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Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 3:13 pm

◆Chef BRIAN HARDESTY has assumed the mantle of executive chef at Nosh in Richmond Heights, co-located with wine and spirits store Starr’s at 1135 Big Bend Blvd. The re-invented eatery re-opened Nov. 30, and initially will be open for dinner service Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m. Street food fans can breathe easy: Hardesty still will be running his popular Guerilla Street Food truck, but he’s utilizing the Nosh kitchen as the commissary, while also helming the kitchen at the restaurant. The new Nosh menu has been pared down, but still retains a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Hardesty says he plans to rotate menu items on a regular basis. The redesigned bar menu will feature classic cocktails, including tweaked takes on libations like the Manhattan, Moscow Mule and the Daiquiri, as well as plenty of quality beers and wines. As if that wasn’t enough to keep him and partner JOEL CRESPO busy, Hardesty says the Guerilla Street Food truck will be doing some road trips next year, taking its Filipinobased fare to a variety of cities, including Chicago, Kansas City, Seattle, New Orleans, and Minneapolis. Stay tuned!

◆Yet another food truck has joined the local mobile culinary fray. Chop Shop Stl, the brainchild of chef ELIOT HARRIS, late of Miso in Clayton, hit the streets earlier this month, featuring unique takes on Japanese cuisine. Follow the truck on Twitter @ChopShopStl.

◆ Chef BRENDAN HICKHAM has left Salt in the Central West End and has taken over as executive chef at Clayton’s DeMun Oyster Bar. We’re told Hickham won’t do an immediate menu revamp, but will take a few weeks to get a feel for the eatery before he embarks on any major changes. The restaurant will also not have a change in concept, so oyster fans can breathe a sigh of relief!

◆ Salad-centric eatery Green Bean opened recently at 232 N. Euclid Ave. in the CWE, but will officially celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m until 9:30 p.m. There will be free salads to the first 40 folks through the doors. Go online at greenbeansalads.com for more details as they’re available.

◆ Several eateries in The Loop are making it even easier to eat out sans cash. Fitz’s, Three Kings Public House and Eclipse at the Moonrise Hotel are now using the smartphone application, Tabbedout, in conjunction with their point-ofsale systems, to allow patrons to pay with their phones.

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