St. Louis food: Crispy Edge targets nationwide expansion

Crispy Edge plans to process more than 1 million fully cooked frozen potstickers in 2021 to fuel national expansion

ST. LOUIS – Crispy Edge restaurant at Tower Grove South plans to expand its reach beyond Missouri after receiving special federal certification to allow its potstickers to be sold internationally.

Under a U.S. Department of Agriculture designation called the Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program, Crispy Edge plans to process more than 1 million fully cooked frozen potstickers in 2021 to fuel national expansion.

The government program enables smaller, state-controlled facilities to operate as larger, federally-controlled facilities, shipping products in interstate trade and internationally. Without the CIS designation, a state-approved facility is limited to sale within its own borders, even if an adjacent state is directly across from the highway or river. The program is available in 27 states, including Missouri and Illinois, which have a meat and poultry inspection program and other government standards.

The move, said founder David Dresner, will be backed by a $ 1 million investment in a new facility he bought in Downtown West. He declined to provide any further details about the setup or purchase.

“COVID-19 got (the plan) up to speed,” he said.

Crispy Edge opened at 4168 Juniata Street in 2018 and offers guests a variety of potstickers. The restaurant later started selling its products at local grocery chains such as Schnucks, Dierbergs, Straub’s, Fields Foods, and Local Harvest.

The company’s certification process for the sale of fully cooked frozen foods in the United States began approximately two years ago. Crispy Edge received its certification through USDA’s CIS program on Nov. 30, making it the second Missouri company to do so, Dresner said.

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