A breakfast burrito at Kitchen House Coffee's new Patch location: One of this month's bright spots.
For the St. Louis restaurant scene, January really is the cruelest month. Frigid temperatures and snow predictions keep us huddling indoors while even popular restaurants sit empty. The impact on a business that has tight profit margins even during good weather can be deadly.
And so this month was packed with closings — some of them anticipated (Kemoll's is closing its downtown home with plans to reopen in Maryland Heights) and some of them not (Beale on Broadway's abrupt closure
shocked the city). Others will lead to new life. Chinese Noodle Cafe, for example, closed after seventeen years
because owner Peggy Hou is retiring; a new concept has already signed on to reopen in the space.
Indeed, for every closure that made us sad was a brave restaurateur who dared to hang out their shingle in the dead of winter, some of them downright exciting.
In addition to new outposts of restaurants we love (Fitz's, Kitchen House Coffee, Kingside Diner), Sultan Mediterranean Cuisine
is now serving up the food of Kurdistan in the Grove. 808 Maison
has restored French cooking to the city's French neighborhood. And Elmwood
is a hot spot in every sense of the word, with a custom coal-fired oven and a cool new space. Use this list as a cheat sheet to check out some newcomers — and spend a little dough on the businesses we depend on to bring vitality to the metro area.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.
See also: Breakaway Cafe Will Reopen February 4
See also: 808 Maison Brings French Cooking Back to Soulard
Beale on Broadway
701 South Broadway, Downtown
8418 Natural Bridge Road, Bel-Nor
Chinese Noodle Cafe
6138 Delmar Boulevard, Delmar Loop
1122 Washington Avenue, Downtown
Cork n Slice
4501 Maryland Avenue, Central West End
1921 S. 9th Street, Soulard
211 N. Broadway, Downtown
44 Maryland Plaza, Central West End
210 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood
158 Long Road, Chesterfield
571 Melville Avenue, Delmar Loop
West End Grill & Pub
354 N. Boyle, Central West End
See also: Firenza Pizza Promises Webster 'Pizza Like Never Before'
See also: Elmwood Is Now Serving Coal-Fired Food in Maplewood
808 Geyer, Soulard
Chicken Salad Chick
171215 Chesterfield Airport
1635 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield
2704 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood
20 Allen Avenue, Webster Groves
Fitz's South County
5244 S. Lindbergh, South County
8025 Bonhomme, Clayton
Kitchen House Coffee
7700 Ivory Avenue, Patch
1500 Elm Street, St. Charles
Sultan Mediterranean Grill
4200 Manchester Avenue, the Grove
705 Olive Street, Downtown
See also: Kitchen House Coffee Is Now Open in Patch
See also: Sultan Mediterranean Cuisine Opens in the Grove
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