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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

Another Restaurant in The Delmar Loop Closing

Another Restaurant in The Delmar Loop Closing

Randolfi’s Italian Kitchen Will Close in September

University City, MO/September 2, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – In some places, the only constant is change. The Delmar Loop is one such place.  The pseudo-residential entertainment district is an eclectic collection of quirky shops, unique restaurants, and one of the best people-watching venues in the metro area.  Just as it is always busy, it seems to also be a place always in flux—dynamic and ever-changing.

Sometimes the changes are good, like when the Delmar Loop was designated a Green Dining District, with LED lighting and cigarette butt recycling containers added to the street.  Sometimes the news is bad, when someone or something is lost.  This week’s news is the latter kind.  In a Facebook announcement this week, we learned that Randolfi’s Italian Kitchen at 6665 Delmar Blvd. will close at the end of service Saturday, Sept. 9.

Open just two years, the restaurant was the brainchild of James Beard-nominated chef Mike Randolph and his wife/partner Liz Randolph.  It had been chef Randolph’s homage to his Italian roots, but with his uniquely playful take on classic fare. Randolph’s culinary philosophy calls for him to challenge expectations of the norm.  Menu items at Randolfi’s cover the traditional Italian restaurant range from antipasti, salads, and starters to house made, shareable pasta courses, oven-roasted entrees, and chef’s famous Neapolitan-style pizza, but at Randolfi’s there’s generally a touch of the unexpected, like making a classic Caesar Salad with kale.

As seems to be a trend in the modern business era, the Randolph’s took to Facebook Monday to announced their plans to close the restaurant.  They wrote:

“It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the closure of Randolfi’s.  Our last day of service will be Saturday, September 9th.  We’ve thrown everything that we have into this restaurant.  There have been a lot of tears, but it’s time to close the chapter.  We are so proud of what we’ve accomplished at Randolfi’s.  We appreciate every kind word and every satisfied diner who’s supported us.  Randolfi’s was called the ‘most soulful restaurant in St. Louis’ last year, and that’s exactly how we feel about the food and the experience.”

The restaurant was a tribute to Chef Randolph’s family heritage, especially to his late father.  The name Randolfi was his family’s name before they moved to the United States from Italy.  In announcing their plans, the Randolphs called the decision to close “deeply personal.”  Chef Randolph also lauded praise on his chef de cuisine Tommy Andrew, calling Chef Andrew “one of the most talented chefs that I’ve ever had the pleasure of standing shoulder to shoulder with in the kitchen.”  Chef Randolph went on to say, “Liz and I will be the first to dine wherever he lands.”

Randolfi’s Italian Kitchen was chef Randolph’s second restaurant in the space—sort of.  In 2014, he moved the Good Pie, his Neapolitan pizzeria, from Midtown.  It morphed into Randolfi’s the next year.  It’s unclear if the Randolphs are calling it quits at the Delmar location, or if they’ll open a new concept in the space.  For now, we can still enjoy chef Randolph’s critically acclaimed Central American-inspired gastropub, Público (6679 Delmar Blvd, University City), and the breakfast and brunch spot Liz Randolph runs in Clayton, Half & Half (8133 Maryland Ave).  Only time will tell what the couple cooks up next.

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

The Top 10 Whiskey Bars in St. Louis

The Top 10 Whiskey Bars in St. Louis

St. Louis’ favorite Whiskey Bars – Top 10 Whiskey Bars

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, single malt, Tennessee, single barrel or blend—there’s a whiskey for nearly everyone.  Whether you drink it neat, on the rocks, or stirred into a cocktail, whiskey is one of America’s most beloved spirits.  This brown elixir is seeing a resurgence in popularity, with bourbon, the distinctly American whiskey, leading the pack.  Thanks to a rise in interest among Millennials and women, bourbon and Tennessee whiskey are among the fastest growing categories in the beverage alcohol world, according to figures from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.  With this rise in demand for whiskey has come a welcome rise in the number of splendid places to drink it.

