Salume Beddu's sandwich shop is leaving its original location at 3467 Hampton Avenue for residency inside Parker's Table, the wine shop and specialty grocery at 7118 Oakland Avenue in Richmond Heights.
Salume Beddu owner Mark Sanfilippo tells Off the Menu the growth of his wholesale salumi business, based since last year out of a facility in Olivette, led to the decision to move the retail operation.
“I need to refocus on the (the Olivette facility) and let that grow the way it needs,” Sanfilippo says.
For Sanfilippo, Parker's Table makes practical sense: the store features a newly expanded kitchen, so there will be no gap in service. In fact, Parker's Table will likely begin serving Salume Beddu sandwiches before the Hampton Avenue shop's final day on May 13.
There is also a sentimental connection. Before there even was a Salume Beddu, when Sanfilippo was knocking on doors to gin up interest in his salumi, Parker's Table owner Jon Parker was among the first people whom he approached.
Salume Beddu fans won't see any dramatic changes to the sandwich menu, though Sanfilippo does say, “There won't be (weekend) specials, probably. I do want to get some monthly pop-up dinners in the expanded kitchen.”
Retail products will also be available for purchase.
As for Salume Beddu's wholesale business, Sanfilippo reports continued growth. “We picked up some distribution in Cleveland," he says. "We're trying to get a little bit into the East Coast. We got into Eataly in Boston. That's a big deal for us.”
Salume Beddu has been serving lunch at its Lindenwood Park shop since 2011. It is a 3-time member of the STL 100.