Evan Benn

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Craft Art Bar on Cherokee Street Changes Name to "Art Bar"

    Craft Art Bar, an innovative, art-space-meets-speakeasy coming to 2732 Cherokee Street this spring, has been one of the most hotly anticipated new hangouts in St. Louis. But some people, upon hearing its name, were anticipating something else -- a cease-and-desist letter from celebrity chef and rest ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Wade Waller Takes Over at Eleven Eleven Mississippi and Carl Hazel Leaves to Pursue New Project

    Things are changing at Eleven Eleven Mississippi (1111 Mississippi Avenue; 314-241-9999), Paul and Wendy Hamilton's Tuscan-inspired restaurant in Lafayette Square. Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch first reported that Carl Hazel has left and Wade Waller has taken over as executive chef. Hazel departed ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Tidbits: Relocated Barrister's Opens Today, New Frozen Yogurt Shop Downtown

    Barrister's opens its new location at 7923 Forsyth Boulevard in Clayton at 4 p.m. today. The pub and soccer-watching destination shuttered its original location at 15 North Meramec Avenue in Clayton only this past weekend. Adam Tilford, who owns Barrister's (as well as Milagro Modern Mexican, Tort ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Home Wine Kitchen Owners To Open New Restaurant on Cherokee Street

    On Friday, Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) owners Cassy Vires and and Josh Renbarger announced plans to open a new restaurant named Table at 1821 Cherokee Street, the space formerly occupied by the Stable. Gut Check spoke to Vires this morning, who says Table will ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Pi Pizzeria Team Opening Gringo, a Taco Joint, in Central West End

    What would Pi Pizzeria (multiple locations) owners Chris Sommers and Frank Uible do next after opening four sit-down restaurants as well as a takeout-only location, expanding to the nation's capital and operating (and then retiring) two successful food trucks? If you said, "Open a taco joint," step ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Report: Johnny's Market in Sappington Closing

    Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch reported last night that Johnny's Market (11555 Gravois Road, Sappington; 314-843-5760) will close after nearly seven decades in business.

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    January 4, 2012

    Schlafly Announces New Investment Group

    ​The ownership meetings at the Saint Louis Brewery, maker of Schlafly beer, are about to get a lot more crowded.Schlafly, which just last month celebrated its twentieth anniversary, announced today that a group of thirteen local investors are purchasing a 60 percent stake in the company. Cofounder ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    The St. Louis Food Lover's Gift Guide: Books

    With a little planning and a couple of cocktails the holidays can go down smoother than a pint of spiked egg nog. Gut Check's assembled a series of guides to help find the perfect present for the food lover in your life while maintaining sanity and investing in your community... and, okay, maybe pic ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Halfway Haus To Open in South Carondelet

    Spring is still being a big ol' tease, but new venues are blooming across the Southside like crocuses. The Heavy Anchor opens in a few weeks, The Warehouse has a new sign and is open for business, and Halfway Haus (7900 Michigan), a new bar and venue coming to South Carondelet, opens March 10.Diana ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Food & Wine Nominates Three St. Louis Chefs as "The People's Best" [Updated]

    Screenshot:​Do you think St. Louis' best chefs deserve more national attention? Well, the power to bring them that acclaim is now in your hands.Anthony Devoti of Five Bistro, Josh Galliano of Monarch and Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus are among the 100 chefs nationwide vying to be ... More >>