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Local businesses adjust to the new reality: Updated list

NA few weeks ago I was all set to publicize information about 7 CWE restaurants, pictured below, that are on STL Today’s Restaurant Critic Ian Froeb’s STL 100 list. Vicia in Cortex Innovation District is #1. The newly opened Salt & Smoke at 392 N. Euclid made the list too, though it opened after the paper’s October 19, 2019 cutoff and was included because of the other Salt & Smoke locations.

Since then however, the world as we knew it has turned upside down. Because of the Covid-19 virus, the neighborhood’s restaurants and bars have closed or will close by Thursday night, while some are now offering curbside service or delivery only.

We should be very concerned about the health of residents of our CWE community and also the health of our neighborhood businesses, which we hope can survive this unprecedented crisis. These businesses can use your support now and in the weeks to come.

CWEScene.com has published a list of businesses within the CWE North Community Business District that are closed or changing how they operate, see below.

The Vino Gallery,  4701 McPherson, is not mentioned below, but propreitor Alex Head advised that they are open for carry out or delivery on larger orders.  Following the CWEScene’s list are other CWE businesses that aren’t in the district but are local favorites as well.

COVID-19 CWE Business Updates

Many CWE businesses are operating differently during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. In an abundance of caution and in the interest of public health, some businesses are closing temporarily, reducing their hours, or changing how they operate. We will constantly be updating this list, so check back often.

The following CWE businesses are temporarily closed:

  • Bluemercury
  • The Candle Fusion Studio (If you have previously created candles that are ready to pick-up, you may do so this week: Wednesday-Friday from 12-3 p.m. at both studio locations, Central West End and Historic St. Charles.)
  • Club Viva
  • The Cup
  • Duane Reed Gallery
  • East • West (Although the store is temporarily closed, you can still shop for items on their website. Also, feel free to send them a direct message on Instagram with any delivery/pick-up requests.)
  • Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House
  • Gamlin Whiskey House
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (check the website as it looks like they may deliver)
  • Kendra Scott
  • Kingside Diner
  • Lemon Salon
  • lululemon
  • Mission Taco Joint (They are offering pick-up, curbside delivery, and delivery from their Delmar Loop and Soulard locations for the time being.)
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Philip Slein Gallery
  • PLNK
  • Provisions St. Louis
  • Pure Barre St. Louis
  • Starbucks as of Friday evening 3/20
  • Q Boutique
  • Saint Louis Chess Club
  • Steel Wheels
  • St. Louis Public Library — Schlafly Branch
  • Sub Zero Vodka Bar
  • The World Chess Hall of Fame
  • Yellowbelly

The following CWE businesses have reduced their hours or operations:

  • Houska Gallery: By Appointment Only
  • Paul Mitchell The School St. Louis: They have suspended guest services in their Clinic Classroom, in addition to campus tours, until April 6 (subject to change). Requests for appointments will resume on April 1.
  • projects+gallery: By Appointment Only

All restaurants in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County must temporarily suspend dine-in service until further notice beginning at midnight on Thursday, March 19. Here are the CWE business offering carryout, curbside pick-up, and/or delivery:

  • Bar Italia: 13 Maryland Plaza, 314-361-7010; carryout
  • Cocina Latina: 508 N Euclid, 314-696-2294; curbside pick-up and delivery at no charge
  • Dressel’s Public House: 419 N Euclid, 314-361-1060; carryout and curbside pick-up (Stay tuned for their carryout menu)
  • Drunken Fish: 1 Maryland Plaza, 314-367-4222; carryout, curbside pick-up, and delivery
  • El Burro Loco: 313 N Euclid, 314-224-5371; curbside pick-up and delivery
  • The Eye Bar: 401 N Euclid, 314-367-1848; curbside pick-up and drop-off
  • Insomnia Cookies: 226 N Euclid, 314-207-4144; delivery
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: 389 N Euclid, 314-367-1700; delivery
  • Left Bank Books: 399 N Euclid, 314-367-6731; FREE SHIPPING on all book orders online and by phone, from now until further notice. Free curbside pick-up or $6 local delivery. They will also be livestreaming some of their events on Facebook.
  • MaryAnn’s Tea Room: 4732 McPherson, 314-361-5303; carryout and curbside pick-up
  • Pi Pizzeria: 400 N Euclid, 314-367-4300; carryout, curbside pick-up, and delivery. Trying to feed the kids? Buy a carryout large pizza and get a small thin crust cheese or pepperoni pizza for $3.14. (If you order online, your bill will be adjusted at pick-up). Additionally, when you purchase any large pizza get any bottle of their house wine for just $10. This offer CAN be combined with the $3.14 small cheese or pepperoni pizza.
  • Salt + Smoke: 392 N Euclid, 314-727-0200; curbside pick-up and delivery
  • The Silver Lady: 4736 McPherson, 314-367-7587; Shop new items on their website and enjoy FREE shipping or take advantage of their curbside pick-up.
  • CLOSED: Starbucks: 4656 Maryland, 314-367-1577; carryout
  • Straub’s: Get items delivered straight to your door in under two hours. Click here to start shopping.
  • Taste of Lebanon: 331 N Euclid, 314-875-0657; carryout and delivery
  • Thai202: 235 N Euclid, 314-367-2002; delivery
  • CLOSED: Yellowbelly: 4659 Lindell, 314-925-8888.

Looking for other ways to support small businesses? Purchase a gift card that can be used at a later time!

