A new restaurant, the long awaited opening of a new store and a talented chef top my list of things you should know about this week.
Let’s start with retail news.
Dick’s Sporting Goods is expected to open its Fairview Heights location next month.
Shoppers can to check out the store at from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 ahead of a grand opening celebration set for Oct. 13 at 6575 N. Illinois St.
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The first 100 people in line Oct. 13 will receive a free Adidas t-shirt.
Dick’s has five stores in the St. Louis area, but this will be its first location in the metro-east. The company, based in Coraopolis, Pa., has agreed to sign a 10-year lease on the property, with an option to extend.
The site is the former Sports Authority location at Fairview City Centre.
Gift cards to the store will go to the first 100 people in line Oct. 14 and 15.
St. Louis pastry chef has chance to win $25,000 on Food Network show
A St. Louis pastry chef is competing Monday on the Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship, which has a grand prize of $25,000.
Tyler Davis, 32, is the pastry chef at Element in St. Louis. According to the Food Network, his background in musical theater helps give “a creative flair to his pastries.” For his Alchemy Artisan Bakery, he makes everything himself, down to the graham crackers and cream cheese, he told Feast magazine.
The show airs at 8 p.m. Monday on The Food Network.
In the mood for a horseshoe? Then check out this new metro-east restaurant
The metro-east’s newest restaurant is hoping to be a destination dining experience that feels like you never left home.
The Wooden Tie Cafe occupies a renovated brick home at 206 Illinois 143 in Pierron, which sits on the Madison-Bond county line, east of Highland.
The restaurant draws its inspiration from the farms and families that surround it. The food is local and the portions are big
“Small venue, big food’ is kind of how I refer to it,” said Stephen Siemaszkiewicz, the cafe’s chef.
Siemaskiewicz said the menu was designed with locally sourced ingredients in mind. Local producers are providing The Wooden Tie with meat, produce, dairy and its soda line.
“We are just trying to keep the quality high,” Siemaskiewicz said.
Alongside daily specials, Siemaskiewicz said the cafe will offer classic barbecue meals, like ribs, meatloaf, pork chops and freshly smoked meat platters.
The cafe also offers some lighter choices, such as soups, salads and sandwiches.
But Siemaskiewicz is not afraid to get creative with the menu. Case in point, the “Nutty Dog,” a quarter-pound, all-beef, smoked hot dog smeared in peanut butter and loaded with pulled pork, cheese and fried onions. They make a horseshoe sandwich, an open-faced burger topped with fries, homemade cheese sauce and chili.
“There is a lot of personality going on with the food here,” Siemaszkiewicz said.
Regular business hours for The Wooden Tie are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the bar area will stay open later after the kitchen is closed. At the moment, the business is only excepting cash and check payment.
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Staff writers Mary Cooley and Megan Braa contributed to this report.