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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:49 am, Fri Sep 13, 2013.

The Libertine has been making quite a splash with evening diners since opening its doors earlier this year. Now, chef JOSH GALLIANO is making his fine cuisine available to daytime customers, as well. The Libertine's new lunch menu, available Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., will feature such delicacies as ramen, Bahn Mi and Galliano Fried Chicken Salad, among others. Can't wait to try 'em all!

Late word that Mosaic owner CLAUS SCHMITZ has closed two of his three St. Louis restaurants. Both the downtown and the Des Peres locations were closed Sept. 3. Mosaic's recently opened satellite location at Lambert Airport, which operates under a licensing agreement, will remain open. 

Chef BRIAN HARDESTY is a busy guy. Not only is he co-owner of the popular Guerrilla Street Food truck, but his new restaurant, Element, opened officially last week 1410 Carroll St. In addition, he and biz partner JOEL CRESPO have launched a crowd-funding campaign via Indiegogo to raise funds to open a Guerrilla Street Food brick-and-mortar space. The goal is to raise $115,000 by Oct. 31 in order to renovate an existing space in the city and buy all some equipment. Get the whole story and donate at indiegogo.com/projects/guerrilla-street-food-brick-mortar.

The third Nadoz Bakery Cafe location is slated to open later this fall at the Taubman Prestige Outlets Mall in Chesterfield. The eatery, to be located near the Ralph Lauren Polo store, will be serving hot breakfast fare all day, including specialty coffee drinks featuring Chauvin coffee. Plus, there'll be a burger bar and the Nadoz Squeeze Juice Bar, among other features. The anticipated opening is late November.

Iron Kids 3, a kids-inspired cooking competition to benefit Discovering Options, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at The Thaxton and hosted by Tenacious Eats. Nine courses from a bevy of local chefs will be paired with cocktails from nine area mixologists during a screening of The Princess And The Frog. All the culinary creations will be inspired by scenes in the movie. Discovering Options helps at-risk children avoid drug use and other self-destructive behaviors through individual, school-based student support and comprehensive after-school programming that encourages family involvement.

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