Openings: Two New Coffee Shops Open, Barbecue Plans For David Bailey And New Wild Flower Space
Monday, April 7: Soulard now has a new coffee shop for all of their caffeine and cafe needs, called R-café. The news came from Sauce Magazine, who first announced the cafe’s relationship to the artisanal cooperative R-space, which is owned by Patrick Reiner and Mei Yang. On the menu expect a full range of coffee and espresso drinks, as well as a list of fare that includes various pastries and sandwiches. R-café has around 25 seats inside, along with an additional 25 on the outdoor patio. Open Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 5pm and Saturday through Sunday from 8am to 5pm. 1704 S. Broadway, Soulard, 314.681.1509.
Tuesday, April 8: The Lafayette Square favorite, Park Avenue Coffee, has opened a third location at the edge of The Hill on 5105 Columbia Ave. The 17-seat cafe serves many functions—as a home for Park Avenue’s corporate offices, as well as their new roasting and baking facility. The space is also the most eco-friendly in Park Avenue’s family, thanks to plenty of solar panels and the use of reclaimed materials throughout the renovation process. Open Monday through Saturday from 7am to 6pm and Sunday from 7:30am to 6pm. 5105 Columbia Ave., The Hill, 314.231.5282.
May/June: The South Hampton Neighborhood Association recently announced plans for the space across the street from The Mack, which was originally slated to be an Irish pub. After unforeseen hiccups with the initial owners, the original plans have changed to include a more American menu. Currently, the name being considered for the space is SOHA Public House, though a Facebook post from the president of the South Hampton Neighborhood Association stressed that nothing has been finalized. As of now, co-owner Tim Carbery plans to develop a patio space while steps are taken to pin down a specific concept and acquire a liquor license. Stay tuned to The Dish for updates.
July: New owners have quickly taken up residence in the space that was previously home to the Majestic Restaurant, but the tenants are certainly not newcomers to the neighborhood. The owners of Majestic’s next-door neighbor Wild Flower Restaurant, Phil and Tracy Czarnec, have purchased the storefront with plans to transform it into a barbecue hot spot for the Central West End. The concept will be called BBQ Saloon, and will offer both traditional and unexpected items, like rabbit, along with small-batch cocktails and craft beers.
Winter, 2014: On the heels of David Bailey’s busy year with the opening of Small Batch and the soon-to-come Rooster 2.0, the restaurateur has announced plans to enter the barbecue craze hitting St. Louis. The more than 200-seat concept will be at 1011 Olive St., which is conveniently located across the street from Bailey’s Range in Downtown. The news was announced via a Twitter chat with Tom Schmidt, of Nico and Franco, who will also open a barbecue concept this year, called Salt + Smoke BBQ. On his website, Bailey explained the upcoming project by saying, “Our goal is to take the amazing yet simple combination of smoke and meat and offer it in a way that fits with our family of restaurants.” 1011 Olive St., Downtown.