George Mahe

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    April 2, 2014

    Bocci Bar Reopens This Weekend in Clayton

    Bocci Bar (16 N. Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-1040) is set to re-open this weekend after winter "modifications." In addition to interior reconstruction, owner Frank Schmitz is revamping the concept, too. See also: Bowled Flavors: Can Bocci Bar separate itself from the Italian-restaurant pack?

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    April 12, 2013

    Tidbits: Dierdorf & Hart's at Westport Plaza to Close, Alpha Brewing Company Now Open

    - Dierdorf & Hart's Steak House (323 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights; 314-878-1801) will close after 30 years. George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine broke the news with confirmation from owner Lou Garesche. Garesche was unavailable when Gut Check reached the restaurant yesterday. According to Mahe's r ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Report: Araka to Close, 801 Chophouse to Open

    Araka (131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-725-6777) will close after service on Saturday, March 9, according to a report from George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine. Gut Check has a call in to owner Brad Beracha for independent confirmation. More from him as we learn it. Update: (Wednesday, February 20, ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Tidbits: Chef Shuffle at Salt, Local Harvest

    Evan S. Benn of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that chef Clara Moore is leaving St. Louis and her position as executive chef of Local Harvest's three cafes. Moore plans to move to Seattle. According to Benn, Local Harvest owners Patrick Horine and Maddie Earnest have hired three new chefs at ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Tidbits: Galliano's Gumbo Pops Up Today, Brazilian Steakhouse in Clayton

    - A reminder (as if you needed it): In mere minutes, Josh Galliano will open his second one-day-only pop-up restaurant. Today's pop-up features several different kinds of gumbo and is located at Pint Size Bakery & Coffee (3825 Watson Road; 314-277-0882). Service begins at 10:30 a.m. and continues t ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Pasta House D'oh: New Clayton Location to Shutter

    Only three weeks ago Kim Tucci and Joe Fresta converted their year-old restaurant Tucci & Fresta's Trattoria and Bar (15 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-6588) into a location of their Pasta House Co. chain. George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine breaks the news this afternoon that this new Pasta ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    The Shack PubGrub Opens in Midtown

    The Shack PubGrub opened for business this morning at 3818 Laclede Avenue in Midtown, the SLU-centric spot previously (briefly) occupied by Pierre Laclede's. (A tip o' the hat to George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine for the heads up on the opening.) The Shack has quite the pedigree: Its owners also ow ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Tidbits: Farmhaus Nose-to-Tail Dinner, Niche Lobster Rolls

    - Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) has announced a special "Nose-to-Tail" dinner on Tuesday, August 21. Chef de cuisine Andrew Jennrich is putting together the dinner's tasting menu, which will feature locally raised pork. Among the dishes promised by general manager Eric Scholle are pig ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Tidbits from J. Gumbo's, Land of Smile, Spaghetteria Mamma Mia

    - The fast-casual chain J. Gumbo's will open its first St. Louis location this Wednesday, June 27, at 3949 Lindell Boulevard. As Gut Check reported when we first learned of J. Gumbo's arrival, the chain has locations in six other states. Its menu offers Creole and Cajun fare (gumbo, po' boys, jamb ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    Tidbits from Urban Chestnut, Pierre Laclede's

    - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (3229 Washington Avenue; 314-222-0413) announced today that its new beer garden -- or, if you prefer, biergarten -- will open this evening, June 7, at 6 p.m. Among the rules for the new space, Urban Chestnut will allow you to bring food from outside into its biergar ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Tidbits from the Loop, Jumpin' Jupiter and Coyote's Ranch Grill & Saloon

    Catching up on some more restaurant news from when I was out of town the past week: - Ligaya Figueras of Sauce spotted a new venture right in the back yard of Gut Check International Headquarters: An awning outside of 6227 Delmar Boulevard advertises a restaurant serving burgers, wings and frozen c ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Wes Johnson Leaves Salt [Update]

    George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine breaks what is, without a doubt, the biggest restaurant story of the year so far: Chef and co-owner Wes Johnson has departed Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-932-5787), the restaurant that he opened in early 2011 to acclaim both local (Riverfront Times' "Best New R ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Tidbits from J. Gumbo's, Pumpernickels

