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Monday, January 4, 2021

St. Louis Restaurant Openings and Closings: December 2020

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 1:04 PM

As this hellscape of a year drew to a close, the pandemic-related misery in the hospitality business remained brutally apparent in the form of several iconic closures. Eat-Rite, Mangia Italiano, Missouri Bar & Grill — it's difficult to imagine the St. Louis dining landscape without these storied spaces. Their...

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

With Drink314, Jordan Palmer Aims to Distill St. Louis' Craft Beer and Spirits Scene

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 at 7:10 AM

Jordan Palmer vividly remembers the moment he realized his passion for craft beer. It was the late 1990s, and a high school friend introduced him to the now-defunct Six Row Brewing Company in which he was an investor. Until that point, Palmer admits his beer experience centered mostly on...

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Monday, December 28, 2020

The Best and Worst of St. Louis' Dining Scene in 2020

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 6:15 AM

In a year defined by upheaval, it’s impossible to understate the earth-shattering chaos and uncertainty rained down on the hospitality world thanks to COVID-19. Ask any server, chef, bartender, prep-cook, valet, restaurateur or anyone else in the business where they were that fateful second weekend in March, and the...

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Friday, December 25, 2020

Christmas Night Fire Lights Up The Buttery Diner on South Grand

Posted By on Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 9:16 PM

It has been a terrible month for classic St. Louis restaurants and now it seems we must add the Buttery (3659 South Grand Boulevard, 314-771-4443) to the injured list. The St. Louis Fire Department responded to a call at about 6 p.m. Christmas night reporting that fire was showing...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Narwhal's Team to Open Loaded: Elevated Nachos in St. Charles Early Next Year

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2020 at 7:23 AM

Exciting news for fans of all things nacho: Loaded: Elevated Nachos (1450 Beale Street, Suite 130, St. Charles; 636-202-0841), a new restaurant dedicated entirely to the crispy tortilla triangle, will open early next year in St. Charles. Loaded is the brainchild of business partners and friends Brandon Holzhueter...

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Meredith Barry of La Verita Believes Hospitality for All, Including Workers

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 6:15 AM

In March, Niche Food Group's Meredith Barry was settling into the role of bar manager at Taste. Two months into the job, she finally felt like she was at a point where she understood the bar's identity and its regulars, and she was preparing to introduce a cocktail menu...

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Friday, December 18, 2020

St. Louis' Historic Eat-Rite Diner Has Permanently Closed

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 9:16 PM

On the heels of the closing of Mangia Italiano, it looks like we also have to say goodbye to another St. Louis institution, the Eat-Rite Diner. We will have to find a new diner to haunt at 4 a.m. for a slinger or a smashed burger because not only...

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

You Can Now Get Russell's Gooey Butter Shipped Anywhere in the Country

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 5:34 PM

As we creep closer and closer to the end of this abominable year, a glimmer of hope gives us reason to believe brighter times are ahead: Russell's is now shipping its gooey butter across the country. As owner Russel Ping explains, the idea to ship the restaurant and bakery's...

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

St. Louis' Legendary Mangia Italiano on South Grand Is Closing

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2020 at 6:07 AM

The pandemic has taken down a St. Louis giant. Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Boulevard) is closing Sunday. The restaurant announced the closure on its Facebook page last night: Mangia’s history in St. Louis runs deep. It opened in 1983 as a fresh pasta shop and Italian deli....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Lorenza Pasetti of Volpi Foods Was Born for the Business

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 6:15 AM

Growing up with the legacy of the family business, Volpi Foods, hanging over her, Lorenza Pasetti knew she was expected to carry forth that legacy one day. And, when it was her turn, she proudly did — even if she put in her notice a few times. "I ended...

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