Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Brewery Lights 2015 Opens November 19

The annual Brewery Lights celebration at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery kicks of tomorrow night, November 19. MLB Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals great Ozzie Smith will be on for the ceremonial "flipping of the swtich".

Brewery Lights will run from November 19 to January 3 at the historic Brewery in south Soulard.

For more on the holiday celebration, check out this post from RealLifeSTL.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Spend Back To The Future Day at iTap

You live under a rock if you didn't know that today is the day that Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. In honor of Back to the Future day, International Tap House is showing Back to the Future Part II on their patio tonight. The movie will start at 8pm and their will be specials on canned beers from Tallgrass Brewing Company.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Purina Pet Adoption Event Saturday October 17

Wondering what that big tent is for in Soulard Market Park? I was too so, I found out what's going on.

Tomorrow (Saturday Oct. 17) from 10 am - 4 pm Purina will be hosting an event with several local animal shelters inside that very tent. The Purina Better Together Adoption Event will be the company's first adoption event where they will be "introducing cats and dogs to their potential new families".

The website notes that adoption fees and polices will be set by the individual adoption groups and pets will only be adopted to qualified homes. There will be a designated stroller parking area on the event grounds, but strollers will not be allowed inside the tents.

Among the groups participating will be Gateway Pet Guardians, Open Door Animal Santuary, the Humane Society of Missouri, Tenth Life and more.

Check out the Next Door event posting.

The Facebook event posting.

Or the Purina event posting on their website.

Be sure to RSVP to Purina's Better Together Adoption Event.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Now Open: Twisted RAnCH

It was way back in March that George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine first informed us that we were getting a ranch-themed restaurant here in Soulard. The seemingly crazy, ridiculous asinine idea quickly gained traction with foodies around the country. Eater did a story on the project. Deadspin's Foodspin wrote a piece that painted an idea that every dish would have ranch dressing poured over it and ended with "Don't Go To Missouri". I'll admit that I thought the concept was crazy and at times didn't think the team would be able to work.

When news broke that Twisted RAnCh's chef quit during the soft opening. When that chef said the owners "didn't know what they were doing". Each day when I walked out of my house and saw the building still dark, I thought that this crazy-ass idea was never going to work.

I am very happy to say I was wrong. Twisted RAnCH is a very pleasant surprise and a great addition to the Soulard neighbiorhood. While some of the challenges that owners Jim Hayden and Chad Allen have forced them to scale back a traditional full opening, we can all be thankful that food is coming out of the kitchen at the corner of 8th and Soulard and drinks are flowing from the bar.

Twisted RAnCH is open daily from 11am - 3pm for lunch and from 3pm-6pm for Twisted Happy Hour Tuesday to Saturday.

Twisted RAnCH's menu has been scaled back a bit from their previous plans, but still features some stellar treats.

On my first visit, I had the Ranched St. Louis Gerber. While this is supposed to be a St. Louis thing, I had never had it before. I like meat and cheese so I was very happy with a pile of ham topped with melted provel cheese.

On my second visit I decide to go with the Garlic Ranch Burger. It was delicious. A good-sized burger that was cooked well and served on an enjoyable bun. Both sandwiches were served with a very sizable amount of french fries The fries are seasoned well and come out just the right amount of crispy. I'm not all that much of a fry person put my neighbors rave about these.

Other sandwiches I have heard great things about are the Rotisserie Chicken Salad served on a croissant, the Ranched Meatball Sub the Grilled Cheese and the Turkey Bacon Ranch. As far as entrees go, I've only tried the Fried Mozzarella Sticks and they were awesome. It's nearly impossible to find handmade mozzarella sticks around this town, but these apparently are. The cheese is covered in Ranch-seasons panko bread crumbs before being deep-fried. They are then served with the Pesto Ranch for dipping and garnished with some crispy prosciutto on the side.

While originally just being open for lunch, Twisted started being open for happy hour this month. The Twisted Happy Hour from 3pm -6pm Tuesday to Saturday and features a scaled-down snack and drink menu. I went with toasted raviolis and a Brisket Slider. Although the t-ravs aren't made in-house like they had originally planned, I was pleasantly surprised with the dish.I believe six came on the plate with a side of Ranch Marinara for $4. The t-ravs were your standard restaurant ones and a little over-cooked but for the price I was definitely happy. I was very impressed with the $4 Brisket Slider. The generous portion of meat was well-cooked, the sauce was good and it was topped with an onion ring that paired perfectly. A larger brisket sandwich is a fairly recent addition to the lunch menu and also comes topped with onion rings.

Twisted RAnCH features an extensive list of signature cocktails with names like the Twisted Mule, the 8th & Soulard and more. While I haven't sampled these myself, I have heard great things.

