse and Southern, Albers doesn’t plan to make food.  Instead, guests will be able to order food in from the neighboring restaurants to enjoy with his beers.  Center Ice’s core beers will include Center Ice American Golden, Hop Shelf IPA, Puck O’ the Irish stout, and Raspberry Picker.  Albers has been video blogging the development of Center Ice Brewery on Youtube:

Steve Albers walks you through the latest developments and installations at Center Ice Brewery as he works to open his Midtown establishment by late June.

Taco Buddha is expected to open late next month at 7405 Pershing Avenue (Pershing and Jackson) in University City.  This taco-fusion spot will offer counter service with seating for 25 inside and another two-dozen or so outside.  There will be a taco-focused menu.  The plan is to offer all sorts of food stuffed into a taco shell.  There will be everything from Asian influenced chicken tandoori tacos to Texas-style breakfast tacos.  Taco Buddha was the name Kurt Eller used for his catering truck.  He and partner Erin McCracken will use it for their new brick-and-mortar restaurant too.  The new taco joint will make use of the unused kitchen behind Cursed Bikes & Coffee (which sells coffee, smoothies, and pastries, so doesn’t use a kitchen).  Initially, Taco Buddha will be open Thursday – Friday for breakfast and lunch, and Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Owners Kurt Eller and Erin McCracken plan to extend the restaurant’s hours to six days a week by October.  Eventually, they plan to apply for a full liquor license, making their little taco joint a hangout destination.

With longer days and shorter nights, plus new local restaurants, June is looking like a great month of beginnings for St. Louis diners.  Yay us!

Lesters Sports Bar & Grill in Ladue

Lesters Sports Bar & Grill in Ladue

Ladue’s First-Class Sports Bar & Grill is Lesters Sports Bar

Ladue, MO/May 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Lesters Sports Bar & Grill – It’s rare to find a restaurant that splits its efforts on two or more fronts and does both well.  Most restaurants that try to be sports bars fall short on either the food, service, sports environment, or some combination of these elements.  Lesters Sports Bar & Grill at 9906 Clayton Road in Ladue is that rare exception.  St. Louis businessman Lester Miller opened Lester’s in 2007 as both a comfortable, family-friendly restaurant, and an A-class sports bar.  Their motto is simple and appropriate: “Lesters is a sports bar that serves great food, or a restaurant that serves up sports.”  It does both well.

Miller was friends with St. Louis baseball legend Stan Musial, and a bronze statue of “The Man” greets customers as they enter.  The division between the large, upscale bar and the even larger dining room make this a family-friendly place for a meal as well as a great spot to meet friends for drinks after work, or to cheer on your favorite team.  Unlike some sports bar/restaurant combos, Lester’s doesn’t skimp on the sports environment in the dining room or the food at the bar.  That means whichever side of the place you’re on–the bar or dining room—you can enjoy your favorite sport and a great meal.

The HD TV system at Lesters is well planned, with enough screens (more than 60) that at least one flat screen can be easily seen from every seat in the house.  As a bonus, there’s a really special audio system.  It allows those seated in a booth to tune the personal audio controls to the flat screen of their choice.  When is the last time you got to watch and hear the big game, at the volume you want, while enjoying a great meal at a first-class sports bar?

As if that wasn’t enough, Lesters has a beautiful brick patio lined with comfortable, umbrellaed tables.  The landscaping allows diners to sit surrounded by greenery, even though they are just steps from the parking lot.

The menu at Lesters is also a divided affair.  The restaurant is part East Coast deli and part barbecue joint, with slow-smoked meats and deli-style sandwiches sharing the headlines on the comfort-food menu.  There are appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and desserts.  One of the favorite apps are the Onion Rings.  They’re served with an ancho chile ranch dipping sauce that is a creamy, flavorful foil to the crispy, beer battered rings.  The apps menu also includes three different kinds of sliders: classic cheeseburgers, deli style on mini rye bread, or BBQ.

The star of the menu may be the beef brisket.  Brisket is a cut of meat offering tons of flavor—if done right.  But when it’s done wrong, it can be dry and tough and almost impossible to chew.  Lester’s knows how to do beef brisket.  Theirs is melt-in-your-mouth tender. Seriously.  It’s perfectly cooked and sliced so that it’s succulent and delicious, whether you have it on a slider, on a salad, or on a sandwich.  The baby back ribs are slow-smoked (4 ½ hours) so that they’re fall-off-the-bone tender.  Diners also love the house-smoked, St. Louis style pork steak.  It’s glazed with a sweet-smoky BBQ sauce, and at 16-ounces, it satisfies even the heartiest of appetites.  The pulled pork sandwich is both generous and delicious.  Lester’s smoked half-chicken comes with a delicious pineapple rum BBQ glaze and three sides.  You can also get smoked chicken on the pulled chicken sandwich or atop a BBQ salad. There’s also a nice kids’ menu.

