Openings: Avenue, Side Project, Larder & Cupboard, Riverbend

Nov 11, 2014 at 7:00 am
Cory King at Side Project Cellar. | Richard Haegele
Cory King at Side Project Cellar. | Richard Haegele

It's been a busy few days for St. Louis restaurants. There were several openings, which means more delicious food (and some killer Instagram photos). Here's the roundup of what you may have missed, and what's coming up this week.

See also: Cory King Debuts Tasting Room, Side Project Cellar [PHOTOS]

Avenue (12 North Meramec, Clayton; 314-727-4141) opened for dinner Friday, November 7, in the former Roxane space. It's owned by Brian and Diane Carr, who closed their nearby Pomme restaurants to focus on the new venture. Diane Carr described Avenue in an email as "the best of Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar with the best of Pomme Restaurant in one space." Its breakfast and lunch service will start Wednesday, November 12, and brunch begins Sunday, November 15. Dishes include roasted duck breast, lamb tenderloin, spinach and roasted garlic ravioli, plus housemade ice creams and sorbets, creme brulee and a pistachio lemon torte. Avenue will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with cocktails and bar menu available until 11 p.m. On Friday it's 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with cocktails and bar menu until midnight; Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. with cocktails and bar menu until midnight; and Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and cocktails and bar menu until 11 p.m. Look out for daily happy-hour and late-night specials as well.

Cory King, head brewer at Perennial Artisanal Ales has been working on his, er, side project called Side Project for some time. Tomorrow the doors officially open at his small brewery and tasting room, Side Project Cellar (7373 Marietta Avenue). There are local and Belgian-style beers on the 24 taps and will also have two regular cask-beer options. Side Project will also offer whiskey and a few American and French wines. Side Project Cellar will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. Check out our sneak peek of the space here.

Larder & Cupboard (7431 Manchester Road; 314-300-8995), a new specialty shop, quietly opened its doors Sunday afternoon. The official opening is set for Wednesday, November 12, with a grand opening celebration on November 15. The specialty food shop, from Brian Pelletier and Cindy Higgerson, stocks small-batch purveyors, both local and even international. Look for items from Salume Beddu, Marcoot Jersey Creamery and Baetje Farms, plus cold-pressed seed oils from a small town outside of Vienna -- all hand-picked by Pelletier and Higgerson. As of Wednesday, Larder & Cupboard will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Last week, Cajun favorite Riverbend Restaurant & Bar (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard; 314-664-8443) moved to much bigger digs. The move means it can offer way more Southern favorites, plus catering. The menu has expanded to include barbecue shrimp, seafood cannelloni, crawfish enchiladas, crawfish Margaret pasta, fried seafood po' boys and plates, cochon pork and black-eyed-pea gumbo and more. Expanded hours also mean it's open on Sunday. Riverbend is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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