that east-side mainstay Neruda (4 Club Centre Court, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-659-9866)
will close after service on Valentine's Day. Owner Madt Mallinckrodt is retiring from the restaurant business, according to a note on the restaurant's website
- Gut Check first spied Desserts on the Boulevard (3949 Lindell Boulevard; 314-534-4300)
way back in July. According to its Facebook page
, the café and dessert bar opened last Tuesday, January 3.
- Joe Bonwich of the