So where are the best spots in St. Louis to enjoy whiskey in all its many, distinct forms?  For a truly whiskey-focused experience, one visits a whiskey bar, and St. Louis is rich with them.  So, we checked the customer reviews to find St. Louis’ favorite whiskey bars.  Lots of bars and cocktail lounges offer whiskey and whiskey cocktails, along with craft beer, wine and other beverages.  The watering holes that made our top 10 list are whiskey specialists, offering more selection, more varieties, and a certain atmosphere that make them terrific spots to sip and savor these distilled spirits.

If the idea of a whiskey bar conjures images of leather chairs, dark woods, and a certain amber glow, then the bar at the top of the list is an ideal choice.  Stepping into the Fox & Hounds Tavern at the Cheshire Inn is like stepping into a different world.  It’s modeled after a stag parlor, a sort of den in old English manor homes—plush chairs, big stone fireplace, and a relaxing bar.  The tavern offers 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.

Our list of the Top 10 Whiskey Bars in St. Louis offers a nice mix of bars, taverns, and restaurants where whiskey features prominently.  So, whether you’re looking for premium whiskey cocktails, or a mind-blowing tasting flight, here are ten great places to sip the brown water:

1. Fox & Hounds Tavern (4.74 stars/209 reviews) Hi-Pointe, 6300 Clayton Road, Saint Louis, MO 63117, (314) 647-7300.
2. Taste Bar (4.49 stars/481 reviews) Central West End, 4584 Laclede Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1200.
3. The Whiskey Ring (4.37 stars/100 reviews) Benton Park West, Gravois Park, 2651 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 669-5817.
4. The Scottish Arms (4.27 stars/573 reviews) Central West End, 8 South Sarah Street, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 535-0551.
5. Salt + Smoke BBQ Bourbon Beer (4.23 stars/1113 reviews) The Loop, 6525 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO 63130, (314) 727-0200.
6. Small Batch (4.20 stars/250 reviews) Midtown, 3001 Locust Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 380-2040.
7. Brennan’s (4.05 stars/110 reviews) Central West End, 4659 Maryland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 497-4449.
8. The Side Project Cellar (4.05 stars/92 reviews) Maplewood, 7373 Marietta Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 224-5211.
9. Square One Brewery & Distillery (4.03 stars/735 reviews) Lafayette Square,1727 Park Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 231-2537.
10. Water Street (3.96 stars/186 reviews) Maplewood, 7268 Manchester Road, Saint Louis, MO 63143, (314) 646-8355.

It seems that no matter how exhaustive our top 10 lists are, there are always a few noteworthy places that don’t quite make the cut.  Sometimes they don’t have enough reviews (minimum 50).  Sometimes they just miss squeaking in, but are still well worth your attention.  To these establishments we offer honorable mentions:

Gamlin Whiskey House (3.96 stars/499 reviews) Central West End, 236 North Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 875-9500.  With one of the deepest whiskey lists in the country, Gamlin has won national acclaim, being named one of America’s best bars for whiskey lovers by USA Today, and one of the 21 best whiskey bars in America by Thrillist.  Their educated staff can help even the most novice drinker find the right whiskey for their palate.

Naked Vine (4.28 stars/36 reviews) Chesterfield, 1624 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017, (636) 536-0711. This wine and whiskey shop is also an excellent tasting bar. The selection of around 100 whiskeys is constantly changing, with the focus on small-production, boutique varieties. Don’t let the strip mall exterior fool you. This bohemian gathering place is something special. (And since it’s also a shop, you can buy whiskey to take home too.)

Harvest Festival & Live Music @ Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, MO

Harvest Festival & Live Music

Harvest Festival & Live Music @ Stone Hill Winery

WHERE: Stone Hill Winery

WHAT: Pumpkin Painting – 12:00 – 5:00 (or until pumpkins are gone)
Grape Stomp Photo Op – 12:00 – 5:00
Come Dressed Like a Farmer
Wine, Wine Slushies and Beer available for sale in our Sherry House
Half Baked Cookie Dough Co. on site

RESTAURANT: Lunch served 11:00 am to 3:30 pm on first-come, first-served basis. Dinner served from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Call 573-486-3479 for reservations.

