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Friday, April 21, 2017

Banh Mi So Is Open. Long Live Banh Mi So

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 6:23 AM

Thomas and Lynn Truong had folks scared. For more than a month, their beloved south city restaurant, Banh Mi So (4071 South Grand Boulevard, 314-353-0545), had remained shuttered. The doors were locked, the lights were off and the phone rang off the hook and unanswered without any message explaining...

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Standard Brewing Company Will Close April 30

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 8:52 AM

Less than two years after opening its doors, Standard Brewing Company (12322 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights; 314-548-2270) has announced its closure. The brewpub was founded by Jeff Harlan and Jeff "Jonesy" Jones, who'd previously opened the brew-it-yourself store J2 in Chesterfield. They renovated a former Fuddruckers in Maryland Heights...

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For $80K, You Could Buy a Failed Kirkwood Restaurant

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 6:32 AM

If you've ever dreamed of owning a restaurant in Kirkwood, we've got a deal for you: For the low, low price of $79,999, you could purchase the name, equipment and fixtures of a spot that lasted all of two weeks. According to St. Louis Magazine, the Fryer's Daughter opened...

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Samantha Mitchell Is the Libertine's New Executive Chef

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 2:54 PM

Big changes are underway at the Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-2999), as owners Nick and Audra Luedde announce that Samantha Mitchell will be taking over as the Clayton restaurant's executive chef. Mitchell, who is known for her roving farm-to-table concept Farmtruk, is a veteran of Annie Gunn's...

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh to Open in Former Companion Spot in Clayton

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 4:04 PM

The first Missouri outpost of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh could be coming to Clayton. The fast-casual restaurant chain has submitted an application with the city to open at Maryland and Forsyth in the space that previously held Companion Bake House and Cafe. The homegrown bread company closed that location last October. The...

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Center Ice Brewery Will Bring Craft Beer, and a Hockey Theme, to Midtown

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 6:18 AM

Entrepreneur Steve Albers is giving St. Louis a new place to indulge in two of its favorite things: craft beer and ice hockey. Albers is the brains behind the Center Ice Brewery, a new tasting room and brewery he hopes to open by mid-to-late May. He has the location:...

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Element's New Chef, Tudor Seserman, Gets Philosophical

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 8:50 AM

Tudor Seserman of Element (1419 Carroll Street, 314-241-1674) was studying philosophy in graduate school when a friend showed him an article about an alum who'd left academia behind to open a restaurant. "I remember saying, 'I'm never going to be that guy,'" laughs Seserman. "And here I am." Looking back...

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Laughing Bear Bakery Is Helping Ex-Cons Turn Life Around, One Sweet Treat at a Time

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 6:47 AM

There aren’t many jobs out there where "felon" is a prerequisite. But at Laughing Bear Bakery, a small team of bakers is churning out delicious treats with passion — and criminal records. One of the major cited factors for recidivism is the inability to find gainful employment, says Laughing...

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Raging Bull Triggers Lawsuit Against Ballpark Village Bar

Posted By on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 7:03 AM

When you're drinking in Ballpark Village, you'd best watch out for the mechanical bull. A lawsuit filed yesterday against PBR St. Louis (601 Clark Avenue), which is part of the Ballpark Village entertainment district near Busch Stadium, alleges that a 50something Indiana woman suffered serious injuries after a collision with the...

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fortel's Pizza Den in University City Has Closed

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 12:53 PM

File this one under "utterly unsurprising": Less than a month after being hit with a lawsuit from the state of Missouri, the University City outpost of a local pizza chain has closed its doors. Fortel's Pizza Den (7358 Forsyth Boulevard, University City) was hit with a lawsuit on March...

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