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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Cakes at Brand-New Russell's on Macklind Are Almost Too Pretty to Eat. Almost.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

  • Kaitlin Steinberg

Residents of south city might have been sad to see Murdoch Perk go, but a new restaurant and coffee shop opened in Murdoch Perk's old spot this week, and neighbors seem thrilled.

Russell's on Macklind (5400 Murdoch Avenue; 314-553-9994) opened on Tuesday, March 19, to a steady flow of customers composed of passersby, neighborhood residents and fans of Russell's Café and Bakery (958 Brookwood Center Plaza, Fenton; 636-343-8900).

Owner Russell Ping is also the man behind Russell's Café and Bakery, along with his wife, Emily. Ping had been hoping to open a second café for a while, and when the location in Southampton opened up, it seemed like a good opportunity to expand.

See Also: - Murdoch Perk Closing July 31, 2012

The "Kitchen Sink" salad and oatmeal raisin cookies. - KAITLIN STEINBERG
  • Kaitlin Steinberg
  • The "Kitchen Sink" salad and oatmeal raisin cookies.

"I've always felt like our concept would fit really well in this area," Ping says. "I actually stopped here to get coffee one morning and Murdoch Perk was closed, so I called the real estate agent. We've gotten an incredible amount of support from the neighborhood. Everyone's really excited for us to be here."

Indeed, the neighbors seem overjoyed by the new addition to the block. "I'm so excited they're open!" one older woman says to no one in particular as she examines the new digs.

  • Kaitlin Steinberg

Russell's on Macklind sits at the corner of Murdoch and Macklind, just a few blocks from where Ping lives. The same shade of green that brightens the walls at Russell's in Fenton accents the interior of the new spot, while enlarged sepia tone photos of Ping's family give the shop a homey feel. When the weather gets warm enough, Ping intends to create an outdoor patio space where dogs will be welcome.

  • Kaitlin Steinberg

Ping is also excited to expand his use of local ingredients, now that he's closer to farmers' markets in the city. Russell's already gets its bread from local purveyor Breadsmith of St. Louis, and its coffee is a special blend from Kaldi's.

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