> The rumors have been swirling for a while but now it’s official: Brendan Noonan, executive sous chef at Eclipse Restaurant at the Loop’s Moonrise Hotel, has left to take a position behind the stoves as sous chef at Harvest. Harvest executive chef NICK MILLER says Noonan, who has also plied his trade at The Scottish Arms and The Shaved Duck, is already hard at work.
> If all goes well, there may be a new Lester’s Bar & Grill coming to the CWE. According to Pedro Beltranena, VP of operations for Lester’s LLC, the group is “in talks” to open at the site of the former Companion Bakery. Much hinges on the ability to get a liquor license, but Beltranena is hopeful the license and a few other details can be ironed out in the next month or so. Stay tuned.
> The purple palace in Webster Groves will soon have a new resident, but it won’t be another eatery. The former home of Zinnia at 7491 Big Bend Blvd. has been sold, and according to the agent who brokered the deal, the building will house medical offices. (More than likely a paint job is in its future, as well!)
> City Diner has opened a second location at the corner of Grand and Washington, right next to the Fabulous Fox Theatre (541 N. Grand, to be specific). Pop in for a slinger after the show!
> Firecracker Press is partnering with Ernesto’s Wine Bar to offer a wine class June 19 at 2 p.m. at its 2838 Cherokee St. location. Sommelier JIM READ will be going over wines old and new and pairing them with offerings from chef CASSY VIRES. Details at http://ernestoswinebar.com">ernestoswinebar.com.
> One step closer. Nosh The Neighborhood Bistro has been approved for its liquor license and is on track to be open by the end of the month at 7322 Manchester Road in Maplewood. The restaurant will occupy the former Maravelle Cafe space, although Maravelle Catering will still be located in the back of the building.
> On Thursday, June 24 from 5 to 8 p.m., if you stop by the Chick-fil-A at 17365 Chesterfield Airport Road and mention ‘hospice night,’ 15 percent of your purchase will go to support BJC Hospice and its Wings Pediatric Hospice Program.
> Want to see where your food really comes from? Earthdance is offering farm tours of its operation at Mueller Organic Farms in Ferguson. The tours are $5 and will be scheduled most Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. through October. For more info or to make reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.