Awful Customer Changes Sign to Offer "Mike Brown Special" at St. Charles Bar, Gets Banned

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The photo appeared on social media Friday afternoon. | Facebook Screenshot

There was a very disturbing photo floating around social media this afternoon. It appeared that a St. Louis bar put out a chalkboard special sign on the sidewalk -- not unusual -- but one that advertised a "Mike Brown Special": six shots of something. It turns out a customer at the Lounge in St. Charles wrote it on the sign sometime while the owner was at the gym on Thursday Night.

See also: S.L.U.M. Fest Presents Michael Brown Benefit Show This Sunday

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Uncle Munkey's Coin Club, New "Beercade" in Edwardsville

Categories: First Look

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The welcome mat at Uncle Munkey's. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Edwardsville, Illinois, might seem like a bit of a trek for St. Louisans, but it's one that has proven worth the wade across the river thanks to destinations including Cleveland-Heath and Brevan's Patisserie. Now those willing to make the drive can add Uncle Munkey's Coin Club (1027 Century Drive; Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-692-5152), a self-proclaimed "beercade" that opened in mid-July, to that Edwardsville bucket list.

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#69: Siam's Kimchi Hot Pot

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Siam's kimchi hot pot. | Mabel Suen

Siam (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) is a happening 3 a.m. bar on one of the town's hippest streets, but there is more to this Grove hot spot than the booze, music and revelry. Chef Tyler Davis heads up Siam's kitchen, preparing updated takes on pan-Asian cuisine and makes sure that patrons have some good eats before hitting the dance floor.

See Also: Siam Aims to Be a Place to Eat, Drink and Be Bear-y: Review



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Q & Brew in the Lou is Sold Out: Here's What You Need to Know

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We've hate to break it to ya'll, but our first ever Q & Brew in the Lou event is sold out. That means there won't be any tickets available at the door. But we've got some tips for those who are attending.

See also: Check Out the Final List of Breweries and Barbecue for RFT's Q & Brew in the Lou

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Hacienda Begins Renovations and Tequila Upgrades

Categories: Restaurant News

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A rendering of the new bar at Hacienda Mexican Restaurant. | Courtesy Hacienda

Tex-Mex mainstay Hacienda (9748 Manchester Road; 314-962-7100) is expanding its tequila menu and renovating the indoor bar in the next month. The restaurant has been in its historic Rock Hill building since 1977.

See also: Anthonino's Taverna Celebrates 10 Years With Renovation and Expansion

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 22 to 24

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Eats from the Eritrean tent at last year's Festival of Nations. | Theo Welling

This summer has been pretty mild by St. Louis standards, but you wouldn't know it from this week's weather. It'll be worth it to brave the heat this weekend -- there's so much yummy stuff going on you won't want to miss it. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump.

See also: Bottled Wisdom: An Oral History of St. Louis' Craft-Beer Movement

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Kakao Chocolate Clayton is Now Open

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Kakao South City. | Laura Ann Miller

If you're a chocoholic, Clayton just got a little sweeter. The new Kakao Chocolate is now open. It's the third location for the St. Louis chocolatier, which first opened on South Jefferson Avenue in 2008 and later expanded to Maplewood. The new Kakao is located in the Centene building at 7700 Forsyth along with Niche and Pastaria.

See also: Kakao Chocolate Sets Up Shop in Clayton

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The 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in St. Louis

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The Libertine's mussels with lo mein noodles, squid cracklins and coconut milk laksa. | Jennifer Silverberg

With exceptional seafood options like this, it's hard to believe St. Louis is hundreds of miles from the sea. These ten restaurants offer land-locked seafood lovers the variety of fresh and flavorful dishes one often associates with coastal towns just steps away from an ocean full of fish. No need to travel, we've got everything you need right here.

See also: The 10 Best Sushi Bars in St. Louis

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North County Native Lia Weber Wins TLC's Next Great Baker

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Buddy Valestro and Lia Weber. | Courtesy Lia Weber

Florissant residents Lia Weber and Al Watson were announced last night as the winner of season four of TLC's reality competition show Next Great Baker. We talked to Weber about how hard it was to keep the secret, the joy of winning and what's next on the horizon.

See also: Watch St. Louis Chefs Compete on the Next Great Baker Finale Tonight

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Riverbend Restaurant & Bar to Take Over Former Harvest Space

Categories: Restaurant News

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The peel and eat shrimp with the housemade New Orleans remoulade sauce at Riverbend. | Jennifer Silverberg

A few months ago Riverbend Restaurant & Bar (701 Utah Street; 314-664-8443) owner Sam Kogos lamented to us about his tiny, fourteen-by-fourteen kitchen and his off-the-beaten path location near Cherokee Street. "It's not an easy location to find. I'm not sitting in the Loop or the Central West End -- we're really thankful for the readership and the people who actually come in."

But that's all about to change. Kogos tells Gut Check he's moving into the recently vacated Harvest space at 1059 South Big Bend Boulevard in Richmond Heights.

See also: Sam Kogos Talks Riverbend Restaurant & Bar, Your Pick for St. Louis' Underrated Cajun/Creole Restaurant

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