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Hofbräuhaus-St. Louis Should Open Later This Year

Hofbräuhaus-St. Louis Should Open Later This Year

Beer Garden Restaurant Wins Belleville Liquor License

Belleville, IL/October 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – After several setbacks, it looks like the long-awaited Hofbräuhaus-St. Louis may soon open in Belleville.  Development of the 25,000-square foot German-style beer garden restaurant at 6501 Illinois Rte. 15 has been underway since 2015.  It was originally slated to open in June 2016, but suffered several project delays.  On Monday (Oct. 2, 2017) the Belleville City Council unanimously approved a liquor license for the premises and brewing equipment has recently been installed onsite.  The Belleville News-Democrat cites project spokesman Ron O’Connor in reporting that the much-anticipated Hofbräuhaus is now expected to open in late fall 2017.

This enormous, new brewery-biergarten-restaurant in Belleville will seat 750 inside and another 250 in the outdoor biergarten.  Part of the Hofbräuhaus of America franchise group, the new restaurant’s design is based on the original Hofbräuhaus (royal brewery of the Kingdom of Bavaria) in Munich, Germany, circa 1592.  The Belleville Hofbräuhaus will feature authentic German food and beer, as well as oompah bands flown in from Germany and Austria.  Notably, they’ll make and serve Hofbräu beer for consumption on site, and for sale in growlers, so patrons can take the fresh brews home.

Hofbräu beer was introduced in the US in 1997, with the first North American Hofbräuhaus opening in Newport, Kentucky in 2003.  The next year, a replica of the original Munich Hofbräuhaus opened in Las Vegas.  When it opens later this year, Hofbräuhaus St. Louis-Belleville will be the eighth franchise location for Hofbräuhaus of America, LLC, and the largest Hofbräuhaus in North America.

Developers Chuck and Chane Keller are spending about $12 million on the project situated across Illinois Route 15 from The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.  City officials have also approved $2 million to extend sewer lines to the site, and some $32 million in tax incentives for the project.  In addition to the Hofbräuhaus biergarten and restaurant, the Belleville project includes plans for three other restaurants, a soccer park, a Jack Flash convenience store with video gaming, and a $28 million, 130-room Hyatt Place hotel and conference center.  None of the other businesses have opened yet, but the convenience store and the hotel are expected to open in 2018.


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

Cleveland-Heath Owners Leaving Restaurant and STL Metro Area

Cleveland-Heath Owners Leaving Restaurant and STL Metro Area

Award-Winning Edwardsville Restaurant Gets New Owners, But Not Changing

Edwardsville, IL/September 3, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Often times when we bring you news of a restaurant changing hands, it’s with the promise of new things to come.  In the case of the exceptionally popular metro-east restaurant, Cleveland-Heath, it’s with the promise to keep things going just the way they are.  That’s according to chefs Jenny Cleveland and Eric “Ed” Heath, who have sold their Edwardsville restaurant and plan to head to Utah.  The new owners, Kari and Keith McGinness officially took possession of Cleveland-Heath September 1st, and they’ve promised not to change a thing.  The beloved Edwardsville eatery will keep its name, along with its menu, management team, kitchen staff, and casual vibe.  Both sets of owners say customers won’t see a difference.

The new owners each bring strong restaurant backgrounds.  Kari McGinness will draw on her experience tending bar and managing independent restaurants and handle front of house duties.  Her husband Keith, with a background in corporate restaurant operations (including a recent stint overseeing 25 Applebee’s locations) will handle operational matters.  That includes maintaining the current Cleveland-Heath brand.  McGinness has said they don’t want to change a thing at this already successful restaurant.  The McGinnesses are so committed to a seamless transition that they’ve been working at the Edwardsville restaurant for the past several weeks.

Chefs Jennifer Cleveland and Eric “Ed” Heath opened Cleveland-Heath at 106 North Main Street in the historic Boehm Building in 2011.  The comfortable restaurant offers their gourmet takes on classic American foods.  And, as we told you when they took Best Burger top honors last November, they do it brilliantly.  But then Heath is a two-time James Beard Best Chef semifinalist (2015 & 2016) and Cleveland-Heath’s Executive Chef Rick Kazmer was his classmate at culinary school.  Chef Kazmer has been running the restaurant’s kitchen for the last five years.  It’s he who developed the recipes for the restaurant’s famous grass-fed cheeseburger, as well as the lemony Kale salad and that divine Pineapple Gooey Butter Cake.  And Chef Kazmer is staying put.

The gourmet duo of Cleveland and Heath moved to Edwardsville to be closer to Cleveland’s family in Central Illinois.  Now, they are planning to move to Heath’s native Utah, so that he can be closer to his family for a while.  At least at first, the pair plan to work for a local restaurant group, but could eventually open a new place.  The McGinnesses both have ties to the St. Louis area.  Kari is a St. Louis native and Keith grew up in Collinsville.  Those strong ties to the area are reflected in the couple’s determination to maintain Cleveland-Heath’s strong commitment to the community that so lovingly embraced the restaurant and its founders since day-one.  For that community support, the dedication of their restaurant staff, and the new owners’ commitment to keep their greatest accomplishment going, Cleveland and Heath have said they are most grateful.

Contact Information:

New Owners: Keith and Kari McGinness
106 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: (618) 307-4830


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

3rd Annual Rock the Hops in Alton – Tickets Selling Fast

Rock the Hops in Alton Celebrates Music, Beer & Art

Alton, IL/August 18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Alton will be sipping beer and rocking on Saturday, August 19th at the third annual Rock the Hops Festival.  The event celebrates music, beer, and art across multiple venues in the historic downtown Alton entertainment district.  Now in its third year, the event was dreamed up by Alton-natives and alternative-rockers Drew and Hope Mader.  The event doubled in size last year.  It’s added even more venues, acts, and craft brewers this year.

