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Green Dining Alliance Brings Sustainability to St. Louis’ Restaurant Scene

PuraVegan

St. Louis is a town with plenty of good food. Our unique culinary traditions have always drawn from the diverse farming community around us – and now, as more and more of us want to see a more sustainable restaurant industry in our town, diners can dine green with confidence when they see a “GDA-certified” sticker on their favorite restaurant’s window.

The Green Dining Alliance (GDA), a non-profit program of St. Louis Earth Day, certifies restaurants in sustainability and helps business owners conserve energy, reduce waste, and source locally. GDA works hand in hand with local restaurants of all types to reduce their impact and adopt sustainable initiatives. They make greening easy with facilitation, education, and tools to navigate smoothly through the ever-changing sustainability movement.

And it’s growing. As of September 2014, the GDA has tripled its number of certified restaurants since this time last year, with 41 restaurant members and 539 metric tons of recyclable waste diverted from landfills in 2013 alone. GDA also collaborated with Maplewood’s Special Business District to create a “Green Dining District” on the Manchester strip, promoting a walkable dining destination in which at least 25% of the restaurants are certified green.

The GDA’s restaurant certification program approaches sustainability holistically by auditing a restaurant’s facility and practices, taking into account:

  • Recycling and waste reduction
  • Local sourcing
  • Water and energy conservation
  • Chemical usage
  • Innovation
  • Education and awareness

Learn more about the Green Dining Alliance at www.greendiningalliance.org or contact Olivia Engel, Program Coordinator at olivia@greendiningalliance.org or 314.877.8608. Sponsors of GDA include Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources, Sauce Magazine, St. Louis Composting, St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste District, and The Trio Foundation.

Guide To Green Dining – Promoting Green Dining Alliance Members in the St. Louis Area

MEMBERS

Atlas Restaurant,
5513 Pershing, 63112, 314-367-6800
www.atlasrestaurantstl.com

Atomic Cowboy,
4140 Manchester Road, 63110, 314-775-0775
www.atomiccowboystl.com

Bailey’s Chocolate Bar,
1915 Park Ave 63104, 314-241-8100
www.baileyschocolatebar.com

Bailey’s Range,
920 Olive, 63101, 314-241-8121,
www.baileysrange.com

Bridge,
1004 Locust St, 63101, 314-241-8141
www.thebridgestl.com

Crushed Red,
8007 Maryland, 63105, 314-725-8007
140 S. Kirkwood Rd. 63122, 314-238-0100,
www.crushed-red.com

Extra Thyme Café and Catering,
11885 Lackland 63146, 314-573-5996
www.extrathymecatering.com

Flying Rolls,
3674 Forest Park Ave, 63101, 314-898-0008,
www.flyingrolls.com

Foundation Grounds Café and Coffeehouse,
7298 Manchester Rd 63143, 314-601-3588,
www.foundationgrounds.com

Gelateria del Leone,
3197 Grand Blvd, 63116, 314-776-3500,
www.thegelateria.com

Great Harvest Bread Co. (Kirkwood),
125 W. Argonne Dr 63122, 314-821-1848.
www.greatharvestkirkwood.com

Handlebar,
4127 Manchester Ave. 63110, 314-652-2212,
www.handlebarstl.com

I Scream Cakes,
2641 Cherokee 63118, 314-932-5758,
www.iscreamcakes.com

Kakao Chocolatier,
7272 Manchester Rd 63143, 314-645-4446,
www.kakaochocolate.com

Local Harvest Café,
3137 Morganford Rd. 63116, 314-772-8815
www.localharvestcafe.com

Lulu’s Local Eatery,
3201 S. Grand, 63118, 314-300-8215
www.luluslocaleatery.com

Mangia Italiano,
3145 S. Grand, 63118, 314-664-8585,
www.dineatmangia.net

Maryville University, Gander Dining Hall,
314-249-7982,
maryville.edu/location/gander-hall

Niche,
7734 Forsyth Blvd, 63105, 314-773-7755,
www.nichestlouis.com

Onesto Pizza & Trattoria,
Onesto opened in 2008 with the belief that we could change the world one meal at a time. Since then we have become a proud 5 star Green Dining Alliance member by sourcing our meats, vegetables & other products locally. So local that we even have our own garden in which we grow basil, tomatoes, peppers & more! All of our menu items, including our sauces, dressings, and seasonal specials, are made from scratch in our kitchen. We also reduce, reuse, recycle & compost at our restaurant and throughout our catering events in order to help reduce our carbon footprint. 5401 Finkman St, 63109, 314-802-8883,
www.onestopizza.com

