◆Folks in West County don’t have to travel to University City for a fix of Jilly’s any more. Jilly’s Cupcake Bar A-Go-Go opens today at 1131 Colonnade Center in Des Peres. The new 1,300-square-foot space features grab-and-go sandwiches and all of the cupcake varieties available at the original Delmar location, as well as a brisket bar with 30 different ingredients. Also, the Delmar location finally received its liquor license last week, so customers can now enjoy cocktails, beer and wine with their brunch.
◆Ever since chef GERARD CRAFT announced last year that he would be adding another restaurant to his stable of eateries, there has been much speculation as to where the home for the new place would be. Well, Craft ended the speculation recently, announcing that Pastaria will be located in Clayton’s Centene Plaza. The restaurant, which will feature a variety of Italian fare, is slated to debut this summer. Craft then made an even more surprising revelation by announcing that his flagship restaurant, Niche, would be moving from Benton Park to take the space next to Pastaria, sometime this spring.
◆Opera Theatre of St. Louis will hold its annual Wine & Beer Tasting on Friday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center in Webster Groves. There will be libations and food from a bevy of the finest area purveyors, as well as a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Opera Theatre’s professional training programs for emerging artists. For tickets and event info, call 963-4223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance reservations are required.
◆ Registration is now open for the third annual Downtown St. Louis Idiotarod, an homage of sorts to that famous Alaskan dog sled race, but the sleds are replaced with shopping carts, with contestants racing to various stops to compete. Proceeds benefit Operation Food Search. Register at downtownstl.org/idiotarod, or contact Lindsay Van Quaethem at 436-6500 ext. 237, or email@example.com.
◆ On Sunday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m., Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar will be hosting a wine dinner, featuring five courses paired with wines from California’s Chateau Montelena, which was the subject of the movie Bottle Shock. For reservations or more information, go online at balabanswine.com or call 636-449-6700.
◆ The St. Louis Brewery Inc., makers of Schlafly beers, has signed an agreement that will transfer a 60 percent ownership interest in the business to a local investor group led by WES JONES and JOHN LEMKEMEIER. The group includes DAVID SCHLAFLY, first cousin of company president and co-founder TOM SCHLAFLY, who will retain an interest of approximately 20 percent and serve as chairman of the brewery. DAN KOPMAN, cofounder and the current COO, will own at least a 10 percent interest and serve as CEO