Openings & Closings 2012: The Final Reckoning

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Yes, 2012 has been over for a few weeks now. No, we're not done looking back at it just yet.

Don't worry. This isn't another Top Ten list.

No, what we have here is Gut Check's annual omnibus listing of every restaurant that opened, closed, both opened and closed, relocated or changed its name in 2012. It's a lengthy list and complete to the best of our knowledge -- but almost certainly not totally complete.

If you know of a restaurant that opened, closed, etc., in 2012 that isn't listed here -- if it's your restaurant, especially! -- please, please, please let us know in the comments. We'll be ever so grateful.


2 Girls, 4 Wheels (@2Girls4Wheels; 618-363-8154) [food truck]
2865 Brewhouse (2865 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Charles; 636-724-2025)

Affton Breakfast and Dinner (9416 Gravois Road, south St. Louis County; 314-361-1375)
Andrew's Bayou Ribs (314-575-7976) [food truck]
Annabelle's Bar-B-Que (6900 Noonan Avenue; 314-781-1144)
Arcelia's Mexicana Restaurant (1928 South 12th Street; 314-241-1378)

Bar Les Freres (7637 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton; 314-725-8880)
Basso (7036 Clayton Road; 314-932-7818)
BlackFinn American Grille (South Brentwood Boulevard & Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; 314-726-5300)
Brazikat Brazilian Steak & Seafood House (172 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 708-259-1539)
Brinco's Mexican Grill & Cantina (3108 Olive Street; 314-533-1409)
Buchanan's Restaurant (4909 Delmar Boulevard; 314-367-3333)
Burger INK. (@BurgerInk; 636-290-6635) [food truck]

Capitalist Pig (2727 South 12th Street; 314-772-1180)
Castaway's Bar & Grill (220 West Main Street, Grafton, Illinois; 618-786-3888)
The Cheese Shack (@cheeseshack_stl; 636-209-2775) [food truck]
Choice (7807 Clayton Road, Clayton; 314-932-1230)
Ciao Restaurant Bar & Grill (4534 Gravois Road; 314-481-1419)
Circle 7 Ranch Taphouse & Grill (14412 Clayton Road, Ballwin; 636-220-9797)
Chronicle Coffee (1235 Blumeyer Avenue; 314-534-0524)
City Bistro (2718 Gravois Avenue; 314-773-4994)
Classic Dogs & More (6106 Delmar Boulevard; 314-862-2200)
Comet Coffee (5708 Oakland Avenue; 314-645-7158)
Completely Sauced (@saucedonwheels; 314-221-9310) [food truck]
Craft Chophouse (210 South Buchanan Street, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-9300)
Curbside Cookery (@CurbsideCookery; 314-303-6521) [food truck]

Daddy Ray Burgers (8814 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O'Fallon; 636-294-4885)
Darby O'Toole's (2731 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Charles; 636-724-5750)
DeLeo's Deli & Cafe (2782 North Highway 67, Florissant; 314-839-3880)
Dewey's Pizza (112 East Vandalia Street, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-656-2200) [additional location]
Dog Town (2182 North Highway 67, Florissant; 314-830-1457)

The Egg & I (11692 Manchester Road, Des Peres; 314-821-3447)
Elaia (1634 Tower Grove Road; 314-932-1088)
El Toro Mexican Restaurant (3710 South Kingshighway Boulevard; 314-772-2888)
Ex-Cop Donut Shop (4854 Telegraph Road, south St. Louis County; 314-894-2677)

Fiesta! Modern Mexican Cuisine (185 Hilltown Village Center, Chesterfield; 636-536-0002)
Fifth Wheel (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559)
Firehouse Subs (104 Laura K Drive, O'Fallon; 636-272-5877) [additional location]
Five Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4250)
Flip Flops Cantina Grille (13645 Big Bend Road, Valley Park; 636-529-1076)
Fork & Stix (549 Rosedale Avenue; 314-863-5572)
Fortel's Pizza Den (7359 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-863-3333) [additional location]
The Fortune Teller Bar (2635 Cherokee Street; 314-776-2337)
Franklin's Pub (728 Lafayette Street)
Frida's Deli (622 North and South Road, University City; 314-727-6500)
Fuzzy's Taco Shop (8073 Watson Road, Webster Groves; 314-968-8226)

