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Chef Ashley Shelton Named to Zaget’s 30 under 30

Chef Ashley Shelton Named to Zaget’s 30 under 30

Pasteria, Sardella Exec. Chef Ashley Shelton Wins National Honors

St. Louis, MO/September 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – One of the best young, innovative chefs in America is St. Louis’ Ashley Shelton. That’s according to New York-based restaurant review site Zagat.com.  The Zagat editors have been doling out restaurant evaluations since they began publishing a restaurant guide in 1979.  For the last six years, Zagat’s 30 Under 30 has honored hundreds of exceptional, young hospitality professionals in major markets all over the country.  St. Louis is not one of the cities featured in their regularly published 30 Under 30 lists.  According to Zagat’s editors, this first-time national list represents “some of the best, brightest, and most badass hospitality players from coast to coast.”  It also gives the publication the opportunity to shine the spotlight on some of the nation’s better young chefs who are working outside of the 15 culinary cities generally featured by Zagat.

At just 28, Shelton is Executive Chef of Gerard Craft’s two adjacent restaurants, Sardella and Pastaria (both at 7734 Forsyth in Clayton).  In fact, Shelton met Craft in Florence, Italy while working on her masters in Italian cuisine.  At that time, she interviewed for a position at his upcoming Pasteria, and won the post.  Since working her way up to Executive Chef at Pasteria, Shelton has earned other national accolades, including being named a James Beard Foundation semifinalist earlier this year for “Rising Star Chef of the Year.”  In 2016, she was one of 19 chefs named to Eater’s “Young Guns” list, which spotlights young professionals who are considered “extraordinarily talented restaurant industry trailblazers.”  Since then, Shelton has also been named Executive Chef of Craft’s Sardella, which he opened last year in the footprint of his flagship restaurant Niche.

Shelton was the only chef, and one of only two hospitality nominees from Missouri to make Zagat’s semi-final list of 60. (The other was Andrew Olsen, the 29-year old bar manager from Bluestem in Kansas City.)  Both Shelton and Olsen were among the 45 finalists in June, but only Shelton went on to make the 30 Under 30 list.  Of the honorees, Zagat editors write, “These gastronomic game changers are redefining the way we eat, drink and interact with food and beverages across the U.S.”

One of the most striking things about Shelton is her infectious enthusiasm for preparing amazing food.  In her profile by Zagat, Shelton says cooking was a way to stay close to her mother, whom she lost at age 14.  The philosophy she’s developed since beginning her culinary career (at Annie Gunn’s) at the age of 17, that an upbeat attitude and a happy culinary team make better food, has served her and St. Louis area diners well.  This latest feather in Shelton’s cap will no doubt be one in a continuing series of honors for this happy chef.

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By Susan Harmon-Smith – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

St. Louis’ Top Restaurants from a Summer of Top 10s

St. Louis’ Top Restaurants from a Summer of Top 10s

The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants this Summer

St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Following the trends in St. Louis’ restaurant industry is what we do.  We track the tastes of St. Louis diners too.  Each week we examined thousands of customer reviews to bring you a list of the Top 10 restaurants in any number of categories.  This summer was no exception. Over twelve weeks of summer we have spotlighted St. Louis diners’ favorite restaurants in twelve delicious categories.

So, this week, instead of bringing you a new Top 10 list, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight the restaurants that took top honors on our restaurant top 10 lists all summer.  These restaurants are the very best at what they do.  They’re each ranked #1 on the top ten list for their niche.  These rankings, like the top 10 lists we publish regularly, are based on customer reviews, making them the favorites of St. Louis diners.  So, here are the number one restaurants in their respective Top 10 categories for summer 2017:

Cocktails

Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice (4.71 stars/62 reviews) Central West End, 3906 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 696-8388.  This slushy bar for grown-ups opened in October 2016 near St. Louis University.  Unlike the sugar-laden, artificially colored slushies of childhood, this nautically themed bar offers frozen alcoholic beverages flavored with infusions and purees scratch-made from real fruit and herbs.  These frozen drinks drawn from slushy machines were St. Louis favorite way to enjoy cocktails this summer.

