Thursday, March 3, 2011

Restaurant Tidbits: Halfway Haus, Izakaya Ren [Updated]

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM

click to enlarge The bar (unfinished) at Halfway Haus - DIANA BENANTI
  • Diana Benanti
  • The bar (unfinished) at Halfway Haus

Over at A to Z, my colleague Diana Benanti has filed a progress report on Halfway Haus, a new bar and music venue slated to open at 7900 Michigan Avenue on Thursday, March 10.

According to Benanti, Halfway Haus won't have a kitchen, but they will have pizza from nearby Kim's Pizza (9605 South Broadway; 314-631-3800).

Meanwhile, George Mahe reports on Relish that Izakaya Ren is now open at 2948 Dougherty Ferry Road in Valley Park. Izakaya Ren is unusual for St. Louis, a restaurant specializing in sake and Japanese bar snacks like yakitori -- skewered, grilled chicken (traditionally, though various other meats and vegetables are also served as yakitori).

Keep your eye out for a Gut Check "First Look" at Izakaya Ren in the next few weeks.

Update: (Friday, March 4, 9:00 a.m.) Andrew Veety posted many of Izakaya Ren's menu items on the STL Bites forum. As he points out, this menu is an amalgam of yakitori as well as sushi and even non-Japanese fare.

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