St. Louis Business Journal

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    July 28, 2014

    Would You Pay $1,950 to Rent the Glammest Porta-Potty in St. Louis?

    Imagine you are hosting a fabulously fancy outdoor party. Consider it a Gatsby-level shindig: The male guests are tuxedo'd, the women are stunning and the shrimp cocktails never run out. Attendees catch up on the latest yacht gossip while a string quartet lays down the Bach, as is proper. But the ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    St. Louis Treasurer: Four Sue Tishaura Jones Over Termination, Allege Political Motives

    Four former employees of the St. Louis city treasurer's office are suing Tishaura Jones, who stepped up to the position in January, alleging that she terminated them for political reasons -- mainly that they had not supported her when she was running for office. "They were fired because of their p ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Report: Tucci & Fresta's to Convert into Pasta House Co.

    Kim Tucci and Joe Fresta will convert Tucci & Fresta's Trattoria & Bar (15 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-6588) into a location of their Pasta House Co., according to a report in the St. Louis Business Journal.

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    December 19, 2011

    Shula's 347 Grill Eighty-Sixes St. Louis Franchise

    Jennifer SilverbergShula's 347 Grill as it appeared this summer.​Shula's 347 Grill (411 North Eighth Street; 314-241-7267) closed unexpectedly on Thursday, December 15. The restaurant, part of the chain of steak houses and higher-end, sports-themed restaurants owned by NFL Hall of Fame head coach ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Tidbits from Duff's, Diablitos Cantina

    ​- Central West End institution Duff's (392 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-0522) is for sale, according to an item (subscription required) in the current issue of the St. Louis Business Journal. Duff's opened in 1972, part of the fabled "Class of '72" of St. Louis restaurants. This weekend, Post-Dis ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    New Restaurant in Old Mama Pho Space?

    Jennifer SilverbergInside Mama Pho, now closed​Mama Pho Vietnamese Restaurant closed its doors at 3737 South Grand Boulevard last fall after only a year in business. The building at the intersection of South Grand and Chippewa -- a former McDonald's -- has been empty since thenNow, however, the "N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Rename the Food Truck Formerly Known as Mangia Mobile

    Robin WheelerThe Arancini from Mangia Mobile.​As reported this morning in the St. Louis Business Journal (and Tweeted by you), Mangia Mobile must change its name. A hearing today will determine exactly how and when the family-owned food truck must go about doing so. This decision comes follo ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Tidbits from Dooley's, Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.

    Google MapsThe new home of Dooley's​- Downtown institution Dooley's Ltd. closed in 2008. Now, the St. Louis Business Journal reports that Sean Dooley, son of founder Alex Dooley, plans to open Dooley's Pub and Brew Haus at 601 North Grand Boulevard. (The address was previously home to the short-li ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Flight Grounded at Lambert Due to Backgammon

    Image viaBackgammon? Yeah. More like al-Qaeda-gammon.​Early Tuesday morning, when U.S. Airways flight 457 took off from New York heading toward Phoenix, things were quiet. Perhaps a little too quiet. And too board-game-y. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, three Israelis of Russian desce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    81,000 Households in Metro St. Louis Don't Have a Car

    Who knew so many St. Louis households depended on one of these?​The Brookings Institution is out with a study looking at the public transportation access within America's biggest cities, and St. Louis is near the bottom of the list. According to Brookings, 82 percent of area residents without a ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Biz Journal's "30 Under 30" Features St. Louis Food Folk [UPDATED]

    The St. Louis Business Journal released its annual "30 Under 30" list of local business up-and-comers. Five honorees are from the food-business sector, ranging from small-business entrepreneurs to rising bigwigs at huge local corporations. Anthony Bommarito Jr. is poised to operate A. Bommarito Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    St. Louis Voltron Connection: Who Knew?

    "Form feet and legs; form arms and body; and I'll form the head!" ​Don't know what your favorite cartoon of the mid-1980s was, but we here at Daily RFT we're definitely partial to Voltron. From 1984 to 1985, the animated series about crime fighters in robotic cats that could come together as a gia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Makena Controversy Didn't Hurt KV -- Pharma Co.'s Stock Soared

    Do investors want to see pregnant ladies get gouged? Apparently.via​There is no such thing as bad publicity.That's the only conclusion we can reach upon hearing that even after getting pilloried in the national press for its attempt to charge pregnant women as much as $1,500 fo ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011
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    January 27, 2011

    Busch Stadium to Get Wrigley Field Experience: Nearby Rooftop Bar

    Google Earth​Okay, so it's not exactly a four-story brownstone. And it's not located right across the street from the action, but hey, it's as close as we've got to Wrigleyville rooftops in St. Louis. The downtown hotel St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark announced this week its plans to add a roofto ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    RFT Web Awards: Meet the Judges

    ​The finalists have been chosen, the party planners are toiling away and the suspense is mounting: Who will be winning one of RFT's first-ever Web Awards?We're not answering that just yet. (You'll have to stay tuned for the complete list of winners!) But we are ready to introduce our esteemed pane ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    RFT Web Awards: Meet the Judges

