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Monday, June 15, 2020

BEAST Craft BBQ to Open Third Location, Change Format of Grove Smokehouse

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 6:10 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic is not slowing down Dave and Meggan Sandusky. The BEAST Craft BBQ (20 South Belt W, Belleville, Illinois; 618-257-9000) owners have announced big changes to their restaurant group, including a third location, a change in format at their Grove location, BEAST Butcher & Block (4156 Manchester...

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Zenwich Is Now Open in the Central West End

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 9:24 AM

Chai Ploentham remembers his first taste of Zenwich (8 1/2 Euclid Avenue) at the original Elmhurst, Illinois location. So impressed was he with his sandwich that he didn't just give his compliments to the chef; he asked her if he could buy the place. "My wife and I had...

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

What Would Jesus Christ Supercar Drink?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 7:01 AM

Be it an official trend, pattern or some other term, there’s been a distinct, growing movement toward regional breweries and bands hooking up on short-run projects of late. The list now includes offerings from: Public House Brewing Company (The Urge-inspired Receiving the Gift of Flavor Belgian Wit), Urban Chestnut...

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Remembering Local Chef Kitchen Before It's Gone

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 6:15 AM

Mitzi Uyemura has many stories to tell about her late husband Robert Uyemura that reveal who he was as a chef and person. Perhaps none explain him better than her anecdote about the time he reached out to an unsuspecting local farmer just getting his start in the business....

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

A Pandemic Was the One Thing Helen Rosenhoffer of BEAST Craft BBQ Couldn't Plan

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 6:15 AM

Helen Rosenhoffer finally felt like she was finding her groove at BEAST Craft BBQ. She has been with the company since 2016 and was promoted to director of operations for the entire company in spring of 2019 after Dave and Megan Sandusky announced they were opening their second location,...

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Switchgrass Spirits Experimenting Like ... a Craft Brewer

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 11:31 AM

You’d be forgiven for thinking that distillers might have to be a bit more conservative in their visions than brewers, as the pace of their releases are typically measured in the years, rather than the weeks or the months. That said, Switchgrass Spirits, a new(ish) local concern is trying...

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St. Louis Pastry Chefs Hosting Bakers for Black Lives Event Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 6:15 AM

This Sunday, some of St. Louis' top pastry chefs will gather in the Central West End for an epic bake sale that is about much more than delicious treats. The event, Bakers for Black Lives, is a collective action of several prominent members of the area's pastry community, organized...

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

American Falafel Is Now Open in the Delmar Loop

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2020 at 9:51 AM

Mohammed Qadadeh can't help but laugh when asked why he would open a restaurant in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval currently rocking the country. "One taste of our food, and you'll know why I decided to open this," Qadadeh says. For Qadadeh, his canned answer...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Kurt Bellon Knew Chao Baan's First Year Would Be Tough, But Not This Tough

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 6:05 AM

Kurt Bellon has worked in the restaurant industry long enough to know that a restaurant's first year is always a challenge. However, for he and his team at Chao Baan (4087 Chouteau Avenue, #5; 314-925-8250), the first twelve months have been a special kind of difficult — and the...

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9 Mile Garden, St. Louis' First Food Truck Garden, to Open July 3

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 6:01 AM

After seven months of anticipation, St. Louis' food truck fans will soon have reason to celebrate: 9 Mile Garden (9375 Gravois Road, Affton), the state's first food truck garden, is scheduled to open July 3. 9 Mile Garden's organizers announced the opening date yesterday, noting a weekend full of...

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