Now that dining rooms have closed again in St. Louis County, Olive + Oak and its sister concepts The Clover and the Bee and O+O Pizza, all of which are located in Webster Groves, Missouri, are introducing some new ways to keep customers fed.
According to Clover executive chef Mike Risk, Olive + Oak will launch in-house delivery services on Thu., Nov. 19, both as a new way to serve customers and as a way to keep front-of-house employees on the payroll. And although O+O Pizza, which opened in mid-September, has only been open for dinner up until now, the restaurant will begin offering pizza by the slice during the day through the walk-up window at the neighboring Clover and the Bee. And over at the Perennial Artisan Ales location attached to the new Olive + Oak space, the brewery will begin offering its menu, including its beers, for curbside pickup and delivery starting Fri., Nov. 20.
But the most exciting news out of the Olive + Oak family might just be that soon, several of Clover and The Bee's most popular items will be available for guests to purchase to take home and cook themselves. Expect to see plenty of favorites including fresh pasta by the pound, tomato ragù, vodka-tomato cream sauce, green garlic butter and hot honey that Risk makes in-house with local honey and Calabrian chili oil.
Risk has been toying with the idea of selling Clover and the Bee's items since the first quarantine shutdown hit. The restaurant sold some take-home pasta kits, and people went crazy for them, so it made sense that take-home items could present another way to keep the business alive if another shutdown occurred.
"That was kind of the reason we were going to go into some of this stuff, was if we were ever to go into this situation, this would definitely keep us afloat and keep us going," Risk says.
And sure enough, that second shutdown came. As of Nov. 17, all bars and restaurants in St. Louis County have been required to close their dining rooms.
The goal is to eventually be able to have multiple items that customers can grab and go, including other meal components like salad dressings, meatballs and Clover and the Bee's eggplant Parmesan. Risk hopes that at some point, customers can swing by the restaurant to pick up a hot and ready dinner for that night and grab some take-home items for tomorrow's dinner, too.
"It's just finding ways that people can stop in, pick some stuff up, and we can have it ready," he says.
And although nothing is set in stone, Risk even mentioned the possibility of pizza kits from O+O Pizza, or even frozen pizzas sometime in the future.
Keep an eye on Clover and the Bee's online shop for the newest offerings.
Editor's note: This post has been updated to include information about curbside pickup and delivery from Perennial Artisan Ales.
The Clover and the Bee, 100 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri, thecloverandthebee.com
Olive + Oak/Perennial on Lockwood, 216 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri, 314.736.1370, oliveandoakstl.com