Schnucks remodel in Kirkwood includes three popular St. Louis restaurants
Three popular St. Louis restaurants will be part of a new food hall in a converted Schnucks store in Kirkwood.
The food hall concept is located in Schnucks in 10233 Manchester and includes dishes from the Tower Grove East grill place The Shaved Duck, the Korean-Mexican food fusion chain Seoul Taco and Kirkwood’s The Greek Kitchen. The three restaurants have small service counters and share a common dining area.
This is not the first collaboration between Schnucks, The Shaved Duck and Seoul Taco. The Kirkwood store had previously partnered with the restaurants to offer takeout options.
In the new food hall, Seoul Taco will offer the same menu as in the stationary locations, says owner David Choi.
“We have already received great feedback with take-away items in more than a dozen Schnucks stores,” says Choi. “Now it’s great to be able to offer our menu at one of their locations. Being in Kirkwood seemed like a natural fit for us. “
Ally Nisbet, owner of Shaved Duck, says the restaurant worked with Schnucks last year, offering pulled pork, ribs and side dishes in a few locations. “The partnership with Schnucks was wonderful from day one,” says Nisbet. “This new concept has growth potential for all of us. We can’t wait to get our team out and start cooking.”
At the Kirkwood location, The Shaved Duck smokes its typical cherry and hickory grill: burnt ends, brisket, ribs and seasonal offers that the restaurant has developed exclusively for Schnucks. “Everything will be as fresh and tasty as possible,” says Nisbet.
As a first-time Schnucks employee, The Greek Kitchen plans to offer a smaller menu of dishes such as gyros, falafel wraps, chicken wraps, salads, hummus and its popular avgolemono soup, as well as side dishes of onion rings and french fries. There are also considerations to offer take-away items such as baklava, salad dressing, and hummus.
“We are pleased that our customers can pick up a spinning top before or after they go shopping,” says Lisa Nicholas, co-owner of the Greek kitchen for dinner. “
The new food hall concept is part of a larger renovation project at Schnucks’ Kirkwood site. The store, which is currently 60,000 square feet and employs 95 people, will have several new features including an updated exterior, kombucha on tap, a self-service nut butter section, and expanded take-away meals. It will also sell St. Louis-inspired streetwear at an Arch Apparel store within a store.
While Schnucks Markets has already renovated some of its 111 stores, including downtown and the Central West End, this is the first time such a design project has been launched.
Schnucks plans to complete the renovation of his Kirkwood site by midsummer. “We ask our customers to forgive our dust and appreciate their patience,” said Heidi Johnson, manager of Schnucks Kirkwood, in a statement.