CELLAR TOURS: Tours run every hour and are complimentary

TASTING TICKET PRICES: Adults 21 and over = $5.00 per person

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Offers North Carolinians a Delicious and Convenient Barbecue Option

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Offers North Carolinians a Delicious and Convenient Barbecue Option

Dickey’s will begin serving the residents of Cary, NC in Fall 2017

CARY, NC/August 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Dickey’s Barbecue Pit plans to open their newest North Carolina location this Fall in Cary, NC behind the lead of new Owner/Operator, William DeArmey. A long-time North Carolina resident and former Dickey’s Barbecue Pit employee, DeArmey and his family are looking forward to bringing a delicious barbecue option to their community.

“At Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, we pride ourselves on serving authentic, Texas-style barbecue to our community with a side of southern hospitality,” says Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We love that in an area that has many amazing barbecue options, Dickey’s is still a fan favorite and is being provided to the community by first-class Owner/Operators like William DeArmey.”

After working at a local Dickey’s Barbecue Pit location for a short six months, DeArmey decided it was time to open a location of his own. “North Carolina has delicious barbecue options everywhere, but Dickey’s has the best barbecue sandwich, hands down,” says DeArmey. “When it came down to if I should open my own Dickey’s location it was easy; I love the food and I love the brand.”

To find the location nearest you, click here. Find Dickey’s on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant. The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and home style sides with ‘No B.S. (Bad Stuff)’ included. The fast-casual concept has expanded to nearly 600 locations in 44 states. In 2016, Dickey’s won first place on Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list and in 2017 again won a top 10 on the list. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Times, and Nation’s Restaurant News. For more information, visit www.dickeys.com.

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Source: news provided by Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants – distributed by PR Newswire – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

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STLRestaurant.News notes: There are four Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants located across Missouri, but only one in the St. Louis area located at 1912 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, MO 63144.

The Writing is on the Wall: The Shack Breakfast & Lunch is a hit!

The Writing is on the Wall: The Shack Breakfast & Lunch is a hit!

The Shack in Frontenac, MO – Breakfast & Lunch

FRONTENAC, MO/August 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The Shack in Frontenac dazzles the pallet with intriguing dishes spiced with humor.  Plan on arriving a little early and before the stomach growling so you can enjoy scanning the menu where you’ll find amusing names such as the Witness Protection™omelet (avocado, mozzarella & tomato); the Gringo Killer™ Skillet (chorizo, onion, bell peppers, green chili salsa & Shack cheese); or the If Tim & Biebs Went to Prison Skillet (fried chicken breast on a biscuit smothered in gravy, sharp cheddar cheese & green onions) and Plates such as Ma…The Meatloaf (bacon-wrapped meatloaf stuffed with onions & peppers served over crispy hash browns & topped with homemade gravy and two sunny side eggs), or the Love Me Now Hate Me Later™ (breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, tater tots, crushed Fritos & cheddar cheese nestled on a bed of chili smothered with Shack cheese and topped with green onion); or the Why The French Hate Us™ (Toasted Croissant stuffed with two sausage links, scrambled eggs, covered in Shack gravy and cheddar cheese); or the Do It Yourself Meg Ryan; or the Up The River Without a Paddle (Smoked salmon, thick cut bacon, lettuce, tomato & peppercorn aioli on a brioche bun); or the Cease & Desist (1/4 seared double stack burger, shredded lettuce, peppercorn aioli, bacon jam, white cheddar, tomato and red onion); or the Ta-Ta Tacos* (beer-battered panko-breaded tilapia, cabbage, salsa fresca, queso blanco, and avocado spread; and many more. * – Note: For each taco order sold, one dollar is donated to the TaTa Sisterhood organization, which provides financial and motivational support for women battling triple negative breast cancer.

There’s plenty of sweet love at the Shack Griddle with a variety of Belgian Waffles, Pancakes such as The King Lives (chocolate chips, bacon, banana & peanut butter drizzle); and French Toast Brioche such as the Merica (strawberries, blueberries, marscapoe honey glaze topped with whipped cream and powered sugar).

If you like your sandwiches hard pressed, you might enjoy a Panini, which they have several such as the Rubin, or Turkey Foccaia, and the Wicked Good Turkey to name a few.  Sides include Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Pot Tots, Fries, Homemade Chips, and more.

