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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:39 pm, Thu Jan 10, 2013.

As you may have heard, the former home of Busch's Grove will finally get a new tenant this year. The folks from EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery will be opening a second location in the space in early summer. The restaurant will offer more than 20 local microbrews on tap, a full cocktail list and an extensive selection of fine wines by the glass, including EdgeWild label wines and non-EdgeWild label wines. The menu will focus on smaller plates, and will also have a selection of entrees similar to those on EdgeWild’s current menu featuring plenty of local purveyors.

After more than 11 years in business, popular Asian fusion restaurant Miso on Meramec has shut its doors, effective Jan. 4. We’re told an overall shift in the business climate in Clayton and a down economy are among the reasons cited for the closure.

Robust has officially opened its new location downtown at the MX Building at 635 Washington Ave. The kitchen is being helmed by chef BRENDAN HICKHAM, who has honed his skills around town at such eateries as DeMun Oyster Bar and Salt, among others.

Chef CLARA MOORE announced she has stepped down from her position at Local Harvest Cafe & Catering to embark on a new adventure in Seattle. Good luck, Chef!

The Presentation Room Restaurant at L’Ecole Culinaire is open for lunch and dinner beginning in January (Monday thru Thursday), and in February (Monday and Tuesday). Lunch service is scheduled between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and dinner service is scheduled between 7 and 8 p.m. Students at L’Ecole Culinaire work in the Presentation Room Restaurant to complete the final phase of their culinary degree, so this is a chance to experience the next wave of St. Louis culinary talent before they hit the big time! To make reservations call 587-2433 or visit lecole.edu.

Eclipse Restaurant at the Moonrise Hotel in the U. City Loop has rolled out new winter food and cocktail menus, just in time to test those New Year's resolutions. Highlights of the dinner offerings include a veggie cassoulet, a meatless version of one of our favorite cold weather dishes. We're also looking forward to checking out some of the new libations, like The Huntsman, based on cognac and Old Tom gin.

Stone Soup Cottage in Cottleville, Mo., will host two Wild Game Dinners this winter. Scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21, and Monday, Feb. 18, one seating will be offered on each night at 6:30 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m. The cost is $150 per person, which includes the tasting menu, as well as the wines listed on the menu. Only 20 seats are available per night. For reservations and info, call 636-244-2233.

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