The Rock the Hops festival runs from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and includes dozens of musical performances, scores of craft beers to sample, plus lots of vendor booths showcasing the work of local artists and artisans.  Venues participating in this year’s event include Bottle and Barrel, Chez Marilyn, Elijah P’s, Germania Brew House, Hops House at Argosy Casino, The Old Bakery Beer Company, and Tony’s.

There will be more than 40 styles of craft beer to sample.  The list of brewers participating in this year’s event includes several St. Louis area favorites like 4 Hands Brewing Company (St. Louis), 4204 Main Street Brewing Company (Belleville), Excel Bottling & Brewing Company (Breese), Big Muddy Brewing (Murphysboro), Grafton Winery & Brewhaus (Grafton), Gumbo Flats Brewery (Chesterfield), Peel Brewing Company (O’Fallon, IL), Recess Brewing (Edwardsville), The Old Bakery Beer Company (Alton), O’Fallon Brewery (Maryland Heights), Schlafly Beer (St. Louis), Urban Chestnut Brewing Co (St. Louis), and more.  Some Illinois craft brewers who might not be as well known in the Gateway City will also be there.  Look for Destihl Brewery of Normal and Champaign as well as St. Nicholas Brewing Co. of Du Quoin.  The list of out-of-town craft brewers includes Elysian Brewing (Seattle) and Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles), with more labels signing on.

More than 29 local bands will perform throughout the festival, including the Mader’s Hope & Therapy, which is actually playing at Tony’s at 8:15, as the event winds down.  Some of the other local favorites at Rock and Hops include Seashine, The Trophy Mules, Prairie Rehab, The Fade, Pono AM, Hideous gentlemen, Catching the Westbound, MFG, Polyshades, Mayor Maynot, Orphan Welles, Bastard and the Crows, Floor Nine, Scribble, and The Bonbon Plot.

The Bonbon Plot performing earlier this year at Lighthouse Sounds (115 Market St, Alton) is among the bands lined up for Alton’s 2017 Rock the Hops festival Saturday, August 19.

In its first two years, the event sold out completely.  As of this writing, there are still General Admission tickets ($30) available through Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2989197).  But festival organizers say the event is likely to sell out again this year, and may do so well ahead of the 2:00 p.m. start time Saturday.



Marcoot Jersey Creamery is 7th Generation Tradition

GREENVILLE, IL: (STLRestaurant.news) – Marcoot Jersey Creamery – It takes time to make great cheese.  So it’s not surprising that generations of dairy farming tradition are behind the cheese being made at the Marcoot Jersey Creamery, 526 Dudleyville Road in Greenville, Illinois.  Now, state Tourism officials are honoring these cheese makers as part of the Illinois Made initiative which pays tribute to creators, makers and artisans unique to Illinois, and features them on the state’s tourism website, EnjoyIllinois.com.

The Marcoot family settled in the Bond-Madison county area around 1840 and has been raising and milking Jersey cows there ever since.  But in 2009, when John Marcoot told his daughters that he and wife Linda were thinking about selling the farm and retiring, it seemed the family’s farming tradition was nearing its end.  But daughters Amy and Beth just couldn’t let that happen.  They gave up separate careers and returned home to the Greenville farm where they built a creamery and began making cheese.

The Marcoot Jersey Creamery’s cheese is made using only milk produced by the farm’s Registered Jersey herd.  The 65 milking cows are raised with no hormones and are primarily grass-fed.  According to sisters Amy and Beth, all that grazing gives the cheese its golden color and rich taste.  They say aging the wheels in a man-made, underground cheese cave makes for unique flavor and a more sustainable process.

After just six years in business, the creamery is providing cheese to 60-80 restaurants in the St. Louis area each year, as well as restaurants in Chicago and Nashville.  They make 17 types of cheese, plus a few seasonal varieties.  Some of their farmstead cheeses include white cheddar, smoked Gouda and creamy Havarti.  Their cave-aged cheeses include their Heritage cheese, which is similar to Gruyere; their Tomme, a bright, cheddar-parmesan blend that grates well; Alpine, which they describe as, “Asiago meets Swiss,” makes an excellent table cheese; and an aged Gouda that’s a sweet and salty burst of flavor.  They also make a whole milk, hand-pulled, fresh Mozzarella, along with fresh cheese curds, and quark, a mild and creamy cheese similar to mascarpone.

The Marcoot sisters and friend Audey make cheese three days a week, and you can tour the creamery at 1:00 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday—the days they make cheese.  Additional tours and group tours (for 10 or more) can be arranged by appointment.  All of their delicious cheeses are available for purchase in their Country Store.  You’ll also find pasture-raised beef, whey-fed pork, fresh milk and extra creamy, hand-dipped ice cream, plus other locally produced products, including honey.

Their “Fall Fest on the Farm” is coming up Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  There will be a cheese making demonstration and cheese to sample.  There will be games for kids, along with a hay bale maze and you can visit the calf barn. They’ll also be selling bratwursts and fried cheese curds.

If you can’t get to the farm, you can still buy their cheeses in several St. Louis area stores, including Dierberg’s, Straub’s, Schuette’s SuperValu Markets, Eckert’s, Local Harvest, Lucky’s Market, the Smokehouse Market, and Whole Foods (Town and Country, and Galleria locations), as well as through the creamery’s website, where you’ll also find a list of local restaurants that feature their cheese.

Contact information:

Marcoot Jersey Creamery

526 Dudleyville Road

Greenville, IL 62246