Openings: New Owners For Tick Tock Tavern Turn Back Time, Fast-Casual Pie Five Pizza Co. Comes To STL

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Openings

Friday, May 2: Earlier this month Yaqui’s on Cherokee opened their bar for business at 2728 Cherokee St. Owner Francis Rodriguez pushed to have the doors open in time to partake in Cherokee’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, but more is still to come at Yaqui’s. Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven along with other menu items, ranging from tamales to salads, will be available once Rodriguez opens the kitchen in the coming weeks. A wider range of wines, drinks and beers on tap are also to come as Yaqui’s settles in on Cherokee Street. Open daily 6pm to 1:30am. 2728 Cherokee St., Benton Park West.

Image courtesy of Grove East Provisions

Image courtesy of Grove East Provisions

Mid-May: In the coming weeks, Tower Grove will soon have a new grocery store and specialty shop situated on the corner of Arsenal and Minnesota avenues, called Grove East Provisions. Owned by Barry Kinder, Grove East Provisions will offer everything from fresh fruits and veggies to local beer and wine. The grocery store will also have a 16-seat lunch counter where guests can enjoy various soups and sandwiches. Since Grove East Provisions shares a kitchen with next-door neighbor Red Fox Baking, sandwiches will be made with fresh Red Fox bread. 3101 Arsenal St., Tower Grove, 314.616.8527.

Mid-Summer 2014: An ice cream shop specializing in a technique more unique than your typical churning is coming to the Shaw neighborhood this summer. As reported by the Riverfront Times, Ices Plain and Fancy located at 2256 S. 39th St. will use liquid nitrogen to freeze their treats within minutes. The rapid freezing minimizes ice crystals, which maximizes the odds for a super smooth and creamy scoop of ice cream. Owners Troika Brodsky, Matthew Deutschmann and siblings Max and Darla Crask hope for a soft opening at the beginning of June. 2256 S. 39th St., Shaw.

Mid-Summer 2014: An old St. Louis favorite is making a comeback thanks to Steve Ewing, the current owner of Steve’s Hot Dogs and one of the men responsible for reviving Tick Tock Tavern. Much will remain the same for the South City corner bar, which shuttered back in 1994 when then-owner Charlotte Horvath retired. Ewing has teamed up with Thomas Crone, Steve Smith (who also owns The Royale) and Fred Hessel to restore much of the original Tick Tock décor along with the same family-friendly atmosphere. Next door to Tick Tock at 3459 Magnolia Ave., Ewing will open a second location of his popular hot dog concept. Look for the two restaurants to be up and running by mid-summer.

October 2014: Come this fall, pizza lovers will have a new option when it comes to gabbing a slice thanks to the news that Pie Five Pizza Co. is coming to town. The fast-casual franchise is known for pumping out individual pizzas from start to finish in less than 5 minutes flat. Guests can choose from Pie Five’s menu, which includes everything from pizzas topped with alfredo sauce to ones piled high with fresh veggies like the Farmer’s Market, or create their own ideal combination from Pie Five’s long list of ingredients. While a specific location has yet to be determined, there’s the possibility of up to 20 Pie Fives opening throughout the greater St. Louis area.

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