Dining

Quick Bites: 2.12.20

on the menu | Mark Hinkle, owner of Olive + Oak, revealed details about his plans for the Webster Groves property he purchased in late 2018. Along with being the restaurant’s new home, the former auto body shop at 216 W. Lockwood Ave. will house two event spaces and a brand-new Perennial Artisan Ales pub, offering all of the company’s brews and original small-batch beers. And what about Olive + Oak’s old location just down the street? Hinkle plans to open an unnamed Italian restaurant under the direction of Mike Risk, the executive chef of the neighboring The Clover and the Bee. 

what’s new? 
Things are heating up for St. Louis hot sauce company Hot Charlie’s. It launched four new seasonings that are available in HomeGoods nationwide and at select local stores. … After creating unique pies inspired by Mission Taco Joint, Sugarfire Smokehouse and Red Hot Riplets, the 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Mama Lucia partnership has collaborated with another local fave. A Lion’s Choice frozen pizza features roast beef, swiss and provolone cheese, roasted green peppers and horseradish sauce on a French fry crust. Find it at local grocery stores. … Get your cold hands on some warm soup courtesy of Soupboi, a new, vegan delivery concept via DoorDash from the team behind Yellowbelly and Retreat Gastropub.  

a worthy successor 
After 25 years of operation, Trailhead Brewing Co. owner Bob Kirkwood is ready for retirement, and he’s selected Schlafly Beer to continue the legacy of his St. Charles brewery. Following renovations, Schlafly Bankside will feature the brewpub’s typical fare, along with an expanded number of beers on tap. An official launch date has yet to be announced. 

under new management
After shutting its doors this summer, mom-and-pop shop
World’s Fair Donuts (just down from the Missouri Botanical Garden) is back in business! Strange Donuts owner Jason Brockman bought the local landmark—open since 1974!—from owners Peggy and Terry Clanton when they had to close. But don’t expect his usual funky flavors. Brockman plans to leave the menu untouched.

opens & closes 
Hungry for some seoul food? Seoul Taco’s seventh St. Louis location is now open in The Grove. … Salt + Smoke is now also serving up barbecue to the CWE crowd at 392 N. Euclid Ave. … Right next to the new S + S, Levant closed.Co-owners Ahmad Hameed and Aboud Alhamid are turning it into the second iteration of their Loop mainstay, Ranoush.

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