Mark Curran

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Araka: New Chef, New Menu

    Bryan PetersFeatured at Araka's sneak preview: "Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallops" (or one of 'em, anyway).​When Gut Check learned Sauce Magazine had teamed up with Araka (131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-725-6777) to introduce the latter's new chef, Michael Burnau, and unveil his new menu, we in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Former Araka Chef Mark Curran Charged with Burglarizing the Restaurant

    Stew SmithThe wine collection at Araka in Clayton​Mark Curran, former executive chef at Araka, was charged Thursday, June 17, with burglarizing the restaurant where he worked for more than two years. Court records indicate that Curran faces six counts of burglary in the second degree (a felon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    FoodWire: New Tasting, Lunch Menus at Araka

    Jennifer Silverberg​Clayton restaurant Araka (131 Carondelet Plaza; website) has announced a revised lunch menu and a new seven-course tasting menu. The lunch menu (link PDF) includes several new dishes, including spinach-ricotta raviolo, a beef short-rib sandwich and an adobo-rubbed skirt steak. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Photos: Slow Food St. Louis Art of Food Fundraiser at Mad Art Gallery, 7.25.09

    Chefs and artists gathered Friday night at Mad Art Gallery in Soulard for the Art of Food fundraiser, benefiting both Slow Food St. Louis and Fair Shares Combined Community Supported Agriculture. Photographer Stew Smith was there and has these photos.Photo: Stew SmithStephen Kovac of Winslow's Home ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 9, 2008

    Just Ducky

    Clayton's newest restaurant has style to burn — and the substance to back it up.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2007