St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: October 2017

Nov 3, 2017 at 6:04 am
The "Louisiana sunburst salad" at 1764 Public House — a new hotspot in the Central West End. - COURTESY OF 1764 PUBLIC HOUSE
The "Louisiana sunburst salad" at 1764 Public House — a new hotspot in the Central West End.

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 arriving, and St. Louis bid a sad goodbye to beloved restaurant critic Joe Bonwich (most recently of St. Louis Magazine), another departure that came all too soon.

But the news wasn't all bad. Au contraire. October was full of interesting openings — so many that it was impossible to visit all of them at once. From a sexy spin on the tasting menu in University City to a cozy Affton spot devoted to pretzels to not one but two quick-stop spots with a poke focus, newcomers were many.

Among the big winners? Princeton Heights, which now boasts an outpost of barbecue favorite Salt + Smoke, as well as One Way Cafe, an authentically delicious Mexican spot. Try one, try both — just don't even try to keep up with everything that's coming and going.

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Eat-Rite Diner, 622 Chouteau Avenue, Downtown
Feraro's Jersey Style Pizza, 7700 Ivory Street, Patch
McArthur's, 6630 Delmar Boulevard, University City

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1764 Public House, 39 N. Euclid Avenue, Central West End
BLK MKT Eats, 9 S. Vandeventer, Midtown
Bowlero, 8070 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Peters
Irie Eats Jamaican Restaurant, 8428 Olive Boulevard, University City
Mariscos el Gato, 4561 Gravois, Bevo Mill
One Way Cafe, 5912 Hampton Avenue, Princeton Heights
Pretzel Pretzel, 9614 Gravois Road, Affton
Poke Doke, 8 S. Euclid Avenue, Central West End
Privado, 6665 Delmar, University City
Salt + Smoke, 5625 Hampton, Princeton Heights
VooDoo St. Louis, 1229 Washington Avenue, Downtown
Walnut Grill, 10797 Sunset Hills Plaza, Sunset Hills