> Manjelou’s Pizzeria has bowed at 8135 Forsyth Ave. in Clayton. The location was once home to Gourmet Food Works Deli, part of Gourmet Food Works Corporate Catering, which runs Bevo Mill, but co-owner MILAN MANJENCICH says the sandwich competition in the area proved too stiff. “There’s eight places within a couple of blocks,” he says, but not much in the way of pizza. Currently the restaurant offers hand-tossed pies and will soon have a Chicago-style option. The menu also features salads, sandwiches and pasta, and there’s seating for 75 inside, 25 on the patio. FYI, the name is a combination of Manjencich and partner LOUIE LAUSEVICH.
> ROBERTO TREVINO, owner of Amigo’s Cantina in Kirkwood, will open a second spot in the bustling Midtown Alley area near Grand Center, at 3124 Olive St. in the Linen Lofts building. The new place will be called Bandido’s Cantina and will feature Mexican tapas, Trevino says. If all goes well, look for a spring 2011 opening, hopefully in time for Cinco De Mayo.
> Caitlin’s Green Eyed Grill opened softly in late August at 665 S. Skinker Blvd., with just a bar and a small menu, but the kitchen is now up and running and the eatery is offering a full lunch and dinner menu. You may remember the space as the former home of John’s Town Hall.
> On Friday, Oct. 29, the 11th annual Club Halloween event to benefit Carney’s Kids Foundation is slated for the Crown Plaza Hotel in Clayton, 7 to 11 p.m. The soiree will be hosted by KMOX radio personality John Carney and feature auctions, entertainment and a buffet with food from 15 eateries in town, including Araka, Cafe Natasha, LoRusso’s Cucina, Mosaic, and Mojos Tapas Restaurant & Bar. For more info, email
> In other altruistic news, during October, The Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company will donate 20 percent of sales from its new Dreams candy to Shriners Hospital for Children. The treats come in 12 flavors and consist of fresh fruit puree dipped in either milk or dark chocolate. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so Vin de Set is running ‘Pink Plate Specials’ to raise money for Siteman Cancer Center. For every lunch special ordered, $1 is donated; for every dinner special, $2. And Companion Bakery locations in Clayton and Ladue are selling custom sugar cookies to help the cause, with proceeds also going to support Siteman. The treats are also available at the cancer information center in the Center for Advanced Medicine.
> Milestones this month: Pietro’s Restaurant on The Hill is celebrating 50 years in business. To commemorate the big birthday, food will be sold at 1950’s prices on Wednesdays until Nov. 1. And Bailey’s Chocolate Bar, that sinful Lafayette Square favorite, celebrated six years in business earlier this month. Congratulations!