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Nate Hereford is bringing his new concept, Chicken Scratch, to City Foundry. 

A Niche Food Group alum is joining the ranks at St. Louis' upcoming City Foundry food hall.

Chef Nate Hereford has announced plans to open Chicken Scratch, a Midwest-inspired rotisserie chicken concept, at City Foundry. Chicken Scratch is the most recent restaurant added to the list of over 12 local concepts. 

Previously, Hereford served as the executive chef of Gerard Craft's now-shuttered Niche before heading to California in 2016. Since returning, he has been working on pop ups and private dinners while conceptualizing Chicken Scratch. 

“I’m excited to share the project that I’ve been working on over the past few years,” Hereford said in a press release. “One of the big reasons we moved back to St. Louis was to be a part of the tight-knit hospitality community and the amazing creativity happening here and City Foundry seemed like the perfect opportunity. My goal with the menu is to create simple but delicious meals and to highlight seasonal ingredients that showcase rotisserie chicken.”

The star of Chicken Scratch is a Rotisol rotisserie oven from France. Half or full birds will be dry-brined and smothered in a house rub before being roasted on a spit in the signature oven. Housemade sauces will include a tangy yogurt sauce and a salsa verde-inspired herb sauce. 

Expect Chicken Scratch to open in the second wave of City Foundry vendors, slated for early this fall. 

City Foundry STL, 3700 Forest Park Ave., Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri, cityfoundrystl.com