User "Opa," Wikimedia CommonsThis is usually Daily RFT's beat, but now that it looks definite, I'll post the news here: The Post-Dispatch reports that Clayton is all but certain to pass a ban on smoking in restaurants and most other public places, effective July of 2010. In a nice touch, the only Cl ... More >>
Last night the Clayton board of aldermen gave initial approval to a smoking ban for businesses and restaurants that would go into effect in July 2010. The bill needs one more reading before becoming law, though it looks to be virtual done deal at this point. Just one alderman voted against the ban y ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/benedyktPeople who own businesses or work in Clayton will get a chance to address the city council tonight in a meeting to discuss a proposed smoking-ban for the St. Louis suburb. Last month the council held a similar meeting to get reaction from Clayton residents -- many of whom s ... More >>
The daily has a story out today about restaurant and bar owners in Clayton who are "rallying our troops" to fight a proposed smoking ban in the St. Louis suburb. Two numbers I took away from the article would suggest that the ban's opponents face an up-hill battle. 1. Clayton has approximately ... More >>
Smoke-free St. Louis City is out with a dining guide of city bars and restaurants that prohibit smoking. The online guide categorizes businesses by geographic location (Downtown, North City, Central West End, etc.) in addition to providing a laundry list of all the dozens of eateries and watering ho ... More >>
My Post-Dispatch counterpart, Joe Bonwich, broke the possible news on his Off the Menu blog yesterday: Clayton's Bistro Alexander (7927 Forsyth Boulevard) seems to have closed. I swung by this morning for a look, and while the tables remain set, artwork and a flat-screen TV have been removed from th ... More >>
Couple of hair-raising incidents in the Clayton School District this month of March, as school officials found racist graffiti scrawled on several school properties. The most recent incident occurred last week, when staff at the Ralph M. Captain Elementary School in the Demun neighborhood found "a t ... More >>
The Wine Merchant is closing its Creve Coeur location at 12669 Olive Boulevard. The Clayton location (20 South Hanley Road) will remain open. The details, from the retailer's newsletter: The world is coming to grips with the most serious economic downturn since the second World War and many economis ... More >>
Both Joe Bonwich and Sauce report that Clayton wine and food shop Parker's Table (8137 Maryland Avenue) is closing. Stop by for discounted wine and, on Saturday, a "farewell toast."
Zuzu's Handmade Mexican Food (Web site) has reopened its Clayton location. The restaurant is now located at 16 North Central Avenue, across the street from its previous location.
It's a candlelight Christmas
A case of the Mondays? Kill some time over at our Slide Show page. Riverfront Times Music Showcase The weekend wrapped up on Sunday with the Riverfront Times Music Showcase. Photographers Lyle Whitworth and Lauren Winchester were there, and caught the scenes of the festival in two slide shows. Vide ... More >>
Araka is now open at 131 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton, according to its Web site. Check out the lunch menu and the dinner menu. No prices, but I'm guessing not cheap. The new Mexican restaurant Agave is slated to open at 4198 Manchester Avenue on Wednesday, October 10 -- a very important date for s ... More >>
A follow-up to yesterday's tidbit from the Post-Dispatch: A reader who works in Clayton just e-mailed to tell me Best Chinese is, in fact, open now. First person to develop a unified theory of the restaurant business wins a cookie. -Ian Froeb
If you opened today's Post-Dispatch expecting to read my counterpart Joe Bonwich's latest review, you would have learned that the restaurant he planned to review -- Best Chinese, which opened in downtown Clayton not too long ago -- has closed. My sympathies, Joe. This hasn't happened to me yet, tho ... More >>
I'm moving to a new apartment today, so this will be short and sweet. But it involves free food, so listen closely. On Tuesday, June 5, area Chipotle locations (including the new location at the intersection of Clayton and Forsyth, which opens Thursday) will give you a free burrito, taco or salad i ... More >>
And come back tomorrow
Week of June 1, 2005
Finale's amazing food deserves a standing ovation -- and the digs ain't bad, either
Carondelet Grill, 8000 Carondelet Avenue, Clayton; 314-721-7001
Restaurant August is a super-fancy bummer
Unreal takes matters into our own hands (tee hee!) and re-enters the wonderful world of note-passing with the opposite sex. Plus, we settle the age-old debate: Which is better, Clayton or Ladue?
City Coffeehouse & Creperie
Clayton Farmer's Market
It's all debatable
When it's the Del Pietros' inventive latest, Tavern 43
This new eatery proves that "casual dining" can still be inventive and chic
St. Louis County Courthouse
The Wine Merchant, Ltd.
St. Louis Art Fair is #1
The wrong location, the wrong vibe for this lively style of dining
Barcelona, 34 North Central, 314-863-9909
Marty Rochester wages war against the dumbing-down of public education -- even in the best of schools
Toasted Cannelloni at the Uptown Café
I Fratellini Caffe and Rosticceria
Culinary star David Slay teams up with baseball great Ozzie Smith to produce a terrific dining experience
Developers of pricey high-rise condominiums are selling Clayton as a place for the rich and famous. So far, out-of-towners aren't buying.
Taking it to the streets at the St. Louis Art Fair
The sweet smell of success at the India's Rasoi in the CWE
(Comprising a random collection of ingredients from St. Louis food and wine)