A Week of Unexpected Challenges and Bright Ideas – STL Restaurant News

A Week of Unexpected Challenges and Bright Ideas – STL Restaurant News
A Week of Unexpected Challenges and Bright Ideas - STL Restaurant News

STL Restaurant News Weekly Recap April 9-15, 2017

St. Louis, MO/April 16, 2017 (STL.News) – The restaurant industry in a dynamic metropolitan area like St. Louis is a never-ending stream of openings and closings, creative innovations, collaborations, and special meals.  We work to keep our readers informed about the latest culinary happenings and noteworthy changes.  We cover the entire St. Louis metro area and write about everything—small mom and pop cafes, pop up events, fine dining establishments, and new food experiences.  We cover the latest trends in dining and drinking, artisanal food and beverage crafting, and new exciting places to grab a great meal.

The last week brought news of closings, unexpected challenges, and bright, new ideas.  Our weekly recap brings you the highlights of the biggest stories of the week, so you won’t miss all the excitement.  We want you to bring you the restaurant and food industry news that interests you most, so, if there’s something you want STLRestaurant.News to cover that we’re not already covering, let us know!  We’ll be happy to check it out.

Both STL Area Pie Five Pizza Cos. Now Closed

The Pie Five Pizza Co. in Richmond Heights has closed.  A hand-lettered sign on the door was the only announcement made.  It reads simply, “We are closed.”  This was the second Pie Five franchise opened in the St. Louis area by TF Pie Group.  The eight-member investment group, led by Jamey and Jill Tasker had signed a franchise agreement that called for 15 locations of Pie Five Pizza Cos. in the St. Louis area.  Their first location opened in May 2015 in Chesterfield at 17215 Chesterfield Airport Road.  The Richmond Heights store opened at 1778 Hanley Road last June.  Both locations are listed as closed by Google Maps and by members on Yelp.  It’s unclear if the local closings are related to the Texas-based chain’s troubles with investors in Chicago, Minnesota, and Indiana.

Another Potential Bidder Considering Panera Bid

After JAB Holdings appeared to cement a $7 billion deal to by St. Louis-based Panera Bread, the situation appears to have gotten more complicated.  It seems there may be a competing offer for the bakery-cafes.  The Brazil-based private equity firm 3G Capital, which is backed by Warren Buffet, is exploring its own interest in purchasing Panera Bread according to The New York Post.  The paper cited an unnamed “source close to the situation” in reporting 3G, which owns Burger King and Tim Hortons and just entered a purchase agreement with Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, has hired investment bank Lazard to study the possibility of a bid for Panera.  The current buyout deal with JAB carries a $215 million, or three-percent termination fee if Panera backs out to take a better offer.

Food Truck “Court” Coming to Tower Grove South

The food truck scene is St. Louis is already innovative and exciting, with scores of trucks offering a wide variety of excellent choices.  The only thing that could make it better would be getting to choose from several trucks all in the same place—that and maybe a few tables.
Steak Louie food truck chef-owner Paul Listenberger’s has a plan that will do just that.  He’s creating St. Louis’ first ever “food truck court.”  Like a food court at your favorite mall, it will offer food from a variety of vendors, all in one location.  Listenberger told the Riverfront Times that location will be the former Annie Moon’s Bakery at 4001 Utah Street in the Tower Grove South neighborhood.  The site has a cozy indoor dining space, a large sidewalk seating area out front, and room for four food trucks to park in the back.  Reports are that his initial co-conspirators include Farmtruk, Go Gyro Go, and Holy Crepe!

The Beautiful Meats at Salume Beddu

We told you about the Lindenwood Park shop that may make “the best salami in America,” according to Forbes Magazine.  Salume Beddu at 3467 Hampton Ave. is a salumeria.  They specialize in making artisan salumi—that is Italian style hand-crafted, salted and dry-cured meats like salami, guanciale, lardo, and prosciutto.  “Salume Beddu” is Sicilian for “beautiful meat,” and it’s fitting.  Owner Mark Sanfilippo balance of old school methodology with the highest quality heritage Midwestern pork lets him create “beautiful meats” that are truly special.  And lucky for us, Salume Beddu does lunch too, offering sandwiches made with their artisan salumi.

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

One of St. Louis’ favorite Italian restaurants is getting set for Easter Brunch.  Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar in Ballwin will offer diners a buffet spread with popular springtime dishes and fine Italian classics. Beside classic brunch dishes, like baked French toast and smoked ham, diners will find some Candicci favorites like Italian house salad, Grilled Chicken Picatta, Toasted Ravioli with marinara, and Pasta Con Broccoli.  Candicci’s Easter Sunday Buffet will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 2017.  Reservations are recommended since Candicci’s Easter Sunday Buffet is a seasonal favorite with St. Louis diners and it fills up quickly. If the weather is nice, patio seating may be available.

Element Restaurant and Lounge Doing Easter Brunch

A favorite destinations for contemporary comfort food, Element Restaurant and Lounge is doing something special for Easter this year.  The posh restaurant at 1419 is normally closed on Sundays and they don’t do brunch.  But this Sunday, April 16, they’re offering a seasonally-inspired Easter Brunch.  Executive Chef Tudor Seserman said it was exciting to create a menu adding Element’s creative twists to brunch classics. Selections include Challah French toast with bananas and nuts; Eggs Benedict with braised pork cheek and spinach; Cast Iron Smashed Burger with caramelized onion, avocado, fried egg, and home fries.  Easter Brunch will be 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and reservations are recommended.