◆Mosaic Market Bistro in Clayton is now Coastal Bistro & Bar. The revamped restaurant is still owned by the Schmitz family but now features a raw bar with oysters, crab legs, seafood towers and shrimp cocktails, among other items. The eatery also offers some local country menu items and has both large- and small-plate options. Co-owner FRANK SCHMITZ tells us the changes were made to differentiate the restaurant from the other Mosaics, including the upcoming Des Peres location.
◆ The national accolades for local St. Louis favorites keep coming. St. Louis Brewery, maker of Schlafly beers, recently made it onto Lonely Planet’s list of Best Local Breweries, which will appear in its latest USA guidebook, while Pappy’s Smokehouse was declared one of 10 U.S. Barbecue Meccas by Zagat.
◆Chef JONATHAN OLSON, formerly of Terrace View and Erato on Main, is now executive chef of Market Grill in Soulard. Olson is reinventing the menu, and plans on making as much as possible in-house, including breads and pastas.
◆TOM SCHMIDT, owner of Franco in Soulard, will soon be launching a new restaurant, Nico, in U. City in the space formerly home to Brandt’s at 6525 Delmar Blvd. The new concept will feature affordable, French-style fare and is expected to be open this winter.
◆Cafe Natasha Kabob International has a new addition behind the bar. KEYAN STILL recently came aboard as head mixologist, and we’re told he’ll be debuting a new cocktail menu soon.
◆The City of Maplewood’s second annual Fiddle Fest, featuring an arts and eats walk, takes place Friday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m in downtown Maplewood. In addition to fine fiddle music, courtesy of Folk School St. Louis, there will be food available from local restaurants, including Schlafly Bottleworks, Acero, Water Street, Kakao, Vom Fass, Saint Louis Cellars, Monarch, Home Wine Kitchen, Foundations Grounds, The Post, Las Palmas, Jumpin’ Jupiter, Maya Café and The Wood.
◆ Oklahoma City-based Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is opening two new franchise locations in the area this month, one in Richmond Heights at 6674 Clayton Road, scheduled for Sept. 20, and another at 9930 Kennerly Road in South County that’s slated to open on Sept. 26. The company already has stores in O’Fallon, Arnold and Ellisville.
◆On Saturday, Sept. 24, from 12 to 5 p.m., Saint Louis Cellars, 2640 S. Big Bend Blvd., is hosting its second annual Fall Fling. The event features a tasting of more than 90 wines and samples from local food vendors. Admission is $5 per person, free for Saint Louis Cellars wine club members.