This Week's Dish: WildSmoke House Transitions to Full-Service Dinner, Chef Bob Brazell Parts Ways With Athlete Eats
Fast-casual smokehouse WildSmoke House introduced a new full bar, happy hour and full-service dinner to its Creve Coeur restaurant, which opened in late January of this year. Happy hour runs from 2-6pm Monday through Friday, and the full table dinner service begins at 4pm every day. “We’ve always liked the idea of a neighborhood watering hole, but we didn’t know if or when we could incorporate it into WildSmoke,” owners Andy and Dee Dee Kohn—also of Edgewild Winery—said in a release.
“The customer requests for a full bar—something easy, intimate, authentic and low-key, a neighborhood spot to enjoy a drink and fresh bar food after work—matched our own interests so we decided to move forward with the addition.” The new full bar includes nine Edgewild wines as well as six brands of bottled beer and nine draught beers, including locals Schlafly, 4 Hands, Civil Life and Urban Chestnut. The happy hour menu offers door knob onion rings, pig candy, soft pretzels and WildSmoke’s award-winning smoked chicken wings, while new additions to the dinner menu include fresh salads, Angus burgers, pork steaks and glazed ribs. 12316 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.548.2222
Athlete Eats chef Bob Brazell, also formerly of Monarch, has parted ways with the prepared foods service. Cardinals nutritionist Simon Lusky and his wife Angelica opened Athlete Eats in January, and brought their friend Brazell on to create locally sourced, low-carb, high-energy meals as executive chef. 2837 Cherokee St., Benton Park/Soulard, 314.932.5566
Tower Grove burger joint The Dam is celebrating their first year in business with an anniversary party on Aug. 15 at 4pm. They’ll have a happy hour with slider specials from 4pm-7pm, live music from 6pm-9pm and beer specials from next-door neighbor Amsterdam Tavern until 9pm. 3173 Morgan Ford Rd., Tower Grove, 314.771.3173
Feast magazine reports that Sidney Street Cafe‘s chef de cuisine, Chris Bolyard, has been tapped as the St. Louis butcher at Knife & Pork, a Kansas City craft butchery event. Bolyard is working to open butcher shop Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions with his wife, and he’ll represent St. Louis at the event featuring top culinary talents from across the Midwest.
Sauce magazine reports that KT Ayers is launching a new menu at The Purple Martin, where she recently became executive chef. The restaurant opened this spring and features food inspired by northern and southern Mediterranean flavors. New dishes will include Mischa Fish Stew (Moroccan-inspired curry with three types of onions, carrots, tuna, white fish, lemon and orange served over Israeli couscous) and Hindia’s Plate (roasted potatoes tossed in berberé paste, braised green lentils, gomen and a fresh tomato salad topped with a chopped hard-boiled egg). 2800 Shenandoah Ave., Soulard/Benton Park, 314.898.0011