Tapas & Small Plates

Taste Bar (4.76 stars/469 reviews) Central West End, 4584 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1200.  This Central West End hangout offers New American tapas and highly acclaimed signature cocktails.  The small plates are full flavored bites that blend local produce with global flavors.  Everything on the menu is thoughtfully prepared and served with care, making Taste St. Louis’ favorite place for small plates.

Coffee

Maeva’s Coffee (4.74 stars/73 reviews) Alton, 1320 Milton Road, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 581-7510.  Alton’s only independent coffee shop, Maeva’s Coffee, is a 100% crowd-sourced and independently funded community project.  Maeva’s features fair-trade coffee and a signature espresso blend created especially for them by Goshen Coffee in Edwardsville.  They’re also well-loved for their internationally inspired quiche menu, and their seasonal beverage menu.

Thai

Thai House (4.70 stars/149 reviews) Monroe County, 109 South Main Street, Columbia, IL 62236, (618) 281-2777.  This authentic Thai restaurant has a spiced-to-order menu.  Customers can choose their heat on a 1–5 scale.  The restaurant also offers a warm, hospitable environment, and they have a kid’s menu, making this a great place to introduce young palates to the balanced flavors of Thai cuisine.

Greek

The Greek Kitchen (4.87 stars/82 reviews) Ellisville, 15939 Manchester Road, Ellisville, MO 63021, (636) 686-7200.  This bright, cheerful, casual restaurant specializes in Greek classics that are prepared fresh in the semi-open kitchen.  Here you will find traditional dishes like stuffed grape leaves and fried cheese, as well as excellent gyros and souvlaki (chicken kebabs), fresh hummus, falafel, and tzatziki.  There’s also a nice variety of Greek pastries, including baklava.

Cheesecake

Kruta Bakery (4.75 stars/169 reviews) Collinsville, 300 Saint Louis Road, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 344-1115.  This fourth-generation family-owned bakery has been making delicious baked goods since 1919.  This is a full-service traditional bakery, offering everything from bread and rolls to custom cakes, pastries, seasonal treats, and old-fashioned cheesecake.  The neighborhood vibe goes well with the friendly, efficient service.

Pizza

Melo’s Pizzeria (4.84 stars/61 reviews) Benton Park, 2438 McNair Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-4489.  This is the little pizzeria that Blues City Deli owner Vince Valenza and his son Joey Valenza built into the garage behind the sandwich shop.  The Valenzas create their own special interpretations of classic Neapolitan-style pizza in a beautiful wood-fired oven they had custom built and imported from Naples.  In summer, dine on the patio.  When it gets colder, Melo’s is more of a take-out joint, since they have almost no indoor dining space.

Bonus: Topping our list of the best chain pizzerias (establishments with three or more locations) is Papa Vito’s (4.51 stars/176 reviews) Belleville, 318 East Washington, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 277-6200.  This small, family-owned chain of pizzerias uses fresh ingredients and family recipes to create delicious pizza, apps, salads, and sandwiches.  They’re known for great food and warm hospitality.

Whiskey Bars

Fox & Hounds Tavern (4.74 stars/209 reviews) Hi-Pointe, 6300 Clayton Road, Saint Louis, MO 63117, (314) 647-7300.  Stepping into this cozy tavern at the Cheshire Inn is like stepping into a different world.  It’s modeled after an English stag parlor, with plush leather chairs, lots of dark wood, and a big stone fireplace.  They offer dozens of varieties of Irish, Scotch, and American whiskey along with a nice small plate menu. Friday and Saturday nights add live music to the mix, making the Fox & Hound Tavern a terrific destination for a night out.

Diners

Spencer’s Grill (4.42 stars/156 reviews) Kirkwood, 223 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122, (314) 821-2601.  This old-fashioned diner has been serving comfort food to locals since 1947.  Spencer’s is especially well-loved for their breakfasts—fresh omelets, waffles, French toast, buttery pancakes with crispy edges, and scrapple.  In classic diner fashion, this is the kind of place where you can go for a whole meal, or just a slice of pie with a side of neighborhood gossip.  It’s the kind of place where they dish out comfort food and company.

