> Mango, St. Louis’ Peruvian restaurant and a favorite since 2004, will open a second location later this summer at 1101 Lucas Ave. in the Washington Avenue loft district. The original location, at 7307 Watson in Shrewsbury, will stay open for dinner only. The grand opening for the downtown location is scheduled for Sept. 4. We are extremely excited about our new location,” says Jorge Calvo, executive chef, founder and co-owner. “My wife and I have been working in the restaurant industry for over three decades in Peru and St. Louis, and this is definitely one of our proudest moments. We love coming to work every day, where we work side-by-side with our daughters.”
> Tropical Moose snow cone stand has opened a third location, at 37 Old Orchard Ave. The two-window oasis has 56 flavors, the menu is identical to the ones offered in Creve Coeur and Kirkwood, and the place is open daily from noon to 10 p.m.
> L’École Culinaire’s new Kitchens with a Mission class schedule (running into spring 2010) includes a little bit of everything. St. Louisans can learn how to make bear claws, create Jamaican jerk sauces, and even put together a mean bento box, complete with perfect tempura! Check it out; 20 percent of the class fee goes to charity.
> Newly opened in Manchester is Candicci’s Restaurant, owned by Bob Candice and Medi Rohani. It specializes in northern and southern Italian cuisine, including pizza, pasta, steaks, seafood and wraps. The partners also own Talayna’s in Chesterfield.
> Chaumette Vineyards & Winery announces its Grapevine Grill Restaurant will now be serving breakfast on weekends, beginning Aug. 22. Breakfast and brunch selections will be offered from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays and Sundays. Entrees range in price from $8 to $18 and include Local Wild Mushroom & Egg Soufflé made with forged wild mushrooms, and Chambourcin Strawberry Crepe, using strawberries marinated in wine and whipped Baetje Farms goat cheese.
> In chef news, Yia’s Yia’s executive chef Rob Uyemura has changed the menu to reflect the summer bounty. Chef Bob Whitehead, formerly of The Ritz Grill and Atlas Restaurant, is now working with Cary MacDowell at the Clarksville Station restaurant. And chef Chris Lee is changing around the menu at the new Chuy’s on Lindell.
> Have you ever wanted a creative way to display your recipes and stories and share them with your loved ones? Then you need the new cookbook, Your Family Affair, Recipes to Love and Share by chef Marc Felix. The book is designed so your favorite recipes can be added right into the book, along with recipes Felix has collected around the world, including some handed down from his grandmother. The book honors Julia Child, whom Felix met at the James Beard House in New York City. “Julia Child introduced family values around mealtime in America, and I am here to celebrate it,” he said. Yours Truly collaborated with Felix on the cookbook.