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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

As Chef Rob Uyemura Battles Cancer, STL Chefs Host Benefit Dinners for Him

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 11:05 AM

Supporting the St. Louis area has always been important to chef Rob Uyemura. It's one of the reasons he opened Local Chef Kitchen (15270 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-220-3212), his wonderful CSA and farm-to-table restaurant in Ballwin, in 2016. Now local chefs are rallying to return that support to Uyemura, who...

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Molly's in Soulard Opens Carnival, A Mardi Gras Pop-Up Bar

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 9:17 AM

In the hours before its grand opening on Thursday, January 30, Carnival (808 Geyer Avenue) transformed from a neighborhood bar into a section of New Orleans that somehow got dropped in Missouri. Operated by Molly's in Soulard (816 Geyer Avenue, 314-241-6200) owner Luke Reynolds, Carnival is a Mardi Gras-themed...

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Cooking Connects Tiny Chef’s Melanie Meyer With Her Korean Heritage

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 6:04 AM

Melanie Meyer realized early on in her cooking career the power that food has to make people’s lives a little more joyful. Even in a humble hospital cafeteria, she couldn’t help but see herself as an ambassador of joy — and her customers took notice. “One of my first...

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Brennan's Plans Chillest Move Ever, Relocating 45 Steps Away in the CWE

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 11:08 AM

Brennan's has a new home in the Central West End — and fans of the longtime neighborhood bar will be happy to learn that it's only 45 steps away from the original. We here at the Riverfront Times have just barely recovered from learning last month that Brennan's would soon relocate...

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St. Louis Restaurant Openings and Closings January 2019

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 10:16 AM

During the first month of 2020, the St. Louis area saw almost an equal number of restaurant openings and closings. Four of the openings were additional locations for existing concepts, including Salt + Smoke debuting in the Central West End, Seoul Taco opening in the Grove and Egg@midtown. In...

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Switchgrass Spirits in Wellston to Release Bottled Whiskey Cocktail

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 4:31 PM

Bottled and canned cocktails continue to surge in popularity, and soon, a new entrant to the market produced in the St. Louis area will celebrate its debut. Switchgrass Spirits (6100 Idadale Avenue, Wellston), a new distillery based in Wellston, will help warm lonely hearts this February with its first...

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Balkan Treat Box to Host Gramercy Tavern Chef at Anniversary Dinner

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 1:11 PM

In some ways it's hard to believe that Balkan Treat Box (8103 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves; 314-733-5700) cooked its first wood-fired pide and somun for service at its brick-and-mortar just one year ago. Thanks to its early years as a wildly popular food truck, Balkan already feels like...

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Grant's Farm Kicks Off New Monthly Beer Dinner Series Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 1:09 PM

If you're looking to tailgate the weekend ahead, Grant’s Farm (10501 Gravois Road) is offering the opportunity to do just that this evening. Tonight marks the first event in a new monthly beer dinner series at Grant's Farm. Guests can expect chef Sam Niemann to serve up classic tailgating...

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

After 11 Years, Steve's Hot Dogs & Burgers to Close on February 1

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 1:41 PM

One of our favorite local spots is closing up shop for good. Over the weekend, Steve Ewing, owner of Steve's Hot Dogs & Burgers (3457 Magnolia Avenue, 314-762-9899), announced that his namesake business would be closing after service on Saturday, February 1. Well before opening Steve's, Ewing was well known...

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At Bulrush, Beverage Director Andy Printy Finds Inspiration in Limitation

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 6:04 AM

Andy Printy’s father was a woodworker, one so renowned for his craft that he had articles written about him. It seemed natural that his son would follow in his footsteps, so he gave the younger Printy an after-school job in his shop to teach him the ways of the...

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