• Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Strange Donuts' New Kirkwood Store Now Serving Doughnuts Day and Night

    Shortly after celebrating the first anniversary of its original Maplewood store, Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-932-5851) debuted the second location of its growing empire. Strange Donuts' (107 1/2 East Argonne Drive) Kirkwood outpost opened on October 22, with two more unique ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: Three Professors and a Pizza

    When Lassaad Jeliti opened Spare No Rib last November, the former Washington University mathematician appeared to have cornered the market on academic-turned-restaurant owner backstories. That was until A Pizza Story (7278 Manchester Road; 314-899-0011), the Neapolitan style pizzeria that opened t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    A Pizza Story Cooks Up Wood-Fired Neapolitan Pizzas in Maplewood

    In June A Pizza Story (7278 Manchester Avenue; 314-899-0011) opened in Maplewood serving Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas alongside a full bar. With each pie, former Washington University professors Muhammad Alhawagri and Sherif Nasser aim to serve up crisp, charred crust and a supple interior, topped w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Brian Pelletier's Larder and Cupboard Coming to Maplewood

    According to Brian Pelletier and Cindy Higgerson, Maplewood is missing just one thing: a specialty food shop. Pelletier, who owns Kakao Chocolate, is opening Cupboard and Larder this fall on the corner of Manchester and Marshall Avenues in downtown Maplewood. See also: Kakao Chocolate Sets Up Shop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Help Cafe on the Park Come to Maplewood

    Regina Davis wants to bring made-from-scratch savory dishes and tasty desserts to Maplewood. She's already leased a space, and has written the menu. There's one problem: 7310 Manchester Road doesn't have a kitchen. It was previously an interior design firm, and renovations are costly, so Davis turne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Blind Tiger Opens in Maplewood

    Mike McLaughlin has opened his second restaurant in Maplewood: Blind Tiger Pizza, Whiskey and Ribs (7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-646-8822). After a weekend of family and friends events and parties, plus dinner service on Sunday night, the artisanal pizza restaurant and whiskey bar will be op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Book House: Owner Considers Maplewood Site as Firm Plans Demolition of Historic Property

    Will the Book House find a new home? Developers recently submitted plans to the city of Rock Hill for approval to demolish the historic site where the shop has been located for decades -- and owner Michelle Barron is now hoping to sign a lease on a new property in Maplewood. "We are still in limb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    William Lawrence, Who Offered $1 Million On Craigslist To Kill Maplewood Cops, Sentenced

    "Wanted dead, all the maplewood city police officers, paying one million per head." Those words posted on Craigslist by William Lawrence, a 33-year-old Maplewood resident, have officially earned the man a six-year prison sentence, a judge ruled yesterday in the bizarre death-threat case that repor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Strange Donuts Delays Opening, Still Plans National Doughnut Day Party

    Strange Donuts, the eagerly anticipated and social-media-savvy doughnut shop, had hoped to open its doors at 2709 Sutton Boulevard in Maplewood on Friday, June 7 -- not coincidentally, National Doughnut Day. Alas, the best laid plans... See Also: - Strange Donuts Hits Kickstarter Goal Early, Anno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Strange Donuts Hits Kickstarter Goal Early, Announces Opening Date

    Strange Donuts, the independent doughnut shop slated to open at 2709 Sutton Boulevard in Maplewood this spring, turned to crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise $10,000 toward the purchase of its kitchen equipment. The restaurant reached its goal this week -- and, as of today, still has 12 days bef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Happy Hour at the Wood: Hard On Cash?

    The Wood (2733 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-781-4146) The Hours: Monday and Wednesday and through Saturdays 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Tuesdays 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m. The Deal:Half-off appetizers and select domestic beers.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Sam's Club Customer Service Agent Was Her Own Best Customer - And a Thief

    For the first half of 2012, Genis Helm was a customer service agent at the Sam's Club in Maplewood. The 26-year-old's job was to accept returned merchandise from dissatisfied customers and issue cash refunds and gift cards to those customers. All fine and good. But what she started doing was issuing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Maplewood Mayor Fears LGBT-Rights Bill Will Let Dress-Wearing Perverts Raid Pool Showers

