Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tazé Mediterranean Street Food to Open at the Mercantile Exchange

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM

The future Tazé Mediterranean Street Food at the MX. | Google Street View

Tazé Mediterranean Street Food is the latest restaurant to join the Mercantile Exchange Building (a.k.a. the MX) downtown at 626 Washington Avenue. The fast-casual restaurant will focus on housemade Mediterranean delicacies from owners Justin and Casey Roth and chef Matt Borchardt.

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"Tazé will offer fresh, healthy, daily-prepared cuisine using traditional Mediterranean cooking methods," Justin Roth said in a statement. "Customers will be greeted by the inviting aromas of the Mediterranean, homemade pita bread, an array of Mediterranean-inspired sides, sauces and toppings."

There will be a build-your-own-entree option and plenty of offerings for vegetarian and vegan diners. Tazé will serve lunch and dinner, with small plates and beer and wine specials for happy hour. "Our primary goal is to offer St. Louis a new and healthy alternative," Borchardt said in a statement. "The menu will utilize as many fresh, local ingredients as possible, while sourcing antibiotic-free proteins and imported spices from around the globe."

The 3,400-square-foot space at the MX is designed by SPACE Architecture + Design, which you may recognize from Mission Taco Joint, the Good Pie and other restaurants around town. SPACE's Tom Niemeier described the future Tazé space as cozy but contemporary and filled with natural wood and "saffron-inspired colors." The MX development also houses Pi Pizzeria, Robust, Snarf's and Takaya New Asian.

The Roths hope to eventually open several locations throughout St. Louis and even expand to other cities. There's no menu just yet -- Justin Roth and Borchardt left Monday for a thirteen-day trip to eight different countries for research and menu development. So far there have been stops in places like Madrid and Marrakech. You can follow the trip on Twitter and Instagram at @tazestreetfood.

Preparing traditional Moroccan tangine in the kitchen, hands on with local chefs. #Marrakech #tazestreetfood #delicious

A photo posted by Taze Mediterranean Street Food (@tazestreetfood) on

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