John Nash does not understand why people are scared of pairing wine with barbecue. "People freak out, but think of Spain. The food is spicy and full of big flavors -- just like barbecue -- and they drink wine with everything." After nearly three decades at the Wine Merchant, the business he founded ... More >>
Bud Starr, the man who vowed that he would never open another restaurant, is at it again. This time, he gets into the barbecue business with Bud's Smokehouse & Grill (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard; 314-781-2345) -- at our count, the seventh concept to open in the restaurant space adjacent to the 34- ... More >>
At the end of last year, I listed five restaurants due to open in the coming months that I dubbed the "Most Anticipated Restaurants" of 2012. Now that we've entered the second half of the year, I thought revisiting this list would be appropriate -- if only to highlight how unpredictable the restaura ... More >>
As Gut Check first learned last month, Bud Starr will indeed serve food again at his namesake wine shop Starrs (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-2345). In a brief phone conversation this afternoon, Starr stressed that he doesn't really consider this a "restaurant," per se, b ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergBud Starr, owner of Starrs and a multiplicity of restaurantsLast week, Bud Starr stunned the St. Louis restaurant community when he closed the doors on Root, the restaurant inside his wine shop Starrs (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-2345), after on ... More >>
Root (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-2345) announced via Twitter this morning that it was closed, effective immediately, only three weeks after it opened. via TwitterChef Brian Hardesty tells Gut Check that he was at the restaurant, placing his produce order, when h ... More >>
Gut Check loves us some wine. We want a bottle with bang and a bang for our buck, so every week we will visit a local wine shop, where an expert will recommend a good-value wine priced under $15. We'll drink some and tell you whether we want to continue -- because the only time Gut Check has our nos ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergBack in May, Gut Check reported that Starrs (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-2345) was sharing its space with a new Mexican restaurant, Las Brisas. Since then, much has changed. Las Brisas, previously owned and operated by Sergio Zegar, has closed ... More >>
Katie MoultonBud Starr of Starr'sLas Brisas is now open inside Starrs (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, 314-781-2345). The soft opening is today, and there are plans for a grand opening next week, although no date is set yet. Bud Starr is sharing his liquor license with Sergio Zegar, Las Bris ... More >>
Gut Check loves us some wine. We want a bottle with bang and a bang for our buck, so every week we will visit a local wine shop, where the experts will recommend a good-value wine priced under $15. We'll drink some and tell you wether we want to continue -- because the only time Gut Check has our no ... More >>
Starrs is great for wine — and for dinner. Who knew?
Starrs might have had the least flashy opening of any area restaurant this year. Regular patrons of Bud Starr's spacious Richmond Heights wine shop and gourmet market probably knew the private dining area was being renovated -- essentially closed off from the store proper -- but it had been several ... More >>
Richmond Heights wine shop and gourmet market Starrs (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard) is now serving dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. Starrs has featured private dining for 15 years -- the dining room, recently renovated, seats about 50 -- but owner Bud Starr told ... More >>
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