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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 1:13 pm

Clayton favorite Oceano Bistro has debuted another location at 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West in Chesterfield, while the space at 2001 Park Ave. that once housed Arcelia’s is now the home of Laredo on Lafayette Square, which is serving up both classic Mexican and Mexican-fusion cuisine.

Circle 7 Ranch, a new tap house and grill concept, will bow on Monday, Sept, 10, at 14412 Clayton Road in the new Ballwin Grove shopping plaza. The eatery is the latest project from the Lounge Concepts team of BUDDY COY and PETE FERRETTI, who have been behind popular spots like The Pepper Lounge, Mandarin Lounge and Lumen, among others. The interior will feature oak trestle-style tables, repurposed barn wood wall treatments and ‘grain-sack’ upholstery, while the menu will showcase specialty burgers and other classic American fare. The restaurant also will be the first in the state to offer ‘Personal Table Taps,’ allowing guests to pour their own draft beer at their table.

Sad news to report: Sappington Farmers Market is closing this week. In business for almost a century, the small grocery store at 8400 Watson Road is closing due to declining sales and increased competition. And we’ve learned that Smash Bar, the nightclub located at 1405 Washington Ave. downtown, also has shuttered.

The folks at Pi Pizzeria have teamed up with Fitz’s to come up with Pi Ginger Beer. The spicy concoction is available at all Pi locations.

MATT SEITER, bar manager at Sanctuaria Wild Tapas, will be representing the Lou this weekend at the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition in Kansas City, Mo., part of the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival. Seiter is one of 12 national finalists, and the only one from the St. Louis area to make the cut. On Sunday, Aug. 26, he’ll prepare one of his original cocktails, as well as his take on a classic drink for a panel of judges as he tries to take home the $1,000 grand prize. Good luck!

Registration is now open for the fall and winter cooking classes at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Learn about everything from knife skills to candy-making. Check out all of the offerings and register at mobot.org/classes. For additional info, call 577-5140.

GOT SOMETHING SPICY? WRITE US AT SPICYBITS@LADUENEWS.COM

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