Vietnamese

Asian Cafe Bar & Grill (4.31 stars/122 reviews) O’Fallon, 1260 Bryan Rd (Hillman Farm Plaza), O’Fallon, MO 63366, (636) 272-4429.  Open since 2010, the Asian Cafe Bar & Grill offers authentic Vietnamese and Chinese food, spiced to order.  Their menu goes way beyond pho and bánh mì, although they offer a variety of delicious takes on both.  They also have a full bar, which gives them an edge over many of the other Vietnamese restaurants in the St. Louis area.

Cheap Happy Hours

Tick Tock Tavern (4.61 star/80 reviews) Tower Grove East, 3459 Magnolia Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63118. This cash-only neighborhood bar offers kitschy decor (owls, clocks, bric-a-brac), plenty of draft and canned craft brews, and sometimes free live performances.  This late 20th century watering hole had closed for a few decades before new owners reopened it 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 a host of locally made beers, ciders, and meads, along with a full bar.

Iced Coffee

Coma Coffee Roasters (4.70 stars/56 reviews) Richmond Heights, 1034 South Brentwood Blvd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117, (314) 250-1042.  The cafe inside the University Club Tower draws in caffeine-craving customers who rave about all of the coffee and espresso drinks, but most especially, their cold brews.  Coma Coffee is serious about cold brew, winning national accolades for their efforts.  This is extremely good iced coffee, and a nice spot to chill.

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host September Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting Project, Inc.

Katie's Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host September Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting Project, Inc.

ROCK HILL, MO, September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit Project, Inc.  The event is slated for Tues., September 26.

Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity.  Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included.  So far, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria has donated more than $120,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will go toward supporting the charity’s general operating expenses that are incurred as they fulfill their mission of providing dignified long-term employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Project, Inc. is the oldest of the 89 sheltered workshops in the region and has been serving St. Louis since 1958.  Located near The Hill, Project, Inc.’s entire workforce of 92 adults is comprised of disabled individuals.  These individuals are given meaningful, long-term jobs through custom packaging, assembly work, and quality inspection for local businesses in a positive, fostering, social environment.  Project, Inc. even offers a choir for those who like to sing, and the workers who enjoy drawing have created drawings to use in adult coloring books, along with stationery, gift tags, and holiday cards.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day at 11 a.m. an features Happy Hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m.  Carry-outs are also available.

For more information or to make reservations, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit http://www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

For more information about Project, Inc., please visit http://www.projectinc.org.

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SOURCE – news provided by Katie’s Pizza – distributed by 24-7 Press Release – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Soulard’s Pizzeoli Under New Ownership

Soulard’s Pizzeoli Under New Ownership - STLRestaurant.News

Acclaimed Vegetarian Pizzeria Sold to First Time Restaurateur

St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Sold is better than closed.  That’s the new mantra for St. Louis’ vegetarian pizza lovers in the wake of news that Scott Sandler has sold Pizzeoli, his popular vegetarian and vegan-friendly pizzeria in Soulard.  Sandler had opened the wood-fired pizza restaurant at 1928 S. 12th Street in 2014.  The petite eatery features a simple menu of authentic Neapolitan-style pizza with a twist—everything is vegetarian and vegan.

In May of this year, Sandler opened Pizza Head (3196 S. Grand Blvd.) in the South Grand Restaurant District near Tower Grove Park.  At that time, Sandler had said he was considering the possibility of opening more Pizza Head branded locations.  Now that he’s sold Pizzeoli, his focus will be on his newer, punk-influenced, New York-style pizza joint.  Sandler told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was stretched too thin to comfortably run both restaurants.  He called selling Pizzeoli a “quality of life” decision.

The new owner, Collinsville native Kyle Weber officially took over the 900-degree Pizzeoli oven this week (9/5/17).  He is a first-time restaurateur with a background in marketing.  After working in Tennessee, he returned to St. Louis where his father (who has a background in the restaurant industry) told him about the opportunity to buy Pizzeoli. As a self-described “foodie,” it was an opportunity that was too good to pass up.  Weber got his pizza-making training from the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana’s VPN Americas—the same training as Sandler—meaning Pizzeoli will continue to offer authentic Naples-style pizza.

