Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Say Rawr to Lorna's Cancer This Sunday at Hammerstone's

You may not think you know Lorna, but I bet you've come across her at some point during your Island adventures. I've always known Lorna to be friendly, awesome and far from ordinary. Lorna is a long-time bartender at Llywelyn's and lives in the neighborhood. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Like many of those in the food service industry, Lorna doesn't have health insurance. Aside from the devastating experience of having to undergo chemotherapy and other treatment, she will be doing it without that insurance net.

A campaign has been set up on GoFundMe to help with medical expenses and the like. In 25 days, it has raised $3,705 of its $10,000 goal from 43 people.

This Sunday a fundraiser will be held on the Hammerstone's patio from Noon to 8 pm. A $10 donation to the cause is being asked for by organizers. All money will go to Lorna's medical expenses. Live music will be going on throughout the event. Here is the music schedule

11:00-1:00 Brewbadours
1:30-2:30 Maggie Dailey 
3:00-5:00 Steve Reeb
5:30-8:00 Mr. Wells

A raffle as well as a Bra Decorating Contest and Fashion Show will also be held. You can find the details on the event's Facebook page

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sneak Peek at Pizzeoli

Pizzeoli will open in October 8th at the corner of 12th and Allen. The spot was most recently occupied by Arcelia's. Before that, it was home to Juniper Grill.

If you can remember Arcelia's, Pizzeoli will not be utilizing the main seating area of the space. Owner Scott Sandler plans to have 14 seats around tables set up as well as nine seats set around the bar. The main bar is the same as it had been in the space but without the clutter behind it. Pizzeoli will have six beer taps and a vintage Coca-Cola cooler behind the bar. From that cooler, Sandler will serve beverages such as Coker de Mexico and Fanta de Mexico, drinks sweetened with natural ingredients.

I got the opportunity to taste several pizzas during my visit there last week. The oven Sandler will using a Naples-style wood-fired oven for his pizza. This oven has a smaller mouth and a smaller dome than some of the other woo-fired ovens around. The oven can fully cook a pizza in about 60 seconds at around 800 degrees.

I'll admit Neapolitan pizza isn't my first choice when I go out. So, if you are looking for an in-depth and professional food review, I suggest you wait for Sauce, Feast, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch or the Riverfront Times to review it.

I really enjoyed the consistency of the crust Sandler uses. It folds well with the toppings, which is a plus. With a pinch of sea salt added to the crust right before it enters the oven, you get a good flavor from the crust. The Margherita pizza, the staple of any place of this nature, was excellent. The smoked mozzarella pie was really a treat. The cheese had a great consistency and tasted great. The perfect amount of smoked flavor. Sandler says he will be using local cheeses, but hasn't decided exactly yet on where he'll be getting it from.

Scott and I had a discussion a week or so prior to this about the lack of meat toppings on the menu. He told me he had a plan for that that I would probably be happy with. I was defiantly pleased when trying the finished product. The pizza on the menu is called The Soulard and will feature MATCH Italian sausage with a brushing of chili flakes.

A preliminary menu is available on the Pizzeoli website. 7 or 8 different pies will be available as well as a salad and a couple desserts. Pizzas will be 12 inches and cost between $9.95 for the Margherita and $13.95 for some of the more elaborate options. Hours are start out as Tuesday-Saturday from 5 pm - 9 pm. Lunch hours and Monday hours are possible in the future.

I look forward to being able to enjoy Pizzeoli Neapolitan pizza in mid-October in Soulard. Enjoy some pictures I took during my visit and take my word and try it when it opens. Be sure to follow Pizzeoli on Facebook.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hispanic Festival this Weekend at Soulard Market Park

For the second weekend in a row, Soulard Market Park will play host to a weekend event. This one, the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival, will be a bit larger than the Soulard Art Fair. The event will run from 10 am - 10 pm on both Friday and Saturday and on Sunday from 11 am - 9 pm.

The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival has been held in previous years downtown and is making its first appearance in Soulard.

Lots of fun events are planned like the Los Ninos Kids Corner, live Latino bands, Folkloric dancers and a Low Rider Car Show.

Admission to the event is free.You can check out the schedule of events here. The Car Show will be held Sunday at 2 pm. Also, follow the festivities on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Clementine's Closing after 36 years

Clementine's is closing after 36 years in business. iLoveSoulard first saw the news on Nextdoor. Sunday will be the last day of business. In April, the bar celebrated its 36th anniversary.

One of the oldest, if not the oldest gay bars in the Midwest, Clem's has been in business at the same location at 2001 Menard since the 1970s. It is routinely named one of the top gay bars in St. Louis.

An employee who answered the phone at Clementine's was not a happy camper, as expected. He did confirm that Sunday is the last day of business. Ownership is keeping them largely in the dark, other than, you know, telling them they are out of jobs as of Monday.

The only thing that was said to employees was that the bar was going in a different direction and would not be a gay bar any longer.

This post will be updated as more information is available.


Chris Andoe spoke lovingly of Clem's in The Vital Voice today. Steven L. Brawley, who founded the STL LGBT History Project, will be at Clem's Sunday in an effort to collect memorabilia from the bar to memorialize it.

Here's another post from #Boom magazine.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Soulard Art Fair September 20 & 21 in Market Park

The second edition of the Soulard Art Fair takes place this weekend in Soulard Market Park. The event will feature plenty of food, drinks, live music and of course, art. The hours are Saturday September 20 from 9a-7p and Sunday September 21 from 10a-5p.

Live music will start at 9a on Saturday and 11a on Sunday. Kid's Korner Arts will be going on throughout the festival and will allow children to create art of their own to take home. Facepainters and Caricature Artists will also be on hand throughout. A Strolling Mime and Strolling Stilt Walker will be making their way through the crowds on Sunday afternoon while a Strolling Magician and a Strolling Table will be on hand Saturday afternoon.

Food will be available from Joanie's Pizzeria, Nadine's Gin Joint and 1860's Hard Shell Cafe. Julia Market Cafe will have Bloody Mary's and margaritas for sale.

The event is free.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Golf Cart Show at Sonnys This Saturday

Sonnys Golf Cart Show in Soulard
Do you have a really bad ass golf cart? Why don't you put it to the test this Saturday at Sonny's.

Here are the details from the flyer:

Saturday, September 13th

will host our First Annual
“Soulard Golf Cart Show”

Bring your cart at noon to register with our staff.

The $20 registration fee goes directly to the
Soulard Business Association.

Each registrant will receive a free drink & shot!

The contest has 3 categories:

"Best Overall Cart"
"Best Stereo"
"Best Worst Cart"

Each category will receive a cash prize,
with a hood ornament for the overall winner!

So shine up your ride & bring it to Sonnys in Soulard.

Let’s see what you’re rollin' with, & bring all your dawgs!

Should be a great weekend in the neighborhood!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

So Long For Now, Doorman Dave

24 years ago Doorman Dave started at Carson's. A couple weeks ago, Dave worked his last shift at the door and moved that same weekend down to Texas. If you've ever been to Carson's you know who this man is. You probably showed him your id at the door then saw him singing an old country song from the back of the room later in the evening. For years, Dave's wife Mary was just as much of a fixture inside as Dave was outside. Mary passed away last year. Dave was enrolled in school before Mary died and recently finished his degree. He's going down to Texas to use that degree in some fancy Big Boy job.

Thanks for the memories, Dave. We'll miss you and hope to see you again soon.