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Monday, October 12, 2015

Downtown's Food Roof Is Growing Produce for Restaurants Across St. Louis

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM

When it came to growing fresh food, downtown St. Louis used to be something of a desert. “There are over 200 community gardens in St. Louis, but not one is downtown, in the neighborhood that needs it the most,” Mary Ostafi, the founder of FOOD ROOF, explained in a TEDx GatewayArch presentation in 2014....

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Ted Kilgore Is Serving Everclear — Yes, Everclear — at Planter's House

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 6:30 AM

Has Ted Kilgore lost his mind? Did the spirit of a frat boy with a thirst for "jungle juice" descend into the body of the city's most acclaimed mixologist and inhabit his soul? Surely there is an explanation for the seemingly unthinkable: Kilgore is serving Everclear at Planter's House...

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Friday, October 9, 2015

J. Buck's, Joe Buck's Restaurants to Close at Month's End

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 2:49 PM

It's one last postseason for the Buck family — or, at least, for the restaurant operation that bears their name. The owners of Joe Buck's Restaurant in downtown St. Louis and J. Buck's in Clayton announced today that they would be closing the eateries after dinner service on October...

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Vitale's Deli Brings Hill-Style Sandwiches to Glendale

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Vitale's Deli (425 North Sappington Rd., Glendale; 314-966-9912) has only been open for a little over two weeks, but owner Mike Vitale already has a legion of regulars — most of whom greet him with a hug after they walk through the front door. "I love it here," says...

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Guess Where I'm Eating This Salad and Win $25 to Chinese Noodle Cafe

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM

The Santa Fe chicken salad is one of those oldies but goodies — a dish you could find on the menu of a Chili's or a Cheesecake Factory or any number of airport cafes. The version you'll see pictured above, however, is one that we ordered at an independent...

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Restituo's Future Uncertain After Water Main Break

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Around 4:50 p.m. on September 18, Nicole McCormack walked into the Shaw neighborhood coffee shop she owns, Restituo (4100 Shenandoah Avenue), to do a little prep work. She turned on the lights, used the restroom and was washing her hands when she heard an odd noise coming from the basement.  "I...

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The Picky Eater's Guide to Sugarfire Smokehouse

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 6:00 AM

“Vegetarian-friendly barbecue restaurant” is not a term that you hear often; most herbivores will tell you that they've cobbled together quite a few “meals” of coleslaw and garlic bread when meeting friends and family for barbecue. So when we recently visited Sugarfire Smokehouse, we were thrilled to see that...

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Jukebox Piano Bar Will Bring Dueling Pianos Back to Maplewood

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Five years ago, Phil "Spanky" Manaois and his partners in the Jive & Wail dueling pianos bar concept went separate ways. His partners closed the flagship Maplewood restaurant, and soon thereafter its St. Peters offshoot, to open a dueling piano bar downtown. (That, too, eventually closed.) Manaois went to...

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A First Look at Union Loafers — Now Open in Botanical Heights

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 6:00 AM

When Ted Wilson and Sean Netzer met while working at The Good Pie, they knew they wanted to open a restaurant together, pretty much right away. It took five years, but that dream has become a reality at their new Botanical Heights bakery and cafe, Union Loafers (1629 Tower...

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