June 2012 Openings & Closings

click to enlarge Chef Jonathan Olson in the kitchen of the late Market Grill - JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Jennifer Silverberg
Chef Jonathan Olson in the kitchen of the late Market Grill

June was a very busy month for openings, including the much-anticipated debut of Southwest Diner (6803 Southwest Avenue; 314-260-7244), the discovery of the city's first Somali restaurant in quite some time and the arrival of three new food trucks.

Closings included the popular Thai restaurant Land of Smile (9641 Olive Boulevard, Olivette), the downtown outpost of the Tin Can Tavern & Grille (1909 Locust Street) and the relaunched Market Grill (728 Lafayette Avenue) in Soulard.

As always, please drop us a line in the comments if you know of an opening or closing that we missed.


Annabelle's Bar-B-Que (6900 Noonan Avenue; 314-781-1144) Ex Cop Donut Shop (4584 Telegraph Road, south Saint Louis County; 314-894-2677) The 5th Wheel (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559) Five Guys Burgers and Fries (4183 Lindell Boulevard; 314-371-1589) [additional location] J. Gumbo's (3949 Lindell Boulevard; 314-456-1235) Local Harvest Cafe & Catering (815 Olive Street, Suite 150; 314-241-3196) [additional location] J. Spain's Waffles & Wings (1901 Washington Avenue) Melt (7000 Ivory Avenue; 314-638-6358) Nasiib Restaurant (3445 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-4143) Noodle House (3924 South Grand Boulevard) Southwest Diner (6803 Southwest Avenue; 314-260-7244) The Sweet Divine (4521 South Kingshighway Boulevard; 636-942-2900)

New Food Trucks

Burger INK (@BurgerInk; 636-290-6635) The Cheese Shack (@cheeseshack_stl; 636-209-2775) Steamroller (@steamrollerstl)


Yummies Soul Food Cafe (2800 Olive Street; 314-371-1500)


Audi-K's (235 North Euclid Avenue) Coyote's Ranch Grill & Saloon (4 Center Club Court, Edwardsville, Illinois) Land of Smile (9641 Olive Boulevard, Olivette) Market Grill (728 Lafayette Avenue) Pierre Laclede's (3818 Laclede Street) Spaghetteria Mamma Mia (904 South Vandeventer Avenue) Tin Can Tavern & Grille (1909 Locust Street) [this location only]

Temporarily Closed

JackSons' (6655 Manchester Avenue; 314-645-4904)