Customizable salads are a favorite at UKRAFT.

Clayton workers will soon have a new option for a quick, healthy lunch.

UKRAFT, which first launched as a food truck in St. Louis last year, plans to open a brick-and-mortar location in Downtown Clayton this summer. The new quick-service restaurant will be located inside the Regions Centre at 8182 Maryland Ave., in the space that Gourmet to Go occupied for nearly 20 years. 

Matt Ratz, who owns the business with his brother Mike, says he had been scouting for a location just like this one after UKRAFT had the chance to serve food in Ameren's lobby for a few months. "In that time, we generated the idea of how fun it would be to be in a sky-rise office building where we have the customers in our building," he says. "Your clientele is right there and you can just make it so convenient for them so they don’t have to walk down the street to a restaurant; they can just walk out of their office, come grab their food and go up."

To that end, UKRAFT's new location will operate in a grab-and-go format, featuring a similar menu of quick, healthy dishes as on the food truck. Look for paninis, grain bowls and salads (including both customizable and signature salads) made with locally sourced ingredients, in addition to an expanded avocado toast menu and an impressive coffee program. UKRAFT will also offer a soup of the day and rotating daily specials, which Ratz says are designed to keep the menu fresh for workers in the building. "Anyone can walk in the building, but our target market is those 2,000 employees in our building," he says. "We just want to keep the menu fresh so it doesn't get stale."

UKRAFT will be open for breakfast and lunch throughout the week, and Ratz anticipates an opening in late June or early July. The brothers are also planning to open a location in the upcoming City Foundry food hall, set to open in spring 2020, and plan to keep the food truck rolling in the meantime, too.

UKRAFT will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 2pm.

UKRAFT, 8182 Maryland Ave., Clayton, Missouri,

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