    - Looks like another fast-casual chain is setting up shop in St. Louis: A trusted operative tells Gut Check that J. Gumbo's will open in the Central West End. (We have an exact address, but we're working to confirm it.) J. Gumbo's, which as its name might suggest specializes in Creole and Cajun far ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Tidbits from Citygarden, Famous Szechuan Pavilion

    A final few items for the week. - Sauce scooped the news of what will happen to the restaurant space in Citygarden after last year's closure of the Terrace View (808 Chestnut Street): Kim Tucci and Joe Fresta of the Pasta House Co. chain and the new(ish) Tucci & Fresta's Trattoria & Bar in Clayton ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Report: Luciano's Trattoria Won't Reopen

    When we last checked in with Luciano's Trattoria (172 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-863-9969), the restaurant was still working on repairs after a burst pipe in January forced its temporary closure. Now, George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reports that sibling owners Marc and Michael DelPietro have ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Tidbits from BARcelona, Tsevis' Pub & Grill

    As I noted the other day, this has been a very busy week (or several weeks, really) for restaurant news. Here are a few more items from around town: - George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reports that chef Brian Hale, formerly of Monarch and Chase Park Plaza, will be the "director of culinary operatio ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Tidbits from the Cheshire, Walkers Restaurant & Bar

    - The Cheshire (6300 Clayton Road; 314-647-7300) plans three new restaurants, according to an article in the current issue of the St. Louis Business Journal (subscription only): a main restaurant featuring old-school dishes, a gastropub and a specialty market. Three Sixty chef Rex Hale will oversee ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    One Final Closing for 2011: Yagu Asian Fusion Cuisine

    Well, here we are at the end of January, and Gut Check still hasn't closed the books on 2011. At any rate, I totally missed this closing until I saw it reported by George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine in the most recent edition of his "Ins, Outs and Almosts" column: Yagu Asian Fusion Cuisine (17265 C ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Tidbits: Food Trucks, Food Trucks, Food Trucks

    Aztec warriors, presumably unaware of the future of food trucks​Looks like I'll be filing many, many more editions of my "Food Truck Fever" reviews.- George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reports that a new food truck called Hot Aztec is preparing to roll out. The truck will feature Mexican cuisine, t ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Name Dispute Remains a Matter of Taste

    This no longer exists. Don't even mention it.​This week's review of twinOak Wood Fired Fare (1201 Strassner Drive, Brentwood; 314-644-2772) mentions the controversy surrounding the restaurant's original name, Taste Wood Fired Fare. In discussing the dispute between what is now twinOak and Gera ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Trouble Already for Crostini Restaurant & Lounge? [Updated]

    Ian Froeb​Has the end already arrived for Crostini Restaurant & Lounge (4501 Manchester Road; 314-932-5025)? Update: (Wedesday, October 26, 8:52 a.m.) Indeed, the end has arrived.Gut Check didn't have any luck getting in touch with Crostini owner Eric Winbigler, but Ligaya Figueras of Sau ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Tidbits from Seasons American Cuisine, Smoothie King, Zia's

    Jennifer SilverbergSeasons American Cuisine (under previous ownership as Seasons St. Louis)​- Seasons American Cuisine (79 Forum Center, Chesterfield; 314-523-7374) will close after service on Saturday, George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reports. Owner and head chef Kevin Smith tells Mahe that slow ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Taste Wood Fired Fare Changes Name

    Eagle-eyed (and apparently omnipresent) George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reports that Taste Wood Fired Fare (1201 Strassner Drive, Brentwood; 314-644-2772) has changed its name to TwinOak Wood Fired Fare.Casey Friedrichs, who owns the restaurant with his twin brother, Curt, confirms the change to G ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Tidbits from Ozzie's and the Rhine Haus

    ​More than a month has passed since Ozzie's Restaurant & Sports Bar (1511 Washington Avenue; 314-241-0100) canceled its first-anniversary party and then closed its doors due to a power outage. At the time, owner Roberto Gallardo told Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch that the restaurant would con ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Tidbits from Berix Coffeehouse, Caitlin's Green-Eyed Grill