The list of ranch sauces at Twisted RAnch seems endless. At last count, I believe it's 14, but it may now be 15 with the addition of JalapeƱo Popper. The sauce offerings range from Buffalo to Roasted Garlic to BBQ to Cheesy Bacon to Sunny in Fetadelphia.

Go check out Twisted RAnCH for yourself and let me know what you think.

Look for dinner hours to be added in the next few weeks.

Check Twisted Ranch out on Facebook.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Trops Now Open In Soulard

Way back in October of 2014 iLoveSoulard, with the help of an attentive neighbor, broke the story that Tropical Liquers was coming to Soulard. In March, we followed it up with an interview with "Soulard Trops"part-owner Billy Thompson.

We're happy to report that the Soulard location of Tropical Liquers at 1800 S 10th is now open and thriving. Whereas the original Columbia, Missouri locations and the Springfield, MO location are owned by the same family that opened the first Trops in 1985, the Soulard outpost is the company's first franchise. The arrangement is new to both the Thompsons and Trops and thus can be pointed to as the reason for the delay in opening.

The first few weeks of the franchise being open were quite surprising, as many neighbors can attest to. The large crowds overwhelmed the staff and even forced the business to close its doors for an entire Sunday when they simply ran out of product. A few issues arose, but Billy, his sister Connie and the rest of the staff were quick to address those to the delight of the neighborhood.

The former Gladstone's building has undergone quite the renovation and looks stellar. The Thompsons completely renovated the first and second floors of the building as well as the patio area. The business also utilizes space on the side of the building as a patio extension with picnic tables for patrons. The upstairs area is a beautiful space that will be perfect for watching some college football this fall.

The offerings are generally the same as those offered in the other Tropical Liqueurs locations, with a few exceptions. The beer list is a little different to reflect some of the different brews available and the flavors available of the signature drinks includes an extra flavor. Voo Doo Brew features Banana Liquor, Vodka, Sloe Gin, Banana Puree & Lemonade. It's pretty delicious. I found in my experience that if you want to double-fist, this flavor goes great with  the Toasted Almond surprisingly.

The Soulard location is open 7 days a week with Happy Hour from 3p-6p every day but Sunday. During Happy Hour on Monday, all of the delicious frozen treats are $1 off while Tuesday-Saturday it's a specific flavor each day. Beer is also $1 off during Happy Hour.

A refillable tumbler is available for purchase at the bar. The 24 oz. beverage holder is sold filled for $18. Refills are then charged at the 20 oz price, saving you money each time you make a purchase.

I'm excited to have these folks as neighbors and look forward to frequenting their establishment.

Check below for a slideshow of other pictures I took during a recent visit to Tropical Liquers in Soulard.

Follow Tropical Liqueurs - St. Louis on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Take A Tour Of Vacant Building At 9th and Lami

Real Estate Investment Company JDS Properties recently uploaded a video tour of the vacant building at the corner of 9th and Lami. I believe the address is 2330 S. 9th Street. The entry I found on Zillow says the building is 3,520 square feet and is currently "off market". The "zestimate" on the building is $290,643.

The company is run by John Skaggs and advertises that they have "rehabbed and/or sold over 300 real estate investment properties" in St. Louis since being formed in October 2003.

The narrator takes viewers on a tour of the property while pointing out what would be needed to rehab the building. He estimates the cost of the rehab would be about $200,000. It looks like someone did at least some basic framing work in anticipation of a rehab.

The building features three floors, but the stairs inside leading from the first to second floors have gone missing. The second floor can be accessed from the stairs in the backyard while the third floor can then be accessed from inside. Many of the windows have been replaced on the third floor to go along with plumbing and framing work.

Anyone interested in more information from JDS can reach them at 901-212-7246. John D. Skaggs Properties has several other videos of rehabs in Soulard as well as surrounding neighborhoods.

If anyone has any other information on the history of the building, I would love to hear it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Synek Launch Party In Soulard Thursday Night

The Synek Draft System is a locally developed table-top beer delivery system officially launching tomorrow night with a party in Soulard. This bronze addition to your counter allows you to enjoy virtually any beer fresh from the tap. The Synek website touts that Synek owners will have access to 17,000 beer brands from 1,200 different breweries

Here's a video explaining how Synek works.

The Synek Draft System will officially make its debut outside 1860s tomorrow night at 5pm. Purchasing a $15 ticket to the event gets you unlimited beer from 10 or more St. Louis breweries, live music from Miss Jubilee and a commemorative cup.

The founder of Synek, Steve Young, and his team are embarking on a 35-city tour to officially launch the product. Dubbed the Great Amercan Expedition, the tour starts with the event tomorrow night in Soulard and wraps up on September 23 in Denver.Below is the bus the company will be using on the tour.

You can order the $299 system from the company website or you might be able to pick them up at the launch event.

Check out more about the Synek Draft System at Synek.Beer. Also, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.