Anheuser-Busch Condemns the NFL's Handling of Domestic Violence

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Anheuser-Busch has been the official beer of the NFL since 2011, but that didn't stop the company from making its first statement on the league since the Ray Rice scandal came to light. In an official release, A-B says it is "not yet satisfied" with the NFL's handling of the situation.

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Controversy Erupts Over Reopening of Bengoni's, Beloved Institution in Overland [UPDATE]

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The sign that started the trouble. | Courtesy Darin Smith

Update, July 2: Restaurant owner Darin Smith tells Gut Check he's come to a decision regarding the name "Bengoni's." Scroll through to the bottom of the post to find out what it was.

From 1982 until the early 2000s, Bengoni's Restaurant was the place to go in Overland. Teenagers took their prom dates there, families gathered to celebrate communions and commencements -- it was an institution.

"The salads were superb, their pizzas were great. They just had really good Italian food," recalls Overland city councilman Jay Fetsch. "We all, over the years, enjoyed it."

Then in 2006 Bengoni's abruptly closed its doors without much explanation. Fetsch says he still sees people walk up and shake the door handles of the locked and empty restaurant all the time.

Earlier this month a sign appeared outside of 2239 Woodson Road, just down the street from the old location, proclaiming the return of the "New Old Bengoni's." While this was great news to some who missed their favorite Italian eatery, it caused others -- including the former owner of Bengoni's -- some serious distress.

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TGI Fridays Food Truck Coming to St. Louis, Food Trucks Officially Over

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We love a good food truck, but TGI Fridays? | Steve Truesdell

We've said it before and we'll say it again -- food trucks are the trend that just won't quit. It seems every time we turn around there is a new one, or an established restaurant is taking its food to the streets. But surely this is the trend jumping the shark. TGI Fridays apparently has a food truck that is driving across the country, and it will be in St. Louis today, June 27 and tomorrow, June 28.

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Claire McCaskill Scolds Dr. Oz for Stretching the Truth About Diets

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Senator McCaskill at yesterday's hearing. | YouTube

Missouri senator Claire McCaskill told Dr. Oz yesterday what we've all wanted to say to him since he first appeared on Oprah: Stop. The stay-at-home-mom's favorite doctor was called to a congressional hearing yesterday titled "Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss Products."

The hearing was called after a Federal Trade Commission investigation into a Florida company called Pure Green Coffee, which makes fake weight-loss claims. Dr. Oz straight admitted that the products he endorses as "miracle" diets aren't backed up by science.

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Taste of St. Louis Owner Says He Was Pushed Out By Summer Rocks

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Taste of St. Louis, when it was downtown. Tear. | Sarah Rusnak

In case you haven't heard, people are pretty upset about Taste of St. Louis moving to Chesterfield this fall. At first, owner Mike Kociela told us, it was simply a matter of making the event more regional -- a logistics issue. Yesterday, though, we went to the board of aldermen meeting concerning Summer Rocks, a music festival that wants to come to St. Louis next summer.

See also: Taste of St. Louis Moving to Chesterfield


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Mi Linh's Former Chef Nelson Padilla Says He Was Forced Out by Sister Dee Dee Tran

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       Linh Tu, Nelson Padilla and Dee Dee Tran at Mi Linh. | Jennifer Silverberg

Last week we reported that Mi Linh (9737 Manchester Road; 314-918-8868), the nine-month-old Vietnamese restaurant in Rock Hill, parted ways with its executive chef, Nelson Tran. Owner Dee Dee Tran told us in a statement and through a spokeswoman that the split with Nelson and his wife Linh Tu, the restaurant's manager, was due to other family issues and completely amicable. She claimed that his exit was seamless and patrons didn't notice. At the time, we were unable to get in contact with Nelson or Tu.

See also: Mi Linh Parts Ways with Executive Chef Nelson Tran

Since then, Gut Check received an e-mail from Nelson and Tu's son, James, who was also a server at Mi Linh.

"Everything you received and written about was definitely a lie," he wrote. "My family wanted to let you know for our reputation."

We met up with Nelson and his family to hear their side of the story. One of the first things we learned? His real name isn't even "Nelson Tran."

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Snarf's St. Louis Protested After Chicago Workers Unceremoniously Fired

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Protesters gather in front of Snarf's. | Nancy Stiles

We know Snarf's (6301 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-4800) as a delightful sandwich shop across from RFT headquarters (and it has a location downtown, too), but not everyone is so pleased with them. St. Louis fast-food workers, with the help of Show Me 15 (formerly STL735) protested yesterday in solidarity with Snarf's Chicago workers who were fired three days before Christmas via e-mail.

See also: Fast Food Strike Expands to East St. Louis

"Basically when we spoke with fast-food workers here in St. Louis about what happened, they were outraged," Show Me 15 spokesperson Shannon Garth-Rhodes tells us. "They were just like, 'How could they do that to them three days before Christmas, in an e-mail?' They were upset, and they wanted to hold this action."

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10 Reasons Why Your Waiter is Judging You

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Illustration by Kevin Cannon

Here's some cold hard truth: Your waiter is judging you. And it's not because you scanned our restaurant's list of preachy, precious dishes made with esoteric (but local!) ingredients and then asked what celeriac or chimicurri are. Waiters don't care about that. Answering questions like that is their job. No, it's not about what you know, it's about how you act, and your waiter is surveying you to determine whether you're a badly behaved diner. How do they know? Presenting the 10 most obvious signs.

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Only the Red Sox Charge More for Beer Than the Cardinals

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Not cheap. | Peter Bond

Cardinals fans (and really, all sports fans) know they're going to get overcharged for food and drinks at a game. We tend to complain about it a lot, but it's just one of those things -- if you want a beer at Busch Stadium (Broadway & Poplar Street; 314-345-9000), you're going to have to pay for it. Last year, our prices in general were still above the MLB average; this year, it seems only the Boston Red Sox have more expensive beer. Yikes!

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Malt Liquor (not Budweiser) Is True Culprit in Study on ER Visits

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Guess what? Budweiser isn't the most dangerous. | Meddy Garnet, Ross Catrow

Various news outlets have been giddily reporting a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that found Budweiser to be the No. 1 drink behind alcohol-related emergency room visits.

"Understanding the relationship between alcohol brands and their connection to injury may help guide policy makers in considering taxation and physical availability of different types of alcohol given the harms associated with them," said the study's lead author in a statement.

At first we thought the results of the study seemed somewhat predictable -- Budweiser is one of America's best-selling beers. So wouldn't it make sense that it was the beverage of choice for many beer drinkers who ended up in the hospital? But then we looked a little closer.

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