Openings: Bissinger's Heads To Broadway, Jilly's Dips Into Ice Cream And 2 New Valley Park Eateries

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Image courtesy of Wild Agave Mexican Grill.

Image courtesy of Wild Agave Mexican Grill.

The Post Dispatch’s Ian Froeb reported last week on two new Valley Park restaurants that seem to have slipped past nearly everyone’s radar. Squeakers Bar & BBQ, 2951 Dougherty Ferry Road, is the newest venture from the owners of Miller’s Crossing Pub & Grill in Chesterfield. Its menu consists of barbecue classics such as pulled pork and chicken, ribs, pork steaks, brisket, as well as non-barbecue items such as burgers and pizza.

Over at 13645 Big Bend Road, in the same shopping center, is Wild Agave Mexican Grill. Taking the place of the former Flip Flops Cantina Grill, Wild Agave serves street tacos, hand-rolled enchiladas, overstuffed burritos and an array of dressed up entrees. The drink selection includes housemade margaritas, an array of craft and mass-market beers, as well as a variety of South American wines. The restaurant offers two daily happy hours, one from 2-6pm, and a late-night happy hour of 9pm to close where all draught beer is just $2 a pour.

A new brand of food truck is in the works to hit the streets this fall. Vincent Van Doughnut, the brainchild of Vincent Brian Marsden and Will Saulsbery, is a mobile doughnut shop in the form of a classic 1960 Ford Grumman Olson step van. Their tagline, “Where Doughnut Making is an Art,” hints at both the high-end, gourmet doughnuts the truck will sell, as well as the look and feel of the business. The owners plan to collaborate with local artists in the company’s branding, including box designs from local high school art students. More details to come.

Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed beat local media sources to the punch last week when he tweeted that the former Commerce Bank building at 3150 South Grand Blvd. would be rezoned to accommodate the newest restaurant project from David Bailey (Baileys’ Range, Bridge Tap House, Rooster). Bailey confirmed the news, but said he had not finalized the concept that will take place there.

Hometown confectioner, Bissinger’s, has submitted plans to the city’s Planning Commission to relocate its warehouse facilities from Forest Park Southeast to an historic warehouse on North Broadway. Located at the foot of the new Stan Musial Bridge, the 226,000-square-foot building at the corner of Broadway and Mullanphy will get a $12 million renovation to accommodate the plans Bissinger’s has for the space. Not only will the new facility allow for expansion of production and workforce, but the new Bissinger’s factory will offer public tours for the first time in its history, a retail storefront and a rooftop deck with views of Downtown, The Arch and the Mississippi River.

Hot on the heels of an exciting partnership with Schnucks Markets, Jilly’s Cupcake Bar has announced a new venture: Jilly’s Ice Cream Bar. Capitalizing on the success of the four prepackaged ice cream flavors it sells in Schnucks stores, Jilly’s plans to open a storefront dedicated to its frozen treats adjacent to its current location. The new shop, at 608 N. McKnight, will feature the four flavors that started the whole shebang—Cuban Coffee, Island in the Sun, Space Monkey and 24 Karat Cake—alongside 15-20 more chef-inspired flavors, milkshakes, ice-cream-stuffed cupcakes and other novelties. The ice cream bar will also have a dedicated space for hosting cupcake-themed parties and events.

Image courtesy of Jilly's Cupcake Bar.

Image courtesy of Jilly’s Cupcake Bar.

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