Lester’s kitchen doesn’t use shortcuts.  You won’t find frozen French fries or bottled salad dressing.  Everything is made from scratch, right there in-house.  They make their own salad dressings and brine their own meats before applewood smoking them.  The pastrami and corned beef for the gargantuan New York-style deli sandwiches are cured in-house.  The half-pound burger are made from Certified Black Angus beef, cooked to order and topped with everything from sweet BBQ sauce and onion straws to avocado and pico de gallo.  All of the sides and desserts are made fresh daily too.  And you will want to leave room for dessert.  The St. Louis style gooey butter cake is served warm.  As is the apple pie with caramel sauce.  Or have a warm brownie with ice cream topped with chocolate and caramel sauces.  Yum.

The restaurant is open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Lester’s offers a weekday happy hour with drink and app specials from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, as well as a late night happy hour Monday – Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Lester’s has a full bar, with an ample beer and wine selection.  The draft lineup includes brews from Schlafly, Sam Adams, Four Hands, Angry Orchard, O’Fallon, Guinness, Budweiser, Blue Moon, Goose Island, Boulevard, and others.  Bottled choices include Amstel, Heineken, Corona, Fat Tire, Michelob, New Castle, and Kraftig.  The wine choices are all Californian, from familiar named vintners like Robert Mondavi, Sebastiani, Rex Goliath, Kendall Jackson, and others.  This isn’t the place you go to discover a new craft IPA or exceptional French wine.  Lester’s is the kind of place you go when you want food, drink, and ambiance that is reliably first rate.  At that, Lester’s excels.

Contact Information:

Lesters Sports Bar & Grill
Owner: Lester Miller
Managing Partner: Pedro Beltranena
Executive Chef: Tim Miller
9906 Clayton Road, Suite B
Ladue, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 994-0055

http://lestersrestaurant.com/

Primary Contact is Pedro Beltranena: [email protected]
Executive Chef Tim Miller: [email protected]

Delicious Things are Planned for New CWE Bissingers

Delicious Things are Planned for New CWE Bissingers

Bissingers Chocolatier to Open CWE Handcrafted Cafe

St. Louis, MO/May 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It was a sad day for St. Louis’ chocolate lovers when Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier closed their award-winning Maryland Plaza location.  The sleek, modern dessert bar offered visitors confections that included indulgent desserts, liqueurs served in chocolate cups, and those handcrafted chocolates too.  But there is light at the end of this dark, chocolate-less tunnel.  Bissinger’s is planning to reopen at 32 Maryland Plaza in St. Louis’ Central West End next month as Handcrafted by Bissinger’s.  The newly renovated establishment will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and of course, Bissinger’s delectable chocolates too!

When the new Handcrafted by Bissinger’s in the Central West End opens in June, it’ll operate in collaboration with Bissinger’s sister company, 23 City Blocks Catering.  Led by Executive Chef Nicholas Miller, this is the catering team behind Bissinger’s premiere event venue, The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s Chocolate Factory, 1600 North Broadway in downtown St. Louis.  Chef Miller and his team specialize in infusing chocolate into the menu for a wide variety of special occasions.  Now, they’re creating a menu just for the chocolate company’s new restaurant.

The newly remodeled Central West End Bissinger’s will offer breakfast, lunch, and light dinners.  Breakfast offerings will include quiche (including vegan and gluten-free varieties), pastries, homemade granola, yogurt parfaits, and breakfast breads. There will also be plenty of coffee and coffee beverages.  Patrons will find many of the coffee drinks that had been popular at the Maryland Plaza Bissinger’s before it closed.  Lunch customers will be able to get salads, sandwiches, and soups—including Chef Miller’s signature French onion soup.  Dinner will feature light meal options and smaller dishes.  Look for cheese and charcuterie, fig spread, and flat breads. Bissinger’s award-winning chocolates will be available all day.

Besides the chocolate factory downtown, and the soon-to-open Handcrafted by Bissinger’s at Maryland Plaza in the Central West End, the chocolatier has a retail location at Plaza Frontenac (97 Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis, Missouri 63131, 314-432-1329).  Bissinger’s confections can also be purchased online, through catalogs, and from gourmet retailers including: Whole Foods Market, Straub’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, and Dillard’s.

For St. Louis chocolate lovers who’ve long-dreamt of eating chocolate morning, noon, and night—the dream is about to come true.  Yay!

Walnut Grill Restaurant Replacing Sunset Hill’s Ruby Tuesday Location

Walnut Grill Restaurant Replacing Sunset Hill’s Ruby Tuesday Location

Popular Walnut Grill Restaurant Concept Coming to Sunset Hill’s

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 5, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Although some of the neighborhood may still be lamenting the closing of the Sunset Hill’s Ruby Tuesday last year, most will be excited to hear the news that they will soon have their very own Walnut Grill.  The popular Pittsburg based restaurant chain recently announced they plan to open shop in mid-July.