Additional restaurants, businesses and grocery stores beyond the CWE North CID boundaries:
  • 2 Schae Cafe, Pershing & Union will deliver breakfast & lunch, 314.361.5333
  • West End Bistro, 5513 Pershing, open for takeout lunch & dinner, local delivery, 314.354.8436.
  • Vicia in Cortex Innovation Community is offering family style meals for 2 to 4 persons (curbside or stop in to pick up).
  • West End Grill & Pub, 354 N. Boyle, will close for table service Thursday night, but will remain open for curbside delivery starting today from 4 to 9 p.m. Click link for menu.
  • Brasserie and Taste are closed.
  • NEW INFO: Bowood Farms, 4601 Olive, and Holliday, 4600 Olive, is open for curbside delivery starting March 24. Cafe Osage is closed.
  • St. Louis Art Supply and Cornflower Cafe are temporarily closed. HOWEVER, order online, as I did yesterday, and proprietor Carson Monetti will mail it out, or purchase a gift certificate for a friend.
  • Fields Foods, 625 N. Euclid, is not set up to deliver groceries but can deliver wine, beer and liquor, minibardelivery.com (put in zip code).
  • Whole Foods, Euclid and West Pine, offers delivery to Prime members but website now says that service may not be available at the present time. Check website for update.
  • Aldi, Kingshighway and Delmar, uses Instacart for delivery.

 

Meet Chris Goodson, founder of Fields Foods

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Joe O'Toole Fields Foods Chris Goodson

Few would argue with CWEnder Chris Goodson (photographed with CWEnder Gwen Sims) who describes himself as a risk taker. Opening a 9,000 s.f. grocery store at the corner of Delmar and Euclid was risky business, but the decision was not out of the ordinary for Goodson, the founder of Fields Foods. Two other stores (and soon to be a third) are in neighborhoods Goodson describes as having few if any options to purchase fresh foods.  Though Aldi is at the corner of Kingshighway and Delmar, Goodson said, “We are not in competition with nearby grocers, we are filling a need.”

“Don’t get me wrong,” Goodson continued, “I want to make a profit, but I also want to help bridge the divide and drag the excitement from the CWE’s central corridor across Delmar to Fountain Park and beyond. This corner is the definition of diverse and we want to be part of that.”

Fields Foods is also committed to hiring employees from the neighborhood who can walk or take the bus to work.

During our meeting in the store’s dining area, Goodson added that Cullinan Properties, who renovated 625 N. Euclid (Fields Foods is on the ground floor) were fabulous to work with. The renovation of what is now called Lofts@Euclid into 87 apartment units was top-notch and now includes a tenant-only entry to the grocery store, touting the tongue-in-cheek (I hope) possibility of picking up a latté and hot breakfast sandwich or rotisserie chicken dressed in your pajamas. Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Joe O'Toole Fields Foods Chris Goodson

Getting into the grocery store business was not on Goodson’s radar when he, his wife, and 4 daughters lived in Lafayette Square years ago (they have since moved to the CWE). He got into development fixing up abandoned churches and converting them into condos, and then tackled the renovation of the former City Hospital which was slated for demolition. The main hospital building was converted into 104 condominiums, an event space, a rock climbing gym and a facility for a catering company.

Goodson soon realized that the surrounding area, which includes the Darst Webbe housing project, lacked basic amenities such as a grocery store, and this might be a deterrent to the success of his project.

“Black, white, rich, or poor, everyone wants the same things. A roof over your head, food in your belly, and a feeling of safety,” Goodson said. Fields Foods, his 38,000 s.f. foray into the grocery store business in Lafayette Square, which opened in 2014, brought an amenity to an area that was blighted, and spawned the expansion of the business into other neighborhoods. A second Fields Foods opened earlier this year in Downtown West, followed by the recent opening of the CWE store, and very soon a 4th Fields Foods will open on the site of a former lumber yard in Dogtown.

Over the years Goodson has given back to St. Louis in other ways as well. In 2005 he was appointed to the Board of Police Commioners by Governor Matt Blunt, and he served on the board of the city’s Land Clearance Reutilization Authority for 20 years. He is currently a member of the 22nd Circuit Judicial Commission appointed by Governor Parson. Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Joe O'Toole Fields Foods Chris Goodson

The CWE store was designed to evoke an old-fashioned corner grocery. The main section includes fresh produce, including lots of organic selections, a large carryout section, cheese case and a small selection of bulk foods.  There is also seating in the front window or at a counter (see top photo). Basics are toward the back of the store, see below left.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Joe O'Toole Fields Foods Chris Goodson

Fields Foods’ CEO Joe O’Toole was able to fit everything the 38,000 s.f. Lafayette Square store stocks in the 9000 s.f. CWE store, just in smaller quantities. Goodson said that Fields Foods is known for its wide selection of craft beers.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Joe O'Toole Fields Foods Chris Goodson

Most of the items in the middle of the store’s take-out section are made on site. Alpheia, above, is the pastry chef whose specialties are cakes and sweets for any occasion, see display case below. As you can see in the top photo, there is a coffee bar, beer on tap and wine available by the glass for those inclined to sip while they shop.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Joe O'Toole Fields Foods Chris Goodson

Meet Glenn, a Fields Foods butcher, above. The store makes several flavors of seasoned bacon and sausages. I understand the chicken wings and rotisserie chickens are hot items at the CWE store.

 

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News  Joe O'Toole Fields Foods Chris Goodson

Fields Foods has a large selection of wines, liquor and the aforementioned craft beers.

Improvements to come: Awnings have been ordered for the windows along Euclid and Delmar, which will help identify the store; parking should be available once again on the lot directly across the street on Euclid; and Fields Foods will be accepting food stamps (EBT) any day.

Cullinan Properties and Fields Foods have done a masterful job bringing new vitality to the southwest corner of Delmar and Euclid. There is a lot going on north of Delmar too. I have been reporting on that progress over the past year. If you missed one of those recent posts, read it here.

Fields Foods, 625 N. Euclid, (314) 944-2940. Open 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.