The Gobble Stop Smokehouse (1227 Castillons Arcade Plaza, west St. Louis County; 314-878-5586)

Hamburger Mary's (3037 Olive Street; 314-533-6279)
Hendrick's BBQ (1200 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-8600)
Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet (8925 Watson Road, Webster Groves; 314-968-8883)
Hot Aztec (@HotAztec; 314-540-2949) [food truck]
HotPot Smoothie Shop (11215 Manchester Road, Kirkwood; 314-315-4421)
House of Thai (12967 Olive Boulevard, west St. Louis County; 314-434-3455)

The Island Frozen Yogurt (1009A Russell Boulevard; 314-664-6678)

J. Spain's Waffles & Wings (1901 Washington Avenue; 314-621-9464)
Jilly's Cupcake Bar-a-Go-Go (1131 Collonade Center, Des Peres; 314-821-5455) [additional location]
Joe's Chili Bowl (808 Chestnut Avenue; 314-241-7070)
Joyia Tapas (4501 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-5300)
JR Crickets Wings & Things (3737 South Grand Boulevard; 314-875-9848)

Kim Cheese (13435 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield; 314-485-1408)
The Kitchen Sink (280 DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-261-4455)

La Cantina (35 North Gore Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-968-3256)
Laredo on Lafayette Square (2001 Park Avenue; 314-231-9200)
Layla Lebanese Restaurant (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-5500)
Le Food Truck (@LeFoodTruck; 314-264-1626) [food truck]
Legghorn and Shakes (@Legghorns; 314-562-1599) [food truck]
Little Country Gentleman (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719)
The Livery Company (3211 Cherokee Street)
Local Harvest Cafe & Catering (815 Olive Street, Suite 150; 314-241-3196) [additional location]
Local Harvest Grocery (12309 Old Big Bend Road, Kirkwood; 314-996-6566) [additional location]

The openings continue on the next page.

Location Info

Fuzzy's Taco Shop

8073 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO

Category: Restaurant

Manila Bistro

343 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Frankie & Johnny's Italian Restaurant - CLOSED

11686 Gravois Road, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Yagu Asian Fusion Cuisine - CLOSED

17265 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Nura

117 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO

Category: Restaurant

Pujols 5 Westport Grill - CLOSED

342 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights, MO

Category: Restaurant

Bono's Pizzeria

4500 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Crazy Sushi

422 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters, MO

Category: Restaurant

Famous Szechuan Pavilion

8615 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


609 Eastgate Ave., University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

Lafayette Fire Company No. 1

1801 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Louisiana Cafe

1350 Triad Center Dr, St. Peters, MO

Category: Restaurant


161 Long Rd, Chesterfield, MO

Category: Restaurant

Trattoria Toscana

11686 Gravois Road, Concord, MO

Category: Restaurant

Feed Me Banh Mi

@FeedMeTruck, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Sapore Italian Café

Baxter Road & Andersohn Drive, Manchester, MO

Category: Restaurant

Iguana's Mexican Cuisine

5641 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Desserts On the Boulevard

3949 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


8135 Maryland Ave., Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Whiz-Tech Technology Cafe

1629 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Smash Bar - CLOSED

1405 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Walkers Restaurant and Bar

6245 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Tucci & Fresta's Trattoria and Bar - CLOSED

15 N. Central Ave., Clayton, MO

Category: Music

Trattoria Branica-Kirkwood

451 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO

Category: Restaurant

Tachibana - CLOSED

12967 Olive, Creve Coeur, MO

Category: Restaurant

Taqueria La Pasadita

2336 Woodson Road, Overland, MO

Category: Restaurant

Tee's Golf Grill

103 Chesterfield Valley Drive, Chesterfield, MO

Category: Restaurant

Selam Ethiopian Restaurant

549 Rosedale Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Tin Can Tavern & Grille-Downtown - CLOSED

1909 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Tin Can Tavern & Grille-Morganford - CLOSED

3157 Morganford Road, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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