> Word is that chef DAVID GUEMPEL has left Bowood Farms’ Cafe Osage and co-chef DAVID KIRKLAND has taken over kitchen duties. Owner JOHN MCPHEETERS called the parting an amicable one. You might remember Guempel from Zinnia in Webster, where he was chef/owner.
> Sekisui Pacific Rim at 7443 Forsyth Blvd. has officially changed hands and monikers, although the sign hasn’t changed yet. The new place, Ichigo Modern Restaurant (ichigomodern.com), has a revamped menu and now offers delivery and a dinner buffet. Restaurant management tells us the new signage should be up later this month.
> Cheese-ology, the new mac-and-cheese-only restaurant, opened June 29 at 6602 Delmar in The Loop, with more than a dozen variations of that old comfort food standby on the menu. Owner BILL COURTNEY says the response has been great so far, and beer and wine should be available in a month or so. If the Bacon, Bacon Mac we had was any indication, the future looks bright.
> A new Israeli restaurant, The Mediterranean Grill, has opened in Chesterfield. Jeweler IGAL ALON (of Mavrik fame) decided the area needed authentic shwarma, hummus and other specialties from his homeland, so he hired chef ELLI HARIR to man the casual cafe (15 tables) at 703 Long Road Crossing. Alon promises that everything is “prepared the traditional way.”
> A St. Louis favorite is making its way down south. According to co-owner TONY LOMBARDO, the latest addition to the Lombardo restaurant stable, Terrazza Grill by Lombardo’s, at 249 Arnold Crossroads Center in Arnold, Mo., is set to open for dinner only starting July 12. Lunch service starts Aug. 1. The menu will feature pasta and steaks, as well as pizza, sandwiches and salads. There is also outdoor seating for 60.
> Sabu’s Coffee (sabuscoffee.com) is now open at 5708 Oakland Ave. The cafe features fresh-baked cookies and other goodies, as well as sandwiches and salads. With coffee from Goshen Coffee Company and bread from Companion Bakery, this is a truly local endeavor for owner VIRGIL AVANZADO. And it’s a perfect stop-off after a trip to the Science Center!
> Sad news from South City. The St. Louis Tea Room, at 4001 Utah St., closed its doors June 30 after four years. JUDY RUSCH, who owned the restaurant with daughters BECKY DAAKE and BARBARA OBERMEYER, says Becky had to leave the partnership for personal reasons and “we just don’t have the heart for it without her.” We wish them all the best.