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 >>
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 >>
Laura Ann MillerInside House of Savoy, now closedAs 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 >>
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 >>
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.
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image viaMedia 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 >>
Courtesy Lumiere PlaceLumière 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Robin WheelerSteven CaravelliSteven 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 >>
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 >>
Jennifer SilverbergThis 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.
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Ian FroebBurger and fries at Burger Brothers in River City CasinoAt 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 >>
Image viaRiver 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>