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Sunday, October 8th, 2017

It’s been a busy week in the St. Louis dining scene from a surprise chef departure from one of St. Louis’ top restaurants to the opening of a popular bottle shop’s new home.

 


1. Our October issue hit stands early this week. Don’t wait – click to read online now!

 

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2. Big news from Botanical Heights – Tello Carreón will leave his position as executive chef of award-winning Mexican restaurant Nixta. His last day of service will be Saturday, Oct. 21.

3. The 5 Star Burgers location in Kirkwood at 312 S. Kirkwood Road has closed. The restaurant served its last burger on Thursday, Sept. 28. The 5 Star locations in Clayton and Creve Coeur remain open.

 

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4. Chef Rob Connoley will open Squatters Café in the KDHX building at 3524 Washington Ave., in Grand Center on Nov. 1. The restaurant will take the place of KDHX’s Magnolia Café.

 

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5. After being closed for nearly a month, Saint Louis Hop Shop recently reopened at its new location 2600 Cherokee St., offering a larger selection of beverages for craft beer connoisseurs and beginners alike.

 

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Sunday, October 1st, 2017

From new vegetarian restaurants in Benton Park to a tiny truck for a favorite Cup, here’s what went down last week, ICYMI.

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1. More vegetarian and vegan options will be available in Benton Park this fall. A new veggie-centric restaurant, dubbed 1956 Utah after the address of the building, is set to open in the South City neighborhood in November.

 

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2. St. Louis-area restaurants came together once again to provide aid for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria victims. The Hamilton Restaurant Group hosted the Saint Louis Restaurants Hurricane Relief Fundraiser Friday, Sept. 29. Proceeds from this ticketed event will be split between nonprofits AmeriCares and the Love for Love City Foundation.

 

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3. Good Fortune has found a new home once again. Co-owner Corey Smale said Good Fortune will open for business at 1641 Tower Grove Ave., in the Botanical Heights neighborhood – just across the street from its former announced location at 1654 Tower Grove Ave.

 

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4. Fans of The Cup can now seek out their favorite buttercream-topped treats all over town. The Cup Tiny Truck joined the ranks of St. Louis’ food trucks in August, selling gooey butter cake bars and a variety of buttercream cupcakes. The truck travels between St. Louis city and soon, St. Louis County, and is available for corporate and private events.

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Sunday, September 10th, 2017

From exciting new openings to eight deals for $10 or less, here’s what went down last week, ICYMI.

 

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1. Chef Rick Lewis is bringing his southern food to The Grove. Grace Meat & Three will open Wed., Sept. 13 at 4270 Manchester Ave., in the former home of Sweetie Pie’s at The Mangrove.

 

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2. Get in touch with your inner child at Westport Social, which opened earlier this month at 910 Westport Plaza Drive in Maryland Heights. The cavernous, adults-only space – almost 14,000 square feet – is billed as a “classic bar and gaming lounge.”

 

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3. We kicked off the weekend with a basket of fries from one of the city’s newest food trucks, Essentially Fries. The truck debuted this Friday, Sept. 8, at Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park.

 

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4. Pizzeoli in Soulard is now under new ownership. Founder Scott Sandler sold the popular vegetarian pizzeria to Kyle Weber, effective Tuesday, Sept. 5.

 

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5. Got $10 and a friend? Then we’ve got eight delicious deals you must try now on Budget Crunch.

 

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Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

From our new issue to surprise restaurant closings and sales, it was a busy week in the St. Louis restaurant scene. Here’s what went down, ICYMI.

 

 

1. Our September issue featuring our annual Guide to Drinking has arrived! Don’t wait – click here to read online now!

2. Illinois oenophiles will soon have another spot to enjoy their vino. Solera, a new wine bar, will open soon at 212 W. Third St., in Alton. Co-owner Chris Aldridge said he plans to open Solera by mid-September.

 

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3. Big changes are afoot at Cleveland-Heath. Owners Jenny Cleveland and chef Ed Heath have sold the restaurant to Keith and Kari McGinness, restaurant industry veterans who have roots in the area. The sale took effect Friday, Sept. 1.

 

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4. Randolfi’s, at 6665 Delmar Blvd. in The Loop, has announced it will shut its doors. The last day of service will be Saturday, Sept. 9.

5. Carl Hazel has quietly taken the reigns as executive chef of Gamlin Whiskey House. Most recently, he had been executive chef at West End Pub and Grill. Hazel assumed the role in July, and since then, he has worked with Gamlin Restaurant Group’s corporate chef Ryan Cooper to get a feel for the kitchen and the organization.

 

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6. Ari Jo Ellis is sharpening her knives for the first service at The Cut, her new restaurant inside The Fortune Teller Bar at 2635 Cherokee St. Doors opened Friday, Sept. 1.

