This Week's Dish: Companion Baking's Headquarters Arrives, Bixby's Hires New Chef

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After much anticipation, Companion’s new baking headquarters and teaching facility is finally coming to life this week. Taking a little more than a year to get here, the $5 million facility covers 41,000 square feet of space that will include a 60-seat cafe area, open daily. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, chef Cassy Vires—former owner of Home Wine Kitchen—will be taking charge of Companion’s baking and teaching kitchen, and is expected to begin classes in mid-April. As previously announced, chef Josh Galliano is leading the bread production. 2331 Schuetz Road, Maryland Heights, 314.352.4770

Photo courtesy of Companion

Photo courtesy of Companion

Bixby’s in the Missouri History Museum has taken on William Volny as the new chef to its team. With local dining spots like The Libertine and Truffles under his belt, chef Volny had a desire to join a restaurant team had the same passion for utilizing locally sourced ingredients—since Bixby’s with a focus on dining with local influence. The restaurant’s seasonal menus feature local produce and products throughout the year. Experience the chef’s dishes prepared for the restaurant’s three-course Valentine’s Sweetheart Menu, available Feb. 8-13 from 11am–2pm. 5700 Lindell Blvd., History Museum, Forest Park, 314.361.7313

Chef Samantha Pretto of The Dark Room Wine Bar and Photo Gallery is upping her game with the Grand Center spot’s weekly features, small plates, desserts and charcuterie programs. Included in the changes is a weekly gnocchi concept which utilizes local produce when possible from Freshkie Farms owner Gregory Pusczek. 615 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center, 314.531.3416

Springfield-based PaPPo’s Pizzeria and Pub is now open in the space which formerly housed Six Row Brewing Co.—which was originally the Falstaff brewing plant. The menu features a variety of specialty pizzas, calzones, appetizers, sandwiches and more. According to Feast, the restaurant will not only keep the craft beer local, but will be able to brew house beers under the PaPPo’s Brew Co. label, as former Six Row brewmaster Evan Hiatt has been added to the PaPPo’s team and will brew for all three locations. 3690 Forest Park Ave., Midtown

Fort Taco now has three locations. The newest local fast food restaurant known for its Puffer tacos and Enchees (enchiladas) is now open in Florissant. 8471 N. Lindbergh, Florissant

Baiku Sushi is temporarily closed due to the reconstruction of the structure of the Hotel Ignacio. The Midtown sushi lounge plans to reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 16 as long as everything remains on schedule. 3407 Olive St., Midtown, 314.896.2500

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