Fourth Brick & Mortar Will Bring Guerrilla Street Food to the East Loop
St. Louis, MO/November 13, 2017 (STL.News) – One of St. Louis’ favorite Asian restaurants is expanding again, adding a fourth location. Guerrilla Street Food has announced plans for a new restaurant at 6120 Delmar Blvd. They will take a space at the east end of The Loop (formerly The Pita Pit), next door to the Italian restaurant Tavolo V and directly across the street from the new Everly on the Loop development. This latest announcement comes amid a year of expansion for Guerrilla Street Food.
Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo started offering their spin on Filipino fusion cuisine with their Guerrilla Street Food truck in 2011. In 2015, they added a brick and mortar restaurant in the Tower Grove East neighborhood (3559 Arsenal Street, Saint Louis). That restaurant at South Grand and Arsenal was well received and by April 2017, it was the #7 on our customer review-based list of the Top 10 Best Asian Restaurants in St. Louis. Since then, Hardesty and Crespo have collaborated to open a kitchen inside 2nd Shift Brewing (1601 Sublette Ave.) on The Hill. A similar arrangement is planned for Tropical Liqueurs’ location in The Grove later this fall.
Hardesty and Crespo say they’re excited to become part of The Loop community. In a statement announcing their new Delmar restaurant, the pair said their goal with Guerrilla Street Food “has always been to offer approachable and affordable food for the masses.” The new location was chosen with that in mind. “Whether it’s with partners or stand-alone restaurants, we seek out locations that serve that goal.”
Each of the Guerrilla Street Food locations offer some of the food truck’s most popular fare, like the Flying Pig and Chicken Adobo. Each also offers something the others don’t, creating an identity and dining experience unique to that location. To that end, Hardesty and Crespo have tapped Heidi Hamamura as Executive Chef of the Delmar location. The daughter of esteemed St. Louis sushi chef Naomi Hamamura, Chef Heidi has a culinary background that spans the globe. For the last few months, she’s been working in the Guerrilla Street Food kitchen, honing her skills in Filipino cuisine. Hamamura says Guerrilla Street Food’s menu is a perfect fit for The Loop, and she can’t wait to put her spin on it. “I’m excited to roll out dishes that reflect the community,” she said.
The new Guerrilla Street Food restaurant on Delmar is expected to open this winter, possibly as early as December.