Openings: Kakao Chocolate Opens in Clayton, Sugarfire Smoke House to Open Sugarfire Pie Bakery in October

By Heather Riske
In Food

The third location of Kakao Chocolate is now open in Clayton. Owner Brian Pelletier first opened up shop on South Jefferson Avenue in 2008, and later expanded to Maplewood. In addition to its popular artisan chocolates, the new Kakao will also have coffee and espresso from Stringbean Coffee and, just like the Maplewood location, Serendipity ice cream with different Kakao toppings. The chocolatier’s new Clayton space is in the Centene building alongside Niche and Pastaria, and will be retail-only, carrying products made at the two other locations. 7720 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton

Photo courtesy of Kakao Chocolate

Photo courtesy of Kakao Chocolate

September: Executive chef Brandon Benack and chef Andrew Jennrich of Truffles plan to open Butchery, an adjoining butcher and retail shop, in the first week of September, as reported by Feast Magazine. The full-service shop will have beef, poultry, seafood and charcuterie meats like patés and salume. Butchery will also have cheese, fresh pastas and rotating prepared items based on the seasonal dishes being served at Truffles. Benack says the shop will have some expensive beef and cuts, but there will also be prices similar to what you’d see in a grocery store. 9202 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.567.910

October: Mike Johnson, chef and owner of Sugarfire Smoke House, is planning to open Sugarfire Pie to show off the talents of his esteemed pastry chef, Carolyn Downs. The 1950s-style bakery will open two doors down from the Olivette location of the popular barbecue joint. The new space will give Downs more room to create her pies, cakes, chocolate chip cookies with flakes of smoked sea salt, soft-serve chocolate and vanilla custard and, of course, her infamous crack pie. She’s made desserts for Johnson for 15 years, and is also the pastry chef and owner at Cyrano’s in Webster Groves. 9200 Olive Blvd., Olivette, 314.997.2301

October: Riverbend Restaurant & Bar is taking over the Harvest space in Richmond Heights, and owner Sam Kogos hopes to make the move in early October. Kogos has been scouting a new Riverbend location for about a year, hoping to find a spot with a bigger kitchen than the Soulard restaurant. The new location has a full industrial kitchen with a range, hood, fryer and walk-in cooler, so Riverbend’s executive chef Steve Daney and Kogos will be able to expand the menu with items like fresh fish and charbroiled oysters. The new location will also have about 20 extra seats. Kogos wants to accept Bear Bucks from nearby Washington University students and add a late-night menu. 1059 Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights

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