Pastaria,
7734 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105
(314) 862-6603
www.pastariastl.com

Picnic Basket Café
(The Magic House)
516 S. Kirkwood Rd 63122, 314-822-8900
www.magichouse.org

Pie Oh My!
2719 Sutton Blvd 63143, 314-704-4416,
www.pieohmystl.com

Pura Vegan,
At PuraVegan, our commitment to preserving planetary resources is demonstrated through our menu, packaging and best practices. According to “Diet for a New America” it takes 8,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef, but only twenty-five gallons to produce a pound of wheat. Plant heavy diets are a most efficient use of water and land, while causing less pollution. We take recycling a step further and encourage REUSE, which is even more effective. Juice subscriptions and cleanse drinks come in reusable mason jars, with store credit given upon return. We offer our customers glass straws for purchase and our food delivery is done via bicycle.
307 Belt Ave. 63112, 314-932-5144,
www.puravegan@me.com

Rooster,
1104 Locust St 63101, 314-241-8118,
www.roosterstl.com

Sassafras Café
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd, 63110, (314) 577-5100
www.mobot.org

Schlafly Bottleworks – 7260 Southwest 63143
Tap Room –2100 Locust St. 63103,
Schlafly is proud to be seen as a leader in sustainability among local businesses. First of all, we took two abandoned buildings and put them back into use as the Schlafly Tap Room and Schlafly Bottleworks. We purchase a large amount of locally-produced food and even grow some ourselves in the Schlafly Gardenworks for our restaurants, and host a weekly Farmers Market. We’ve received grants for a pilot composting project for post-consumer food waste at both restaurants. We are a charter supporter of Amerens Pure Power renewable energy program and use ultra high efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units. And we host and support many local Sustainability organizations.
314-241-BEER
www.schlafly.com/bottleworks
www.schlafly.com/tap-room

Small Batch,
3001 Locust St. 63101, 314-380-2040
www.smallbatchstl.com

The Dam,
3173 Morganford 63116, 314-771-3173,
www.thedamstl.com

The Post Sports Bar and Grill,
7372 Manchester 63143, 314-645-1109
763 Old Ballas Rd 63141, 314-736-1205,
www.thepostsportsbar.com

The Royale,
3132 S. Kingshighway 63139, 314-772-3600
www.theroyale.com

The UniGrille (UniGroup)
Fenton, MO 63026, (636) 305-5000
www.unigroupinc.com

The Wolf,
15480 Clayton Rd. Ballwin, 63011,
636-527-7027, www.thewolfstl.com

Traveling Tea,
2707 Sutton 63143, 314-647-8832,
www.traveling-tea.com

Urban Chestnut
UCBC is known for both our modern, American craft beers and reverential, European beer styles. Our Grove Brewery & Bierhall (4465 Manchester) and Midtown Brewery & Biergarten (3229 Washington) locations are open 7 days a week. UCBC works to reduce our carbon footprint by recycling all qualifying materials and composting all biodegradable waste. We also donate all of our spent grain to local farmers. Our brewing equipment allows us to capture and reuse water and heat normally lost or wasted during the brewing process. Finally, both locations feature solar power arrays and use LED lighting to reduce energy needs.
3229 Washington Ave 63103
4465 Manchester 63110
314-222-0143
www.urbanchestnut.com

Urban Eats,
3301 Meremac St 63118, 314-558-7580,
www.urbaneatscafe.com

Water Street,
7268 Manchester 63143, 314-646-8355
www.waterstreetstl.com

Whisk,
2201 Cherokee St. 63118, 314-932-5166
www.whiskstl.com

PENDING MEMBERS

Brasserie by Niche,
4580 Laclede, 63108,
info@brasseriebyniche.com

Great Harvest Bread Co.,
Maplewood, 7360 Manchester Rd 63143,
991-0049

McMurphy’s Café at St. Patrick Center,
800 N.Tucker Blvd. 63101,
314-369-0432, 314-802-0687
www.stpatrickcenter.org

Mississippi Mud Roasters Café,
1223 Pine St. 63101,
www.mississippimudcoffee.com

Rooster South Grand,
3150 S. Grand, 63118, 314-447-2247

Taste,
4584 Laclede, 63108, 314-361-1200

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