Openings: Steve's Hot Dogs Expands to Tower Grove, White Box Eatery Opens in Clayton

By Heather Riske
In Food

Wednesday, Aug. 14: As previously reported by ALIVE, Kevin Nashan’s highly anticipated Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. quickly opened last week in the former Niche space. The lobster shack has a menu focused on the “Acadian tie between Northeastern and Louisiana cuisines,” with options like lobster, crab and clam rolls, steamed crab and several different Po’boy sandwiches. 1831 Sidney St., Benton Park, 314.772.8858

Gorilla Mac & Cheese Dog. Photo courtesy of Steve's Hot Dogs

Gorilla Mac & Cheese Dog. Photo courtesy of Steve’s Hot Dogs

Monday, Aug. 18: The second location of Steve’s Hot Dogs is now open in Tower Grove. Steve Ewing, lead singer of The Urge, raised $15,000 on Indiegogo to help open a sister location of his popular hot dog joint on The Hill. Steve’s Tower Grove is located next door to Tick Tock Tavern, the South City corner bar that was recently revived. “Our hope is that with a second location, we’ll be able to create an experience for the whole family – with after-school hours for family dinners and later night hours for people hanging with their friends over at the new Tick Tock Bar,” Ewing wrote on the Indiegogo page. The gourmet dogs at Steve’s are packed with unusual toppings, like The Storm Trooper Dog (smoked Salsiccia with Rotini Alfredo, bacon, French’s fried onions and fresh Parmesan), Gorilla Mac & Cheese Dog (smoked Nathan’s dog, creamy mac & cheese, bacon and French’s fried onions) and the Back Yard BBQ Dog (smoked hot dog with tangy baked beans, potato salad, bacon and BBQ sauce). 3457 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove

Tuesday, Aug. 19: Modesto co-owner Brendan Marsden announced a new Clayton breakfast and lunch spot, White Box Eatery, back in May, and the shop is set to officially open today. It’s meant to be a place you can get in and out of quickly, so there’s an emphasis on carryout and rapid pick-up online ordering. Former Oceano Executive Chef Jon Hoffman is the chef, and Jamie Hardesty, who worked with Marsden’s brother on the Vincent Van Doughnut food truck, is the pastry chef. Most items are made in-house, including muffins, jams and jellies, and others are sourced from local spots like Blueprint Coffee and Companion Bread. 176 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.862.2802

Friday, Sept. 19: Chef Liz Schuster of Tenacious Eats has found a new home for her weekly “Movies for Foodies” integrated dinner & a movie nights. St. Louis Magazine reports that Movies for Foodies will be held every Friday night in the main dining room at Eclipse in the Moonrise Hotel. “Spaceballs” plays on Sept. 19, followed by “Mars Attacks: on Sept. 26.

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