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Spicy Bits - Ladue News: Food & Dining

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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 pm

Oceano Bistro in Chesterfield is going through some more changes. It's been announced that the restaurant has been purchased by an investor group and will be reopening on Friday, May 9, as Bishop's Post. The moniker is a combo of the names of managing partner BEN BISHOP and Chesterfield pioneer Justus Post, who once owned the land the eatery sits on. Chef DAVE ROOK, who recently took over the Oceano kitchen, will remain in the post of executive chef. The new menu is described as being classic, traditional fare. The Clayton Oceano Bistro was not affected by the sale and will remain as-is.

A couple of new openings to report: Three Flags Tavern is serving up fine food and drink at 4940 Southwest Ave.; and Athlete Eats is now doing business at 2837 Cherokee Street, featuring healthy fare for breakfast and lunch.

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria now is offering a new lunch special for daytime noshers. The menu features salads, pizzas, and pastas (yes, the famous fried artichoke salad, meatball pizza and wild boar pappardelle all are available). Guests can select any two dishes from the three categories for $13.95. Outdoor dining is a big part of the Katie's experience, and the restaurant’s popular patio soon will feature a new pergola and a vegetable garden, which will supply veggies for the restaurant’s daily specials.

Congrats to the folks at Mike Shannon's Grill in Edwardsville,Ill., which just celebrated its first anniversary in business.

Kudos to local chefs CASSY VIRES of Home Wine Kitchen and BEN POREMBA of Elaia & Olio. Both were among 10 semi-finalists for Food & Wine magazine's annual People's Best New Chef: Midwest award. The title finally was bestowed on Chef CARL THORNE-THOMSEN of Story in Kansas City.

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