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Spicy Bits

June 10, 2011

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Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:43 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

> ANGELA DEL PIETRO has sold Clayton favorite Portabella to KIM TUCCI and JOE FRESTA of Pasta House Company. It will reopen as Tucci and Fresta’s Trattoria and Bar in about four to six weeks. Look for a menu of upscale Italian fare.

> BRYAN YOUNG, former owner of Catering Plus, has joined Steven Becker Fine Dining, where he’ll be in charge of business development and off-premise catering. Before founding Catering Plus in 1995, Young was the dining room and catering manager for Cafe Balaban from 1976 to 1994.

> BlackFinn American Grille is opening a location at the St. Louis Galleria this fall. The restaurant will take up more than 9,500 square feet, and will seat about 424 between its Dining Room, Grille Room, The Saloon and the Patio. More info on the restaurant is available at BlackFinnAmericanGrille.com.

> The craft beer movement keeps rolling on strong in the Lou. 4 Hands Brewing Company has announced it’ll be starting up a brewery and tasting room operation this fall at 1220 South 8th St., just south of Busch Stadium. And Perrenial Artisan Ales will begin brewing at 8125 Michigan Ave. in South Carondelet in late summer.

> The Missouri Botanical Garden will be hosting an evening of food, wine and music on June 30 in its Ridgeway Visitor Center. The event will feature commentary and music from wine expert and entertainer Nigel Mooney. Proceeds from the event will support the Garden’s work in science, conservation, education and horticultural display. More info at mobot.org.

> Congrats to the bar crew at Sanctuaria Wild Tapas in The Grove. The restaurant’s Cocktail Club menu has been nominated in the World’s Best Cocktail Menu category of the Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail. The awards will be announced on July 23.

> Maplewood continues to welcome new restaurants. Water Street opened late last month at 7268 Manchester Road. And Home Wine Kitchen, the new eatery co-owned by chef CASSANDRA VIRES and her husband JOSH RENBARGEN bowed June 8 just down the block at 7322 Manchester Road. 

> Speaking of Maplewood, the sixth annual Let Them Eat Art festival is scheduled for Friday, July 8, in downtown Maplewood. The event is free and open to the public and features local artists, live music and cocktail and menu specials from the best Maplewood restaurants. For a complete rundown of attractions, go to cityofmaplewood.com/ltea.

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