    ​A reader alerted Gut Check to the possible closure of Berix Coffeehouse (5053 Gravois Avenue; 314-353-5758). A call to Berix's second location at 2201 Lemay Ferry Road in south St. Louis County confirms that the Gravois address has been shuttered for at least a month. (The employee with whom I sp ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Smashburger Throws Its "Better Burger" Onto a Crowded Grill

    ​Smashburger today officially announced what many St. Louis burger fans already knew: The Denver, Colorado-based chain restaurants will debut its first area location on Wednesday, July 20, at 1981 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles.Smashburger plans to open a total of twelve locations in St. Louis over t ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Portabella in Clayton Closing [Updated]

    Image via​Word started circulating this morning that...something...was happening with Portabella (15 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-6588). George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine tweeted a photo of a sign outside the restaurant announcing that it was closed for remodeling. "Emphasis on remodelin ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Report: Riddle's to Become Three Kings Public House

    Tom CarlsonDerek Flieg, former Riddle's manager and partner in Three Kings Public House​Delmar Loop institution Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar closed its doors for "vacation" in October of last year and never reopened.Once owner KT Ayers confirmed that the Riddle's closure was perm ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Sarah Fenske Il Vicino in Clayton​Another week, another wave goodbye for some area eating establishments. Ian reported on the closing of Wang Gang Asian Eats in St. Charles, and he also shared George Mahe's news that Il Vicino has shut its doors for good after its September fire. What el ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar Closed "Until Further Notice" [Updated 2x]

    Ian Froeb​George Mahe first reported yesterday evening that Delmar Loop mainstay Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar could be closing. Or, as Mahe put it, "If Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar is still open, it's not doing a very good job of convincing the public of it."In fact, the ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Restaurant Tidbits from Caito's Pizzeria, Pasta House Co.

    George Mahe reports on Relish that Caito's Pizzeria in Chesterfield has closed. (A spinoff location in Glendale was already shuttered.) Caito's was one of the first restaurants I reviewed for the RFT. I was especially fond of its lasagna-like deep-dish specialty, spinjuine.Mahe also confirms what wa ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Restaurant Tidbit Smörgåsbord: The Tavern, Vito Racanelli and More

    Robin WheelerVito Racanelli Jr. of Onesto Pizza & Trattoria​It's only the second full week of October, but it's already been a busy month for local restaurant news -- so busy that our friends in the local have scored several scoops of their own.- Evan Benn reports at Off the Menu that The Tave ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    News Tidbits from Gyro House, Primebar and Local Harvest Grocery

    Ian FroebThe new location of Gyro House​I reported late last month that Delmar Loop mainstay Gyro House is relocating from 571 Melville Avenue to 6152 Delmar Boulevard. Gyro House projected a September 10 reopening, but over a week later, paper remains over the windows of the new location.Based on ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    News Tidbits from the Tavern Kitchen & Bar, Mihalis

    ​I was in Seattle last week, drooling over the fresh seafood at Pike Place Market -- the rare tourist destination that lives up to (maybe even exceeds) the hype -- so pardon me for tipping my cap to Gut Check's fellow bloggers for the news I missed.First up, George Mahe reported on Relish that the ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    News Tidbits from Sansui, Harvest

    Jennifer SilverbergHarvest executive chef Nick Miller​I poke my head up from Other Projects here at Gut Check International Headquarters to acknowledge some of the news tidbits that our friends around town have reported:George Mahe reports on Feast Relish that Wasabi will purchase Sansui (9983 Man ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    St. Louis Magazine Food Blog Feast Becomes Relish

    ​I suppose this was inevitable: George Mahe announced today that Feast, the food blog of St. Louis Magazine, will henceforth be known as Relish. There is a new website for Relish and a Twitter account, which you should bookmark and follow respectively because Mahe and his team do a fantastic job r ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium Now Open

    Ian Froeb​George Mahe first reported on Feast (the blog) that the awesomely named Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium has opened at 1170 South Big Bend Boulevard in Richmond Heights. The small free-standing building -- formerly a Chinese restaurant, thoroughly renovated -- includes some outdoor seating and ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Report: Hanley's Grille & Tap at West County Center Closed

    Jennifer SilverbergInside Hanley's Grille & Tap earlier this year​George Mahe just broke the news on Feast (the one that already exists, not the still-in-development magazine): Hanley's Grille & Tap at West County Center in Des Peres has closed. This follows the departure a few months ago ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Report: Copia Urban Winery to Reopen Friday, June 25

