More buildings burn in Benton Park

A rash of arsons in a St. Louis neighborhood has residents on edge.
Saturday night, a vacant building on the 3300 block of Wisconsin ave in Benton Park caught fire. It's just one of almost two dozen residents say have gone up in flames over the past six months.
NewsChannel5 has been tracking the suspicious fires over the past several months.

Hommage to open in Benton Park

D.J. Huchzermeier, most recently the general manager of The Purple Martin, is opening a new restaurant, called Hommage, on the corner of Lemp Avenue and Lynch Street. The food at Hommage will be Alsatian, which features French cuisine with a German influence.
A taste of Alsace, France is coming to the corner of Lemp Avenue and Lynch Street later this year when Hommage opens its doors. Owner D.J. Huchzermeier – most recently the general manager of The Purple Martin – plans to open the eatery at 2800 Lemp Ave., in Benton Park as a tribute to the historical significance of St.

Plan Would Restore Antebellum Worker’s Cottage, Add Infill in Benton Park

An antebellum workers cottage in south St. Louis with possible ties to the Underground Railroad may finally have a new future. Planned is a one-story contemporary addition, as well as adjacent single-family and two-family homes. The proposal appears set to receive approval from the city’s Preservation Review Board next week.
The project, by Rubicon Corporation and designed by Curtiss Byrne, spans 3310-3320 Lemp, a total of five lots, all owned by the St. Louis Land Reutilization Authority (LRA). In April of this year, 3310 was set ablaze by an arsonist.

3011 Missouri, First of Five For Benton Park Infill Project Completed

The first of these historic-styled homes hits the market this month. While no one may applaud the non-brick sides and rear, or the carport (will another real garage ever be built in our fair city?!), the completed home is a great example of fitting a modern home behind a thoroughly historic facade.
There is a lot to appreciate about the 1890-1920 historic St. Louis home, especially if the detailed craftsmanship has been preserved.

Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant Kalbi Taco Shack opens on Cherokee Street

The style of Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine pioneered by Los Angeles chef Roy Choi and then introduced to St. Louis a few years ago by Seoul Taco has found a new home on Cherokee Street. Kalbi Taco Shack is now open at 2301 Cherokee, one block east of South Jefferson Avenue in Benton Park.
Kalbi Taco Shack offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, banh mi and rice bowls with the diner's choice of protein: kalbi (the traditional Korean dish of marinated beef short-rib meat that gives the restaurant its name), sweet-and-spicy chicken, spicy pork or tofu.

Jax Cafe has Closed

After 3 years, Jax Cafe (ownerd by Gina and David Seltzer) restaurant at 2901 Salena Street in Benton Park, has closed.
"After many angsts and hours of thought, we have decided to close Jax," the restaurant announced last week in a post on its Facebook page
 "We have made many friends and memories here and it is with a heavy heart we say goodbye. Thank you Benton Park and our wonderful friends and family for three years of fun.

PrideFest St. Louis underway downtown

The annual St. Louis PrideFest is underway downtown near Soldiers Memorial. This year’s event will be marked by sadness and beefed up security. It was less than two weeks ago 49 people were murdered at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Top cycling event returns to St. Louis

Four days of top professional cycling are on tap for this Labor Day, as the St. Louis' longest standing competitive cycling event is set to kick off once again.  

The TSG Realty Gateway Cup is the biggest and longest running professional and amature bike event in St. Louis.  The beauty of the event is its true mix of professional races, including top teams and riders from across the nation, and events for the everyman, in which riders of all ages can try their hand at little competetion. 

Yemanja Brasil Takes to the Streets: Launches Brazil Express

Yemanja Brasil Restaurante’s authentic Brazilian cuisine has gone mobile.

The Benton Park eatery debuted its new food truck, Brazil Express, about a month ago. The tropical-looking truck made its first major appearance at the Labor of Love Music Festival on Art Hill on July 28.

“It is a way to bring the taste of Brazil to the public and hopefully increase awareness of Yemanja Brasil Restaurant,” says owner Lemya Sidki.

The menu will feature a slew of ethnic eats such as empanadas, kabobs and traditional dishes like Feijoada de Ogum—black beans stewed with beef, sausage and pork ribs, served over rice—and Frango Rosé—chicken, mushrooms and corn in a rosa cream sauce over rice and topped with potato fries.

Table Debuts Weekly Chef's Tasting Menu

Carnival food doesn't exactly scream high-end. But at Table (1821 Cherokee Street, Benton Park, 314-449-1888), the chef's tasting menu manages to do just that. Last weekend, the reservation-only tasting menu, called The Table, debuted with a bevy of childhood carnival favorites, albeit with a twist.

Guests were greeted with snow cone cocktails. Other offerings included funnel cake, lavender rock candy, bourbon and bacon caramel corn, and cheese fries. "But really, really awesome cheese fries with pork belly," says Vires.

The Table was inspired by No Menu Mondays at Vires' other restaurant, the Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314-802-7676). The Table, available at Table on Friday and Saturday nights, does have a menu, but it's released the Wednesday before and changes each week. Vires says reservations are snapped up even before the fare is revealed.