When David and Megan Sandusky closed their common restaurant BEAST Butcher & Block within the Grove neighborhood final March, St. Louis misplaced way more than only a nice barbecue spot — it misplaced some of the thrilling burger menus within the space. Or so it appeared.
Nevertheless, subsequent Monday, January 22, the Sandusky household plans to deliver again their common Butcher Burger for a pop-up occasion on the Belleville Smokehouse. Bestcraft BBQ (20 s. Belt W, Belleville). In only one evening (not less than for now), the BEAST crew will remodel the restaurant right into a diner-style restaurant, full with floats, fries, a signature facet dish, and naturally, burgers in all their totally different kinds. The pop-up will probably be walk-in solely and observe the smoke home’s typical counter-service format.
As David explains, the burger was so good and had such a big fan base that it remained lacking from the realm’s eating scene.
“Shedding Butcher & Block was a giant loss; ‘We had accomplished a variety of issues that we loved doing, that have been profitable, that we felt actually good about and that we may afford to get behind,’” says David. “The Butcher Burger portion of the menu was a type of issues. Individuals began coming to us for burgers, and we have been making a reputation for ourselves with them, along with every part else we have been doing. It has been a bit of late, however we’re nonetheless actually good at doing these items.
The Sanduskys noticed a possibility to host the pop-up after altering their smoker’s hours for the winter. Because it’s presently solely open 11am-3pm Sunday-Wednesday (the restaurant stays open 11am-8pm Thursday-Saturday), the eating room is usually left darkish throughout dinner service. A while is spent on barbecue lessons, which have confirmed common, prompting David so as to add classes. For the remaining dates, the Sanduskys are in search of methods to offer totally different experiences for loyal followers.
The Butcher Burger was the primary concept they settled on — a simple choice, contemplating how diners responded to the burger menu when it was on supply at BEAST Butcher & Block. For this occasion, David plans to deliver again each the smash and thick burgers with totally different themes, such because the Bayou Burger (Pictured on the fitting), which he described as a play on the boudin burger beforehand supplied on the shuttered Grove location. The bottom pork patty will probably be infused with the spices usually present in conventional New Orleans-style boudin, then topped with pimento cheese, house-made Andouille sausage, and remoulade. One other favourite of David’s is “The Wurst” burger (Pictured beneath) Made with two items of seasoned bacon, Swiss cheese, sweetened bacon jam, and pickled onions.
The Sandusky household can be enthusiastic about choices that transcend burgers. Brussels sprouts, one among BEAST’s hottest facet dishes, are getting a brand new search for the pop-up menu within the type of a scrumptious crunchy chili pepper. “Overlook every part else on the menu and get the Brussels that evening as a result of it is so good,” David says.
Floats made with Breeze, Illinois-based Excel Soda Drinks can even be accessible. Choices embody a standard root beer float, in addition to one made with each Ski and Pink Cream Cola which David insists tastes like a Dreamsicle.
Though David has no fast plans to do one other pop-up, he is not ruling it out. “We’re hoping for a giant evening,” he says. “That is only a method to take a look at some issues and supply one thing to our clients who’ve been with us for 9 years…. There may be an opportunity to see that once more. I am unsure when, however by no means say by no means.”