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11am-8pm: FRIDAY & SATURDAY

11am-5pm: SUNDAY

 

 

524 S Main Street
Saint Charles, MO 63301

Vegan Deli & Butcher Shop: How’s that for a collection of seemingly incongruous words? But not as far-fetched as it might appear, according to Chris Bertke.

The business will operate below the retail store at 524 S. Main Street. (Peace Love Happy is located in the former Figuero’s, which closed in 2015; the deli is in the former Stone Cellar Fondue & Wine space, which closed in 2013, after a 19-month run.)

Bertke is best known for his stint as executive chef at Utah Station, the “mostly vegan” restaurant in a former 1930s-era, two-bay service station. When he became a vegan 25 years ago, he began experimenting with meat substitutes using wheat-based plant proteins, which he’s altered and perfected over the years.

Several years ago, SLM noted that “Bertke has crafty ways with mock meat” and predicted that he “might be about to change the shape of vegetarian and vegan food as we know it.” And so it was at Utah Station, where he created vegan riffs on fast-food staples, most made from the five vegan “meats” that he made in its scratch kitchen. During his tenure, the big seller was a carnivore-fooling vegan T-rav with a circular wrapper and chunky marinara sauce.

The Grangers, who were longtime customers of Utah Station and had befriended Bertke, began talking about expanding the scope at Peace Love Happy. Ever since Bertke started tinkering with meat substitutes, he had dreamed of doing a vegan deli.

“The building they’re in the process of buying already includes the retail shop, a yoga studio, two apartments, and a comedy club,” says Bertke. “The space downstairs has a side entrance, so there’s a speakeasy feel. The lure is the 50-seat brick patio. There’s your curb appeal.”

The 1,700-square-foot, 45-seat business is part vegan deli and part coffee shop. Along with Blueprint Coffee, vegan pastries, donuts, danish, and croissants will be offered in the morning. (Bertke says that excellent vegan baked goods have resulted from the emergence of various nut butters).

At lunch, Bertke will crank out soups, salads, and hot and cold sandwiches to order. The sandwiches will include vegan versions of a reuben, French dip, egg salad, tuna melt, Philly cheese steak, meatball Parm, and peppered beef (with caramelized onions, giardiniera, and roasted garlic aioli, on a garlic buttered Kaiser), all served with chips and pickle. “I could have given them all cutesy names,” he says, “but for comprehension and simplicity’s sake, I stayed with the traditional ones.”

In the cold case at lunchtime are grab-and-go sandwiches and a wealth of “traditional” deli-esque salads (creamy potato, macaroni, egg, tomato and cucumber, tabbouleh, coleslaw), plus hummus, herb-roasted olives, and house-made pickled vegetables (including giardiniera and whole dill pickles). The case also contains signature items, such as cashew-based cheese wheels and vegan meats (for instance, tofu burnt ends, seasonal sausages, roast beef, and corned beef, among others), all made in house and sold by the pound.


The chef is also considering staying open later in the day and offering a vegan charcuterie board in the evenings, including some “evening-casual” small plates. The deli plans to acquire a full liquor and package license, so there will be build-a-picnic possibilities as well.

“We wanted to make our place unique, more than a vegan coffee shop,” he says. “The name will generate interest, for sure, and then hopefully prompt a visit. As far as I know, there’s nothing like it in St. Louis and the entire Midwest.”

4oz / 8oz / 16oz
(Items Will Vary Daily)

• Pesto Spaghetti Squash  *GF

• Tofu Curry *GF

• Veggie Paella *GF

• Tuna Salad *GF

• Sicilian Olive Salad *GF

• Creamy Greek Pasta Salad

• Pretzel Wrapped Sausages

• Raw Kale and carrot Salad w/ citrus vinaigrette  *GF

• White Cheddar Mac N’ Cheese

• Cheesy Potato Casserole *GF

Priced per oz in Deli Case
(Will Vary Daily)

• Weekly Special Sausages

• Roast Beef

• Corned Beef

• Mostaccioli

• Lasagna

• Pepperoni Sticks

• Rotating salads w/ housemade dressings

• House Chili

• Rotating Soup

All Sandwiches served with regular chips and pickle spear

Voodoo or Red Hot Riplets + $0.25

Reuben: $14
Corned beef, Swiss, thousand island, kraut, toasted Rye

French Dip: $14
Roast beef, Chao Cheese, homemade mayo, au jus on side, toasted hoagie

