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Saturday, January 14th, 2017

From new locations of popular barbecue joints and brunch spots to the closing of a 40-year-old Fairview Heights institution, here’s what happened last weekend in the St. Louis dining scene, ICYMI…

 

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1. Scott Sandler, owner of Pizzeoli in Soulard, has announced he will open a new restaurant called Pizza Head at 3196 S. Grand Ave., in the former Absolutli Goosed and Brickyard Tavern space.

2. Pastry chef Alex Feick is bringing her baking game to area restaurants and retailers. Prioritized Pastries aims to supply area restaurants, stores and individuals with quality artisan breads, pastries and desserts.

 

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3. Mike and Liz Randolph, co-owners of Randolph Restaurants,  have announced a second location of Half & Half in Webster Groves. The breakfast and lunch spot will open in late spring or early summer at 220 W. Lockwood Ave., in the current First Watch space.

4. The Tom & Chee location at 1280 Highway K in O’Fallon, Missouri, has closed. The closing was announced on the location’s Facebook page Jan. 9, citing “circumstances beyond our control.”

 

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5. Delmar Loop favorite Salt & Smoke is getting ready to expand its barbecue empire to South St. Louis this summer. Owner Tom Schmidt has announced that he will open a new location of the restaurant at 5625 Hampton Ave., the former home of Mathew’s Kitchen that shuttered last year.

6. Another longstanding Metro East establishment is shutting its doors. Dandy Inn Pub in Fairview Heights is scheduled to close on Sunday, Jan. 15, after 40 years in business.

7. Moya Grill, located at 567 Mehlville Ave. in University City, has been shuttered. The casual Ethiopian eatery from the owners of Meskerem on South Grand closed over the holidays.

 

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The Scoop: Tom & Chee closes in O’Fallon, Missouri

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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The Tom & Chee location at 1280 Highway K in O’Fallon, Missouri, has closed. The chain specializes in custom grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soups, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian fare.

The closing was announced on the location’s Facebook page yesterday, Jan. 9, citing “circumstances beyond our control.”

According to franchisee Doug Mating, those boiled down to parking. Mating said the 2015 addition of Monical’s Pizza to the shopping center that Tom & Chee was located in caused a shortage of parking that adversely affected businesses there.

“It just got too crowded,” he said. “People aren’t going to park behind a strip center and walk.”

Tom & Chee’s last day of business was Sunday, Jan. 8. Mating said he donated all of the remaining food to Messenger Worship Center in Fenton. He has no plans to reopen in a new location.

The Scoop: Fast-casual Ethiopian eatery Moya Grill closes

Monday, January 9th, 2017

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Moya Grill, located at 567 Mehlville Ave. in University City, has been shuttered. The casual Ethiopian eatery from the owners of Meskerem on South Grand closed over the holidays.

According to co-owner Henok Gerbi, the location, which was open just over a year, didn’t do the volume of business needed to keep up with expenses.

Gerbi said he’d like to eventually relocate the restaurant and is on the lookout for possible locations, though he has no set timetable to reopen. He added that Meskerem continues to do well and will continue on.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

 

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The Scoop: Dandy Inn shutters after 40 years

Monday, January 9th, 2017

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Another longstanding Metro East establishment is shutting its doors. Dandy Inn Pub in Fairview Heights is scheduled to close on Sunday, Jan. 15, after 40 years in business.

Owner Mark Daniels said the reason he’s closing the restaurant is simple. “I’m just tired.”

That’s understandable, as Daniels has been in the business for quite a while. His parents, Dave and Phyllis Daniels, opened The Dandy Inn in 1977, and he took the helm 35 years ago. Daniels said he plans to sell the building.

Since announcing the closure last week, Daniels said the response from the community has been tremendous. “I knew we’d be busy, but this is over the top,” he said. “It’s been St. Patrick’s Day crowds every day. It’s amazing we’ve touched so many lives.”

Daniels said there is a possibility that the restaurant will open for a few days later in the month and just serve corned beef and cabbage. More information will be available on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

 

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The Scoop: Stur Restaurant and Lounge in Edwardsville closes

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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After two-and-a-half years in business, Stur Restaurant and Lounge has closed its doors in Edwardsville. The closure was announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Co-owners Angie and John Schmitt opened Stur in June 2014 with a menu focused on cocktails, shared plates and appetizers. Schmitt opened with the help of My Mixologist, a consultancy program that designs cocktail menus and trains staff to create the beverages.

The Facebook post did not identify the reason for closing, but thanked its customers for their patronage. Angie Schmitt did not return requests for comments.

 

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The Scoop: J McArthur’s to close, new concept from Robust owners to open

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

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Changes are underway at 3500 Watson Road in Lindenwood Park. J McArthur’s An American Kitchen will close doors for good Dec. 31 after a year-and-a-half in business, according to co-owner Kathleen Bibbins.

The announcement comes four months after the original head chef Ben McArthur left the restaurant, and chef Will Volny took his place. McArthur’s father, John McArthur, owns the restaurant with Bibbins, his stepmother.

“We, and John in particular, worked with Ben to develop the restaurant. It was something he wanted to do for Ben, then it became a family venture,” Bibbins said. “When Ben left, it didn’t have the same family feel, the same family venture, that we hoped to have.”