    As things stand, the City of Maplewood cannot deny somebody a job, or housing, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex or disability. Duh.  Tuesday night, the City Council took another step toward adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to that list of reasons for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Encapsulated Studios, the New St. Louis Home for Punk Rock and its Ilk

    Early last year, RFT Music featured a story on local punk rock entrepreneur, Mike Jones, and his record label I Hate Punk Rock Records. The end of the article alluded to a huge project Jones had in the works. After numerous visits from building inspectors, countless trips to hardware stores and lumb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Coin-Roll Scam That Rocked Maplewood Has Medieval Roots

    Shut up and listen because you're about to learn history -- usable history. As reported Monday by KTVI Fox2Now, a band of ne'er-do-wells paid visits to Kakao Chocolate in Maplewood and other area businesses a couple of weeks ago. They posed as delivery people and claimed they needed to give yonder c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    March 2012 Openings & Closings

    March followed the trend of the past year or so, with openings (including new food trucks) far outpacing closings. That said, it's difficult not to focus on one particular closure as the month's big news: Monarch, which ended its nine-year run. (Still no word on what will happen to its Maplewood s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    #49: Hummus and Balela Platter at Nosh Bistro

    Bryan Peters​When Nosh Bistro (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-4734) closed a few months ago, we sank into a brief, but profound, funk. We'd grown terribly fond of their hummus and balela salad platter, and we didn't want to know a world without it. So you can imagine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Coyote Spotted In Maplewood

    Hear ye, hear ye: A coyote makes a statement in Maplewood.​The City of Maplewood is warning its residents of a recent coyote sighting. Rachelle L'Ecuyer, community development director for the mid-county suburb, put out a media alert on the critter this afternoon. L'Ecuyer tells Daily RFT that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Post Offices In St. Louis May Be on the National Chopping Block

    ​When's the last time you sent a letter...or mailed anything at all besides a rent check? It's probably been a while; you probably do most of your correspondence online.The United States Post Office is taking notice. Today, the USPS released a list of 3,653 post offices nationwide to be studied fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Our Great Waterways, Let Them Eat Art, an Angry Birds Shooting Gallery and More This Weekend

    Bryan Haynes St. Alban's Village, from Our Great Waterways: The Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers at Kodner Gallery.​Let Them Eat Art: This evening, Maplewood becomes an egalitarian paradise of live music, open-air art, street dancing and even a costume contest (bonus points if you com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events this Weekend: July 8-10

    City of Maplewood​ Friday (July 8): Let Them Eat Art @ Historic Downtown Maplewood Maplewood's tribute to Bastille Day features 50 venues including Schlafly Bottleworks, Acero, Water Street Cafe and Cocktail Bar full of artists, entertainers and musicians. Have your art and eat out, too! 6 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Nosh in Maplewood Closed, New Restaurant Opening

    Jennifer SilverbergThe Nosh space in Maplewood, soon to become Home Wine Kitchen​The Maplewood restaurant Nosh has closed after less than a year in business. Its storefront at 7322 Manchester Road is mostly cleared out, and the phone number has been disconnected. I reviewed Nosh just six months ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Water Street Cafe and Cocktail Bar to Open in Maplewood Next Week

    The interior of Water Street Cafe and Cocktail Bar on Tuesday morning.​Gabe and Maria Kveton are still slapping paint up on the walls of the Water Street Cafe and Cocktail Bar at 7268 Manchester Road in Maplewood, but the brother-and-sister team vow that the restaurant will open next Tuesday, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Chocolate Is Always the Right Size for Valentine's Day

    Laura MillerChocolates at Bissinger's at Maryland Plaza​Valentine's Day is this Monday, February 14. What's that? You haven't done your shopping yet? No worries. On this holiday, it's not the thought that counts -- it's the quality of the chocolate.Gut Check checked in with a few of our favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Laura Ann Miller Kakao Chocolate​As we moved into a new month, Gut Check took stock of some changes to the local scene. Among the news, Kakao Chocolate is opening a shop in Maplewood, and Gerard Craft sold Taste by Niche to Adam Altnether. Find a list of the month's openings and closings i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: Walmart Sandwiches Recalled ...and here I was looking forward to having an egg-salad sandwich from Walmart...

