Openings: Italian Food Trucks Join STL Fleet, The Social Affair Makes Monday Meals Easy, And Tenacious Eats Gets A Permanent Home

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Openings
Late-March 2014: Last month the long-standing Italian catering company, Russo’s, expanded their repertoire thanks to a new, fully equipped food truck. The eye-catching “Truckotoria” proudly sports an Italian-themed paint job complete with images of the Colosseum, gondolas, and even a twirled forkful of pasta. So far, Russo’s has been found curbside at food truck hot spots in Florissant, Collinsville, Maryland Heights and Downtown where guests have been lining up for everything from hot Italian beef to chicken piadina. Follow Russo’s on Twitter or Facebook to catch the Truckotoria in action.

Image courtesy of Russo's Catering

Image courtesy of Russo’s Catering

Saturday, April 5: What began as a vintage retail store, called Restituo, has developed into an eclectic coffee shop concept for owner Nicole McCormack. The Shaw space is now reminiscent of her New York roots, offering St. Louisans both the tastes and experiences of the neighborhood cafes she loved. Grab a seat at a retro table set and sip on a strong cup of coffee brewed with beans sourced from a New York roaster. Look for a food menu in the coming weeks that will include fresh baked goods, soups and paninis. As their Facebook page says, Restituo is a relaxing place, “where art and home collide.” Open Monday through Wednesday from 7am to 3pm; Thursday through Friday from 7am to 7pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. 4100 Shenandoah Ave., Shaw.

Monday, April 7: For the past five years, Kelly Spencer has been building her catering company, The Social Affair, but just this month she unveiled her new space that serves as a kitchen, marketplace and classroom. What was once a dilapidated Standard Oil gas station is now a certified building on the National Register of Historic Places and also an action-packed hub for all of The Social Affair’s activities. Besides the cooking classes and private events, Spencer also offers Monday Night Supper—a comforting meal, such as grilled pork tenderloin with parmesan polenta or New Orleans-style shrimp and andouille with smoked gouda grits, that’s available for pick-up after 4pm at The Social Affair. There’s no need to worry about every week being “meatloaf Monday” either, because Spencer switches up the menu regularly. Call or swing by The Social Affair for more details. Open Monday from 11am to 7pm; Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 6pm and Saturday from 8am to 1pm. 2232 Thurman Ave., Shaw, 314.735.5527.

May 1: Another Italian mainstay will be getting into the food truck scene when Gioia’s Deli rolls out their new set of wheels next month. The “Porknado” will bring a handful of the most popular, oven-warmed sandwiches to the streets of St. Louis. Look for Gioia’s best go-to sandwiches, such as the hot salami or Italian trio, to be big sellers once the food truck is up and running.

May 13: Fans of the popular pop-up “Movies for Foodies” dining events hosted by Chef Liz Schuster and her team at Meyer’s Grove can look forward to visiting a permanent Tenacious Eats location later next month. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Schuster has taken over the space at 4915 Hampton Ave., which will soon be open for seasonal takes on breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch. “Movies for Foodies” will continue to take place at Meyer’s Grove until mid summer, when Schuster will offer the unique dinner and a movie experience at her new location on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. 4915 Hampton Ave., South Hampton, 314.605.3684.

June 1: Calzones will soon come to Clayton thanks to the guys at Sauce on the Side, who recently announced plans to open a second location at 7810 Forsyth Blvd. Since opening two years ago in Downtown, Sauce on the Side has become a fast-casual hot spot offering a wide array of fresh, seasonal calzones along with salads, desserts and craft brews. Look for the same menu and décor as the original space to be at the new location come June. 7810 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton.

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