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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Irie Eats Brings a Taste of Jamaica to University City — and Now, a Full Bar

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 6:04 AM

When you walk through the door of Irie Eats Jamaican Restaurant (8428 Olive Blvd., University City; 314-395-8821), don't be surprised if a feeling comes over you like you've just taken a vacation. The relaxed vibe is so welcoming, from the front door to your table, that it makes it easy...

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

'Force de Femme' Highlights Female Power in St. Louis' Food Scene

Posted By on Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Angela Ortmann's first "Love to Eat, Eat to Love" event, held in February, highlighted immigrant contributions to St. Louis' food scene — even as President Trump's travel ban had many of them feeling anxious. Nine months later, the second event in Ortmann's collaborative dining series also feels ripped from the...

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Elisa Lewis Is 'the Rick Whisperer' at Grace Meat + Three

Posted By on Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 6:47 AM

Growing up as the daughter of small business owners, Elisa Lewis always felt that she would have one of her own one day. She didn't know it would be a restaurant, but after her first gig in the business, she certainly felt that pull. “My first job was in...

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Fast-Casual Korean, Coffee Shop Coming to Laclede's Landing

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Big changes are underway for 612 N. 2nd Street, the former home of the Drunken Fish in Laclede's Landing. Munsok So, owner of the home-grown Drunken Fish chain, announced in a press release today that he had undertaken a gut rehab of both the fifth and first floors of...

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Eat-Rite Has the Money — Now the Diner Just Needs Someone to Buy or Manage It

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 12:19 PM

On October 24, downtown's Eat-Rite Diner closed its doors due to a broken exhaust fan, with no guarantee of reopening. But at the end of last week, co-owner L.B. Powers received a check via a GoFundMe campaign to replace the broken appliance — and while he and his wife, Dorcus,...

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Crown Candy Kitchen Owner Urges Diners: 'Don't Be Afraid'

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 11:26 AM

The owner of Crown Candy Kitchen, Andy Karandzieff, was on vacation last week when a friend from high school texted him about the news that had suddenly gone viral — Karandzieff's beloved restaurant and candy counter wasn't being replicated in the heart of suburbia, was it? A satirical Facebook page,...

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Squatter's Cafe Offers Breakfast, Lunch and Whimsy in Grand Center

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 6:17 AM

Squatter’s Café (3524 Washington Avenue) is a new breakfast and lunch concept taking over — squatting in, if you will — the space previously occupied by Magnolia Café in the KDHX building in Grand Center. It opens today. Chef Rob Connoley, a St. Louis native, returned to his hometown...

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Friday, November 3, 2017

St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: October 2017

Posted By on Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 6:04 AM

This month's restaurant scene was a whirlwind of change. The owners of Eat-Rite Diner confirmed that they might well be hanging it up for good (although their many fans continue to urge them to say it ain't so!). McArthur's also pulled out of the Loop, all too soon after...

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Remembering Joe Bonwich, Food Critic and Generous Friend

Posted By on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 9:24 AM

On Tuesday, October 31, Joe Bonwich passed away while on a decades-delayed, second honeymoon with his wife Jennie Shipman Bonwich. Yet even in the darkest hours following his death, something amazing happened to Jennie, as she began to hear from people who knew her late husband. Some of those...

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At Pangea World Fusion, an Up-and-Comer Lands in New Town St. Charles

Posted By on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 6:14 AM

Chef Jessie Gilroy wasn't planning on opening a restaurant, at least not anytime soon. Fresh off her boss Kevin Nashan's James Beard win for Best Chef: Midwest, Gilroy was content and as busy as ever as his sous chef at Sidney Street Cafe. Then she got word from her...

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