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The Scoop: Closings, moves, makeovers and more restaurant news

June 24th 11:06am, 2013


While The Scoop was away from the keyboard, many a development took place in the local dining scene — from closings to moves, for-sales to projects put on hold and restaurants doing some upgrades. Here’s a roundup on the latest action around town.

Duff’s held it’s final day of service yesterday, June 23, after 41 years in business. Another longtime establishment, Garavelli’s, turns out the lights this Friday, June 28. That news was announced earlier this month on its Facebook page: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the closing of Garavelli’s Cafeteria. After many great years with all of you, we have made a decision to close our doors and do what we think best.” The cafeteria, located in South City at 6600 Chippewa Ave., is the last remaining Garavelli’s, which once numbered six area locations.

Extra Virgin, An Olive Ovation plans to relocate to 8829 Ladue Road in Ladue. A recent newsletter held word that Tuesday, June 25 will be the last full day of business for the specialty food shop at its current location at 143 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton. Doors should open at the new location during the first week of July. According to the newsletter, “The exact day will be announced when final health department and building inspections are scheduled.” During the transition, Extra Virgin will still fulfill orders online and via phone.

Another restaurant that temporarily will close doors is Atlas. Chef-owner Bryan Carr and his wife Diane have commissioned local green-build and design firm Mwanzi Co. to makeover the interior of the restaurant, located at 5513 Pershing Ave., in the Central West End. Altas will close July 1 and reopen July 9.

Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop Shop will not add a location in the Central West End. Last September, The Scoop reported that the fast-casual salad and pizza place was eyeing the space at 313 N. Euclid Ave., long occupied by a Pasta House Co. unit. At that time, Crushed Red co-owner Chris LaRocca noted that if lease discussions fell apart, it would likely be due to liquor license issues. Lack of neighborhood support for the liquor license is, in fact, why LaRocca and his business partners decided to pull out of what would have been the restaurant’s third location. “Our lease was contingent on us securing a liquor license within a specific period of time. We weren’t able to do it,” said LaRocca. “We believed we should have a presence in the Central West End, but it was getting too difficult to get this thing done.” The Crushed Red ownership group is “actively looking for other locations now,” according to LaRocca, who is pleased by the reception of the Crushed Red Kirkwood location that opened five weeks ago. “It’s astounded me how well that’s done.”



By Ligaya Figueras

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