There's a new destination in the Delmar Loop that offers everything from groceries and a 24-hour diner to green architecture and modern student housing. THE LOFTS OF WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY is the university's $80-million mixed-use project designed by Tao + Lee Associates of St. Louis and William Rawn Associates of Boston. A total of 414 undergraduate beds will be created upon completion of the project's second phase, which is expected within three years. This week, a grand opening was held for one of the Loft's commercial anchors: United Provisions, a supermarket that offers more than 15,000 square feet of fresh food, groceries and hard-to-find international items, also houses an eatery called Dining District that features everything from charcuterie to sushi. The project's other anchor will be the 24-hour Peacock Diner, which is scheduled to open next month.

There's something brewing at the ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY'S CENTRAL LIBRARY: The Urban Eats Cafe Central is now open, serving an eclectic array of smoothies, coffee and tea, as well as wraps, salads, snacks and other treats. The cafe is located in the library's Locust Street Atrium in the west wing. Grand opening festivities this week included a ceremonial cutting of a super-sized stuffed muffin, presided over by MAYOR FRANCIS SLAY and other dignitaries.

DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT WEEK continues through this Sunday, Aug. 17, to benefit OPERATION FOOD SEARCH. Each of the participating 25 restaurants is offering a special three-course dinner menu for $25, and patrons have the option of adding a $5 'Extra Helping' donation to their dining bill. To see the list complete list of restaurants, including menu choices, visit

There's much ado about our zoo! Top travel site TripAdvisor has proclaimed the SAINT LOUIS ZOO among the best in the world! In its newly released ranking of its Travelers' Choice Awards for Zoos and Aquariums, the Saint Louis Zoo is listed as the No. 3 zoo in the U.S., and the No. 4 zoo in the world. Topping both lists is Omaha, Nebraska's Henry Doorly Zoo. Congratulations, St. Louis!

The AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY is hosting a series of events next month in support of St. Louis cancer survivors. In partnership with STAND UP TO CANCER (SU2C), as well as the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, BALLPARK VILLAGE and EXPRESS SCRIPTS, the event will feature a pre-party with food trucks and live entertainment, a VIP party, a SU2C viewing party, the Cardinals game against the Brewers, and an after-party and concert. Money raised from the event will help support research conducted SU2C's Lung Cancer Dream Team. For more information, visit

Attention, LN readers! There's still time to chime in about your favorite shopping destination. Do you enjoy window-shopping in the Central West End, browsing through The Shoppes at the Crescent in Clayton, or checking out the boutiques in Old Webster? Or maybe you have a certain shop that's near and dear to your heart? Tell us about it, and why it's your favorite. Send us an email (, post it on our Facebook page ( or tweet about it on Twitter (@laduenews) by Wednesday, Aug. 20. The best responses will be featured in our Aug. 29 ST. LOUIS SHOPS special section and will be entered into a drawing for a special Ladue News gift bag.