Two South City mainstays recently partnered up to offer a new set of pickup options for the neighborhood. The Fortune Teller Bar & Gooseberries 2 Go debuted on Oct. 31, featuring drinks including pre-mixed house cocktails from the bar and comfort food including a fried tofu basket, St. Paul pizza and gooey butter cake-filled toasted ravioli from the kitchen.
The Fortune Teller Bar co-owners Matt Thenhaus and Sarah Kate Buckles collaborated with Gooseberries’ owners Kim Bond and Ross Lessor for the dual-faceted carryout concept, which enables both businesses to serve their specialty food and beverage items regularly while their dining rooms remain closed. All goods are available via online ordering and pick up from a walk-up window installed in the front door.
On Saturdays, Gooseberries’ flagship location on Chippewa Street continues to offer free grocery staples as well as “The Weekly Hookup,” a limited online menu of prepared food and treats available for pickup via pre-order. It is also offering heat-and-serve dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Fortune Teller Bar’s takeout drink menu includes cocktails, beer, cider, seltzer, kombucha, wine, alcohol-free drinks and mixers. House cocktails come in pouches and bottles – just add ice. Highlights include the Bananas Forester with Old Forester signature bourbon, Wood Hat black walnut liqueur, Giffard Banane du Brésil, black pepper, clove syrup and angostura bitters.
Gooseberries 2 Go offerings include popular items from its flagship menu such as hand pies and a fried tofu basket. The latter sampler includes a selection of battered and air-fried tofu in the restaurant’s signature styles including Tofish sticks and KFT, or krispy fried tofu, served with dipping sauce such as a house sweet and sour.
“With our food, I think we like to consider it healthy comfort food with a lot of great vegetarian and vegan options,” Kim says.
A beet reuben is another original Gooseberries offering with brined beets and cabbage on housemade pumpernickel with vegan Thousand Island dressing and vegan cheese. Newer items include a St. Paul pizza, which consists of a veggie egg foo young patty on top of house pizza crust, topped with mayo, shredded lettuce, raw onion and pickles.
In addition to the rotating snacks, salads, sandwiches, tacos and pizzas, guests can also order bottles of house hot sauce and ginger iced coffee for pickup from the online menu.
“We’re excited to work together and get our food and drinks to people on a regular basis again,” Bond says.
The Fortune Teller Bar & Gooseberries 2 Go’s current hours of operation are Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 10pm.
The Fortune Teller Bar & Gooseberries 2 Go, 2635 Cherokee St., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.776.2337, thefortunetellerbar.com