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

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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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Sugarfire Smokehouse to Open Sugarfire Pie

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The "Crack Pie" at Sugarfire Smokehouse.

Mike Johnson of Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; 314-997-5301) is fresh off his Top Chef win at last weekend's Ultimate Burger Challenge, but he isn't slowing down. The barbecue master has just announced he'll be opening Sugarfire Pie. Before you object, may we remind you of Johnson's "Crack Pie"?

See also: Sugarfire Smokehouse's Crack Pie: A Gooey, Buttery Treat Perfect For the Fourth of July

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Lemmons Sold to Grbic Family [UPDATED]

Categories: Restaurant News

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Lemmons in Bevo Mill. | Jessica Lussenhop

Long-time fans mourned Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue) when it closed and even began a social-media campaign to save it, but owner Michael Gross didn't want to run the business anymore. It turns out that the space has just been sold to the Grbic family, which owns Bosnian restaurant Grbic (4071 Keokuk Street; 314-772-3100).

See also: Lemmons to Close, Owner Says "The Real Problem...Is Me"

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Anthonino's Taverna Celebrates 10 Years With Renovation and Expansion

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Anthony Scarato at Anthonino's. | Katie Moulton

Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an upgrade. The Italian restaurant will undergo renovations over the next several weeks to expand seating and update the decor. We spoke to co-owner Anthony Scarato about what's next for Anthonino's.

See also: Anthony Scarato of Anthonino's Taverna on the Hill

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Happy Hour at Square One Brewery: Beer, Spirits and Snacks in Lafayette Square

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Goat cheese artichoke spinach dip. | Photos by Mabel Suen
The Place: Square One Brewery (1727 Park Avenue; 314-231-2537)

The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Deal: A selection of $4.95 appetizers. $1 off beers and mixed drinks.

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

Categories: Longform

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Jennifer Silverberg
The taps behind many bars in St. Louis look very different today than they did two decades ago. Sure, there's probably still that familiar red Budweiser handle, but it's got additional neighbors in an ever-growing variety of local ales, porters, Hefeweizens and more.

Dan Kopman, cofounder of the Saint Louis Brewery (Schlafly), remembers how things used to be in St. Louis.

"You'd go into a bar, and you'd say, 'What beers do you have?' And people would say, 'We have them all,' meaning they had all the beers that Anheuser-Busch made," recalls Kopman.

Kopman and his business partner, Tom Schlafly, perhaps deserve the most credit for changing St. Louis' attitude about craft beers when they opened their Schlafly Tap Room in 1991. But the two entrepreneurs weren't alone. Other microbrew advocates were there early on, including Fran and Tony Caradonna, who operated a craft-brew distributorship called Signature Beer before later founding O'Fallon Brewery, and Steve Owings, cofounder of Morgan Street Brewery.

Here, then, is the history of how the microbrew movement started and flourished in St. Louis as told by the people involved from the beginning. It's a great tale, and one that eventually grew to include folks such as Bob Lachky (formerly of Anheuser-Busch), restaurateur Joe Edwards and newcomer Florian Kuplent of Urban Chestnut. So, go ahead and pour yourself your favorite brew and eavesdrop on the discussion. Or, better yet, come celebrate these beer-minded folks and others at Riverfront Times' Q and Brew in the Lou barbecue and craft-beer party Saturday, August 23, at Union Station.

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Morgan Street Brewery Up for Sale, Owners Look to Retire

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Outside Morgan Street Brewery. | RFT Photo

After almost twenty years under the direction of Steve Owings and Dennis Harper,
Morgan Street Brewery (721 North Second Street; 314-231-9970) is up for sale. Owings tells Gut Check that Morgan Street won't be closing, but the Landing partners want to retire.

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