Small Plates: Wednesday, 6/27

A slow day here at Gut Check headquarters. I had a grilled pork banh mi from Ba Le for lunch. It was much spicier than I remembered from my review of the place earlier this year. I opened it up and found a slice of jalapeno nearly as big as my thumb.

For any industry types reading this: Restaurant Depot, a wholesale restaurant-supply store, has opened at 6455 Manchester Avenue. It's not open to the public.

I believe this news predates Gut Check's launch, but my pal Annie from A to Z tipped me off that Blackberry Cafe, formerly located across from the Richmond Heights Schnucks, has reopened at 7351 Forsyth Boulevard.

Finally, a very interesting article in today's New York Times about intellectual property as it relates to recipes and restaurant concepts: A New York City chef is suing a former employee after he opened a restaurant more or less identical to hers.

-Ian Froeb

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