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Cup of Sno Open at Deer Creek (a.k.a. Rocket) Park

    Ian Froeb​It has been a rough few months for Cup of Sno. In April the Maplewood snow-cone stand was struck by an errant Cadillac. No one was hurt, but the structure was destroyed. A new stand went up in its place in May (pictured right), but that hasn't opened for business.Yesterday, Cup of Sno it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    May Opening and Closings

    Annie Zaleski​The good news? The only May closing (of which Gut Check is aware) is actually a holdover from April.The bad news? This month also saw the temporary closing of Gut Check favorite Monarch, as the restaurant renovates and reworks its bar menu.Openings include The Wood (pictured right), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week:   RIP Richard LaMotta, inventor of the Chipwich: 100 Favorite St. Louis Dishes, #80: Banh Mi Dac Biet at Phuc Loi - http:/ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: score (in progress): jambalaya 1, tide to go pen 0 Restaurants! Follow your posted hours OR update your website/sign/et cetera! #petpeeves #wastedtrip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    What Happened to Cup of Snow in Maplewood?

    Ian FroebCup of Sno, why have you foresaken us?​As we approach the month of May, Gut Check's thoughts turn to snow cones. So imagine our shock to discover that one of our go-to spots has...disappeared. That is -- or, rather, was -- the location of Cup of Sno pictured above, in the parking lot of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Ask the Critic: Where Can I Find a Good Pizza Bianca?

    ​Kiwi from Maplewood writes:Where can I get some really good pizza bianca here in town? I don't want something that resembles cheese bread, which I suspect is what I'd get at most restaurants if I asked them to leave off the tomato sauce. I realize that I can make a pretty nice one myself with o ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, January 8-10, 2009

    The first full week of work after the holidays is always a killer. Sure, you come in on Monday morning, buzzed and amped for the week ahead, but by Thursday you're as defeated and tired as Dilbert on quaaludes. Re-energize, then, this weekend with some of these inexpensive entertainment op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    FoodWire: October Openings and Closings

    October has ended its wet, wet reign, so we look back on the soggy month's restaurant openings and closings. As always, if I missed one, please let me know in the comments. Gracias in advance.Ian FroebBeechwood Bistro by Sage fell victim to the Union Station curse.​OpeningsThe Wedge (under new man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Last Night: Hamell on Trial; Jesse Irwin at the Deluxe

    Ed Hamell, a.k.a. Hamell on Trial, made a pit stop at the Deluxe Diner in Maplewood last night on his way to the SXSW Festival in Austin. The Brooklyn-based artist-- known for his subversive, spoken-word lyrics and blistering acoustic guitar (a '37 Gibson) -- performed before a small but enthusiasti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2008

    St. Louis Weekend Recap: Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Fest, Dan Deacon, Feist, Alice Rose, Wash Ave. Club Pics, Flamenco Dancing

    What a weekend. Here's what you missed: The Alice Rose of Austin, Texas played Friday night at Lemmons in South St. Louis. Click over to A to Z to read more. On Friday night, the wind was whipping down Washington Avenue, but that didn't stop the club crowd from heading out. Here's a recap from Jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    E-mail Thread of the Day

    We're pleased to bring you the first in an occasional series of genuine e-mail exchanges between RFT staffers and the wonderful world. As with most e-mail threads, you'll have to read from the bottom to best follow this exchange with publicity agent Stacey Wechsler... www.techrepublic.comFrom: Sta ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 19, 2005


    Get they old art on

  • Calendar

    September 7, 2005

    Inside Art Outside

    Beats the heart of St. Louis

  • Dining

    August 3, 2005

    Slice of Life

    Jon Feraro's Jersey-style pies are the real thing

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Coffee

    Goshen Coffee Company

  • Calendar

    May 5, 2004

    Hands Across Skinker

    The Loop expands its border

  • Dining

    March 17, 2004


    Monarch, 7401 Manchester Avenue, 314-644-3995

  • Dining

    August 27, 2003

    Paradise Found

    The majestic new Monarch brings world-class cuisine to St. Louis

  • News

    December 12, 2001

    And the Emmy Goes To. . .

    Week of December 12, 2001

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Video Store

    Movies Unlimited

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Highway-2-Heaven

    McCausland Avenue

  • Dining

    December 16, 1998
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