Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open its first-ever St. Louis location next month in Town & Country. The restaurant, in Town and Country Crossing, will feature award-winning wines in a Napa-style tasting-room setting, as well as contemporary American fare. Opening is set for Dec. 12.
Kudos to chef STEPHEN GONTRAM and the crew at 5 Star Burgers. The Clayton burger joint recently made eater.com's list of The 25 Hottest Hamburgers in America Right Now.
As you may have heard, the former home of Busch's Grove will finally get a new tenant this year. The folks from EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery will be opening a second location in the space in early summer. The restaurant will offer more than 20 local microbrews on tap, a full cocktail list and an extensive selection of fine wines by the glass, including EdgeWild label wines and non-EdgeWild label wines. The menu will focus on smaller plates, and will also have a selection of entrees similar to those on EdgeWild’s current menu featuring plenty of local purveyors.
The Chase Park Plaza has announced KYLE LIPETZKY as its new executive chef. He’ll oversee all of the hotel’s restaurants (Eau Bistro and Café Eau), the catering division and outlets. Lipetzky previously held leadership positions at The Phoenician and Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort and Spa, both in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Zodiac restaurant, located in Neiman Marcus, has debuted a new menu celebrating the St. Louis Cardinals. Redbird-centric items include Saint Louis Beer & Cheese Soup, Ball Park Chili, Triple Play Slider Plate, Batter Up Bistro Burger and a Cardinal Red Velvet Cupcake, among other delicacies.
◆Chef BRIAN HARDESTY has assumed the mantle of executive chef at Nosh in Richmond Heights, co-located with wine and spirits store Starr’s at 1135 Big Bend Blvd. The re-invented eatery re-opened Nov. 30, and initially will be open for dinner service Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m. Street food fans can breathe easy: Hardesty still will be running his popular Guerilla Street Food truck, but he’s utilizing the Nosh kitchen as the commissary, while also helming the kitchen at the restaurant. The new Nosh menu has been pared down, but still retains a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Hardesty says he plans to rotate menu items on a regular basis. The redesigned bar menu will feature classic cocktails, including tweaked takes on libations like the Manhattan, Moscow Mule and the Daiquiri, as well as plenty of quality beers and wines. As if that wasn’t enough to keep him and partner JOEL CRESPO busy, Hardesty says the Guerilla Street Food truck will be doing some road trips next year, taking its Filipinobased fare to a variety of cities, including Chicago, Kansas City, Seattle, New Orleans, and Minneapolis. Stay tuned!
◆We’re sad to report that local legend MIKE ‘TALAYNA’ FAILLE passed away last week, on Oct. 27, from complications arising from a heart attack. The 73-year-old was famous for his Talayna’s Italian Restaurant, which closed in the late 1990s, along with a string of other restaurant projects, and was just getting ready to open a new venture, the Frontenac Grill, in West County. His family has announced the restaurant will still open to honor his dream.
◆August was a big month for the craft cocktail scene in St. Louis. Sanctuaria’s JOEL CLARK took top honors in the St. Louis edition of the Nation’s Most Inspired Bartender competition, held Aug. 17 at Cafe Napoli in Clayton, sponsored by Bombay Sapphire, the United States Bartenders Guild and GQ magazine. Clark won with his original drink ‘Bollywood Nights,’ and is now off to Las Vegas to compete for the national title and a chance to appear along with his cocktail creation in GQ. And CHAD MICHAEL GEORGE of DeMun Oyster Bar took third place in the Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition. George competed with his custom creation ‘The Standoff.’ Well done to both mixologists!
◆ Monday, Aug. 15, marks the birthday of JULIA CHILD. Celebrate it at Chez Leon, where they’ll be featuring dishes from Child’s cookbooks to commemorate the grand dame of TV chefs, who would have been 99 years old this year.
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Three local business namesakes recently got together for an afternoon of cocktails at Clayton’s newest hotspot, DeMun Oyster Bar. Arash Amini of Amini’s Home, Rugs and Game Room, Andy Dielmann of Dielmann Sotheby’s International Real Estate and Kirk Stange of Stange Law Firm had a great time talking business and family, decked out in summer’s coolest styles. Even Amini’s darling 7-month-old son, Mack, charmed everyone as he, too, sat on the bar taking it all in from the sidelines. It was a gorgeous day with a great group of guys who just might be making this a recurring afternoon tradition!
ânº Maplewood has exploded with quality restaurants and other culinary-related destinations in the past few years, so much so that’s it’s getting hard to tell what’s what. Luckily, the city has come out with The Foodie Guide, which has info on all, of the area’s specialty stores and eateries. Best of all, it’s free! To get a copy, go to cityofmaplewood.com/foodie.
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> Provisions Gourmet Market in Creve Coeur will soon be closing its doors. We’re told that while the company is shuttering that store, it will be opening up a fourth location of The Wine & Cheese Place June 1, at 457 N. New Ballas Road.
>The second location of family-owned frozen yogurt purveyor Chill is scheduled to bow today at 11935 Manchester Road in Des Peres. The new space will offer the same 30 rotating yogurt flavors and 26 toppings as the Clayton-based original, as well as following suit and donating a percentage of its profits to Friends of Kids With Cancer.
DeMun Oyster Bar . 740 DeMun Ave. . 725-0322
We’ve been patiently waiting for DeMun Oyster Bar in Clayton to open for a while. It seems the latest offering from Alan Richman, of Sasha’s Wine Bar & Market and Sasha’s on Shaw fame, has been poised for opening for forever! And when we finally got the high sign that the place was ready, we made our way down in anticipation.
> 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.
> As if three area locations and a food truck weren’t enough, it’s reported that local pizza favorite Pi is going to open a location next spring in Washington, D.C. Guess the president really likes those pies!
> Looks like the rumors are true. After a lot of back-and-forth in the blogosphere over the past week or so, it is confirmed that STEVE GONTRAM, chef/owner of Harvest, is in the process of selling the venerable Richmond Heights eatery to executive chef NICK MILLER. The deal should be finalized early next month. Fans shouldn’t fret, though. Miller tells us that Harvest’s focus on local goodness will remain intact. “I wouldn’t have worked here for eight years if I didn’t like the concept,” he says. Miller will still be running the kitchen, and there will be no major personnel changes, although he will be looking for a GM in the near future. Gontram will help with the transition, then take a hiatus to concentrate on his personal life, as he’s getting ready to walk down the aisle soon. Best wishes to both chefs!