• Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Lunch to Blame for Why KSDK Staffers Didn't Stop Kirkwood High School Lockdown: NYT

    When Kirkwood School staff called KSDK NewsChannel 5 earlier this year to confirm that the stranger who'd wandered on campus was actually a reporter and to prevent a full-blown lockdown, they couldn't get an answer. Turns out, everyone was out to lunch.

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    January 28, 2014

    UPDATED: Local Harvest Cafe & Grocery Launch Fundraiser to Thwart "Imminent Closure"

    UPDATE: Local Harvest has switched to an IndieGoGo page -- you can find it here. There are twelve days left in the campaign. It's been just over a week since Local Harvest Cafe & Grocery (3137 Morganford Road; 314-772-8815) re-opened its Tower Grove location with a new concept and branding as "LHC. ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    Furious Over Kirkwood Lockdown Stunt, Rep. Stacey Newman Calls Out KSDK in New Bill

    Call it the KSDK Bill. Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman introduced a new bill Wednesday that would make it a felony to intentionally threaten a public school or building. The bill comes less than a week after a KSDK-TV (Channel 5) hidden camera investigation into school security that pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Red Mango, St. Louis' Sole Location, Is Closed

    The sole St. Louis location of Red Mango (104 N. Kirkwood Road; Kirkwood), the frozen yogurt chain, has closed. Froyo is all the rage lately, and Red Mango offered all-natural, gluten-free treats -- so what gives? There was no answer when we called the Kirkwood location, and although Red Mango corp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Andy's Frozen Custard Opening in Kirkwood

    First Five Star Burgers, now some creamy frozen custard! Andy's Frozen Custard will open its first St. Louis location in Kirkwood at the end of the month. Props to Kirkwood Patch for following this development from the first mention of Kirkwood as a possibility. (We noticed it on Facebook yesterday. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: August 2013

    There were several exciting openings this month, though we're still waiting impatiently on a few (ahem, Blueprint and Strange Donuts). We got a first look at The Dam in Tower Grove and tried out the new Biergarten at the Anheuser-Busch brewery. Unfortunately, Local Harvest Cafe & Grocery in Kirkwood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Happy Hour at Bar Louie in Kirkwood: Business-Casual Wining and Dining

    Bar Louie-Kirkwood (110 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-238-2300) The Hours: Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deal: $3 drafts, $4 wines, $5 signature martinis, half-off select small plates.

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Imperial Couple Charged with Making Counterfeit $$$

    On Monday a couple from Imperial in Jefferson County tried to pull a fast one on the Walmart in Kirkwood, according to the U.S. Attorney for Missouri's Eastern District. Misty Ann Root, 38, and Daniel Wayne Flynn, 37, were reportedly caught with $240 in phony $20 bills. Later that evening, authoriti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Sapore Italian Café Announces Move to Kirkwood

    Sapore Italian Café (Baxter Road & Andersohn Drive, Manchester; 636-256-3949) announced this week that it will move to Kirkwood next month. The restaurant posted the following its Facebook page on Tuesday: We are excited to announce we are moving to Kirkwood mid-November! Our new home will be in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    New Local Harvest Grocery Opens in Kirkwood

    Local Harvest Grocery (3108 Morgan Ford Road; 314-865-5260) this morning opened its new location at 12309 Old Big Bend Road in Kirkwood. As co-owner Patrick Horine told Gut Check this spring, Local Harvest didn't look to Kirkwood -- Kirkwood looked to Local Harvest. "We were approached by a family ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 30, 2012

    Pedestrian Hit by Train in Kirkwood

    KMOV and KTVI both report that a pedestrian was hit by an Amtrak train just before 5 p.m. near Leffingwell and Scott avenues in Kirkwood (the railroad crossing at the intersection, above). The person was wearing headphones at the time, and witnesses claimed the train blew its whistle prior to the at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Local Harvest Announces Two New Locations [Updated]

    The double threat of Local Harvest Grocery (3108 Morgan Ford Road; 314-865-5260) and Local Harvest Cafe & Catering (3137 Morgan Ford Road; 314-772-8815) is doubling its number of locations. The Tower Grove South venture announced yesterday that it will open new spots downtown and in Kirkwood. The K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Mel Bay Music Center to be Razed

    ​Remember when you were younger (and had ambition), you decided to learn to play the guitar? And that St. Louis's celebrated musician of yore, Mel Bay, was going to teach you oh so easily through his instructional books? Even if you didn't actually practice from a Mel Bay book or even want to ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    The Veggielante Goes Vegan at Pi

    ​The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to prosely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Ranoush Opens Second Location Today

    Jennifer SilverbergRanoush owner Aboud Alhamid​Delmar Loop Syrian restaurant Ranoush (6501 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-726-6874) will open its second location at 200 North Kirkwood Road in downtown Kirkwood at 5 p.m. today.Owner Aboud Alhamid tells Gut Check that the menu at the new loc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    An Edgy Sign for Staid Kirkwood?

