Openings/Closings: Sauce on the Side Opens Second Location in Clayton, Lucky's Market Brings Fresh, Organic Food to Ellisville
Wednesday, July 16: 612 Kitchen & Cocktails has opened in the former Graham’s Grill space. Owner Dan Graham has retired, but his kids have reimagined the spot with 1920s decor in the lounge and bar and a focus on hand-crafted cocktails and small plates. The menu includes “sharables” such as pretzel bites, sliders and gourmet tacos, soups, salads and “just for one” entrees like a pulled pork plate, fish and chips and a gourmet burger. Sangria master Todd Brutcher, formerly of Onesto Pizza & Trattoria, and Sarah Jones head up the bar, with cocktails including the Signature 612 (Beefeater gin, grapefruit juice, agave nectar, sliced jalapenos), Prohibition (choice of Sailor Jerry spiced rum or Absolut vodka mixed with mint berry lemonade) and Great Gatsby (cucumber and basil-infused rum, lemonade, blueberry puree). 612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood, 314.965.2003
Wednesday, July 23: Plank Road Pizza is now open in Cottleville. The Riverfront Times reports that menu items include “pizza chips” served with housemade garden vegetable salsa and specialty pizzas like the Plank Road chicken bacon club pizza and the Hillenkamp Drive with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, mozzarella, parmesan and fresh oregano. 5212 Highway N., Cottleville, 636.477.6155
Thursday, July 24: Fans of the Costanza, Meat Me in St. Louis and Magic Carpet Ride calzones from Sauce on the Side need not make the trip Downtown anymore. Sauce on the Side’s second location in Clayton is now open. Owners Brendon Maciariello and Ryan Mangialardo opened the first location in August 2012, and announced a second eatery in April. If you have already have a short list of favorite calzones, there’s good news—the menu is exactly the same as the Downtown location. 7810 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.833.5426.
Wednesday, July 30: Colorado-based grocer Lucky’s Market will open its second Missouri location this week. The market specializes in organic, natural and gluten-free items, and is also committed to sourcing ingredients from local farmers. On Wednesday, they’ll have a bacon-cutting ceremony at 10am, with live music and a presentation of two checks to the Wildwood YMCA Children’s Learning Garden and The Assistance League of St. Louis Steps to Success program. They’ll also have a grand opening party on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 11am to 3pm, a local food fest on Sunday, Aug. 3 from 11am to 3pm and three 5 Percent Days, where they’ll donate 5 percent of the day’s sales to three local organizations. The chain currently has a location in Columbia, with another store planned for Rock Hill. 15830 Fountain Plaza Dr., Ellisville, 303.530.0782
Aug. 1: Local Harvest Grocery announced in a Facebook post that they will be ending breakfast and lunch service at their Local Harvest Cafe due to low foot traffic. The restaurant will continue to serve brunch on the weekends, and the last day for breakfast and lunch service will be Aug. 1. 3137 Morgan Ford Rd., Tower Grove, 314.772.8815
Sauce Magazine reports that plans are on hold for a brick-and-mortar location for film-and-dining concept Tenacious Eats. Chef-owner Liz Schuster, formerly of The Scottish Arms, says she will no longer open the location at 4195 Hampton Ave. in South City due to disagreements with the building’s owners. She had envisioned a breakfast and lunch spot that would also host Tenacious Eats’ Movies for Foodies events, currently held at Meyer’s Grove. Now, she’s eyeing locations in Cherokee Street and Maplewood.
September: Hotel Ignacio will soon have a new tenant when BaiKu Sushi Lounge takes over the Café Pintxos space this fall. Steve Smith, a Hotel Ignacio partner and owner of Triumph Grill, Moto Museum and Moto Europa, tapped Brad Beracha, owner of the shuttered sushi restaurant Miso, for the Japanese concept. BaiKu will be open for lunch and dinner, specializing in sushi with fresh fish flown in from Hawaii. Chef Soung Min Lee, formerly of Miso and Central Table Food Hall, will helm the sushi bar, and chef Josh Norris will oversee the hot food next door in the Triumph kitchen. 3407 Olive St., Midtown, 314.977.4411
Pi Pizzeria is expanding once again. The beloved STL pizza chain has announced it will open its seventh location in Miami—dubbed, fittingly, Pi’ami. SPACE Architecture + Design will design the restaurant, and they’re hoping to serve Schlafly beers, too. Owners Chris Sommers and Frank Uible say the South Beach location will likely open in November or December.