Quick Bites: 5.8.19

hop to it
Urban Chestnut has brewed up something new— and alcohol-free! Infused with American hops, UCBC Sparkling Hop Water is sold at The Grove bierhall and is set to be released in stores. The brewery also partnered with Cinder House to create a house beer for the restaurant. The lager pays homage to the popular Brazilian beer Xingu, and will complement the menu of South American-inspired cuisine.

with a little help
After 10 years in the CWE, it looked like West End Grill and Pub had served its last round in January. Residents, however, weren’t ready to let go of the popular neighborhood spot. A group of locals joined with two of the original owners, Neill Costello and William Roth, to reopen the beloved restaurant last month.

it’s poppin’
Local hot sauce company Hot Charlie’s has partnered with Palo Foods of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, to create Hot White Cheddar Popcorn. Starting this month, the spicy snack will be available at Schnucks and Dierbergs.

Michael Gallina

culinary kudos
Major congratulations are due to Michael Gallina of Vicia, who was named a James Beard Foundation finalist for Best Chef: Midwest. … Piccione Pastry is turning 6! The bakery has been serving up Italian treats in The Loop since 2013, and to celebrate, it’s introducing new breakfast offerings, including items like calzones and cannoli inspired by popular cereals. … Another local favorite is celebrating six years: Russell’s on Macklind. The South City spot is offering a new dinner-only service during the week as well as weekend brunch.

opens & closes
Cafe Coeur is now open in Creve Coeur at 10477 Old Olive Street Road. The Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant is serving up options like nori spaghetti, matcha linguine and arancini onigiri. … If you’re craving a burger, head downtown, where Hi-Pointe Drive-In has opened a second location at 634 Washington Ave. In partnership with the St. Louis Gateway Arch Foundation, it’s also offering the Arch D-Lux burger, with $1 from every sale going to the nonprofit. … Taco Buddha is back! After closing temporarily, the globally inspired taco joint is open at 7405 Pershing Ave. in U. City. … After more than 25 years in business, Brazie’s Ristorante on Watson Road has closed its doors. The family-owned restaurant was known as one of the city’s hidden gems of Italian cuisine.