7. After less than a year in business, owner Brendan Marsden is closing doors at Mona’s – An American-Italian Joint on The Hill. The restaurant’s last day of dinner service will be Sunday, Sept. 3.

 

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8. Pangea, the debut restaurant from chef-owner Jessie Gilroy, is set to open Thursday, Sept. 7, at 3245 Rue Royale St., in The New Town neighborhood in St. Charles.

 

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9. In wake of the recent tragedy in Texas, St. Louis restaurateurs and customers alike have banded together to send aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Demun Oyster Bar’s Tom Halaska, Byrd & Barrel’s Bob Brazell, Ices Plain & Fancy’s Max Crask and state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. organized the Babies & Fur-Babies Hurricane Supply Drive.

 

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10. Earthbound Beer will partner with fellow Cherokee Street denizen Vista Ramen to run the kitchen for its new tasting room at 2724 Cherokee St. Instead of Vista’s namesake noodles, Vista Ramen chef-owner Chris Bork said bill of fare will feature smoked meats, sausages and sandwiches.

 

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Sunday, August 20th, 2017

From national accolades to sneak peeks of new locations, here’s what went down last week, ICYMI.

 

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1. Seoul Taco continues to grow, and this time it’s headed to West County. The popular Korean-Mexican eatery will open its fifth location in Chesterfield at 46 Four Seasons Shopping Center later this fall.

2. Barbecue powerhouse Sugarfire Smoke House is making its way across the Mississippi to open a franchise at 1405 Green Mount Road in O’Fallon, Illinois by early 2018.

 

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3. The hits just keep on coming for the St. Louis restaurant scene. Nixta and Vicia earned slots on Bon Appétit’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants in America list. Today, Bon Appétit announced Nixta had earned the No. 9 spot on its coveted Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America list.

4. After months of planning, presentations and competition, Old North Provisions has been declared the winner of the Fantasy Food Fare Competition.

 

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5. Owners Katie and Ted Collier have opened the much-anticipated second location of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Town & Country at 14171 Clayton Road. The restaurant opened its doors Wednesday, Aug. 16.

6. Frankly Sausages now has an official address for its new concept: 2744 Cherokee St. Jamie Cawthon said the restaurant will be called Frankly on Cherokee in the space that once was home to Calypso Cafe.

 

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7. Webster Groves residents will set their alarm clocks a little earlier when Half & Half opens at 220 W. Lockwood Ave. Co-owners Mike and Liz Randolph hope to open the second location of their popular Clayton breakfast and lunch spot by the end of August, pending final inspections.

8. Many viewing parties around town sold out weeks ago, but some area events are still open to the public. Grab your eclipse glasses and schedule a long lunch for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

 

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Sunday, August 6th, 2017

It’s been a busy week in the STL restaurant scene with openings, closings and national accolades. Here’s what went down, ICYMI.

 

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1. Bon Appétit has announced its list of 50 Best New Restaurants in America, and two of St. Louis’ hottest eateries, Vicia and Nixta, made the cut.

2.  Chef-owner Michael Pastor debuted his new pizza-themed food truck, Pie Hard, on Saturday, July 29, at a soft opening event at his commissary kitchen, located at 8201 W. Main St., in Belleville.

 

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3. Ari Jo Ellis, a member of the Ones To Watch class of 2016, is striking out on her own. Ellis will open The Cut, which will replace the recently closed Little Dipper inside The Fortune Teller Bar at 2635 Cherokee St., at the end of August.

4. Satisfy your sweet tooth at a new bakery in The Grove. Sweetfixx, located at 4420 Manchester Ave., opened July 29, and is serving up sweet treats.

 

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5. The later is still a work in progress (look for an opening later this month), but the new Baileys’ Chocolate Bar reopened yesterday, Aug. 3, after just three weeks of frenzied activity.

6. 4204 Main Street Brewing in Alton recently closed its doors, only to rebrand and open as The Perfect 10 Pub & Grill on Friday, July 28.

 

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7. The St. Louis craft beer boom continues, and it’s finally starting to take root out west. Case in point: Good News Brewing Co., which opened a brewpub in mid-July at 330 Sonderen St., in O’Fallon, Missouri.

8. Manchester has a new specialty store: Pan-Asia Supermarket at 14246 Manchester Road. The 30,000-square-foot grocery hosted its grand opening Saturday, July 22, and offers a wide variety of Asian products, including fresh seafood, dry goods, fruit and veggies, international liquors and spices.

 

 

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9. After a fire destroyed The Sweet Divine in October last year, the Soulard bakery reopens its shop at 1801 S. Ninth St., Thursday, Aug. 3.

10. Stage Left Diner quietly closed its doors on Monday, July 31. The diner, located at 541 N. Grand Blvd., debuted in September 2016, when owner Steve Smith and restaurant consultant Brad Beracha took over the space next-door to the Fabulous Fox Theatre from the former City Diner.

