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The Scoop: A slew of new restaurants

February 25th 02:02pm, 2013

Scenesters be ready. A couple of new restaurants opened last week and more are slated to debut in the next few days. For those of you who love to be first on the scene, here are a few places to put on the top of your list.

Simone Faure (pictured), former executive pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton, is poised to unlock the doors tomorrow at her French patisserie Chouquette, which The Scoop first announced last summer. The hours of operation at this sweet boutique and tea room, located at 1626 Tower Grove Ave., in the Botanical Heights neighborhood, are Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Doors at Tucanos Brazilian Grill are opening to the public this Wednesday. The all-you-can-eat churrascaria, the seventh location nationwide for the company and its first in Missouri, is located in St. Charles at 1520 S. Fifth St., in the space formerly known as Noah’s Ark, just off of Interstate-70.

Doors opened last Tuesday at the new Sushi Ai downtown location at 910 Olive St. The Japanese restaurant, which also has locations in Maryland Heights; St. Charles; Manchester, Mo.; O’Fallon, Mo.; and O’Fallon, Ill.; is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday marked the debut of Gist Bistro, a new restaurant located in the old Sapore space at 403 Lafayette Center in Manchester, Mo. Gist Bistro is a project by chef Ben Anderson and his business partner Michael Miller. (Editor’s note: Miller is not the same Miller who is the executive chef at Dressel’s Public House.) For the last four years, Anderson worked at Firefly Grill in Effingham, Ill. Prior to that, he owned a restaurant in St. Charles called Canoe. Serving as Anderson’s sous chef is Jonathon Olson, who was most recently exec chef at the shuttered The Market Grill in Soulard. According to Anderson, the cuisine at Gist will be “modern French-American,” with numerous items prepared with locally sourced products such as grass-fed beef from Rain Crow Ranch and pork and chicken from Benne’s Best Meat. The bistro is open for dinner daily, except Mondays. Anderson stated that lunch service will likely be added in late April. A website and Facebook page are under construction. The restaurant’s Twitter account (@gistbistro), however, is operational.

— photo by Greg Rannells

By Ligaya Figueras

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