Openings: Nick And Vito's Meat And Deli Opens In Belleville, Que Sazón Food Truck To Roll Out South American Flavors And Rack House West Winery Opening Cottleville
Saturday, May 10: Nick and Vito Renfro, brothers who worked at Belleville’s Main Street Market for 18 years, opened their own butcher shop at 8201 W. Main St. earlier this month. As reported by Sauce Magazine, the storefront is called Nick and Vito’s Meat and Deli, and the brothers are co-owners along with their parents Molly Seel and Tony Renfro. The butcher shop is in the former space of Raymond’s Place Diner and offers customers a wide selection of cuts as well as a deli counter that slices meats to order. Sandwiches layered between slices of Fazio’s bread will be available along with sodas from Excel Bottling, Co. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 7pm. 8201 W. Main St., Belleville, 618.407.6566.
Saturday, May 17: Beer lovers have a new place to go play – Craft Beer Cellar – a unique shop in Clayton whose goal is to provide easy access to a vast selection of craft brews. Co-owners and brothers, Brandon and Ryan Nickelson, franchised the store from the 4-year-old concept begun in Belmont, Massachusetts. The Clayton shop is the first Midwest location, but it will soon be joined by a storefront in Columbia, Missouri. Inside, more than 1,000 bottles are organized by region, which makes both casual browsing and hunting for a specific label a breeze. All beers are available for purchase by the bottle so trying out a new brew doesn’t require committing to a full six-pack. A small bar area in the back of the store has five rotating taps where guests can enjoy individual 4-ounce pours or full flights. A limited selection of wine and spirits are also available. Open Monday through Wednesday from 10am to 9pm, Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 10pm and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. 8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.222.2444.
Sunday, June 1: St. Louis’ fleet of food trucks is getting a little larger this summer thanks to the news that Que Sazón, a South American concept translated to “what a flavor,” will be cruising the streets. The truck has been the longtime dream of Fabian and Julie Ocampo, the husband-and-wife team who co-own Que Sazón. On the menu, look for empanadas filled with things like grilled chicken and chorizo (and their miniature version dubbed “empanadillas”), corn pancakes called arepas that are topped with meats and cheeses as well as desserts like arroz con leche. Tropical juices and South American sodas will also be available. Don’t miss their debut on Sunday, June 1 at 801 Market St. in Downtown from 11am to 4pm.
Sunday, June 15: South City will soon have an ideal spot for those hard-to-find international ingredients when Universal Food Market opens mid-June at 4330 S. Broadway. The market is owned by Philip Hong, who was previously running an international grocery store in San Jose, California, but is now focused on bringing a wide range of items from Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Americas to the diverse South City neighborhood of St. Louis. Look for a sprawling seafood counter and well-stocked deli counter for Vietnamese sandwiches and spring rolls. 4330 S. Broadway, South City, 314.353.3500.
July 2014: Later this summer, oenophiles and whiskey lovers alike should be sure to check out Rack House West Winery – a part winery and cigar lounge concept opening in Cottleville, Missouri. Owners Bridgette and John Hamilton will serve wines from West Winery as well as their own vintages once they are mature enough to be enjoyed. Premium whiskey and craft beers should keep all drinkers happy while a limited menu of appetizers and flatbread pizzas will ensure no one goes hungry. The space will also have a cigar lounge and outdoor patio.