    Despite the occasional shocker of a Cookie Thornton or a Michael Devlin, the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood is pretty much a bastion of family-friendly, American-heartland wholesomeness -- certainly not a place you'd expect anything remotely risqué to come out of the local Historical Society. But che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Note to Detractors: RFT Does Some Good in the World, at Least For Kirkwood Historic Preservation

    image viaCan Fielding Dawson (and RFT's Literary St. Louis feature) save this historic mansion?​After her husband died, Marianne Burnside put her house at 750 North Taylor Avenue in Kirkwood up for sale. It was just too big for one person, she said. Unfortunately, the 135-year-old mansion, val ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Lake Saint Louis Approves Smoking Ban, Mayor Still Needs to Sign into Law

    ​The Lake Saint Louis board of aldermen became the first city council in St. Charles County to pass a smoking ban. The board approved the ban in a 4-2 vote last night. The law still needs signature from Mayor Mike Potter who has voiced concerns about the ban. Like a similar ban in Kirkwood, the La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Meacham Park Residents Not Satisfied with Kirkwood Race Reconciliation

    ​A "mediation agreement" that was supposed to ease racial strife in Kirkwood was greeted with a cool reception yesterday from residents in the predominately African-American neighborhood of Meacham Park.The agreement, facilitated by the Department of Justice and signed by Kirkwood leaders last wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    FoodWire: Pi Opens Third Location Today, 12.15

    How about some Euclidean geometry? San Francisco-style pizzeria Pi debuts at 400 North Euclid Avenue at 5 p.m. today, December 15. This is the popular, Obama-approved eatery's third location, following the original Delmar Loop restaurant and the Kirkwood spot, which opened only a few months ago. The ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    St. Louis County Voters Embrace Future; Vote "Yes" for Smoking Ban

    That crisp, clean air you're smelling this morning? Ladies and gentlemen, that's progress! That's (dare we say it?) the future! ​Yes, like a scene out of a movie, yesterday the George McFlys of the world stood up to the bully Biffs and victoriously took back our future. By an overwhelming mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    St. Louis County Police Now Have Crime-Mapping Database

    The St. Louis County Police Department has joined the ranks of their comrades in blue in the city and created a crime-mapping database for use by the public. ​The database (viewable at features crime happenings for the past 90 days in municipalities patrolled ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 16, 2009
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    September 9, 2009

    FoodWire: Pi, Pi and More Pi

    Lots of news today about Pi (6144 Delmar Boulevard; website), which began a year and a half ago as a Delmar Loop restaurant serving San Francisco-style deep-dish pizza and is about to become a mini-empire. First, the second location of Pi -- a.k.a. Pi Squared -- at 10935 Manchester Road in Kirkwood ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 7.17

    Kirkwood residents will vote this November on a proposed smoking ban. (Post-Dispatch)The recession and federal food-safety legislation have the organic-food industry worried. (Reuters)From Australia, via the Baltimore Sun, comes word of a my kind of cat, camped out in a beer fridge. (The Standard)

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    July 17, 2009

    Here's Betting Kirkwood Voters Will Approve a Smoking Ban in November downtown KirkwoodAfter a citizen's group forced the Kirkwood City Council to consider an initiative to ban smoking in city bars and restaurant, the measure will now go before voters. Earlier this month Kirkwood residents opposed to public smoking collected enough ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    Calls for Smoking Bans Push Forward in Kirkwood, Wildwood; Hearing Tomorrow in St. Louis

    deviantart.comNot one of the seventh-grade Wildwood students proposing a smoking ban.The St. Louis Board of Elections yesterday certified that a petition drive for a smoking ban in Kirkwood had enough signatures to require action.If the Kirkwood City Council does not deal with the issue by September ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    That Note I Left on Your Car: Another Week of Missed Connections

    Each week, we scour the local Missed Connections section of Craigslist, in search of the best posts. Here are some that caught our eye recently.Mystery Love Note!Mysterious car note - w4m - 22 - (Kirkwood)"soooo Thursday morning after I got off work I found a note on my car, typed on a type-writer o ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    Suburban Journals Fires Reporter Who Took Bullet During Kirkwood Shootings

    The Suburban Journals, sister paper to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, last week laid off the reporter who took a bullet in the hand during the infamous February 7, 2008, Kirkwood City Council shootings. Todd Smith, 37, and a Journals reporter since September 2006, was the only person injured in the sh ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 19, 2008

    Over the River and to Kirkwood

    Christmas is closer than you think

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    July 23, 2008

    In This Week's Issue: Amigos Cantina and Lake Water

    My review of Amigos Cantina in Kirkwood is now available online. Click here to read. Also in this week's issue, Kristie samples Lakewater at -- where else -- the Lake of the Ozarks. - Ian Froeb

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    July 22, 2008

    Review Preview: Amigos Cantina

    An array of multicolored shingles frames the entrance to Amigos Cantina, which opened this past spring in downtown Kirkwood. It's an attractive, eye-catching display, and you might enter this new Mexican restaurant hoping for a new approach to a cuisine that is much broader and more complex than its ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008

    Farmers' Market Season Calendar

    Believe it or not, Thursday is the first of May. That means farmers' market season is about to get underway. After the jump, the kickoff dates for some of the area's most popular markets. If I miss one, let me know in the comments section and I'll update the post. Photo:

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    February 15, 2008

    Restaurant Tidbit: 10th Street Italian

    10th Street Italian has opened a second location at 2951 Dougherty Ferry Road in Kirkwood. You can read a review of the original location by my predecessor Rose Martelli right here. -Ian Froeb

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    February 8, 2008
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    August 29, 2007
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    April 18, 2007
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    September 13, 2006

    One Burger, One Guac and One Beer

    Let's belly up to tLet's belly up to the William D. Alandale Brewing Co. in Kirkwood

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2006
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    April 12, 2006

    Letters Column

    Week of April 13, 2006

  • Dining

    October 13, 2004

    The Secret of Massa's' Success

    What makes this place so popular? Certainly not the food.

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2003

    Small World

    Support li'l entrepreneurs this Sunday at the Magic House's annual Kids' Flea Market

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Post Office

    Kirkwood Post Office

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Cookies

    Kirkwood Bakery

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Weird Vegetable To Cook At Home

    Long beans at Global Foods

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Place to Buy Garden Supplies

    OK Hatchery Feed & Garden Store

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Sidewalk

    Downtown Kirkwood

  • Dining

    July 19, 2000

    Not Your Ordinary Joe

    Joseph's of Kirkwood is every bit the equal of its downtown counterpart

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