    Ian FroebCopia, immediately after the 2007 fire​George Mahe reports on Feast (that's Feast, the St. Louis Magazine food blog, not Feast, the new culinary magazine from Lee Enterprises) that at long last Copia Urban Winery (1122 Washington Avenue) will reopen at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 25.Copia has ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    FoodWire: Restaurant Tidibts from Niche, Sugo's

    A few news items for this overhyped snow day: First, Bill Burge reports at STL Bites that Brasserie by Niche (4580 Laclede Avenue; website) is now open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and for brunch on Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (A sidenote: Gerard Craft recently tweeted that Taste by Nic ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    FoodWire: Chez Leon Reopens in Clayton

    George Mahe broke the news on Feast on New Year's Eve: Chez Leon is now open at its new location, 7927 Forsyth Boulevard in Clayton. The venerable French restaurant departed its Central West End location in October. (The space is now Brasserie by Niche.) The new Chez Leon is open for lunch 11 a.m.-2 ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    FoodWire: Restaurant Tidbits from Kevin Willmann, Grand Center

    My Christmas gift to you, dear readers? (Besides, of course, the unending cavalcade of joy that is the Year-End Bonanza.) Restaurant news! Yes, our friends around town have reported several tidbits in recent days.George Mahe scores the big scoop at Feast: RFT Best Local Chef 2008 Kevin Willmann is l ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    FoodWire: KoBa Closed, but When?

    I try my best to stay on top of restaurant openings and closings, but more often than I'd like, a specific event slips past me. Case in point: Chesterfield Korean restaurant KoBa has closed. According to George Mahe's recent openings and closings post on Feast, the location at 138 Chesterfield Town ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    FoodWire: Notes from Our Friends on Chouteau's, the Wedge

    A couple of interesting news items from my counterparts here in the St. Louis foodosphere:First up, George Mahe reports at Feast that Chouteau's at 39th, which took over the fabled space at 3800 Chouteau Avenue formerly occupied by King Louie's and Revival, is closing after lunch today.I ate at Chou ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    FoodWire: Various Restaurant Tidbits

    I was on vacation last week, but that didn't slow the restaurant news. Here are a few of the tidbits I (and maybe you) missed:- My colleague Annie Zaleski reported that Stella Blues Restaurant & Bar (3269 Morganford Road) has closed.- Sauce files on the opening of the new Red Kitchen and Bar in ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    FoodWire: Even More Restaurant Tidbits

    A surprisingly busy Tuesday on the local restaurant front. First, Sauce Magazine scores a major scoop: Mixologist extraordinaire Ted Kilgore is leaving Monarch for the soon-to-open Niche Taste Bar, which replaces Veruca in the space adjacent to Gerard Craft's Niche.At Feast, George Mahe reports that ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    FoodWire: Jim Fiala Opening Citygarden Restaurant

    From the Press Releases We Apparently Weren't Sent Dep't.: George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine and Joe Bonwich of the Post-Dispatch both report that restaurateur Jim Fiala (The Crossing, Liluma and Acero) will be running the Terrace View, the indoor/outdoor restaurant opening in Citygarden, the new sc ... More >>

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    May 19, 2009

    FoodWire Double Whammy: Revival Closing, McLozzi Deli Closed

    Jennifer SilverbergInside RevivalBreaking news from our friends at St. Louis Magazine and Sauce. First, at St. Louis Magazine's Feast blog, George Mahe reports that Revival (3800 Chouteau Avenue; Web site) will close after service this Friday. The news is mixed, however: Mahe reports that one of the ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    FoodWire: Two Nice Guys and Trattoria Two Closed

    George Mahe has the unfortunate news at Feast: The casual Italian restaurant Two Nice Guys and its upscale dining room, Trattoria Two, have closed. A note from owner and chef Chris Kramer (pictured right) says the Kirkwood restaurant couldn't continue "one more day" given the current economy.I liked ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest

    A look at what's happening at our favorite St. Louis food blogs... Iron Stef uses the microwave to make homemade potato chips. Chocolate cupcakes with bourbon and pecan from the Cupcake Project. Food Interviews chats with the founder of the Food and Liquor Project. More after the jump? You betch ... More >>

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