This Week's Dish: The Hive Returning To Alton With Farm-To-Table Concept

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Chef-owner Gerard Craft of Niche, Pastaria, Brasserie by Niche and Taste has teamed up with leading regionalist landscape artist Bryan Haynes for a second collaborative piece of art for Niche in Clayton. The James Beard finalist—known for utilizing products provided by local farms and wineries to create inspired menus—says Haynes’ work “sets a good portion of the total environmental feel” he wants to create at Niche through the food, decor and service. The hope of Craft and Haynes on the mural currently hung at Niche, titled “Magnificent Missouri,” is to entice the locals to enjoy the beauty, charm and products of the countryside along the Missouri River. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.773.7755

Photo courtesy of Niche

Photo courtesy of Niche

March 3: HandleBar closed on Feb. 24 for some renovations and reopened last week with new head chef Chris DiMercurio in the kitchen. The Grove spot aims to take the space to new levels with a rebooted menu featuring the Russian-inspired cuisine the neighborhood hangout has grown to love. DiMercurio—who is most recently known for working at local hotspots like Old Standard Fried Chicken and the now-closed Home Wine Kitchen—has put his mark on HandleBar’s existing menu with his take on classic bar snacks and new, Russian-inspired offerings. 4127 Manchester Road, The Grove, 314.652.2212

March 5: 612 Kitchen & Cocktails launched a new menu last week at the request of customers. Kirkwood’s 1920s-inspired cocktail lounge now has an expansive entree selection for dinner with fresh options such as a veggie burger, mussels, London broil and the 612 Platter, which includes house smoked pulled pork or pulled chicken (or both) tossed in barbecue sauce and served with coleslaw. 612 Woodbine Ave., Kirkwood, 314.965.2003

Photo courtesy of The Hive

Photo courtesy of The Hive

April 4: At the end of last year, The Hive was left homeless and unexpectedly given 30 days to leave its building. The loss of the business has not stopped owners Rebecca and Lou Pattan from seeking to get their gourmet popcorn and confections up and running once again in from their home of Alton, Illinois. Not only will the Pattans be bringing their original business back, they will be expanding in a new location with the addition of an organic farm-to-table restaurant. The duo is currently working to renovate a space in Alton that will serve lunch and locally-sourced gelato as well as an old-fashioned soda fountain counter overlooking the popcorn kitchen. The new spot will also provide the area with a new private event space, including a re-finished porch and outdoor seating. There is a Kickstarter campaign that The Hive is running through March 29 to seek support in order to get back on track to opening their new venture this spring. 515 E. 3rd St., Alton, Ill., 618.363.6700

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