The Dish: This Week in St. Louis Dining
Sun., June 30: After two years of business, The Frontenac Grill served its last plate on Sun., June 30. Restaurateur Michael Del Pietro has called dibs on the spot, announcing he’ll open his eighth restaurant in the space mid-fall. The as-of-yet-unnamed eatery will move away from Del Pietro’s usual Italian menu and focus on American comfort food.
Fri., July 5: The owners of Salt restaurant officially announced the restaurant’s closing in a press release on Friday. The popular hot spot had a “live fast, die young” mentality, garnering about as many accolades as it experienced set backs. In just two years of service, Salt’s wild ride included a TODAY show appearance, a James Beard Foundation nomination, inclusion on most of the local “best of” lists, three different head chefs, a $50,000 tax lien, a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and, finally, a quick and quiet shuttering. The restaurant’s last day of service was Sat., June 29. RIP Salt, it was fun while it lasted!
Tune in or program your DVR to Cooking Channel on Sat., July 13 to watch Justin Haifley and Brant Bladanza of The Tavern Kitchen & Bar as they appear on America’s Best Bites. The team will make Ricotta Gnudi with Oxtail Ragout, Pigs Under a Blanket with Sofie Beer Cheese Sauce and Char Sui Pork Steak with Hawaiian-Style Fried Rice and Pineapple-Habanero Salsa.
Sidney Street Cafe and Share Our Strength will bring an all-star cast of Midwest chefs to the restaurant’s kitchen on Mon., July 15 to benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign. Chef Kevin Nashan will host the event with special guests Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat, Chicago), Jason Vincent (Nightwood, Chicago), Michael Paley (Metropole, Cincinnati) and St. Louis’ Gerard Craft (Pastaria, Niche, Brasserie by Niche and Taste), Kevin Willmann (Farmhaus) and Bob Zugmaier (Sidney Street Cafe). Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased here.
Sidney Street Cafe, 2000 Sidney Street, Benton Park, 314.771.5777, sidneystreetcafe.com
Congrats to Pappy’s Smokehouse, Bogart’s Smoke House and Roper’s Ribs for making USA Today’s list of America’s Tastiest Ribs. The article, written by Dan Myers of TheDailyMeal.com, polled food critics from around the country to find out who’s making the best ribs in the land. A few comments from the article include: “…Pappy’s makes the best ribs in a city that’s renowned for them.” “…Roper’s St. Louis and baby back ribs are meaty, smoky, and coated in a hearty sweet and spicy sauce that doesn’t overpower the meat.” And about Bogart’s, it reads, “The sides here are spectacular, but make sure not to fill up on them because their ribs are the main event. They’re sticky and caramelized due to a special treatment that they get after being removed from the grill: they’re hit with a blowtorch, a genius move if we ever saw one.” Click here to read the full article, and be sure to high-five the hard-working folks at these restaurants next time you visit for a job well done.
Restaurant owners Paul and Wendy Hamilton have announced plans to have solar energy panels installed near their historic Centennial Malt House building in Lafayette Square. Located at 2017 Chouteau Ave., houses Vin de Set restaurant, Moulin Events, PW Pizza and the Malt House Cellar event space. Designed and installed by Brightergy, a solar carport canopy will be located on the east portion of the parking lot and will provide cover for a long row of vehicles. Ameren UE will purchase excess power generated by the canopy. The 25-kilowatt photovoltaic system will be completed by September.
St. Louis-based William K. Busch Brewing Co. brought home a prestigious award in June from the North American Beer Awards (NABA) in Idaho Falls. Its Krӓftig Light was awarded a gold medal in the American-style light lager beer category, beating out second-place Michelob Ultra and third-place Budweiser Select.
As if Piccione Pastry‘s delicious selection of Italian pastries didn’t already have us on a constant sugar high, the shop has recently brought on Gusto Gourmet Creamery to add gelato to its offerings. The gelato counter is coming soon with an initial line-up of flavors that features salted caramel, chocolate, vanilla bean and strawberry sorbetto. Some other flavors in the works include caramelized banana, orange-toasted almond, tiramisu and “Sicilian cannoli,” a ricotta base with a cinnamon-pistachio-caramel swirl. In addition to selling by the cup or cone, the creative team at Piccione is looking forward to working the gelato into other drink and dessert ideas.
Piccione Pastry, 6197 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.932.1355, piccionepastry.com