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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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