• The Lawrence Group and Moto Museum owner STEVE SMITH opened his dream restaurant Oct. 1…and it is a dream of a restaurant. LORI DOLAN, the project overseer from Culinary Architects, was beaming as she showed off the four named dining rooms that make up Triumph Grill, 3419 Olive St., each one a separate storefront. The motorcycle-inspired art includes wheel hub parts in the light fixtures of the Bohmerland Room, a collage of vintage magazine advertisements in the Alcyon, headlights as pendant lights in the Talisman, and two motorcycles racing past each other on the ceiling of the Augusta. CHRIS LaROCCA of Culinary Architects brought in chef JASON TILFORD when developing the Bold American Grill menu.  Executive chef AARON BAGGETT said his favorite is the Reuben sandwich, made with black Russian pumpernickel.   

• Very quietly this week, ZOE ROBINSON opened bobo Noodle House at 278 N. Skinker Blvd. The I Fratellini owner, along with chef NY VONGSALY, has created an Asian pho and noodle house that is glamorous and authentic. It reprieves some favorites from their Zoe’s Pan-Asian Cafe, like lemongrass beef. However, the new place is counter service only because the space is so tiny, it seats only 30!  Too small for a full bar, drinks will be served airline-style: tiny bottles, cups of mixer and ice. Designed by Space LLC, bobo’s has a curved wall and possibly the coolest chandeliers found in a restaurant.

• Folks in South City just got lucky. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the new Bistro Toi will deliver phoned-in orders to nearby residents. Everyone else should drive to 3257 Ivanhoe to check out the ‘East Meets West’ dinner menu Tuesdays through Sunday nights. The bistro is a collaboration of CHEF TOI and PEPE KEHM and looks little changed from when it was KoKo’s. Of the 50 menu items, 30 are priced under $10 and the most expensive dish, lobster canneloni with ricotta and mascarpone in a ginger pink sauce (yum!), is $16 and that includes a bistro salad!  The Asian dishes are the specialties of Chef Toi, who 20 years ago opened Bangkok Cafe on Pershing Avenue in the CWE. Pepe, who ran Spaghetteria Mamma Mia and other joints, is the front-of-the-house guy.

• Great food meets a great need…on Oct. 10, the famous St. Louis steakhouse Dierdorf & Hart’s will celebrate 25 years of fine dining and quality service with an evening to benefit Operation Food Search. A cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Plaza restaurant. Dierdorf & Hart’s has committed to donating all proceeds from the reception and 20 percent of that evening’s profits to helping Operation Food Search’s emergency hunger-relief services. Radio personalities will greet guests and mingle with diners. To purchase a $25 reception ticket, e-mail  psholts@ofsearch.org. For a dinner reservation Oct. 10, call D&H at 878-1801.

• What better way to celebrate Sukkot, the Jewish holiday of the harvest season, than by meeting a farmer?  MAXINE and STEVEN MIROWITZ are hosts of an evening event that informs St. Louisans about a new Co-op Program chartered by the JCC and the Jewish Food Pantry. The party is free and open to all families. Rsvp to bhorowitz@jccstl.org and mark your calendar for Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Mirowitzes garden in Westwood. This Community Support Agriculture program will bring organic produce to St. Louis, with customers able to pick up their weekly produce at either JCC location, West County or Schuetz Road. 

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