Bibbins said Volny had done a wonderful job during his tenure as executive chef, but that she and her husband thought a new concept would better suit the space. “We so enjoyed putting out good food and good wine to people,” Bibbins said. “It was a really wonderful experience, but when things changed and we started shifting things about, it just didn’t make that much sense anymore.”

McArthur and Bibbins reached out to longtime friends and business partners Stanley and Arlene Browne, who own both locations of Robust Wine Bar. The couples will partner to open a new concept in late February or early spring.

Arlene Browne said they are currently consulting with Robust executive chef Joseph Hemp V to finalize the concept – but don’t look for a third location of their popular wine bar. “It’s not another Robust, but it certainly fits within our wheelhouse,” Browne said.

McArthur and Bibbins own the building and will have a stake in the new concept, but the Brownes will handle day-to-day operations. Browne said the project is bittersweet; she hates seeing J McArthur’s shutter, but she looks forward to launching a new restaurant. “I think it’s really important to always be evolving and always growing,” she said.

Photo by Jonathan Gayman

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The Scoop: Death in the Afternoon closes

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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Citygarden is minus a lunch spot (at least for now) as Death in the Afternoon served its last bowl of ramen on Wednesday, Nov. 23. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, owners TJ Vytlacil and Adam Frager decided not to renew Death in the Afternoon’s lease in order to continue to grow their point of sale software company, Brigade Society, which publicly launched last year.

“We’re choosing to put all our energy into Brigade Society, and we’re doing well,” said Frager. “Knowing we’ll be traveling a lot in the immediate future, it would have been unfair to the staff, guests and Citygarden if we weren’t here to support the restaurant. We never wanted to be absentee owners.”

Unlike Blood & Sand, which Vytlacil and Frager sold earlier this fall, Death in the Afternoon’s building was leased, and the timeline was shorter. It took nearly nine months to close the sale of Blood & Sand.

“Selling a restaurant is a time-consuming process,” said Frager. “Citygarden has been fantastic and a pleasure to work with. When we started there was some skepticism about the location, but that’s never been an issue. We’ve always been profitable, so I hope we’ve proved that the location is not a hindrance but a benefit. We just didn’t have the luxury of time to put it up for sale.”

The restaurant had been open just more than two-and-a-half years, and Frager said will miss the diners and relationships.

“That was the hardest part of the decision,” he said. “Knowing how many friends have supported us in this. But it is out of respect for them that we closed. If there isn’t a strong leadership or ownership presence, then it’s hard to maintain the experience people had come to enjoy.”

 

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Photo by Jonathan Gayman

The Scoop: Nathalie’s to close Nov. 5  

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

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After nearly three years in business, Nathalie’s is closing doors at 4365 Lindell Blvd., in the Central West End. Owner Nathalie Pettus said the restaurant’s last day will be Saturday, Nov. 5, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

Pettus, who also owns the 327-acre Overlook Farm in Clarksville, said operating two businesses so far from each other was too difficult to maintain. “It’s so bittersweet,” she said. “It’s just too much with two endeavors 65 miles apart.”

Pethus will sell the building (which also saw life as Salt and Savor) to focus on operations at Overlook Farm, which raises and sells chicken, beef, pork, duck, tilapia and catfish, and grows produce in 26 hoop houses. It also serves as a popular weekend getaway destination and event venue. “It’s really hard,” she said. “I expected to be walking around in the space when I’m in my 90s. “But I hope to one day come back and eat someone else’s food in the space.”

Nathalie’s opened in December 2013 and hosted regular entertainment acts, too. “The best part is getting to know the people,” Pettus said. “We’ve had some incredible guests and incredible musicians, some of St. Louis’ finest. It’s been very special getting to know them and getting to showcase them.”

 

 

The Scoop: I Scream Cakes closes Maplewood location

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

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I Scream Cakes closed doors at its Maplewood location Sunday, Aug. 7, just three months after opening at 7326B Manchester Road.

Owner Kerry Soraci declined to comment on the reason for the closure, but she said her flagship location at 2641 Cherokee St., will remain open. Soraci opened I Scream Cakes in 2011. “For the next few months, we’re just going to focus on our food truck events,” she said.

A sign on the door noted that the Maplewood space will see a new ice cream shop in the future.

 

 

 

The Scoop: Old Standard Fried Chicken to close

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

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Nearly two years after first flipping on the fryers, Old Standard Fried Chicken will shutter its doors after brunch service on Sunday, July 31. Owner Ben Poremba announced the closure today, July 26.

“It is a business decision,” Poremba said. “It wasn’t doing what we wanted it to do or fitting in with our general strategy.”

Poremba opened the fried chicken restaurant in Botanical Heights across the street from his two flagship restaurants, Elaia and Olio, in October 2014. Sauce reviewed the restaurant in March 2015.

Poremba, who also owns Parigi and co-owns La Patisserie Chouquette, said the space at 1621 Tower Grove Ave., will not sit idle long. He will announce a new concept, as well as any personnel changes or transitions, in the next week or so.

It’s been a busy year for Poremba. He opened his Italian concept, Parigi, in Clayton in February, and in June, he handed the executive chef role at Elaia and Olio to Ben Grupe in order to shift his focus from chef to restaurateur.

 

-photo by Michelle Volansky 

 

 

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