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Randolfi’s will close in The Loop Sept. 9

Monday, August 28th, 2017



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

“We’ve thrown everything that we have into this restaurant. There have been a lot of tears, but it’s time to close the chapter. We are so proud of what we’ve accomplished at Randolfi’s,” said chef and co-owner Mike Randolph in a press release.

Randolfi’s opened in 2015, replacing Randolph’s Neapolitan pizzeria The Good Pie in the same space. It was one of Sauce’s Best New Restaurants 2015.

A number of local chefs who previously worked at Randolfi’s and The Good Pie will be returning for the final night of service on September 9, including Ted Wilson of Union Loafers, Taylor Hamilton of Melo’s Pizzeria and Russ Bodner of Taste.

“Over nine years, we’ve had the pleasure of working with so many amazing people. It’s been the highlight of my career,” Randolph said in the press release. “I look forward to bringing back those alumni for one final service.”

More information on the future of the restaurant will be released at a later date.

Photo by Greg Rannells

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Grapeseed closes in SoHa

Friday, May 5th, 2017



As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Grapeseed in the SoHa neighborhood has shut its doors. Grapeseed was reviewed by Sauce Magazine shortly after opening in 2014. The last day of service was Sunday, April 30 and the closure was announced via Facebook. According to the post, the owners closed the restaurant to pursue “opportunities outside the area.” Grapeseed’s owners did not respond to repeated requests for comment.


The Scoop: Riverbend Restaurant closes

Monday, March 27th, 2017



Riverbend Restaurant & Bar, located at 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., in Richmond Heights, has closed. The last day of service was Sunday, March 26, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

Owner Sam Kogos opened Riverbend in 2010 in Soulard after relocating from New Orleans. The restaurant moved to its Richmond Heights location in 2014.

Kogos did not return requests for comment, but Riverbend’s website and a message on the restaurant’s voicemail confirmed the closure.

This follows on the heels of another prominent closing, Three Flags Tavern, in early March, also reported by St. Louis Magazine. Owner John O’Brien did not respond to multiple requests for comment since the closure. The restaurant opened in 2014; Sauce reviewed it in August of that year.


The Scoop: Belleville’s Fischer’s Restaurant to close

Friday, January 6th, 2017



Longtime Belleville, Illinois, institution Fischer’s Restaurant will be shutting its doors next month. In a Facebook message, owners announced that they’ll be closing the restaurant on February 15, after almost 80 years in business.

According to general manager Corea Buck, there were a multitude of reasons behind the decision to close the family-owned business.

“I started here 25 years ago, and back then, we were the only game in town for banquets and fine dining,” she said. Since then, competition has increased, with many chain restaurants and banquet centers opening in the area. She added that costs have been on the rise, including insurance for the restaurant’s 60 employees, and the general state of the economy hasn’t helped.

Buck said the owners decided to wait until next month to close to give employees a chance to find other jobs and allow customers time to come by one last time. As of now, according to Buck, there are no plans to open another restaurant.

The Scoop: Kaslik relocates, Lester’s closes two locations

Friday, November 21st, 2014



Less than two years after opening its doors in Florissant, Kaslik Restaurant is moving just down the road to 7847 N. Lindbergh Blvd., into a free-standing 3,500-square-foot space with seating capacity up to 150. Kaslik chef-owner Wesam Hamed said he’s glad to have the additional space to serve locals and out-of-towners from as far away as Joplin.

“Business is very good and people come from all over, but we have a problem with dining in because there are only 20 seats,” Hamed said. “We’re missing the diners.”

Those diners will now have plenty of room to sit and enjoy the hot and cold appetizers, vegetables, eggplant and the rest of the traditional Mediterranean fare that made the original location successful. Kaslik’s catering business will be run out of the new location as well.

Hamed plans to keep the lease at 8141 N. Lindbergh Blvd., and open a new restaurant whose concept is still under development. Hamed hopes to open Kaslik at the new location Dec. 1.

While Kaslik expands, local sports bar Lester’s is cutting back. As reported by The St. Louis Business Journal, Lester’s locations in the Central West End and Chesterfield have closed. Vice president of operations Pedro Beltranena was not immediately available for comment. Lester’s in Ladue remains open.


The Scoop: La Tropicana Market in south St. Louis closes

Friday, October 25th, 2013

102513_tropicana{La Tropicana’s Cuban sandwich}


La Tropicana Market, a Cuban and Mexican market and cafe located at 5001 Lindenwood Ave., has closed its doors. Luis Trabanco, whose family has owned and operated the market since 1975, stated that La Tropicana temporarily closed in August for personal reasons. “We decided this past week not to reopen,” Trabanco said, adding that there are no plans for new ventures now. “It’s a surrealistic time for the family and me … It hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Trabanco said the family hopes to lease the building at the intersection of Lindenwood and Hereford Street in south St. Louis. “We’re trying to find someone to basically rent the space. It would be great if it would open as a market or Latin restaurant,” he said.

La Tropicana was known for some of its prepared Cuban and Latin American foods, including Cuban sandwiches, which Sauce featured in 2012.

-photo by Jonathan Gayman


The Scoop: Boosters Cafe closes

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013



Breakfast-focused Boosters Cafe has shuttered. A sign posted on the storefront at 567 Melville Ave., a side street off Delmar Boulevard in The Loop, notes the closing. Boosters opened in 2007. Calls to the establishment for comment were unanswered.



The Scoop: Green Bean in the CWE to close

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

090413_greenbean{Green Bean’s Olympian wrap}


Green Bean is closing. The fast-casual salad and wrap shop at 232 N. Euclid Ave., in the Central West End announced yesterday that it would permanently close doors after lunch service this Friday, Sept. 6.

Green Bean opened two years ago, hoping to attract customers seeking quick, healthy eating options. Its Olympian wrap (pictured), a menu item added this summer, was featured as a Sauce Meatless Monday pick in July.

Green Bean CEO Sarah Haselkorn or Tim Fetter, vice president of business development and strategy, could not immediately be reached for comment.

-Photo by Michelle Volansky



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

Monday, June 24th, 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.”



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