Lulu's Local Eatery Opens For Business On South Grand

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Today, South Grand celebrates the opening of the brick-and-mortar space for Lulu’s Local Eatery – the vegan-friendly food truck that’s been a popular curbside choice across St. Louis since first hitting the streets in April 2012.

Image courtesy of Lulu's Local Eatery

Image courtesy of Lulu’s Local Eatery

Owners Robbie Tucker and Lauren Loomis (a.k.a. Lulu) began renovations to their new home at 3201 S. Grand Blvd. in February. The space was previously home to Natty’s Pizza, but thanks to the hard work of Tucker and Loomis, the new Lulu’s Local Eatery stays true to the eco-inspired theme of the food truck. Inside, large windows provide a bright and cheery atmosphere for the 42-seat restaurant. With a little help from Refab STL, Lulu’s has incorporated beautifully re-purposed pallet wood that now acts as wall paneling near the ordering counter. Reclaimed wooden planks were also used for the bar-style seating that looks out the front windows toward South Grand Boulevard. Drinks, specials and upcoming menu items are handwritten daily on the black wall behind the counter. Outside of Lulu’s is a beautiful patio that seats just under 40 people. The umbrella-covered tables are surrounded by re-purposed yellow file cabinets that now act as planters for Lulu’s herb and vegetable garden.

Many of the same popular vegan and vegetarian dishes that grace the menu board on the Lulu’s food truck will be available at the new permanent location. Fans of the sweet potato black bean burger or the Buddha bowls filled with udon noodles and loads of stir-fried veggies can now find their favorites on South Grand. Items unavailable on the food truck will also be added, expanding the menu to include daily specials like a portabella gyro topped with tomatoes, sweet potatoes, avocado and tzatziki. Also, be sure to look for a delicious brunch featuring fresh, local ingredients to be added in the coming weeks, along with a selection of wine and craft beer once Lulu’s liquor license is approved.

Image courtesy of Lulu's Local Eatery

Image courtesy of Lulu’s Local Eatery

Lovers of eating curbside need not worry; the Lulu’s food truck will still be found rolling the streets of St. Louis. Catch their upcoming locations posted on Facebook or Twitter.

Hours for the month of May are Monday, noon to 9pm; Wednesday through Thursday, noon to 9pm; Friday through Saturday, noon to 9pm. 3201 S. Grand Blvd., South City, 314.357.7717. 

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