A Little Closure

It's see ya, not goodbye, at the Hungry Buddha

Although the arrival of Molly O'Ryans bolsters St. Louis' Irish-cuisine scene (not really -- that was a joke), Asian eats here have recently taken a turn for the worse. This winter has seen the temporary closings of both the Hungry Buddha, the downtown noodle-nirvana lunch spot, and the Jade Room, the sushi-till-3 a.m. joint/Internet café off South Grand Boulevard. Talk about bad yin and yang; whether you like your Eastern-influenced chow early or late, for the time being you're SOL.

Location Info


Molly O'Ryan's

6714 Olive Blvd.
University City, MO 63130-2513

Category: Restaurant >

Region: University City

Jade Room

3131 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118-1011

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - South City

Call Hungry Buddha's listed number, or knock on its Washington Avenue storefront door, and you'll receive the same cryptic message: The Buddha is in "deep meditation" until the spring. Owner/chef Blake Brokaw (who also runs perennial hipster fave Tangerine, next door) did not return phone calls, but the common theory on what caused the closure isn't surprising: short hours, no liquor and the year-plus Washington Avenue streetscape project. The Jade Room has more solid plans for its second coming; it's slated to reopen February 1, with new afternoon hours and a new 3 a.m. liquor license. (Previously the Jade Room served sushi until 3 a.m. but stopped pouring booze at 1:30 a.m.) Manager Tu Tran also promises an expanded martini menu, the debut of bubble tea, an improved sound system and free Internet access (before, Web-surfing ran 11 cents a minute). What's still uncertain, though, is whether sushi chef Scottie Pokres will return. Rumor has it he pulled a "Take this job and shove it" right before Christmas.