On Pizzeoli’s Facebook page, Sandler wrote that Weber will make Pizzeoli special “in his own way.”  He added that Weber will be keeping all the vegan options that made the pizzeria popular.  For his part, Weber has said he is looking to increase Pizzeoli’s small menu by adding appetizers, more salads, and some meat toppings.  He also plans to expand the pizzeria’s craft beer and wine selection and introduce craft cocktails to the mix.  He says these will be additions to Pizzeoli’s current offerings, rather than changes to menu.  His goal is to make Pizzeoli more appealing to Soulard residents and visitors, while maintaining the restaurant’s vegetarian and vegan customer base.

Pizzeoli is open evenings, 5–9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5–9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  So, another addition Weber says he will make is bringing back lunch service.  He’s also looking for local sources who can supply him with organic, antibiotic-free ingredients as he adds items to Pizzeoli’s already popular menu.

Contact information:

Pizzeoli
Owner: Kyle Weber
1928 S. 12th Street
Soulard
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: (314) 449-1111

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria Opens Second Location in Town & Country

Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria Opens Second Location in Town & Country

Katie’s Pizza new location in Town & Country opened its doors on August 16

TOWN & COUNTRY, MO/September 08, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie and Ted Collier, co-owners of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill, are proud to announce that they have opened their second location in Town & Country on Wed., August 16.

The second location is situated in the Clayton Village Shopping Center at 14173 Clayton Road, which used to be home to Einstein’s Bagels.

The news comes on the heels of the Colliers’ recent launch of Vero Pizza and Pasta, an online, build-your-own pizza and pasta business, which ships fresh ingredients and recipes directly to the doors of home cooks. In September, Vero Pizza and Pasta will go national.

The new restaurant features an open kitchen, complete with a wood-fire oven and a large patio and garden, which features edible herbs and flowers that are used to garnish many dishes at Katie’s. There is also a dough room in which diners can watch the pizza and pasta dough being made as they savor the same delicious items that are featured at the Rock Hill location. Additionally, the restaurant features beautiful modern decor in golden hues, complemented by Ted Collier’s stunning artwork.

“We are incredibly excited and humbled to be opening our second location in Town & Country,” said Katie Collier. “We are eager to bring our food and an interactive atmosphere to a new community and hope that our fans here will come out to savor the same food that they’ve come to know and love at our primary location.”

For more information, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit http://www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

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SOURCE: news provided by Katie’s Pizza – distributed by 24-7 Press Release – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Popular Belleville Seafood Restaurant Heading West to St. Louis

Popular Belleville Seafood Restaurant Heading West to St. Louis

Seafood by Crushed Velvet Moving from Belleville to Washington Avenue

St. Louis, MO/September 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When Chef Jasmine Brooks opened a seafood restaurant in the heart of Belleville, local seafood lovers rejoiced!  So naturally, many metro-east diners were saddened to learn that Brooks is moving her restaurant, Seafood by Crushed Velvet, to the St. Louis side of the Mississippi.  The restaurant has already closed in preparation of the move. Belleville’s loss is St. Louis’ gain.

Seafood by Crushed Velvet opened at 121 East Main Street in Belleville in mid-May 2016, following a very successful stint as a vendor at Belleville’s Art on the Square.  Brooks had actually rented the storefront on East Main just for the weekend of the fair, but was so well received she kept coming back weekend-after-weekend.  The restaurant quickly gained a following for its fresh steamed crab, shrimp, and lobster tail, served in half and whole platters with corn on the cob, a boiled potato, sausage and a hard-boiled egg—all drizzled with a decadent garlic butter sauce.  Another popular version of her platters adds a spicy kick with a generous sprinkling of Old Vienna Red Hot Riplets Seasoning.  Brooks describes her food as a cross between Florida seafood and New Orleans style.

Over the past year or so, Brooks has been creating sumptuous seafood platters in the tiny kitchen of her restaurant.  Every day, she made fresh crab cakes, gumbo and her signature garlic butter sauce from scratch in a prep area the size of a small home kitchen.  The restaurant struggled with building maintenance issues since opening in the space.  Some of the issues even forced Brooks to close her doors for a few days at a time, or offer only takeout orders.  She cited those facility issues as one of the primary reasons she’s moving to a new location along Washington Avenue.

Brooks made the announcement on Facebook August 31st.  She addressed her message to the customers and neighbors who’ve supported her Belleville endeavor:

“I’d like to take the time to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support in making Crushed Velvet a success over the past year and a half.  I’m sad to announce that our Belleville location will be closing due to the building not being very accommodating for our setup.”

