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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Public House Brewing Company’s Among the Willows Forges into St. Louis

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 8:31 AM

For the past few years, the Public House Brewing Company brand has been a more seen, more consumed name locally, as the mid-Missouri concern has steadily grown St. Louis into its largest market. With brewpubs down I-44 in both Rolla (with an intimate, hip tap house) and St. James...

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Employees at Hotshots in Maryland Heights Test Positive for COVID-19

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 4:14 PM

A St. Louis-area sports bar and grill has closed this week after some of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. The Hotshots location on Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights has temporarily closed its doors after multiple members of its staff have test positive for coronavirus. The company announced in...

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Remembering Charlie Gitto, the 'Mayor of Sixth Street'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 6:16 AM

Charlie Gitto Sr. loved to tell the story about how he became enraptured by the restaurant business. It was the summer before he entered eighth grade, and he got a job bussing tables at a steakhouse on the Hill. It wasn't necessarily the mechanics of the job that captured...

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Sharon Harter Lost Her Dream Job And Discovered a Better Way

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 6:15 AM

Toward the beginning of this year, Sharon Harter felt like she was in her groove. She was settled in to her job as pastry chef for Polite Society (1923 Park Avenue, 314-325-2553) and the Bellwether (1419 Carroll Street, 314-380-3086) following a challenging gig working for a corporate chef company....

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Friday, July 3, 2020

St. Louis Restaurant Openings and Closings June 2020

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2020 at 7:23 AM

To say that the last few months have been a difficult time for the restaurant business is the understatement of the decade. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the St. Louis area this March, the industry was turned upside down and thrust into a future that remains uncertain. In such...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Jeff Friesen of Taco Buddha Is Ready to Serve Again

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 6:15 AM

Jeff Friesen is the first to admit that learning how to run a restaurant in the midst of a pandemic has involved a lot of trial and error — even when he's thought he's gotten things down pat, they've had a funny way of showing him otherwise. "Reopening a...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

UPDATE: Parlor and Takashima Records Are Temporarily Closed As Sexual Assault Allegations Rock the Grove

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 9:30 AM

This article has been updated with a statement from Sean Baltzell, through his attorney. Parlor (4170 Manchester Avenue, 314-833-4999), a popular arcade bar, and Takashima Records (4095 Chouteau Avenue, 314-571-9133), a new vinyl listening lounge, are temporarily closed. The Grove nightlife venues announced the halt to their operations yesterday...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Meaghan Coltrain Turns to Passion Project After Coronavirus Lay Off

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 9:33 AM

As recently as early March, Meaghan Coltrain was in a great place in her job as corporate executive pastry chef for Niche Food Group. From making gelato and special events desserts for Pastaria and Sardella to developing Instagrammable soft-serve ice cream for Rockwell Beer Company, Coltrain was in her...

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Crossing Paths With O'Connell's Pub Owner Jack Parker

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 10:28 AM

Aside from a couple of random cash hustles, my first real job was enjoyed as a busboy at O’Connell’s Pub, circa 1985, or thereabouts. That, of course, meant that the bar’s longtime owner ​Jack Parker​ was my first boss. It didn’t take long for the relationship to become official....

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Lulu's Local Eatery Is For Sale; Beloved Vegan Restaurant's Future Uncertain

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 9:02 AM

Lulu's Local Eatery (3201 South Grand Boulevard, 314-300-8215), the beloved South Grand vegan restaurant, is for sale. Owners Lauren "Lulu" Loomis and Robbie Tucker are stepping away from the restaurant, hoping that a buyer will be able to carry on the brand. Until then, the restaurant remains closed. News...

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