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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

RIP Bill Carl, Founder of Carl's Deli — and Maker of St. Louis' Best Pastrami

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 6:26 AM

For many St. Louisans, the passing of William "Bill" Carl, the founder of Carl’s Deli (6401 Clayton Road, Clayton; 314-721-2393), meant the loss of a beloved figure in the city’s food scene. For the deli’s current owner, Matt Lewis, it was the loss of his second father. “I started...

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Chipotle on the Loop to Close at Month's End

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 6:45 AM

Another restaurant is leaving the Loop. Nine months after Noodles & Co. shuttered its location on Delmar, its next-door neighbor, Chipotle Mexican Grill (6316 Delmar Boulevard) will be doing the same thing on February 28, a company spokesman confirmed to the RFT. But burrito lovers aren't out of luck; Chipotle...

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For Peacemaker's John Messbarger, Lobster Is Inspiration

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 6:30 AM

John Messbarger of Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. (1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858) credits his family's rich food traditions with making him the chef he is today. Whether it was making miniature cherry pies with his grandmother, chowing down on whole Maine lobsters when he was in grade school or attending...

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Event to Highlight Immigrant Contributions to St. Louis' Food Scene

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 6:24 AM

It started as a simple Facebook post by Angela Ortmann. Responding to the recent immigration crackdown, the sommelier and restaurant consultant known as STL Wine Girl wanted give a shout-out to the contribution immigrants make to the St. Louis restaurant community. “We’re all watching what’s going on around us...

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nixta Is Closed Today in Protest of President Trump's Immigration Policies

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 6:48 AM

Updated at 10:45 a.m. Today, instead of putting on their chef coats and sharpening their knives, immigrant restaurant workers across the country will stay home as part of a national "Day Without Immigrants" strike — and at least one restaurant in town is closing its doors to stand in...

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Two Thumbs Up Brings Something New to Olive Boulevard: A Sandwich Shop

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 6:44 AM

In December, a new kind of restaurant opened up on Olive Boulevard, just east of 170. Unlike its neighbors, Two Thumbs Up (8502 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-395-9679) not an Asian restaurant, nor is it a fast food joint. It is, simply, a sandwich shop — a well-lit, low-key...

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Instacart Launches On-Demand Shopping Service Across St. Louis Today

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 6:34 AM

It used to be the case that if you went grocery shopping in your pajamas, you'd be thrown out of the store. That all changes now. Starting today, fast grocery delivery will be available the touch of a button as Instacart makes its debut throughout St. Louis. The San...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Another Shake Shack May Be Coming ... to Ballpark Village?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Could Ballpark Village become a destination for dining — not just a fun spot for a pre- and post-game party? St. Louis Magazine suggests that no less than Danny Meyer is now eyeing the downtown development, which sits in the shadow of Busch Stadium. Meyer, owner of New York's...

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Firecracker Pizza & Beer to Bring 'Pizza Without Borders' to the Grove

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 6:28 AM

Chip Schloss, owner of the Grove mainstay Atomic Cowboy, vividly remembers the moment inspiration hit for his forthcoming restaurant just down the street, Firecracker Pizza & Beer (4130 Manchester Avenue). "We were in my business manager's office working on pizza crust ideas, and I was eating an authentic chile...

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Monday, February 13, 2017

How Samantha Pretto Found Her Calling at the Dark Room

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Samantha Pretto of the Dark Room (3610 Grandel Square, 314-531-3416) was admittedly adrift following high school, working as a jewelry saleswoman at the now-defunct catalog showroom retailer Service Merchandise. She wasn't clear on what she wanted to do with her life. That all changed when she became pregnant with her...

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