Hubert Keller

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    January 2, 2013

    December 2012 Openings & Closings

    I'll begin this accounting of last year's final month with a restaurant that technically closed this month -- yesterday, in fact: La Dolce Via. The Forest Park Southeast bakery, winner of multiple Best of St. Louis awards from this here publication, announced this summer that it would close after a ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Forbes: Kobe Beef Is "Food's Biggest Scam"

    Forbes has published a damning indictment of what the article's headline calls "Food's Biggest Scam": Kobe beef. Author Larry Olmstead doesn't pull his punches: You cannot buy Japanese Kobe beef in this country. Not in stores, not by mail, and certainly not in restaurants. No matter how much you ha ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    House of Savoy at Lumière Place Closes

    Laura Ann MillerInside House of Savoy, now closed​As George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reported last night, House of Savoy, the Italian restaurant at Lumière Place Casino & Hotel (999 North 2nd Street; 314-881-7777), closed on December 10.Technically, House of Savoy was located at HoteLumièr ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Araka's Steven Caravelli to Replace Chris Bork at the Mud House

    Holly FannChris Bork during his time at the Mud House. ​It was announced this week that Blood and Sand, the private restaurant and club due to open in September, has hired Mud House's (2101 Cherokee Street; 314-776-6599) chef Chris Bork to head up the kitchen. Although the menu is still in t ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    "Neo-Supper Club" Jumpin' Jupiter Opens in Maplewood

    Diana BenantiInside the Jumpin' Jupiter.​ St. Louis' first neo-supper club, the Jumpin' Jupiter, opened its doors in Maplewood this weekend in the old Jive and Wail location (7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-645-5867). We reported on the opening back in March, and now the wait is over. ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    May We Suggest a Six-Pound Reuben and a Bud Select? Stadium Sports Bar Opens at Lumiere Place

    image via​Media preview nights are a chance for restaurants to pull out all the stops and impress. Last Thursday night marked the preview of the new Stadium Bar and Grill at Lumière Place Casino. Stadium, which replaced Hubert Keller's steak house, SLeeK, is the epitome of a modern sports ba ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Lumière Place Replacing Sleek with Stadium Sports Bar and Grill

    Courtesy Lumiere Place​Lumière Place couldn't sustain a high-end steakhouse with a celebrity chef's imprimatur. Now, the downtown casino is banking on a tried-and-true concept to replace Hubert Keller's Sleek -- a sports bar.Stadium Sports Bar and Grill will open this spring in the former Sleek s ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    January 2011 Openings and Closings

    Marjorie Poore ProductionsHubert Keller isn't smiling about Sleek's closing.​Sadly, the first month of the new year saw a spate of high-profile closings: Sleek, the Lumière Place steakhouse from celebrity chef Hubert Keller; Lafayette Square Mexican restaurant Arcelia's, after 20 years; and Pratz ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    SLeeK to Close: Bleak Day for St. Louis Steak Hair Lovers

    Hey, wait a minute! That's not Hubert Keller! Never mind.​Credit the Post-Dispatch's Evan Benn with the scoop: SLeeK, the eye-buggingly pricey steak joint inside the Lumière Gambling Industrial Complex, is no more. Well, technically it still is, but if you want to order up the seven-course "B ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Taste of St. Louis This Weekend

    Image viaSt. Louis...tastes like Arch.​Did our annual Best of St. Louis issue not give you enough inspiration to get out and try the area's restaurants? Looking for an opportunity as many restaurants as possible in one place while also enjoying the early autumn weather?You're in luck! This weekend ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Steven Caravelli Introduces New Menu at Araka

    Robin WheelerSteven Caravelli​Steven Caravelli took over as executive chef at Araka (131 Carondelet Plaza, 314-725-6667) last month. Now he has unveiled his new menu for the Clayton restaurant."The formula is the same: small plates, flatbreads, salads, soups and entrées," Caravelli explains. "I p ... More >>

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    July 20, 2010

    News from Monarch, Araka, Pappy's Smokehouse

    Robin WheelerSteven Caravelli is leaving Sleek for Araka.​A few interesting news items over the past couple of days. Monarch (7401 Manchester Road, 314-644-3995) will celebrate its grand reopening on Monday, August 2, according to a Tweet from the restaurant. Monarch is currently undergoing renova ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Sleek Celebrates Two Years in St. Louis with Art, Beef and Hubert Keller

    Jennifer Silverberg​This Friday Sleek at Lumière Place marks its second year in St. Louis with a celebration of art and beef. The steakhouse will host Carpe Diem with Chef Hubert Keller, featuring local artist Jennifer Hayes, at Sleek's second anniversary "Beef Around the World" dinner. "We ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    A Visit to Burger Brothers at River City Casino

