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Colonial Marketplace is transforming into a winter wonderland, just in time for the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping season. Beginning this week, lights, greenery and an abundance of holiday specials have begun to welcome shoppers to the recently remodeled boutique and dining destination on the border of Clayton and Ladue.
Crystal Middleton, Amy Weigand of Italian Restaurant Cini
The Colonial Marketplace in Ladue is almost complete. With only a small handful of vacancies left and stores opening left and right, this shopping strip is becoming a destination—in fact, so much so we thought you might like a guide book.
Cini is now open in Ladue’s Colonial Marketplace. The ‘fast-casual’ Italian restaurant concept was created by DAVID JONES and DOUG TIEBER (developers of Buffalo Wild Wings in the St. Louis area), along with FRANK and CARMELO GABRIELE of Il Bel Lago. Short for ‘arancinis,’ the name comes from a traditional fried Italian street food staple made with rice and vegetables, which will be handmade daily at Cini. Also open at Colonial Marketplace is The Original Pancake House, known for its mouth-watering breakfast treats like the Dutch Baby and Apple Pancakes.
Colonial Marketplace, LN’s longtime digs, is continuing to see new tenants sign on amid the homestretch of renovation on the dining, retail and office plaza.
We just reported last week about the closing of Araka in Clayton, and now there's already news to relate about the next resident of the space at 131 Carondelet Plaza: It’s 801 Chophouse, and it'll be the fifth location for the Des Moines-based restaurant chain, which specializes in USDA prime steaks, chops and seafood items. We'll keep you posted on an opening date.
LN’s stomping grounds are about to get a lot more interesting, as Colonial Marketplace is getting a major renovation. Recently acquired by The DESCO Group, the plaza already is humming with construction crews, who are ensuring that the building will live up to the potential its stellar location provides. Steps from downtown Clayton, the historic plaza sits on the northwest corner of Ladue Road and Gay Avenue. “Our vision is to make it a boutique and restaurant destination,” says DESCO president and CEO Mark Schnuck. “With the Clayton business district, great access from 170 and Ladue Road, and nearby residential neighborhoods in Clayton, Ladue and University City, it’s a great property and a great location.”
Get out this weekend and take advantage of the last few days of the 4th annual Clayton Restaurant Week, which wraps up Sunday, Jan. 27. The establishments participating this year include: Alexander’s Restaurant; Araka; Bar Napoli; Barcelona; Bocci Bar: Cardwell’s; Coastal Bistro & Bar; The Crossing; Crushed Red; J. Buck’s; Jimmy's On The Park; Mad Tomato; Oceano Bistro; Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar; Roxane; Ruth's Chris Steak House; and Tani Sushi Bistro. Participating restaurants are offering a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of $25 per person, plus tax and tip. Guests also have the option of adding a $5 ‘Extra Helping’ donation to their dining bill to support Operation Food Search. More details are available at claytonrestaurantweek.net.