> The Patio Cafe opened Oct. 18 at 7711 Bonhomme Ave. in Clayton, on the first floor of The Equity building. Co-owner BILLY CORRINGTON says the restaurant is open for lunch and breakfast Monday through Friday with a menu that includes some unique signature salads and a banh mi ga, a Vietnamese chicken sandwich. This isn’t Corrington’s first Clayton venture; he and partner MOLLY O’CONNOR also have Sweet Peas in The Sevens Building.
> Bistro 1130 owner MIKKI JONES-MIRANNE has confirmed that she fired Chef MARC FELIX the day after the bistro’s grand opening in September. According to Jones-Miranne, there were some issues that came up between Felix and management that just couldn’t be resolved. Veteran chef KARIM BOUZAMMOUR is running the kitchen now, and Jones-Miranne reports the restaurant is doing “very well.”
> It’s been announced that Chef ANTHONY DEVOTI has closed his Newstead Tower Public House at 4353 Manchester Ave. in The Grove. Devoti’s other restaurant, Five, at 5100 Daggett Ave. on The Hill, remains open.
> Local restaurant impresario JIM FIALA has challenged the chefs in his stable of eateries to a series of competitions, dubbed St. Louis Chef Wars. Round 1 takes place Nov. 8, at The Terrace View and pits Chef IAN VEST of The Crossing against Chef BRAD WATTS of Liluma. In December, Acero’s ADAM GNAU goes up against The Terrace View’s NICK COX. The winners of these two contests will then duke it out in January, and the last chef standing takes on Fiala himself in a February matchup. For reservations for the Nov. 8 event, call The Terrace View, 436-8855.
> It doesn’t get much easier to give back than this: Have dinner at BRIO Tuscan Grille at Plaza Frontenac on Tuesday, Nov. 9, and 10 percent of your food purchase will go to support The Backstoppers, Inc., when you mention the organization.
> The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, has named JAMES COLE as its new director of food and beverage. Cole most recently served as assistant director of the Towers Hotel portion of The New York Palace Hotel.
> Java from Mississippi Mud Coffee will soon be available at all 23 area Dierbergs locations. Owner CHRIS RUESS says there will be six different varieties on the shelves, and all of the stores should be stocked up by mid-November.
> We reported recently that the Clayton Imo’s had switched locations. Well, after 25 years, the Imo’s at 742 S. Fourth St. downtown has relocated too, just down the block to 904 S. Fourth. The other downtown Imo’s location moved this summer as well, from 2001 Olive St. to 1828 Washington Ave.
> DITALIA, a local online gourmet Italian food purveyor, now has a kiosk at West County Center. Located on the second floor of the mall near Nordstrom, the kiosk features area favorites like Volpi Italian meats, as well as imported fare.