The folks who own the local Potbelly Sandwich Shop franchise have announced they'll be opening a second location at 12 S. Bemiston Ave. in Clayton in late October. The space previously housed the long-running The Fatted Calf, which closed earlier this year.
Lots going on at O'Fallon Brewing Company. They will soon be adding a new beer to the Brewer's Stash series, an Imperial India Pale Ale called 10-Day IPA. The big, bold, hoppy beer will be available from September through December at area grocery and liquor stores. Also, the brewery has introduced its popular O'Fallon Pumpkin beer in cans for the first time, just in time for tailgating season. Cheers!
Attention cocktail aficionados, the Paris Of The Plains cocktail fest is happening this weekend in Kansas City, Mo. The event, which began as the Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition in 2006, has expanded to include a multitude of competitions, seminars and tasting opportunities. One of the highlights of this year's event is the Midwest Melee, a team bartending competition that will feature some of St. Louis' best, including KYLE MATHIS of Taste, JAYNE PELLIGRINO of Blood and Sand, MATT OBERMARK of The Agrarian, and JUSTIN CARDWELL of BC's Kitchen. MATHIS and MANDI KOWALSKI of Sanctuaria Wild Tapas also will participate in the individual competition.
The St. Louis culinary scene continues to get recognition on a national level. Bon Appetit magazine recently released its list of 50 Best New Restaurants in America and the revamped Niche in Clayton and Elaia and Olio in Tower Grove made the cut at numbers 28 and 15, respectively. Congrats!
The Dam, the new burger destination from MICHELE RACANELLI, has opened at 3173 Morgan Ford Road, next to the Amsterdam Tavern. The restaurant serves up locally sourced, antibiotic and hormone-free meats whenever possible. The site also will be the HQ for Racanelli's event-planning and catering business, Michele C Catering & Events.
Chinese eatery Corner 17 is now open at 6623 Delmar Blvd. in the U-City Loop. The restaurant specializes in making its own noodles.
Congrats to the teams from Winslow's Home and Cielo at the Four Seasons Hotel for winning the Whole Foods Market Third Annual Grass-Fed Beef Burger Cookoff, held earlier this month.