The Shack salads are huge and big enough for sharing.  Among their savory dressings, their white balsamic vinaigrette stands out and is absolutely fabulous.  For those sustaining healthier habits there are options such as egg white omelets, skillets, Avocado Focaccia, Granola & Fruit Parfaits, Fresh Fruit and more.

The Shack also specializes in Gluten Free cuisine with dedicated skillets and fryers when preparing all gluten free meals. The GF Menu includes omelets, skillets, pancakes (YES pancakes), chicken Strips & Buffalo chicken (breaded in-house with wheat free flour); a variety of Sammies served on gluten-free buns such as the S.O.B (chicken, bacon, tomato, jalapenos, avocado spread and pepper jack cheese), a Philly, and the Caprese to name a few. And don’t forget the yummy smoothies (which are non-fat and gluten free) such as “UR My Boy Blue (blueberry), Billy Bob’s Straw (strawberry) and Gone ‘Biebs” (banana).

As you’ll note during your visit, The Shack’s witty theme is tied into every aspect of the dining experience. The hipster barn vibe with re-purposed wood throughout, most of which are sharpie decorated with colorful autographs by happy patrons enhances the fun mood for enjoying breakfast or lunch with family, friends, colleagues, a date or perhaps a morning cocktail with a quick bite at the bar. Will that be a mimosa with your breakfast? Or how about one of these clever concoctions: Good Mooning (Blue moon, Amsterdam Peach, St. Germain, cranberry & orange juice) or a Meaty Mary (Zing Zang Tomato juice, Cucumber Vodka, Shack-seasoned rim bacon, cheese, that comes with a Beef Jerky Straw), or perhaps one of the Shack’s Cereal Killer Boozie Shakes such as: I Do What I Want (Coco puffs, Yogurt, Bailey’s & Frangelico), or Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That (Yogurt, Loopy Vodka, Froot Loops, strawberries & blueberries), and others to kick up the party.

The Shack is managed by the OG Hospitality Group (which also manages The Corner Pub and Grill, and the award wining 2011 Restaurant of the year, The Tavern Kitchen and Bar)

The Shack additional locations are in Valley Park and Chesterfield.

The Shack – Frontenac:
731 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131
Phone: (314) 736-5900

Hours:
Breakfast: (7 days) 6:30am – 2pm
Lunch: (Mon-Sat) 11am – 2pm

The Shack – Valley Park:
13645 Big Bend Rd. Ste.105
St. Louis, MO 63122
(636) 529-1600

Hours:
Breakfast: (7 days) 7am – 2pm
Lunch: (Mon-Fri) 11am – 2pm

The Shack – Chesterfield:
14810 Clayton Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 220-9367

Hours:
Breakfast: (7 days) 6:30am – 2pm
Lunch: (Mon-Sat) 11am – 2pm

www.shackstl.com

Nudo House Brings Fresh Ramen to Creve Coeur

Nudo House Brings Fresh Ramen to Creve Coeur

From Pop-Ups to Full-Time Eatery, Nudo House Now Open

St. Louis, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If (like me) you are a fan of ramen, then you might be interested in the new, long-anticipated ramen restaurant which opened in Creve Coeur July 28th.  Nudo House, 11423 Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur, is just the sixth restaurant to open in the St. Louis area that specializes in authentic ramen.  The city’s love affair with Nudo House’s tasty Asian noodles actually began long before the restaurant opened—when owner, Qui Tran decided to feature a series of special ramen pop-up dinners at his first restaurant, Mai Lei—and the rest was sweet, sweet (or should I say savory?) noodle history.

Tran has said he got into the restaurant business in St. Louis more than 30 years ago after realizing there weren’t any restaurants offering the Vietnamese cuisine he loved.  Tran decided to combat the sad lack of Vietnamese restaurants in the St. Louis area by simply opening his own.  And, thus, Mai Lei was born.  This was just the humble beginnings for Vietnamese food in the Gateway City, but the global cuisine has only grown in its popularity in St. Louis ever since.  And Qui Tran was at the start of it all—now he’s apparently back at it again with the opening of Nudo House.

