Friday, July 25, 2014

Neapolitan Pizzeria PIZZEOLI coming to Soulard

PIZZEOLI, a Neapolitan Pizzeria, will be taking over the space on 12th and Allen previously occupied by Arcelia's and before that Juniper Grill.

Scott Sandler posted the following on the Soulard Saint Louis Facebook page today next to the picture of 1928 S. 12th.

Dear Soulard Community, I would like to announce that yesterday we signed a lease to open a Neapolitan Pizzeria in the old Arcelias/Juniper space. It will be called PIZZEOLI (Means "the pizza makers" in Italian, pronounced Pitzeeolee) (our own twist on the spelling). We will feature Neapolitan Pizzas with the highest quality ingredients, a fine selection of craft sodas, local beers and Italian wines. As much as possible will be locally sourced. We will be cruelty free but feature an amazing vegan sausage and fresh farm produce on our pizzas. We also be vegan friendly. Hand made dough of course and eventually hand made mozzarella and gelato. Pizza will be cooked in a 800-1000 degree wood fired oven.(no gas assist). First and foremost this will be a neighborhood place with community involvement. The offering will add a new style of pizza to the neighborhood taking nothing away from the excellent existing pizzerias. Stay tuned for a Facebook page, website, Twitter, Instagram and all that social media stuff with updates on our progress. We are honored to be joining the community. A lot of work to do!!! Here is a pic of the space


Scott doesn't want to give a projected opening date for PIZZEOLI as it is very early on in this project. Scott's background is in commercial real estate, where he has spent the last 15 years. He's been a self-described "general pizza enthusiast" for about the last 10 years. He's turned into a pretty serious home baker and pizza maker in that time. He says he's "pretty much perfected" his dough and "pizza-at-home" skills and is ready to move on to the next level.

Sandler will be traveling to California to take some formal training classes through Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. He will then move into apprenticing with a "very well-known Neapolitan pizza maker" for two months. In between that, Scott and his crew will be getting the space ready.

When asked how he decided on the space in Soulard, Sandler says the Soulard space really decided on him. He knew he wanted to be in a neighborhood within the city limits like Soulard, Lafayette Square, Dogtown, Central West End or the like, but he wasn't exactly sure where at first. His business plan called for taking over a space already built out for a restaurant and 1928 S. 12th fit that just right.

PIZZEOLI will just be taking over the 1928 part of the building at first. After settling in, the business will then look to take over the 1926 part as well.

Sandler seeks to address a "real gap and a hunger in the market" with PIZZEOLI that he sees within the city limits.   He pledged to keep iLoveSoulard updated throughout the project, including with things such as a website and social sites.

iLoveSoulard looks forward to this great addition to the neighborhood and hopes this early "press" reserves a spot on the "Official Taste-Tester" list.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Puppies Unleashed

In case you missed it, there's been a debate going on recently in the Soulard neighborhood about dogs on leashes. It followed the recent announcement by Alderwoman Phyllis Young that the city's Leash Law will be enforced. This announcement came as a result of multiple complaints by neighbors of "dogs running off leash on public streets and within the City parks".

The debate as been quite animated on the neighborhood community website Next Door. Like all good debates, this one has two sides; those that support the law and those that want to see the dogs run free. The loudest of "Doggie Freedom" crowd appears to be members of a group of neighbors who had been gathering at Pontiac Square Park just south of Russell. They have been gathering to socialize after work and allow their dogs to run free. 

Pontiac Square Park is a public space and thus is covered under St. Louis City Ordinance 10.04.220, which reads as follows:

"No owner/guardian of any dog shall permit such dog to be found at large on the streets of the City or in any public place or on another person's private property, unless such dog is on a leash, not longer than six (6) feet in length and held by or under control of a responsible person so as to effectively prevent it from biting any person or animal. All dogs are prohibited from running or being at large unless under restraint as described above"

There are many laws and ordinances out there that I don't necessarily agree with. This is one that I think that it sucks that it has to exist, but it's needed. This ordinance is in place both to protect the humans of St. Louis and the furry residents.

Several of the dog owners letting their dogs go unleashed in Pontiac and voicing their opinions are stating that the owners congregating there are responsible dog owners and no one is being harmed by their actions. The dog owners who brought their dogs to Wentzville's Quail Ridge Park probably thought the same thing. Buddy's owner probably thought that too.  That is, until Buddy was attacked and killed by another dog in the park earlier this year.Nick Andres, Buddy's owner, had this to say while talking about how he wouldn't be going back to the unregulated dog park.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

David Dee & The Hot Tracks This Saturday at Soulard Market Park

Blues band David Dee & The Hot Tracks will be playing Soulard Market Park this Saturday, July 12, from 6-9p. It's part of the Soulard Concert Series presented by the Soulard Business Association with support from many neighborhood individuals, businesses and groups.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, drinks, food, and friends. Everyone is welcome. I can say from experience it is always a great time.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Soulard on St. Louis Tinder

You may have seen this article recently about a new campaign promoting St. Louis that is currently going on in Chicago.

If go to WeekendQuickie.com, you see a what looks like a Tinder of St. Louis attractions with some innuendo.

I scrolled through and found the Soulard entry. Spoiler: It's lame. Have no fear, though. Look below the lame one for some slightly cooler ideas.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Two Soulard Dudes Get Married

Photo from Rue de la Vie by Alecia Hoyt Photography

If you paid attention to local news at all today you likely saw that four same-sex couples got married on Wednesday just before office-closing time. This flies in the face of Missouri law that states marriage is between a man and a woman. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed some sort of legal thing.

Why is this post here? Because two Soulard residents who do a ton for the neighborhood, Richard Eaton and John Durnell, a couple of 39 years, were married. (UPDATE) Here's more on the couple from the Riverfront Times.

Rue de La Vie, video company located in Soulard and run by Islanders, was there to capture the moment.

Friday, June 20, 2014

2014 Soulard Garden Tour This Saturday

Like gardens and Soulard? This is a tour for you. It's self-guided so grab some friends and some beverages and make a day of this.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

2014 Soulard Concert Series

The 2014 Soulard Concert Series in Market Park begins tonight. The concerts, run on one Saturday per month, take place between 6 pm and 9 pm. 

The dates and bands are as follows

June 14 - Patti & the Hitmen
July 12 - David Dee and the Hot Tracks Band
August 9 - Roland Johnson
September 6 - Soulard Blues Band

Bring your own chairs, blankets, etc. Also bring your own drinks and treats.