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Sunday, July 30th, 2017

From one of the area’s most anticipated restaurant openings to national accolades for Vicia, here’s what went down last week, ICYMI.

 

1. After years of anticipationNudo House made its debut. The ramen and pho shop from co-owners Qui Tran and Marie-Anne Velasco opened this Thursday, July 27 in Creve Coeur.

2. A new restaurant downtown has sprung up and is starting to grow on people. Red Oak Eats ‘n Treats, located at 1330 Washington Ave., opened on Wednesday, July 19. The fast-casual eatery features hydroponic plants on its menu.

 

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3. Vicia has made a splash on the local and national dining scenes even before its highly anticipated opening in March, and now, the Central West End restaurant has just been named one of Eater’s 12 Best New Restaurants In America.

4. Fans of sparkling will soon have an oasis in which to imbibe a wide variety of bubbles. Extra Brut, a sparkling wine and oyster venue from the folks behind Louie’s Wine Dive, is set to debut at 16 S. Bemiston Ave., in Clayton on Friday, Aug. 4.

 

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5. Chef-owner Ryan Lewis is moving his popular Springfield, Illinois, restaurant Driftwood Eatery & Cocktail to St. Louis. The restaurant – to be renamed and rebranded Pig & Pickle Eatery – is set to open this fall at 5511 Pershing Ave., and includes the space that formerly housed Atlas Restaurant.

 

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6.Southern comfort food spot Juniper will move to a new location in April 2018. Chef-owner John Perkins said the eatery’s new digs would be located on the first floor of the new mixed-use building currently under construction at 4101 Laclede Ave., in the Central West End.

 

 

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Monday, July 24th, 2017

St. Louis is popping with new food ventures from big name restauranteurs to local families just starting out. Here’s a quick rundown of the food news from last week, ICYMI.

 

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1. Dave Bailey has tackled burgers, breakfast and a vegetarian whiskey bar, and now he’s adding L’Acadiane, a Cajun and Creole eatery, to his restaurant portfolio.

 

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2. Grab your bibs and crackers – Mad Crab is now open in University City. The seafood boil spot opened doors July 17 at 8080 Olive Blvd., in the former home of Kim Son Seafood.

 

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3. National steakhouse chain The Capital Grille will soon open its 57th location –  and the first in the St. Louis area – in the former J. Buck’s space at 101 S. Hanley Road in Clayton in mid-September.

4. Three years after launching MK’s Rolls and Wraps food truck, owner MK Vongnarath has parked the mobile eatery and opened a permanent location, MK’s Asian Persuasion.

 

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5. Center Ice Brewery is keeping things cool in Midtown. The hockey-themed brewery opened July 21 at 3126 Olive St., just a couple doors down from Pappy’s Smokehouse and Southern.

 

 

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Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

From our new issue featuring the best of brunch to big changes for Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, here’s what went down last week in the STL dining scene, ICYMI.


1. Our July issue hit stands and we’re ready to brunch hard. Don’t wait – click here to read online now!

2. Things are heating up at the Mad Crab, a new seafood boil concept set to open July 17 at 8080 Olive Blvd., in University City.

 

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3. A Lafayette Square favorite is being reimagined and a new concept introduced – all in the same space. Owner Dave Bailey announced he will pare down Baileys’ Chocolate Bar and reopen part of the space at 1915 Park Ave., as a new restaurant.

4. Ellisville’s first brewery is officially open. Brewer-owner Chris Greer opened Greer Brewing Co. at 16050 Manchester Road on June 24.

 

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5. Two local favorites, 2nd Shift Brewing and Guerrilla Street Food, are teaming up for a one-two punch of food and drink. The popular Filipino food purveyors will run the kitchen at 2nd Shift’s brewery and tasting room at 601 Sublette Ave., starting Wednesday, July 5.

6. Got $10 and a friend? Then Budget Crunch has 10 tasty deals you must try now.

 

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Sunday, June 11th, 2017

From new locations of Craft Beer Cellar and Jilly’s to the closure of Scapegoat in the Central West End, here’s what went down last week the STL food scene, ICYMI.

 

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1. A second Craft Beer Cellar is set to open in at 5760 Chippewa St., near the Hampton Village shopping center. Owner Brandon Nickelson is hoping to open doors at the beer-focused bottle shop by end of the year.

 

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2. Scapegoat Tavern & Courtyard, the more casual arm of fine dining restaurant Scape in the Central West End, has closed its doors. The restaurant ceased operations after Memorial Day, according to Bob Koplar, general counsel for Koplar Properties, which owns the space.

 

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3. Popular sweets purveyor Jill Segal, owner of Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café, is heading east to open her latest project, Jilly’s. Segal expects to debut in late June at 222 E. Park St., in Edwardsville, just in time for the flagship restaurant’s 10th anniversary in July.

 

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4. Condensed milk and hazelnut praline take basic pound cake to the next level. Get the recipe in this week’s Baked. 

 

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