Time Out Bar & Grill Boycotts the St. Louis Rams After "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Gesture

timeoutrams.jpg
Time Out Bar & Grill. | RFT Photo

There have been conflicting opinions over the show of support five St. Louis Rams players gave for Ferguson at yesterday's football game. The St. Louis Police Officers Association asked that the NFL apologize and sanction the players; the league and the team declined to do so. South-city sports bar Time Out Bar & Grill (4140 Gravois Avenue; 314-771-3610) has announced that it will no longer support the Rams, thanks to yesterday's display.

See also: MoKaBe's Slammed By CopTalk Message Board for Serving as "Safe Space" for Protesters

More »

MoKaBe's Slammed By CopTalk Message Board for Serving as "Safe Space" for Protesters

mokabeextferguson.jpg
MoKaBe's at Arsenal Street and South Grand Boulevard. | Laura Ann Miller

It seems the whole of St. Louis is on edge as the St. Louis County prosecutor's office prepares to announce the grand jury's decision on whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Churches are offering official safe spaces and coordinating with north-county schools, and law enforcement is preparing for the worst.

Whenever the decision is announced -- it's expected as early as next week -- protests may begin again in Ferguson, the Shaw neighborhood (where Vonderrit Myers was shot last month) and perhaps even Clayton, where the grand jury is deliberating.

MoKaBe's (3606 Arsenal Street; 314-865-2009), a Shaw/Tower Grove East coffeehouse known for its long-time community activism, posted a statement on Facebook this week that has some people very upset, while others are rallying in support.

See also: MoKaBe's Makes Helping the Homeless on Cold Winter Nights Super Easy

More »

Downtown Bar Owners Say Ballpark Village Is Cannibalizing Their Profits

feature_BPB_truesdell.jpg
Steve Truesdell
FOX Sports Midwest Live! at Ballpark Village boasts 20,000 square feet and a 40-foot LED screen.
It's a Thursday night during Cardinals' postseason, and the FOX Sports Midwest Live! bar at Ballpark Village is packed. It's standing room only, and everyone's gaze is fixed on the bar's 40-foot LED screen, watching St. Louis take on the San Francisco Giants in Game 5 of the series. A sea of people, hundreds dressed in their best red and white, fill both floors of the cavernous 20,000-square-foot bar, with others coming and going from the attached restaurant Cardinals Nation. The PBR bar is going strong upstairs, and there's even an outdoor watch party convening on the lawn of Busch-II-Infield. With the game going on at AT&T Park in San Francisco, it's clear that tonight — for sheer spectacle, anyway — the next best place for a Cards fan to be is Ballpark Village.

More »

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

budlightnfl.jpg

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.

See also: Judge Rules Anheuser-Busch Isn't Watering Down Its Beer After All

More »

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

bengonis_new_sign.jpg
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.

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

More »

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

tgifridaysfoodtruck.jpg
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.

See also: The Best Food Porn of Food Truck Friday

More »

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

clairemmcaskilldroz.png
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.

See also: Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt Co-Sponsor Military Sexual Assault Legislation

More »

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

tasteofstlmtglead.jpg
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


More »

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

nelsonpadilla.jpg
       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."

More »

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

snarfsprotest1.jpg
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."

More »
Loading...