Glad to be able to report some more recent restaurant openings. The local franchise of Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened for business at 11615A Olive Blvd., in the former space of Provisions Market, on Thursday, Aug. 23. Then Hendricks BBQ opened its doors at 1200 S. Main Street in St. Charles a week later on Thursday, Aug. 30. The restaurant is the latest from the folks who brought us Sanctuaria Wild Tapas, Diablitos Cantina and Cafe Ventana.

St. Louis Wing Company won big at the second annual Wing Ding, held Thursday, Aug. 23, at Queeny Park. The eatery took home first place for Hottest Wings, third place for Best Specialty Wing for their Cajun alfredo wing with crumbled bacon, and The People’s Choice award. The event was a fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy- Heartland.

We told you recently about a soda collaboration between Fitz’s and Pi Pizzeria on a new ginger beer. Now Fitz’s has announced another team-up, this time with Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company. The result is Fitz’s Coffee Cola. The soda is available at all five Kaldi’s Coffeehouse locations, Kaldi’s in Columbia, Mo., at Fitz’s Bottling Company and other select locations.

Lots of news to report in the world of spirits. JUSTIN CARDWELL of BC’s Kitchen in Lake St. Louis won the local round of the Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Search, held Monday, Aug. 21, at Diablitos Cantina. Cardwell took the top prize with his cocktail, The French Connection. He’ll be in Las Vegas next week competing for the national title. And MATT SEITER of Sanctuaria Wild Tapas won Fan Favorite Bartender honors at the Paris of The Plains Cocktail Competition held in Kansas City last month. Congrats to both bartenders!

Copia Restaurant & Wine Garden will be hosting Beer & BBQ on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. The event will feature plenty of St. Louis-style BBQ and unlimited tastings of 22 beers from local and national breweries. Cost is $37 in advance or $47 at the door. Call 241-9463 for reservations.

The annual Mexican Independence Day Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, on Cherokee Street, between Iowa to Nebraska avenues. There will be plenty of music, activities and authentic festival eats. Get all of the details at

EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery has partnered up with Oregon Winemaker Chris Mazepink’s private label wine, Ebony Wines, to co-brand three new wines: 2011 Ebony-EdgeWild Pinot Noir; 2011 Ebony-EdgeWild White Pinot Noir; and 2011 Ebony-EdgeWild Chardonnay. The wines will be available on the EdgeWild wine list as of Thursday, Sept. 13.


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