> Ladue favorite Busch’s Grove Market is closing its doors officially on Jan. 8. According to management, the weak economy just proved to be too much for the store. The market had a grand re-opening back in October and had been trying to reposition itself in the market as a gourmet purveyor since then. No word on what the future holds for the building at 9160 Clayton Road.
> Look for Select Wines, 4906 Laclede Ave. in the CWE, to be opening soon. General manager and partner RENEE SKUBISH tells us the new store will open sometime this month. The store promises to be a mecca for enthusiastic amateurs and seasoned collectors alike. No spirits or beer, and no wine bar, just quality vino by the bottle. All the offerings are quality-driven, with bottles ranging from $9.50 to $350. Select Wines will also have a bevy of wine-related offerings, such as private tasting classes, sommelier services for offsite events and individualized wine cellar analysis.
> Demun Oyster Bar has finally opened at 740 Demun Ave. in Clayton. The latest venture by ALAN RICHMAN of Sasha’s Wine Bar and Sasha’s On Shaw renown features loads of variations on the namesake oysters plus other seafood favorites, as well as quality wines and specialty cocktails. It’s dinner-only for now, but look for lunch hours coming soon.
> We told you a while back that the new restaurant from Chef VITO RACANELLI JR., featuring rustic, southern Italian cuisine, would be opening in the new year at 8000 Carondelet Ave. in Clayton, but had yet to be named. Well, now it’s official! The new restaurant will be known as Mad Tomato. Look for a debut sometime in April.
> Some great beer-centric happenings are on tap this month, with St. Louis Brewery holding two of its favorite events: Cabin Fever winter beer tasting will be Jan. 22 at the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, and Burns’ Night, the annual celebration of Scottish Poet Robert Burns, will be happening Jan. 25 at the Schlafly Tap Room downtown. More info on both at schlafly.com. The third annual St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival will be held Jan. 28 and 29 at Moulin Events & Meetings, 2017 Choteau Ave. For more info, call 241-4949, or visit
> Speaking of the late Mr. Burns, The Scottish Arms is also hosting its own celebration of the man on Jan. 25. Robbie Burns Night will feature a whisky tasting, live music, and an Ode to the Haggis presented by chef/owner ALLY NESBIT. Reservations for the whisky tasting are recommended. Call The Arms for details, 535-0551.
> The space once occupied by Gelato Di Riso at 4663 Laclede Ave. in the CWE will soon be home to another location of frozen dairy treat purveyor Froyo. Look for a February opening.