    ​The finalists have been chosen, the party planners are toiling away and the suspense is mounting: Who will be winning one of RFT's first-ever Web Awards?We're not answering that just yet. (You'll have to stay tuned for the complete list of winners!) But we are ready to introduce our esteemed pan ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    RFT Web Awards: Meet the Judges

    ​The finalists have been chosen, the party planners are toiling away and the suspense is mounting: Who will be winning one of RFT's first-ever Web Awards?We're not answering that just yet. (You'll have to stay tuned for the complete list of winners!) But we are ready to introduce our esteemed pan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Mayor Weighs in on Tucson Shootings, Dumb Questions

    ​Mayor Slay didn't directly call out the St. Louis Business Journal for asking an idiotic question last week, but he hinted as much. In the wake of the Tucson tragedy, the Biz Journal polled its readers by asking: "Given the Arizona shootings, will you stop attending political rallies?" In h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Restaurant Tidbits from Brasserie by Niche, Franco, Pi

    Jennifer SilverbergNow you can enjoy the onion soup at Brasserie by Niche seven days a week.​A few notes from the last week:- Brasserie by Niche announced via Twitter this weekend that it will now be open seven days a week.Smart move: By all accounts, Gerard Craft's French restaurant, which landed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Classical Music Returns to the St. Louis Airwaves -- Kind Of...

    Beethoven may smile again, thanks to KWMU​Fans of Classic 99.1 (KFUO-FM) officially lost their beloved classical-music outpost in early May, when the FCC approved the sale of the station to Joy FM. The latter is "a listener-supported station that plays Christian music and broadcasts simultaneo ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Homeless People Displaced from Hopeville Camp $1 Rooms At Hyatt Hotel = Solution?

    Image viaView is better up here.​So the city is booting out the homeless from "Hopeville," a makeshift encampment underneath Tucker Boulevard. What to do? Well, consider this: The St. Louis Business Journal just reported that the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch is running a promotion this summ ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Construction to Resume on Shriners Children's Hospital in CWE

    Construction will finally resume later this year for the new Shriners Hospital for Children in the Central West End a year after the recession put the project on hold, the hospital's board announced on Tuesday. Image sourceAn artist rendering of the new Shriner's Hospital for Children, if it ever g ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    AB-InBev to Employees: This Job Cut Is For You

    Image Via An armadillo after losing his job to corporate "restructuring"​If something happens every month is it still considered news? We only ask because Anheuser-Busch InBev announced its plans to lay off another 400-plus employees from its North American workforce. That's the third time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Your Next Trip to the Airport May Be Fueled By Algae

    Image ViaThe imaginary algae Ferrari of the future ​St. Louis-based conglomerate Enterprise Rent-A-Car is going green. Algae green, to be specific. The company is converting its entire fleet of airport shuttle buses -- more than 600 vehicles -- to biofuel. For now soybeans will provide the power b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Anheuser-Busch Sends 350,000 Cans of Water To Haiti.

    Image via Flickr​No, it's not actually Bud Light.As the brewer has done in the past when there's been a natural disaster and clean water is hard to come by, they ship in drinking water in what looks like plain white beer cans. As memory serves, last time they did this was after Hurricane Katrina.T ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    The Axe Continues to Fall at Anheuser-Busch InBev

    And this time more St. Louis jobs were on the chopping block. The once-local company announced last Friday afternoon -- prime time for issuing bad news press releases -- that a "small number" of domestic brewery workers were being laid off.Image Via​Via the St. Louis Business Journal:Jim Brickey, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    FoodWire: New Chef at Mangia, New Ozzie's Downtown

    A couple of restaurant tidbits for this short week: First, Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Boulevard; website) has brought David Tmney on board as executive chef. Timney was both executive chef and a partner at the original Balaban's in the Central West End. Second, the St. Louis Business Journal ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 11.13

    ​ Missouri's Share the Harvest gets boost from the state to provide donated deer meat to the needy. (St. Louis Business Journal)Burger King owners sue corporation for money-losing promotion. (MSNBC)New Orleans prepares to celebrate the po' boy. (The New York Times)How to act right around cel ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Finally, A Survey that Says St. Louis is Tip-Top​Or at least we're the top tippers.The food/travel guide Zagat published its annual "America's Top Restaurants" edition last week and the book includes a survey of which cities leave the biggest tips by percentage. St. Louisans beat out the highfalutin cheaps ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Latest Plan for St. Louis Centre: Parking

    At least that's what I inferred today from a story in the St. Louis Business Journal. The article about a $5-million loan to developer SCR Investments for the rehabbing of the office building One City Centre also states (almost in passing) that the mostly vacant shopping mall St. Louis Centre will b ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Local News Outlets Reporting Brown Surrendered His Law License...That Ain't So, Says the Supreme Court

