St. Louis Kolache recently opened its first location in St. Louis city. The locally based brand, which specializes in its namesake Czech-style sweet and savory pastries, debuted its Southwest Avenue storefront in January.

The opening is the fifth outpost of St. Louis Kolache, following a location in Edwardsville, Illinois, that rolled out last fall under the national franchise name American Kolache – the first location with a drive-thru. Additional locations are forthcoming, with franchises available.

The new city location fills an approximately 900-square-foot standalone building, adopting the modern design established at St. Louis Kolache’s former Clayton store. In addition to walk-ins, curbside service is available as well catering and third-party delivery via DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub.

“We do American classic comfort food stuffed in a bun,” owner Russell Clark says. “We have 35 to 40 different kolaches a day, all baked fresh at each location and made from scratch.”

The semi-sweet dough comes stuffed with a variety of fillings, such as best-selling breakfast flavors including sausage and gravy as well as bacon, egg and cheese. Lunch options include Philly cheesesteak with onion, green peppers and pepper Jack cheese.

Specialty local collaborations include kolaches filled with Pappy’s Smokehouse pulled pork, Gioia’s Deli hot salami and Ann & Allen gooey butter cake. Additional sweet specialties include cinnamon rolls and a s’mores-flavored pastry. Park Avenue Coffee cold brew and drip coffee is also available.

“We’re going to try to make this a kolache town,” Clark says. “Everybody loves comfort food, everybody loves bread and we kind of brought those two things together. We’re excited to see more and more people trying kolaches.”

St. Louis Kolache’s St. Louis city location is open Monday through Saturday from 6am to 2pm as well as Sunday from 7am to 2pm.

St. Louis Kolache, 5936 Southwest Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.559.9730, stlkolache.com