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Spicy Bits

Feb. 11, 2011

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Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:55 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

Clayton icon Parties in the Park is making a change of location and time for its upcoming season. This year, the party is moving to Meramec Avenue, which will be closed between Forsyth Boulevard and Maryland Avenue. The event will still be held on the second Wednesday of the month from May through September from 5 to 8:30 p.m., a half-hour longer than previous years. Even though it won’t be at Shaw Park anymore, look for the name to remain the same.

We’ve learned that Chef JACK MACMURRAY III has left Sage Urban American Grill to start a new restaurant. The new venture is still in the planning stages, we’re told. JEFF SCHAFFER has stepped up from the kitchen ranks into the role of executive chef at the popular Soulard eatery.

Earlier this year we mentioned that Select Wines would be debuting soon in the CWE. Since then there’s been a slight change. The fine wine purveyor, located at 4906 Laclede Ave., is now called West End Wines. The shop opened it doors Feb. 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and there will be evening availability for private tasting events. Check out their wares at westendwines.com.

The food truck trend is certainly in full effect in St. Louis. Mangia Mobile is the latest addition to the fleet. This family-run concern is serving up Italian cuisine inspired by Sicilain street food. CATHERINE DAAKE, who founded the project with siblings THOMAS and ALEX, says many of the recipes they’re using have been handed down from their grandmother. In addition to offerings like toasted ravioli and arancini, they’ll also have Chauvin Coffee and bread from Fazio’s Bakery onboard. Daake says the truck will be based at the intersection of 8th and Walnut Streets downtown, but will be traveling all over the area. For menu info and to find out how to follow the truck, go to mangiamobile.com.

We told you a while back that Local Harvest Grocery was going to be moving to more spacious accommodations just up the road at 3108 Morganford Road. Well, the time has come! The store announced that the doors will open at the new space on Sunday, Feb. 27.

The space formerly occupied by HUBERT KELLER’s SLeeK at Lumiere Place will be the future home of Stadium Sports Bar and Grill sometime this spring. Keller’s other Lumiere restaurant, Burger Bar Saint Louis, will continue on as-is.

Cocktail fans, head over to the bar at Eclipse Restaurant at the Moonrise Hotel in the U City Loop on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and take advantage of what bar manager LUCAS RAMSEY has dubbed Bad Apple Cocktails. Each week Ramsey and his crew will present three themed cocktails, based mostly on his whims, and take your cocktail questions. Try them all or just one, and if you find one that strikes your fancy, recipes will be available.

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