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The Scoop: Italian restaurant Cini opening doors this week in Midtown, Ladue location coming in spring

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Cini, a fast casual Italian restaurant, is unlocking doors this Thursday at 374 S. Grand Blvd., between Highway 40 and Forest Park Parkway. The 65-seat eatery in Midtown is the first of two Cini locations scheduled to open this year. The second Cini will make its home at 8831 Ladue Road, in the Colonial MarketPlace shopping plaza at the intersection of Gay Avenue. According to company spokesperson Christina Boehm, the target date for opening the Ladue location is mid-April. The Italian restaurant is a project by Dave Jones and Doug Tieber, developers of 16 Buffalo Wild Wings locations, along with Frank and Carmelo Gabriele of Il Bel Lago.

Cini will specialize in arancini (pictured above) – a Sicilian specialty of fried rice balls coated in breadcrumbs – which will be available in three savory options but also as a sweet dessert featuring Arborio rice and hazelnut chocolate rolled in crushed vanilla wafers or Oreo cookies. Other Cini menu items include piadina (grilled flatbread topped with prosciutto, salami or cheese and folded in half) and pasta and salad bowls that come with a grilled item and a sauce or dressing. Among beverages, diners can enjoy numerous local craft beers as well as wine on tap.

Cini will operate daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Cini website is expected to launch tomorrow; however, information is available on its Facebook page. Below is a sneak peek of a portion of Cini’s menu. 

The Scoop: Tidbits from the STL restaurant scene

Monday, July 18th, 2011

071811_MexiFoodBeen on vacation or sitting poolside with your nose in a best-seller? Here’s a roundup of the latest action from The Lou’s food scene that you may have missed.

The Scoop received confirmation last week that Arcelia’s in Lafayette Square is reopening. Since the RFT’s Ian Froeb cited possible action at the space at 2001 Park Ave., The Scoop has learned that Arcelia’s is indeed under new ownership. Although we have been unable to chat with new owner Pat Shelton, a construction crew working on the premises indicated that the Mexican restaurant, which closed in January of this year, will not undergo a name change or a menu overhaul and is hoping to reopen by Labor Day.

The historic space at Busch’s Grove will also see new life. George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine broke the news last week that Frank and Carmelo Gabriele are purchasing the property at 9160 Clayton Road in Ladue with plans to open it in November as an Italian restaurant. The restaurant’s name has yet to be determined. The Gabriele family also operates Il Bel Lago in Creve Coeur and Giovanni’s on The Hill.

Taste Wood Fired Fare, a newly opened restaurant in Brentwood that we told you about back in April, has undergone a name change: Axe “Taste.” Replace with “Twin Oak.” As first reported by Mahe, the new name reflects the familial status of twin brothers and owners Casey and Curt Friedrichs, serves as an indicator of the wood used to prepare the wood-fired fare and eliminates confusion between the similarly named Taste restaurant and cocktail bar in the Central West End.

The Westmoreland Building, located at 255 Union Blvd., near Lindell Boulevard, looks to be getting a new restaurant tenant. Mahe reported that German-American gastropub Rhine Haus Eatery & Pub will take up residence in the space, with chef Tyler Rundquist, formerly of Jim Edmonds’ 15 Steakhouse, helming the kitchen.

And lastly, The Red Lion in Maplewood has closed. The restaurant announced the closure last Thursday on its Facebook page, as reported by Froeb.

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