    Ian FroebBurger and fries at Burger Brothers in River City Casino​At Burger Bar, the Hubert Keller-helmed burger joint at Pinnacle Entertainment's Lumière Place casino, your burger is limited only by your imagination. You want foie gras and black truffle atop your Kobe beef? Check. You want a pla ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    River City Casino Reveals Restaurant Plans

    Image via​River City Casino is slated to open Thursday, March 4, which means the p.r. blitz is in full swing. Yesterday, the casino revealed its lineup of restaurants.This is another property from Pinnacle Entertainment, whose Lumière Place is home to Hubert Keller's Sleek and Burger Bar (among o ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    FoodWire: Burger Bar Expanding to San Fran, Asia

    Chef Hubert Keller is expanding the reach of his Burger Bar franchise, reports Eater. There are currently two Burger Bar locations, the original in Las Vegas and the second here in St. Louis, inside Lumière Place. A third location is slated to open next week in San Francisco. According to Eater, Ke ... More >>

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    September 30, 2009
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    September 11, 2009

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 9.5-9.11

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.Becky and the Beanstock: Becky finally reveals her secret dish - vegetarian hot dogs in pretzel dough blankets. Sounding My Barbaric Gulp: Kelly went wild with spiced dove breasts.Bruno's Dream: Bruno made carrot gelato for LiveSTRONG Day. One ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    Is George Clooney Taking Our Advice???

    Breaking schmooze from -- who else? -- Deb Peterson at the Post-Dispatch: George Clooney spent several hours at Hubert Keller's Sleek. The steak house, you might remember, was one of several restaurants we suggested Clooney might enjoy, based on his body of work.

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    March 6, 2009

    George Clooney, Have You Considered...

    Dear Mr. Clooney,We here at Gut Check International Headquarters are big fans of your work, dating all the way back to your turn as Jo's boyfriend on The Facts of Life.When we heard you were filming a new movie in St. Louis, we couldn't contain our excitement. We know people are claiming to have spo ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    George Clooney, Have You Considered...

    Dear Mr. Clooney,We here at Gut Check International Headquarters are big fans of your work, dating all the way back to your turn as Jo's boyfriend on The Facts of Life.When we heard you were filming a new movie in St. Louis, we couldn't contain our excitement. We know people are claiming to have sp ... More >>

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    June 4, 2008
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    June 3, 2008

    Review Preview: Sleek

    I wish more steakhouses still let you choose your dinner from a big platter of raw meat. Not because this guarantees a better meal. Maybe, if you can judge good marbling, it improves your odds -- though you remain at the mercy of whoever is working the grill that night. Something about the ritual f ... More >>

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    May 20, 2008

    The Cheesesteak of Suffering and the $175 Burger

    As a tease for this week's review, which features the long-awaited (by someone, I hope) return of Cheesesteak Quest, I offer the Cheesesteak of Suffering, an Internet widget that counts the days since Philadelphia last celebrated a major sports championship. On the other end of the food spectrum, f ... More >>

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    March 12, 2008
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    February 13, 2008
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    January 25, 2008

    Restaurant Tidbit: SLeeK

    Look for a March opening for SLeeK, the upscale steak house from Hubert Keller at Lumiere Place. That's what the person who answered the phone at SLeeK told me. Keller's Burger Bar opened in December. -Ian Froeb

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    December 19, 2007

    Restaurant Tidbits: Special Casino Edition (With Bonus Rudy Giuliani Cameo Appearance) Tonight at 10 p.m. is the grand opening of the new casino Lumiere Place -- maybe you've heard about it? -- featuring Hubert Keller's Burger Bar and (next month, supposedly) his steak house Sleek. Not to be outdone, today Harrah's (777 Casino Center Drive) is unveiling its new $ ... More >>

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    December 4, 2007

    Restaurant Tidbits: Sleek & The Burger Bar

    So I heard a radio commercial the other day announcing that the grand opening of the casino at Lumiere Place would be Wednesday, December 19. Which led me to wonder when the first two restaurants -- the steak house Sleek and the Burger Bar, both from Hubert Keller -- would open. The Lumiere Place We ... More >>

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    September 24, 2007

    Today's Restaurant Tidbits

    The Post-Dispatch reports that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Mosaic for allowing two bartenders to be sexually harrassed by a frequent customer. Acclaimed chef Hubert Keller was in town this weekend to talk about the two restaurants he'll be opening at Lumiere Place: An ... More >>