Openings: Strange Donuts Opens In Maplewood, The Nest Takes Shape in Frontenac, Fields Foods Coming To Lafayette Square
Friday, Oct. 11: Lines started forming at 4:30am in front of Strange Donuts, as the much-anticipated donut shop prepared to open its doors. After months of delays and sneak peek events, co-owners Corey Smale and Tyler Fenwick finally shared their unique creations with a very hungry crowd, serving from 6am until they sold out around noon. Then the duo opened the doors again at 9pm that evening for the debut of their chicken waffle donut, topped with a Porter’s chicken strip and a pat of butter. Other notable novelties include the Campfire—a cake donut topped with chocolate, graham crackers crumbs and a roasted marshmallow in the center—and Bart’s Revenge—a chocolate cake donut with chocolate icing and crushed Butterfinger candy. Strange Donuts features a rotating selection of six classics and six creations daily.
2709 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, strangedonuts.com
Monday, Dec. 2: The Nest, a family-focused restaurant that doubles as a community center and membership club, is slated to open in Frontenac. With this venture, owner Christina McHugh hopes to bring a modern and sophisticated approach to the kid-friendly eatery. Parents no longer have to deal with greasy pizza and sticky arcade games on a family day out. The Nest’s shabby chic décor offers a refreshing change of pace, as does the menu’s focus on fresh, healthy ingredients. Executive chef Chris Vommund has created internationally-inspired dishes that accommodate vegetarian, paleo and gluten-free diets. Local ingredients and bold flavors take center stage in every section of the menu, but none as important as the dishes offered to kids, like The Egg and Bacon Bunny, gluten-free house-made chicken tenders, and Ants on a Log. And there are plenty of engaging and educational activities to help the kiddos burn off their energy. Perhaps while mom and dad take up a yoga class at the center.
10440 German Blvd., Frontenac, theneststl.com
Jan. 4, 2014: Fields Foods is under construction at 1500 Lafayette Ave., next to Walgreens at the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Truman Parkway. As part of a $120 million redevelopment of the former City Hospital site, Fields Foods will bring a much-needed full-service grocery store to the Lafayette Square area. The 37,000-square-foot store plans to offer a wide selection of local food items in addition to mainstay brands. A sit-down wine and beer bar will offer food by executive chef Kurt Von Der Haar. The grocer hopes to hold wine dinners that feature pairings by its on-site sommelier. A prepared food section will offer deli favorites as well as brick-oven pizzas, panini and more. Planned hours for the store are 7am to 10pm, seven days a week. fieldsfoods.com