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Spicy Bits

May 6, 2011

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Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:48 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

> It’s been in the works for a while, but the newest location of Shula’s 347 Grill, the casual dining concept from the restaurant group owned by NFL Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, finally opens today on the Plaza Level of the Roberts Tower downtown. The restaurant has more than 200 seats and a menu that includes some fine steaks and other wares.

> A hearty congratulations goes out to LoRusso’s Cucina on The Hill. The eatery is celebrating its 25th year in business in June.

> Midtown Alley has been playing host to a slew of new restaurants in recent months. The latest is Cafe Pintxos, which opened April 7 in the lobby of the new Hotel Ignacio, 3411 Olive St. In the morning, the eatery is a breakfast go-to spot, and in the evening it sees duty as a Spanish tapas and wine bar.

> Looks like Nosh in Maplewood is closing its doors, but the space won’t be empty for long. Home Wine Kitchen, the new wine-centric casual dining concept from chef CASSY VIRES and her husband, JOSH RENBARGER, will be taking over. Vires has worked at many area eateries, including Ernesto’s Wine Bar. Look for an opening sometime in June.

> Dierdorf & Hart’s in Westport Plaza has reopened after a remodel and menu revamp. The ‘new’ space features 158 seats and some new menus featuring lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night choices.

> Some more news about the goings-on at Provisions Gourmet Market we told you about last week. It’s been announced officially that the Creve Coeur favorite will close May 14. According to a statement from the company, the retail side of the market will shift to the new location of The Wine & Cheese Place, scheduled to open June 1 at 457 N. New Ballas Road, so customers can still get most of the retail goods they’ve come to expect.

> Look for a new menu to premier soon at The Highlands Brewing Company in Kirkwood, courtesy of chef JACK MACMURRAY III. The former chef at Sage Urban American Grill is doing some consulting work while pursuing his own restaurant, Jack Mac’s, which he hopes to open soon.

> It’s been announced that Pi Pizzeria will be opening up yet another location, this one downtown. Space Architects is on board to design the space in the Mercantile Exchange Building, which is expected to bow early next year.

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