Openings: Vincent Van Doughnut Store Draws In Crowds, Ranch Dressing-Focused Restaurant Joining Soulard

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March 5: Tom+Chee, a tomato soup and grilled cheese joint, has brought its second Missouri location (Kansas City being the first) to O’Fallon, Missouri. The shop originated in Cincinnati, Ohio, and began to branch out after appearing on an episode of “Shark Tank” and getting an investment deal. The restaurant has signature “fancy” grilled cheese sammies and even “Grilled Cheese Donuts” available in flavors like s’mores and choco bacon bliss—which includes bacon, chocolate pieces, chocolate mascarpone and mozzarella. Follow the local feed on Facebook1280 Hwy K, O’Fallon, Mo., 636.294.9800

Photo courtesy of Vincent Van Doughnut

Photo courtesy of Vincent Van Doughnut

March 14: Vincent Van Doughnut finally has a permanent location to call home. The doughnut food truck gone brick-and-mortar opened at 6am in Clayton last Saturday to hungry fans and followers, selling out the stock of sugary treats by 10:30am. Unique doughnut offerings have included flavors such as French toast, cheesecake cookie crumble and chocolate salted caramel along with the classic glazed, cinnamon or vanilla doughnut holes and even a maple bacon cinnamon roll. A “coffee and such” menu serves up a selection of brews from cappuccinos and lattes to milk and orange juice. The sweets will also still be served around the city in Clyde—the 1960 Ford Grumman Olson step van that has served as the sole provider of Vincent Van Doughnuts since August 2013. 40 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.899.9500

April 2015: From breakfast to late-night meal cravings, meals in the Central West End are about to get better with a new diner joining the popular neighborhood. Chef-owner of Herbie’s Vintage ’72 Aaron Teitelbaum is making plans to debut Kingside Diner in the former Lester’s spot by mid-April. The name of the spot plays off the chess piece, which is conveniently across the street from the World Chess Hall of Fame—and also the leaseholder to the space. Offerings will include quality, affordable breakfast plates, daily specials and more. 4651 Maryland Ave., Central West End, 314.769.9595

June 2015: Love everything about ranch dressing? Well, so do Jim Hayden and Chad Allen, co-owners of  Twisted Ranch, the upcoming Soulard restaurant with a menu focused on the ever-popular condiment and dressing. With a secret homemade ranch recipe developed by the owners, the dressing is incorporated into every dish. There are even a slew of twists on ranch flavors, including buffalo, cheesy bacon, dill, thai and more. 1730 S. 8th St., Soulard, 636.544.9802

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