Brooks hasn’t given a specific address on Washington Avenue for the location of the new Seafood by Crushed Velvet, but she has indicated the new restaurant will have a larger kitchen, allowing her to expand the menu, and it will also feature a full bar.  The Belleville location didn’t have a liquor license. Brooks said she anticipates opening the new restaurant in October.  In the meantime, she plans to continue catering and will also do some pop up dinners on both sides of the river.

Brooks isn’t leaving Belleville entirely. She co-owns Scoops Ice Cream at 8205 West Main Street in Belleville (with business partner, Rayneshia Garrett) which opened earlier this summer offering a unique take on ice cream sundaes and milkshakes with mix ins and toppings from the cereal aisle.

In announcing Crushed Velvet’s move, Brooks also took the opportunity to thank those who supported her restaurant and to hint that she may be back.  “I’d like to say a special thanks you (sic) to the city of Belleville and it’s residents for being so welcoming to us.,” she wrote.  “We look forward to returning home to Belleville in the near future.”  For now, metro east seafood lovers will have to watch the Seafood by Crushed Velvet Facebook page for pop up dinner announcements, and plan to drive into St. Louis for that signature Crushed Velvet seafood platter come October.

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

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.

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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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!

A few Mothers Day specials in the St Louis area

A few Mothers Day specials in the St Louis area

Mothers Day Specials for 2017 in the St. Louis area

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Mothers Day is rapidly approaching.  It is a big day for restaurants as kids and families gather to treat mom rather than mom treating the family.  There are many options to choose from in the St. Louis area for Mothers Day. We have listed a few that we know of, but there are many more.

Restaurants in the St. Louis area that have announced specials are as follows:

Aya Sofia – 6671 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO (314) 645-9919 Featuring Mother’s Day Brunch or Dinner. Call for details or reservations.

Benedetto’s on Main – 16721 Main Street, Wildwood, MO (636) 821-3535 – Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm for $26.95

Bishop’s Post – 16125 Chesterfield, Pkwy West, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Phone (636) 536-9404 – Featuring a Mother’s Day Brunch from 9 am to 2 pm and dinner from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar – 100 Holloway Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011 (636) 220-8989 – Featuring Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet from 10 am to 3 pm and dinner from 4 pm to close. Cost is $22.99 per person, children $8.99 and children 3 and under eat for free.

Charlie Gitto’s – St. Louis’ Favorite Italian Dining Experience – Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm with three locations to choose from – Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill (314) 772-8898 – Charlie Gitto’s From The Hill (636) 536-2199 and Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino (636) 770-7663.

Cork & Barrel – 7337 Mexico Rd, St. Peters, MO 63376 (636) 387-7030 – Featuring Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm and dinner buffet from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

LaChance Vineyards – 12237 Peter Moore Lance, Desoto, MO 63020 (636) 586-2777 – Featuring Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 am to 2 pm.

Lucas Park Grille – 1234 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO (314) 241-7770 – Featuring Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm. Cost is $35 per adult, $15 for children 5-12 and younger than 5 eat from free. Call for reservations.

Spiro’s – 1054 North Woods Mill, Chesterfield, MO (314) 878-4449 – Featuring Mother’s Day specials. Call for details!

Table Three – 16765 Main Street, Wildwood, MO (636) 458-4333 – Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet – Reservations Required – Adults $35 – Children 6 thru 12 cost $14 and Children 5 and younger eat for free. Seating times are 9, 9:30, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 1:30 & 2:00 – Brunch Ends at 3:30

Talayna’s Italian Restaurant – 68 Four Seaons Shopping Center, Chesterfield, MO 63014 (314) 469-6650 – Mother’s Day Brunch till 3 pm with regular menu served all day & evening. Call for more details.

Trattoria Giuseppe – 5442 Old Hwy 21, Imperial, MO (636) 942-2405 – Call for details and reservations.

Tucker’s Place West – 14282 Manchester Road, Manchester, MO (636) 227-8062 (one block east of 141) Featuring Maine Lobster Dinner and Steaks for Mother’s Day – Opens at 2 pm on Mother’s Day

If you are a St. Louis restaurant you are welcome to email us or call (314) 808-1870 and give us your details about your Mother’s Day specials and we will add it to our list.