You might be thinking to yourself right now, “Hey, wait a minute!  Isn’t ramen that 99 cent, freeze dried stuff I ate back in college that came in a tiny plastic bag with an even tinier flavor packet inside it that when heated and ingested definitely did not provide me with my basic daily nutrients that any hot meal should!?”  Well, you’re half right.  They call that packaged stuff ramen too.  But, if you are unfamiliar with fresh ramen, then sit down, take a deep breath and let me show you the light (the savory, noodle-y light!).  You see, the origin of ramen is kind of a mystery: some sources credit the Chinese for its origin, while other sources claim it was invented in Japan in the early 20th century.  The word ramen is actually Japanese borrowing of the Chinese lamian (拉麵).  But that’s enough of a history lesson!  What’s really important is how it tastes!  Now, the biggest issue with those 99 cent grocery store ramens is that they aren’t fresh (freeze-dried noodles just aren’t the same) and they are very basic; just noodles and a flavor packet.  I have come across ramen cups that include freeze dried peas, carrots, and sometimes even teeny, tiny shrimps, but these are not the norm and still pretty subpar compared to the real thing.  Real ramen is a totally different experience.  Unlike that grocery store puck, real ramen noodles are freshly made, not fried and dried.  If it’s done right, ramen is served in a big bowl with fresh ingredients like cut up vegetables, a savory meat of your choice, and usually a soft-boiled egg—and, of course those signature, slurp-worthy noodles.  Yum! I’m getting hungry just writing about it.  Eating authentic ramen is really an experience everyone should try once.

Nudo House offers the raw power of real ramen in a relaxed restaurant setting.  The fast-casual service model makes this an unintimidating experience even for ramen novices.  It’s clear a lot of thought was given to the ramen experience at Nudo House.  Qui Tran and his partner, Nudo House head chef Marie-Anne Velasco, spent two years travelling the country in search of the most sought-after ingredients, recipes, and techniques in order to perfect Nudo House’s cuisine.  Their effort is aimed at maintaining as much authenticity to traditional Japanese ramen as possible.  Tran says he wants to share the best, most authentic ramen you can find outside of Japan.  Nudo House features a small but carefully curated menu that includes four different ramen bowls, two kinds of bánh mì sandwiches, pho, kimchi, spring rolls, crab rangoon and several salad options.  Two flavors of soft-serve ice cream are also available for dessert.  Nudo House also has a liquor license pending, so hopefully beer and wine will be available in the near future.  Nudo House is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m..  This might just be the perfect new place to grab a bite to eat, it’s certainly a great choice for authentic ramen in Creve Coeur.

Contact Information:

Nudo House
Owner: Qui Tran
11423 Olive Blvd.
(Creve Coeur)
St. Louis, MO 63141

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By Katie Smith

3rd Annual Clayton Craft on Tap Pushed Back to September

3rd Annual Clayton Craft on Tap Pushed Back to September

September Tasting Event Bringing Craft Brewers to Clayton

Clayton, MO/August 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There are festivals and dining events all year long across the St. Louis area.  One of the newer celebrations of the area’s burgeoning craft brewing scene is the Clayton Craft on Tap event.  Now in its third year, the event brings beer lovers and artisan brewers together in downtown Clayton for an afternoon of tasting and fun.  Tasting events like this give brewers a chance to introduce their beers to consumers and connoisseurs, and it gives beer nerds and newbies the chance to try something fresh and new.  The first two Craft on Tap events in downtown Clayton were held in August.  This year’s event has been pushed back from its original August 20th date, and is now set for Saturday, September 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The annual Craft on Tap festival began as the result of a partnership between the City of Clayton and local the Craft Beer Cellar (8113 Maryland Ave) which specializes in packaged craft beer from St. Louis and elsewhere.  Additional sponsors have signed on, including Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and Grey Eagle Distributors.  The festival will feature samples from more than two-dozen brewers, including:

10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Blue Point Brewing Co.
Breckenridge Brewery
Elysian Brewing
Golden Road Brewing
Goose Island Beer Co.
Kona Brewing Co.
Odell Brewing Co.
O’Fallon Brewery
Old Bakery Beer Co.
Perennial Artisan Ales
Public House Brewing Co.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
Virtue Cider

Additional names are added each week as more local brewers sign up to participate.

