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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Chef Logan Ely Is Back, with a New Pop-Up on the Loop — and a Call to Rethink Food

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 6:49 AM

There’s a new sheriff — err, chef — in town, one who’s bringing a new perspective to St. Louis diners. But is it really new, or is it ancient? Chef Logan Ely, a St. Louis native who recently returned to the city after twelve years cooking in hotspots around...

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Tasty Shack Brings Drive-Through Convenience to South City

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 6:44 AM

Tasty Shack (3909 Gravois Avenue, 314-240-5051) isn't your usual fast-food joint. For one thing, it's not a chain. For another, it's not particularly fast. But that's not the point. Everything on the voluminous menu is cooked to order — these sandwiches, fries and fish dinners aren't sitting under a heat...

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Patois Eatery and Social Lounge to Replace the Rustic Goat in Midtown

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 9:45 AM

A new Caribbean/Creole/American fusion concept, Patois Eatery and Social Lounge, plans to open in Midtown St. Louis on April 15, replacing the Rustic Goat at 2617 Washington Avenue. Johnnie Franklin, marketing director for the new restaurant's management group, says the Rustic Goat will be closing in the coming days,...

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

St. Louis Soup Dumplings, New Concept from Private Kitchen, to Open This Spring

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Lawrence Chen, owner of the beloved fine-dining Chinese tasting menu restaurant Private Kitchen (8106 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-989-0283), has a new concept in the works. Chen confirms that he is preparing to open a sister restaurant, St. Louis Soup Dumplings, in the adjacent University City storefront. St. Louis...

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Up-Down Arcade Bar Runs Into Opposition from Central West End Neighbors

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 6:27 AM

Last month, owners of the arcade bar concept Up-Down, which has thrived in Des Moines, Minneapolis and Kansas City, began the process of applying for a liquor license to open their fourth location in the Central West End. But even though the site they're eyeing on Euclid, formerly the...

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Riverbend Restaurant & Bar Has Closed

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 7:28 AM

Riverbend Restaurant & Bar (1059 S. Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights) has closed its doors — seven years after opening and roughly three years after moving to a new, expanded location in Richmond Heights. Owner Sam Kogos did not respond to two messages seeking comment last week, and chef Steve...

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How Alisha Blackwell of Reeds American Table Found Her Passion in Wine

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 6:47 AM

Alisha Blackwell, the sommelier at Reeds American Table (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-899-9821), remembers the second she was hooked by wine. "I was a server at Oceano Bistro, and they were very big on wine education," she recalls. "One Friday, they opened a bottle of red Bordeaux and the...

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Newly Renovated Chase Club Brings the Nightlife to the Chase Park Plaza

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 6:40 AM

If you haven't been to the Chase Park Plaza (212 N. Kingshighway, 314-633-3000) in awhile, it's highly possible that your last memory of the venerable hotel involves dancing the night away at Cafe Eau — the casual bar and grill that frequently hosted live music for dancing and connected...

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Katie's Pizza Cafe in Clayton Has Closed

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 8:11 AM

Katie's Pizza Cafe (6611 Clayton Road, Clayton), the stylish pizzeria in Clayton originally opened by Katie Lee Collier, has closed its doors. The nine-year-old restaurant was apparently shuttered without fanfare or publicity. The restaurant's phone number continues to ring, but there is no way to leave a message and...

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Here Is Mike Johnson's Mac and Cheese Recipe. We're Not Worthy

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 6:26 AM

It’s just never enough for you, is it, Chef Mike Johnson? You’ve already got a chain of critically acclaimed barbecue joints and a revamped drive-in burger bar. You even had a showdown with Bobby Flay. It’s only fitting that you just had to go and share with us your...

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