It's not just downtown and the Loop that are seeing restaurants closing.
Miller's Crossing in Hog Hollow has been dark since early this month. Now, "Chesterfield's neighborhood place to gather with your friends for food and drinks" has a handwritten sign in a front window declaring that it's "closed indefinitely," as St. Louis Magazine first reported.
Mike Miller, then-owner of Roddy McCool's in Fenton, opened the American pub and grill in 2004. Ten years later, he sold to longtime worker Audi Williams and her partner, Vic Huff. The restaurant was known for its ribs, pork steaks and a twice-weekly fried chicken special in addition to its menu of pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and drinks.
The restaurant joins a slew of January closures, including (apparently) Lucky Buddha on South Jefferson and Jimmy's on the Park in Clayton. Smoothie King and St. Louis Bread Co. both joined the Loop exodus. And downtown will also say goodbye to Mike Shannon's, Mile 277 and Harry's Restaurant at the end of the month.
This trend may drive people to wonder when the closure epidemic is going to stop, but don't worry. Although they will be missed, struggling restaurants are notorious for holding out through December's lucrative holiday rush and then ultimately closing their doors in January. And statistics from a recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch story about the possible trend suggest that this month isn't necessarily an accurate forecast for this year's restaurant scene:
"Overall, St. Louis’ restaurant and bar market appears to be growing. For the entire city, food and drink sales at eating and bar establishments — which include fast-food chains — rose 4.5 percent in first nine months of 2015, according to data from the Missouri Department of Revenue."
So hang tight, St. Louis — it looks like we'll make it out of this slump. In the meantime, prepare yourself for an overabundance of ramen as restaurant openings start up.
Editor's note: We revised this story after publication to make clear that Mike Miller sold the restaurant in 2014, not just changed management. We regret any implication to the contrary.