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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 pm

Kraftig Light, brewed by St. Louis' William K. Busch Brewing Company, took top honors in the American-style Light Beer category at the North American Beer Awards, held earlier this month in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The brew bested entries from many of the biggest names in beer in the country, including Anheuser-Busch's Michelob Ultra and Budweiser Select, which took second and third places, respectively.

Bon Apetit Management Company and Saint Louis University School of Law are partnering up to open The Docket, a cafe and bistro that will service students and faculty, as well as the legal and business community at-large. The 3,500-square-foot eatery will be on the ground floor of the school's new home at 100 N. Tucker Blvd., scheduled to open this fall. We're told the menu at The Docket will focus on small plates, pizzas, pastas and rustic entrees featuring locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and from-scratch fare; while the bar program will feature everything from fresh-squeezed juices and house-made aqua frescas to craft brews and signature cocktails made with local spirits. Sounds like a far cry from stereotypical cafeteria grub. Kinda makes you want to go back and hit the books!

There are a couple of new closings to report, both announced recently via Facebook: Vida Mexican Kitchen Y Cantina, located in the Galleria, has shut its doors after just seven months in business. And Mojo Tapas has shuttered after three years serving up small plates in Tower Grove. No reason was given for either closure.

One cessation that we've known was coming for a long time is finally becoming a reality this weekend. Duff's in the CWE will turn the lights out for good on Sunday, June 23.

But it seems for every closing there's an opening. Table, the new communal dining concept from chef CASSY VIRES and husband/partner JOSH RENBARGER of the renowned Home Wine Kitchen is now serving up deliciousness in Benton Park at 1821 Cherokee St., the old digs of The Stable. Also, Tree House Vegetarian Restaurant has officially begun operations at 3177 S. Grand Blvd. The restaurant has a wide selection of vegetarian, vegan and raw dishes, as well as a pretty impressive craft cocktail program. The interior of the space, which was formerly the Petra Cafe and Hookah Lounge, was designed by Space Architecture, whose other clients around town include the recently opened Mission Taco Joint in the U-City Loop. 

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