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Monday, March 18, 2019

Plantain Girl Mandy Estrella Has Closed Alphateria at Alpha Brewing Co.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 4:00 PM

click to enlarge Mandy Estrella. - MABEL SUEN
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Chef Mandy Estrella has closed her Caribbean concept inside Tower Grove South's Alpha Brewing Co., Alphateria (4310 Fyler Avenue).

Estrella, also known as Plantain Girl, had been embedded inside the one-year-old brewery, but a separate operation from it. She said the concept had been "very successful," but that the brewery now plans to open a kitchen of its own.

"The brewery wanted to take over the kitchen and do their own food service," she said.

Yesterday was Alphateria's last day of service, she said.

Estrella, who earned praise from food writers (including the RFT's Cheryl Baehr) during the one-year run, said she is now actively searching for a new brick-and-mortar location. She's also serving her food within Soulard's new dog-friendly bar, the Doghaus, but noted that its tiny kitchen limits what she can serve. "It's like working out of a food truck," she says.

Alpha Brewing Co. owner Derrick Langeneckert has engendered a series of controversies during its six years in business. Just last year, Alpha initially announced the grand opening of its Tower Grove South brewery with an online ad showing a woman showering with beer. "When your girlfriend is washing her hair on Friday night, have a beer with us," the ad announced. After commenters denounced it as misogynist, Alpha deleted the invitation. And that's after Langeneckert had already apologized to the beer scene in an open letter for previous remarks deemed chauvinist. (He also stirred up a backlash over a beer depicting a pig in a burqa.)

Asked about the brewery owner, Estrella said only she "appreciated the opportunity" she had been given.

"It was a great opportunity for us," she says.

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