The Original Pancake House
Still fresh off its chic remodel last year, the Colonial Marketplace has quickly become a boutique shopping and dining destination. The DESCO Group, which purchased the property in September 2011, brought in a unique mix of high-end shops, delectable dining and specialty services that have caught the attention of the area’s savvy shoppers. With all this buzz, the parking lot can fill up fast. But don’t worry about nabbing a space—complimentary valet service is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
One of these days, Laura Dierberg-Padousis vows she’s going to find the time to learn how to cook. For now, her only ‘specialty’ is macaroni and cheese. You see, even though she’s a member of one of the prestigious grocery family names in St. Louis, she’s been a little busy since she graduated from Villa Duchesne in ’93.
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.
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.
Original Pancake House
St. Louis is so lucky to have such an incredible restaurant scene. Talented chefs seem to be flocking here and opening new restaurants left and right. What could be better than food and fashion?
The Original Pancake House
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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.
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.”
The Bartolino name has been a fixture in the St. Louis restaurant community since the early 1960s, associated with a stable of eateries that includes Bartolino's South, Chris' Pancake and Dining and the latest object of our attention, Bartolino's Osteria. The restaurant is located on the edge of The Hill in the Drury Inn and Suites at Forest Park, just down the road from the original Bartolino's location, which is the current home of Joey B's.
Play: “The Abominable Dr. Phibes…in 3-D!”
While the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is growing every year, government funding to help them and their families continues to be reduced or eliminated. Fortunately for those facing the financial and emotional burden of autism, there are local organizations and resources to help.
Mmmm…..It’s time for our annual cookbook column, where we highlight some of the most exciting new tomes of the year. And while it’s a safe bet that none of us needs another cookbook, how can we resist? Between updated versions of our favorites (The New York Times Cookbook) and hip newbies (Food Porn Daily), there are bound to be a few we want to take home and try out immediately!
While Chesterfield is a far cry from the Central West End, the new Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar there is, oddly, a fitting legacy of the original. Steve McIntyre, longtime Café Balaban’s co-owner, has brought to the new spot many of the original recipes, a comprehensive wine stock and, of course, the Balaban’s name.
> Miso on Meramec in Clayton debuted a newly formatted sushi menu by executive sushi chef and St. Louis native Eliott Harris. The menu includes old favorites and launches innovative new items like a tropical roll of coconut-crusted tempura shrimp, mango, cucumber and masago. Chef Harris, a Johnson & Wales grad, is incorporating traditional sushi items with Latin American flavors and ingredients. Since opening in 2001, Miso on Meramec has been a Clayton favorite for Pacific Rim cuisine, not to mention late-night partying (great DJs).