This Week's Dish: Crowdfunded Ramen Shop in the Works for South City

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

The ramen noodle scene is starting to heat up in St. Louis. With a couple restaurants already in the works from STL chefs such as Qui Tran of Mai Lee, Adam Hogan has joined the ranks and begun to attract a wide social media following with his announcement of a “future crowdfunded ramen shop in South City.” While a Kickstarter has not yet been launched, the hype is already pretty high and a recent post mentioned an estimated opening of Spring 2016 if the campaign goal is met. As reported by Feast, Hogan’s inspiration began about a decade ago after he first experienced authentic Japanese ramen in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles.

Photo courtesy of Three Flags Tavern

Photo courtesy of Three Flags Tavern

Starting today, Three Flags Tavern will end its lunch service to customers. Due to the closing of the Kingshighway bridge, owner John O’Brien says the restaurant has taken a significant drop in the number of lunch guests. The French- and Spanish-inspired American tavern’s dinner service will expand to Sunday nights and  Saturday and Sunday brunch will continue. The dining spot is also teaming up with Tavolo Vignette for “Summer Evening in Italy,” a four-course dinner planned for this Wednesday, Aug. 19. 4940 Southwest Ave., Southwest Garden, 314.669.9222

Onesto Pizza and Trattoria is now under new ownership. As of Aug. 1, Neill Costello, Henry Arciniega, William Roth and Benet Schaeffer—also owners of West End Grill and Pub—have taken the reins of the business from previous owner Craig Stenson. The popular, locally-focused, authentic Italian pizzeria will not go through any major changes, just some minor repairs, painting and patio improvements, which will happen around normal business hours. 5401 Finkman St., Princeton Heights, 314.802.8883

Elaia’s chef de cuisine, Josh Charles, will be leaving Ben Poremba’s Botanical Heights restaurant and parent group Bengelina after three years. According to Sauce, Charles is no longer in the lineup for Poremba’s newest Italian eatery arriving this November, Parigi, but is looking for further opportunities in the St. Louis area.

Aug. 19:  The grand opening of the Rock Hill location for Lucky’s Market will be held this Wednesday. The independent grocery store is known for its wide variety of organic, all-natural and gluten-free products. The spot will also boast a lot of local love with produce rolling in regularly from nearby farms and STL companies like Dogtown Pizza, Kind Soap Company and more stocking the shelves. 9550 Manchester Road, 314.942.8193

Aug. 21: Head to the Public Media Commons this Friday as Nine Network and Feast Magazine team up for Feast TV Taste & See. The event will run from 7-10pm and feature bites from the 2015 Feast 50 winners including: Strange Donuts, Mission Taco Joint, Pappy’s, Chaumette Winery and many more. Tickets are $17 and need to be purchased in advance here. 3653 Olive St., Grand Center

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