The company is investing close to $1.4 million into opening a 6,200-square-foot restaurant at 10797 Sunset Hills Plaza.  “When we came to the market, South County was on our map.   We love the business district and accessibility to highways,” says Kirk Vogel, President of Walnut Grill Holdings.

The Walnut Grill concept began in 1999 when four friends joined together with a common goal; their desire to create a full-service restaurant with a local feel that was inviting to their guests and served outstanding food and beverages.  In the last few years, Walnut Grill’s casual dining concept has continued to grow in popularity.

In 2014, St. Charles-based Vinery Restaurant Group purchased 40% ownership.  Owner Vogel’s brother, Erik Vogel, as well as Erik’s brother-in-law Stephen Baker, are principals of Vinery and oversee the two other St. Louis restaurants, one in Ellisville at 1386 Clarkson-Clayton Center, and the other in O’Fallon, Missouri at 4401 Highway K. Vinery currently owns four locations in Pennsylvania.

Sansone Group owns the property, as well as, all of the Plaza and Shoppes at Sunset Hills.  John Miller Construction is the general contractor on the restaurant development project.  Vogel says they will be hiring more than 75 employees for the opening and management of the new restaurant in the Sunset Hills location.

Stay tuned… this will be the restaurant group’s third location in the St. Louis area, with two more restaurants in the pipeline.

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Source: STLRealEstate.News

Cinco De Mayo 2017: A Cherokee Street Festival

Cinco De Mayo 2017: A Cherokee Street Festival

Cherokee Street’s Celebration of Art, Culture, and Community – Cinco De Mayo 2017

St. Louis, MO/May 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, denotes a relatively minor holiday in Mexico.  It marks the Mexican army’s 1862 defeat of France in the Battle of Puebla, an early battle in the Franco-Mexican War (1861–1867).  In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has grown into a celebration of Mexican culture—the art, the music, and of course, the food!  After feeling like a cast member in a reproduction of Noah’s Ark, it appears the sun may come out just in time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in St. Louis.

The region’s biggest annual Cinco de Mayo festivals takes place along Cherokee Street.  The annual street party draws more than 50,000 people to Cherokee Street in celebration of the rich culture and artistic community of this Southside neighborhood.  Now in its 15th year, the 2017 festival is set for Saturday, May 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The day-long, family-friendly festival will shut down Cherokee Street between Nebraska and South Jefferson Avenues.

The festival has grown into a huge multicultural celebration under the stewardship of the Cherokee Street Development League, a 501C3 nonprofit organization aimed at promoting the arts, culture and creative innovation on Cherokee Street.  The group has worked with local arts and youth organizations, as well as the St. Louis Public Schools, to provide a variety of free artistic activities for kids and families at the festival.  The St. Louis Public Schools Kids Zone will feature a water slide, bouncy houses, and interactive games.  The Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, Artscope, and Justice Fleet will provide a variety of kid’s art making activities.

Festivalgoers will also find Cherokee Street packed with authentic food, drinks, music, and entertainment representing the diverse talents and multicultural backgrounds of the artists and residents that are a part of the surrounding community—more than 100 vendors in all.  There will be three stages offering a variety of live musical performances all day long, plus pro wrestling exhibitions (from Dynamo Pro Wrestling), mariachi, bull riding, giant jenga, a piñata, and more.

At 1:11 p.m. the jovial People’s Joy Parade steps off at Minnesota Ave. and Cherokee Street, winding its way through the Benton Park neighborhood before ending at Cherokee and Texas Ave.  The parade is an annual hodgepodge of crepe paper floats, homemade costumes, dancers, gigante puppeteers, Elvis impersonators, art cars, bike brigades, moving installation artists, drag queens, marching bands, Mexican wrestlers, and anyone else wanting to participate.  There’s no other parade in St. Louis, or anywhere, quite like it!

Free street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.  Handicapped parking will be along Cherokee Street, east of South Jefferson Avenue.  Although security at the event has traditionally been quite good, attendees are reminded not to leave valuables visible in their cars.  Outside food, and beverages (including wine, beer, and spirits) are not permitted on festival grounds.  And attendees are asked to leave pets (other than trained service animals) at home.

Cinco De Mayo 2017: A Cherokee Street Festival is free and open to the public (those under 15 must be accompanied by an adult).  It’s a day to celebrate the rich diversity of this south city neighborhood with a nod to Mexico’s long-ago victory over France.  With the sunny forecast for Saturday, this Cinco party promises a day of music, food, mariachis, bull riding, and lucha libre along Cherokee Street.  And then there’s the food! Authentic, fresh Mexican street food, terrific tacos, tortas, tamales, fresh corn on the cob, licuados, sopes, and more.  It’s St. Louis’ gran fiesta for Cinco De Mayos!

More Information:

Cherokee Street Development League
3407 South Jefferson, Suite 515
St. Louis, MO 63118
[email protected]
(314) 632-­6498