    Both the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Business Journal reported today that former state rep Steve Brown, an attorney, surrendered his law license earlier this week.  Not so, says an e-update from a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court of Missouri. She says neither the court clerk, nor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8.31

    ​ Teabaggers to converge on Town and Country Whole Foods Tuesday night for "buycott" in support of CEO John Mackey's stance on health care reform. Plan accordingly. (St. Louis Business Journal)Some nasty candy's causing an uproar in the U.K. (The Daily Mail)Unilever experiments with freezer- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Looking to Catch All-Star Players Leaving St. Louis? Head to Cahokia, Not Lambert.

    connectlimos.comThe St. Louis Business Journal had an interesting story Monday about traffic at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois.The paper reported that business doubled at the airport Monday as corporate jets from around the country descended on St. Louis for the All-Star Game. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    FoodWire: Various Restaurant Tidbits

    News from a few of our friends around town:- The St. Louis Business Journal reports that a new operator has been chosen for Bevo Mill (4749 Gravois Avenue). L&M Catering will use the historic space as a restaurant, catering and special-events facility.- At Off the Menu, Joe Bonwich passes along ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    All-Star Game May Only Be the Beginning; St. Louis In Running For World Cup

    You'd think St. Louis would be happy -- or overwhelmed -- enough with hosting this year's MLB All-Star Game to look forward to a return to global obscurity. Or, at the very least, we should pay closer attention to how Chicago is making a fool of itself in its 2016 Olympic bid.But no. Our fair city, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Look for City Employees on Unpaid Vacation Soon

    The city's budget is shrinking by 4 percent this next fiscal year, and officials are looking to employee furloughs as one way to cut costs. The furloughs, which still require approval from the Board of Aldermen, could save the city $3.1 million, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.  Man ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    FoodWire: Bevo Mill Update

    The St. Louis Business Journal reports that there are three suitors for Bevo Mill (4749 Gravois Avenue), the currently shuttered South City icon: L&M Catering, Orlando's Banquets & Catering and the owners of Taft Street Restaurant and Bar. Looks like all three are viewing the site more as a ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    St. Louis Business Journal Cuts Pay For Some, Freezes Salaries For Others

    More bad news for the local media biz. Staffers earning more than $35,000 at the St. Louis Business Journal were informed last week that they'd earn five percent less this year. Meanwhile, employees making less than $35K will not be eligible for raises.The cost cuts are part of corporate-wide restru ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    St. Louis Galleria Owners File For Bankruptcy

    Photo: Jennifer SilverbergSt. Louis GalleriaThe company that owns St. Louis Galleria filed for bankruptcy protection today. This per the St. Louis Business Journal:General Growth Properties Inc., owner of the Saint Louis Galleria, has filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection to reorganize. ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    FoodWire: Chesterfield Mall Starbucks Among Latest Closures

    Beleaguered coffee giant Starbucks has announced the 200 domestic stores to be closed (link PDF) in its latest round of cost-cutting. The only Missouri location on the chopping block is the Chesterfield Mall kiosk, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

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    January 30, 2009

    FoodWire: Downtown Starbucks Among Closures

    The St. Louis Business Journal reports that the Starbucks at 521 Olive Street downtown is among the 200 stores nationwide (300 total) being closed. According to the article, the downtown location will close next month.

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    January 14, 2009

    Want to Buy a Hotel Cheap?

    The St. Louis Business Journal is reporting that the Renaissance Grand Hotel & Suites will be auctioned February 2 at the St. Louis Civil Court.  The downtown convention-center hotel opened in 2003 and has never made any money. For some reason, the tourists expected to fill the bu ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    FoodWire: Mosaic Expanding

    The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Claus Schmitz's Loft District tapas restaurant Mosaic (1001 Washington Avenue) will expand, nearly doubling its current size.- Ian Froeb

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    July 15, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.15

    InBev will buy Anheuser-Busch. Now, the reaction. (St. Louis Business Journal) One possible upside: More beers for Americans to try. (Reuters) But what about Anheuser-Busch's unparalleled sports marketing? (USA Today) Starbucks continues its makeover, introducing a new smoothie. (BusinessWeek) F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    A Little More on Balaban's Closing

    The St. Louis Business Journal has a brief item on Balaban's closing. Not much new, except confirmation of what has been whispered for a few weeks now: The restaurant is for sale. -Ian Froeb

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    September 27, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9/27

    The fact that the Morning Brew is late today has absolutely nothing to do with yesterday's release of the Best of St. Louis 2007 and any drinks that may have been consumed in celebration and/or relief thereof. Whole Foods has announced that the Wild Oats in Ladue will close ... More >>

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    September 14, 2007

    Bonus Restaurant Tidbit

    From the St. Louis Business Journal comes word that Bissinger's: A Chocolate Experience (which I reviewed a few weeks ago) is considering expanding to the county -- and that owner Ken Kellerhals has received unsolicited offers to expand into other cities. The full article is here, though a subscript ... More >>

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    July 12, 2000

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    A candidate for St. Louis sheriff wants things shaped up on his watch; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

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