This Week's Dish: Baileys’ Shift, Test Kitchen & Take Out Launching Downtown

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Dave Bailey’s Restaurants are taking over Downtown. The latest addition to the STL scene is finally opening its doors on April 5.

Photo courtesy of Rooster and the Hen

Photo courtesy of Rooster and the Hen

With popular restaurants from Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar, Baileys’ Range and Rooster under their group along with their catering service Fifth Wheel—Shift, Test Kitchen & Take-Out aims to bring a rotating selection of menu items in a carryout format that will serve as a trial run for potential items to bring to their other restaurants. Some lucky 3-14 visitors got a sneak peek two weeks ago with some free apple pie ice cream. The first round of dishes for the trial-run menus will focus on barbecue, offering new items every week that could ultimately end up in upcoming restaurants based on the feedback from you, the diner. Baileys’ next restuarant, a barbecue concept, will be opening in 2017. Shift is located in a space behind Rooster and will be open for takeout Monday-Friday from 11am-2pm. 313 N. 11th St., Downtown

Expect to see more from Baileys’ Restaurants this summer with the arrival of Slate, a special event space. Willow, Baileys’ first dedicated event space adjacent to its sister restaurant, Bridge, was announced last year and is in its final stages. Slate is also nearby at 1015 Locust. Both openings unexpectedly ended up with a same opening timeline, so start planning your weddings and special events as the space accommodates 50-250 guests.

Washington Avenue’s dining scene got a bit hotter last week with the opening of Downtown’s Sugarfire Smoke House. Located in a space next to the St. Louis Blues Museum (which opens on April 2), the spot will offer its popular barbecue favorites and sides from 11am to sell-out daily. 605 Washington Ave., Downtown

March 29: Eat pizza for a cause. Head to Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria tomorrow for this month’s Giveback Tuesday. By dining there anytime on Tuesday, the restaurant will be donating 100 percent of the earned proceeds to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this month’s sponsored charity. 9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.942.6555

April 7: Niche’s Nate Hereford is joining forces with Tara and Michael Gallina of Rooster and the Hen for the Modern Midwest Dinner Series. Held at Niche, the menu is being developed with local farmers to find the best ingredients available this spring. “It’s really full circle to be able to cook with them and bring our ideas together,” the Gallinas say. The first dinner in the series will be a five-course meal for $115 (plus $60 for wine pairings) and will be held April 7 at 6:30pm. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.773.7755

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