Philly Cheese Steak: $14
Roast beef, sautéed peppers and onions, cheese sauce, toasted hoagie

Sloppy Spagnola: $14
Roast beef, Cheese, Giardiniera, homemade mayo, side of au jus, toasted hoagie

Meatball Parmesan: $14
Meatballs, Marinara, Cheese, Parmesan, fresh herbs, toasted hoagie

Pot Roast: $14
Slow cooked Pot Roast, onion, roasted potato, banana peppers, gravy, toasted hoagie

Roast Beef n' Cheddar: $14
Roast Beef, Cheese sauce, Caramelized onions, banana peppers, horseradish aioli, corn dusted kaiser

Tuna Melt: $13
Chick Pea of the Sea Salad, melted cheddar on toasted wheat

Turkey Club $14
Turkey, dressed arugula, tomato, ranch, toasted wheat berry bread

Italian Sub $15
Turkey, roast beef, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, oil and vinegar, toasted hoagie

Hot Ham n’ Cheese $13
Ham, cheese, mayo, toasted hoagie

Daily Special
TBD

Sweet Treats:

By- Blooberdoodle Sweets:

(Will Vary Daily)

Danishes: $3.25
• Cheese Danish
• Special Danish: Lemon Danish & Apple Butter Danish

Donut Holes: 3 for $3.50
• Sinful (Cinnamon & Sugar)

Doughnuts: $2.25 ea
• Sinful (Cinnamon & Sugar)
• Choc-ernaut Chocolate Covered
• Glazed & Confused: Glazed
• Specialty: Lemon Blueberry & PB&J

Muffins: $2.75
• Banana Foster: (Chocolate Chip Banana)
• Blueberry
• Seasonal Options

Vegan Chocolate Singles:

• Sjaak’s Chocolates: $1.00 EA
• Happy Baker Cookies: $3.00
• Baked Tie Dyed Cookies: $4.00

From The Freezer:

House made & famous Toasted Ravioli by the bag (cook yourself): 7 for $11.00
And much much more to come!!!

All Gluten Free
Almond milk included
Oatmilk $.75 extra
Hot or Iced

Drip Coffee
12oz= $3.00 16oz=$3.25 20oz =$3.50

Espresso
Double: $3.50 Quad: $5.00

Latte
12oz= $4.75 16oz=$5.00 20oz =$5.50

Chai Latte
12oz= $4.75 16oz=$5.50 20oz =$6.00

Americano
12oz= $3.50 16oz=$4.00 20oz =$4.50

Mocha
12oz=$4.75 16oz=$5.50 20z=$6.00

Coffee Beans TOGO

• 12oz Boma Beans: $22.00

• 12oz Cajamarca Beans: $19.00

• 12oz Decaf Huila Beans: $ 18.25

• 12oz Gamatui Beans: $ 20.50

• 12oz Penrose Beans: $18.25

• 12oz Tekton Seasonal Beans: $19.25

• 30g San Lorenzo Instant Box: $15.00

Zapp’s Chips: *GF
• Reg $1.00
• Voodoo $1.25
• Red Hot Riplets $1.25

Whole Dill Pickles: $1.00

Louisville Jerky: $8.00 ea *GF

Peppermancer Hot Sauce *GF
• Roasted Habanero, Carrot, & Pineapple
• Roasted Jalapeno & Poblano
• Jalapeno, Tomatillo & Lime
• Fiery Trinity
• Hot Agave Nectar
• *Spooky* Hot Agave Nectar

All Day Hot Sauce $7.00 ea *GF
• The OG
• Taco Party
• Verde

Crio Bru Cacao *GF
• Ghana French Roast: $11.00
• Ghana Light Roast: $11.00

And much more to come!!!

Specials

EXTENDED KITCHEN HOURS ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS! KITCHEN OPEN UNTIL 8PM!
Charcuterie Boards EVERY Friday and Saturday from 5pm-8pm with wine, beer and spirits!
PREORDERS FOR THANKSGIVING COMING SOON!!!
All specials are available until sold out

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Vegan Deli and Butcher

524 S Main Street
Saint Charles, MO 63301
636-757-3349

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