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Friday, June 5, 2020

Switchgrass Spirits Experimenting Like ... a Craft Brewer

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 11:31 AM

You’d be forgiven for thinking that distillers might have to be a bit more conservative in their visions than brewers, as the pace of their releases are typically measured in the years, rather than the weeks or the months. That said, Switchgrass Spirits, a new(ish) local concern is trying...

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St. Louis Pastry Chefs Hosting Bakers for Black Lives Event Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 6:15 AM

This Sunday, some of St. Louis' top pastry chefs will gather in the Central West End for an epic bake sale that is about much more than delicious treats. The event, Bakers for Black Lives, is a collective action of several prominent members of the area's pastry community, organized...

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

American Falafel Is Now Open in the Delmar Loop

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2020 at 9:51 AM

Mohammed Qadadeh can't help but laugh when asked why he would open a restaurant in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval currently rocking the country. "One taste of our food, and you'll know why I decided to open this," Qadadeh says. For Qadadeh, his canned answer...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Kurt Bellon Knew Chao Baan's First Year Would Be Tough, But Not This Tough

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 6:05 AM

Kurt Bellon has worked in the restaurant industry long enough to know that a restaurant's first year is always a challenge. However, for he and his team at Chao Baan (4087 Chouteau Avenue, #5; 314-925-8250), the first twelve months have been a special kind of difficult — and the...

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9 Mile Garden, St. Louis' First Food Truck Garden, to Open July 3

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 6:01 AM

After seven months of anticipation, St. Louis' food truck fans will soon have reason to celebrate: 9 Mile Garden (9375 Gravois Road, Affton), the state's first food truck garden, is scheduled to open July 3. 9 Mile Garden's organizers announced the opening date yesterday, noting a weekend full of...

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Schlafly Bankside Opens in St. Charles as Dining Scene Shifts

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 10:14 AM

For Fran Caradonna, CEO of Schlafly Beer, the decision of whether to open the brewery's new St. Charles location amid the coronavirus-altered dining landscape wasn't too difficult. Since last fall, she and her team had been working hard on the purchase of the beloved St. Charles institution, Trailhead Brewing,...

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Taco Circus' Mikey Carrasco Rebounds From COVID Darkness

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 6:06 AM

  When Mikey Carrasco details the summer plans he and owner Christian Ethridge had for Taco Circus (4940 Southwest Avenue, 314-899-0061), you can hear the disappointment in his voice. "We were supposed to have this huge patio season," Carrasco says. "We were going to have all these slushy margarita...

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Meals for Meds Feeds St. Louis' Frontline Workers

Posted By on Mon, May 25, 2020 at 6:46 AM

About six weeks ago — as the COVID-19 crisis threw his professional life into upheaval and called the fate of the entire restaurant industry into question — John Perkins had an idea. Why not figure out a way to keep his staff employed and busy by feeding area health...

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Gamlin Whiskey House and Sub Zero Vodka Bar to Close Permanently

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2020 at 2:34 PM

Two Central West End restaurants have announced today that that they will close permanently in the wake of challenges related to coronavirus. Gamlin Whiskey House and Sub Zero Vodka Bar, which are both owned by brothers Derek and Lucas Gamlin, will shutter their doors today, with the owners saying...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

KNEAD Bakehouse's Kirsten Brown Bends to the Challenge

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2020 at 6:10 AM

Kirsten Brown has a great analogy for describing the way she and her husband, A.J., felt when they were trying to figure out what they needed to do at KNEAD Bakehouse (3467 Hampton Avenue, 314-376-4361), as the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold. "It was like limbo," Brown says. "My...

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