This year’s event will also feature food from local restaurants and several of St. Louis favorite food trucks and music from the popular cover band Whiskey Dixon (http://www.whiskeydixon.com/index.html).

Tickets are on sale now, with a limited number available.  General admission is $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event.  General admission tickets include unlimited tastings and a commemorative glass.  VIP tickets are $50 and give you all that, plus early admission (12:30 p.m.) and the chance to taste some exclusive VIP beer offerings.  Designated Drivers get in for $10. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at: http://claytoncraftontap.ezregister.com/.

J Greene’s Hosts Corks & Forks Ladies Night, Three Olives Girls

J Greene’s Hosts Corks & Forks Ladies Night, Three Olives Girls

Special Events Make for Special Fun at J Greene’s Pub

Warson Woods, MO/July 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Special Events: What could be better than a night out with friends?  How about a night out with friends at a local pub and sports bar that offers chef-conceived, scratch-made food and slow roasted meats, a well-stocked bar, and a dedicated, friendly staff?  J Greene’s Pub at 10017 Manchester Road in Warson Woods is a classic neighborhood pub in the old tradition.  It’s the kind of place where friends and families gather for a meal, to have drinks, and to cheer on their favorite teams.  Besides the chef’s menu, customers will find plenty of high-def TVs, free Wi-Fi, perfectly chilled craft beer (thanks to a state-of-the-art Glycol Cooling System), and special event nights year-round.

Reservations are being accepted now for J Greene’s special Corks and Forks 2017 Ladies Night.  It’s a night out with your best girlfriends that includes a five-course, chef-prepared meal paired with specially selected wines.  What could be better than sharing a special meal and wine tasting with your BFFs?  How about knowing that a full 50-percent of the proceeds will be donated to Pedal the Cause—which raises money for cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Corks and Forks on August 2nd at 8 pm offers diners a five-course, chef-prepared meal paired with wines specially selected by the sommelier from Bommarito Wines.

This years menu:

Course 1: Celery and Fennel Salad

Thin sliced celery and fennel, parsley, toasted pine nuts, shaved parmesan, white balsamic vinaigrette

Course 2: Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Egg yolks whipped with fresh dill aioli, topped with minced red onion, tomato, fried capers, house cured salmon

Course 3: Pappardelle Pasta

Handmade pappardelle, pesto, artichoke, roasted tomato, chicken

Course 4: Peppered Beef Tenderloin

Béarnaise sauce, grilled asparagus, salted new potatoes

Course 5: Sorbet Trio

Mixed Berry, Peach, Watermelon

Reservations for Corks and Forks 2017 can be made online at jgreenespub.com or by phone at (314) 394-2330.  Advanced reservations not only guarantee your place at the table, but they’ll even save you a little cash as the price is $40 per person with advanced reservations, and $50 per person for reservations made on the day of the event.  Either way, it promises to be a memorable night out benefiting a great cause!

This is a pub in the Irish tradition, so you know they carry some of the best labels the British Isles have to offer.  That includes a special vodka called Three Olives®.  This premium English Vodka is meant to be enjoyed with those friends that add color to your life—it’s a party waiting to happen.  Besides their four-times filtered pure vodka (Naked), Three Olives also offers flavors like grape, cherry, apples & pears, citrus, and espresso.  J Greene’s Pub will be celebrating two new Three Olives’ flavors.  On Friday, July 28th and again Friday, August 4th the Three Olives girls will be at the pub (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) with free samples of their newest flavors, Cucumber Lime and Fresh Watermelon.  No reservations or tickets are required.  Just show up and join the party!

Check out their website for more information about upcoming events.  J Greene’s Pub is open 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday – Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. to midnight Wednesday – Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday – Saturday.  Happy Hours are Monday – Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Fun fact: They serve free food during Happy Hour almost every Friday!

Contact Information:

J Greene’s Pub

Owners: Juliet and Jason Greene

10017 Manchester Road

Warson Woods, MO 63122

Phone: (314) 394-2330

The Capital Grille Opening Soon at Hanley Corporate Tower

The Capital Grille Opening Soon at Hanley Corporate Tower

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

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

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

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

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

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