Nourish by Hollyberry Includes Both Cafe and Market in Warson Woods

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Chicken enchiladas, tortilla soup and a Mediterranean sampler. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Since 1998, Holly Cunningham has made it her prerogative to get wholesome treats into the hands of a hungry clientele. What started off as Hollyberry Baking Co. grew to become the full-fledged Hollyberry Catering in 2001, and on April 1 the goods became all the more accessible with the opening of the company's first retail storefront, Nourish by Hollyberry (10037 Manchester Avenue; 314-835-9196). The space sits conveniently beside the catering headquarters in Warson Woods, featuring a full-service cafe and grab-and-go market.

"The whole idea came out of my own personal experience as a busy working mother. We're foodies who love to cook but don't have a lot of time to," she says. "We're called Nourish for two reasons: We love the thought of being able to nourish our lives through having more time with our families, and our cafe is meant to nourish our customers."

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Howards in Soulard Now Open for Food, Live Music

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Howards' main bar features cozy brick, unique light fixtures and large windows overlooking South 13th Street.
When Judith Howard purchased the building that would hold her two-week-old bar/live music venue/bistro, Howards in Soulard (2732 S. 13th Street, 314-349-2850), the place was in bad shape. It needed new sewer, gas, electric and water lines. The roof hadn't been updated since the 1888. The building's previous life, as the Hi-Way Bar, had ended six years before -- and seemingly no one had touched the place since.

"This was my fifth restoration in Soulard in the past twenty years," Howard says. "And this was by far the most needy building."

What's amazing, however, isn't just the building's transformation, though the space now includes two light-drenched, brick-lined rooms (one with a handsome bar; the other with a small stage), plus a large patio.

What's amazing is that Howard completed all the work in just six months.

"We had 86 people working on it ... and 48 trips to City Hall for permits," she says proudly. "It's really amazing the way the whole thing came together."

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Chef Ma's Chinese Gourmet Now Open in Overland

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Chef Ma's Kung Pao Pork
Ying Jing Ma -- or Chef Ma, as most people seem to call him -- has worked as a chef in hotel restaurants around the world. For approximately two years, he ran the kitchen at Mandarin House, one of the most palatial Chinese banquet halls in the St. Louis area.

His latest project is a bit more down-to-earth: Chef Ma's Chinese Gourmet Restaurant (2336 Woodson Drive, 314-395-8797) is located in an old Taco Bell on a random intersection in Overland. Customers order at the counter and fetch their own drinks, and when the food is delivered, it sometimes arrives in a styrofoam container. The place is definitely not fancy.

But despite being open less than two weeks, the restaurant has already drawn a large following -- with large Chinese families and curious neighbors alike practically filling the dining room on the weeknight we stopped by.

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EdgeWild Bistro & Tap Now Open in Creve Coeur

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"Asian Chicken" pizza with soy-garlic marinated chicken, sesame oil, red onion, edamame, orange segments and wasabi aioli. | Photos by Mabel Suen

As reported by Gut Check, WildSmoke -- from the husband-and-wife duo behind EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery (550 Chesterfield Center; Chesterfield, MO; 636-532-0550) -- closed in January one year after its opening to make way for a new concept. EdgeWild Bistro & Tap (12316 Olive Boulevard; 314-548-2222) opened in the Creve Coeur space on April 13, featuring a craft beer theme.

See also: WildSmoke Closing January 10, Will Relaunch as EdgeWild Bar & Grill

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The Shack Now Open in Frontenac, Featuring Dinner Service and More

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The "Cease and Desist" burger with lettuce, tomato, red onion, American cheese and "Shack 1000 sauce" on brioche. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Two weeks ago, the Shack (731 South Lindbergh Boulevard; 314-736-5900) opened a new location in Frontenac, joining a list of restaurants owned by OG Hospitality Group. That includes another location of the Shack in Valley Park, the Tavern, the Corner Pub and Grill and Cucina Pazzo. The restaurant fills the space formerly occupied by the Salted Pig.

The Shack's original incarnation, the Shack PubGrub, located near Saint Louis University, opened in 2012 and was named best bar food in RFT's best of St. Louis 2013. It later relocated to Valley Park in 2014, offering primarily breakfast dishes. The Shack's new Frontenac location features identical daytime offerings along with a brand new lunch-and-dinner menu.

See also: Review: Cucina Pazzo's "crazy kitchen" puts out insanely good food

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Medina Mediterranean Grill Now Open Downtown

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Beef-shawarma salad with romaine, spring mix, tomato, onion, pickle, cucumber, pickled turnips, chickpeas and tahini dressing. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Medina Mediterranean Grill (1327 Washington Avenue; 314-241-1356) opened on April 6, offering Middle Eastern cuisine downtown. The fast-casual restaurant fills the space formerly occupied by Gelateria Tavolini, with enough seats inside for two-dozen guests. In addition to vegetarian-friendly options including sandwiches filled with falafel or hummus, the concept features traditional shawarma as well as modern takes on the popular street-food-style plates.

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Antonio's Bistro & Market: A New Bosnian Restaurant in Southhampton

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Cevapi, Bosnian flatbread with seasoned ground-beef sausages. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Cevapi, burek and doner kebab are but a few of the traditional Bosnian dishes offered at Antonio's Bistro & Market (5005 South Kingshighway Boulevard; 314-899-9885). The new family-owned, fast-casual restaurant opened in the Southhampton neighborhood on March 18 and offers these housemade specialties as well as a selection of American and Italian-style plates, a kids' menu and individual desserts.

"My mom came up with all the recipes," says Brigita Beharic, the teenage daughter of the restaurant's owner, Meho Beharic. "They're all things I grew up eating."

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A Look Inside Tony's A.M., a New Downtown Breakfast and Lunch Counter

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Tony's A.M.'s hot pastrami sandwich on rye bread. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Downtown St. Louis regulars now have a new breakfast and lunch spot to consider: Tony's A.M. (10 South Broadway), which opened in early March at the intersection of South Broadway and Market Street. As reported by Gut Check earlier this year, the fast-casual concept comes from Tony's (410 Market Street; 314-231-7007), the St. Louis fine-dining classic often referred to as the best restaurant when someone else pays.

"It's a little bit out of our wheelhouse, but it'll be fun," said Tony's executive chef Vince Bommarito in the January interview.

See also: Tony's Restaurant to Add Fast-Casual Sibling, Tony's A.M.

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The Q-Shack: A New Roadside Eatery That Cooks Up Barbecue and Burritos

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The "Memphis Pork" sandwich: pulled pork topped with creamy slaw. | Photos by Mabel Suen

As reported by Gut Check in January, the Q-Shack (McCausland Avenue and Manchester Road) fills the space previously occupied by BJ's BBQ, a barbecue spot between a Walgreens store and a used-car lot. Father-daughter team Larry and Angie Lampert, of Lampert's Plush Pig BBQ among other prior local businesses, gave the Q-Shack concept a trial run last fall. After some renovations that include the addition of a full deck and covered patio with forty seats, the stand reopened earlier this month, slinging smoked meats and more.

See also: Lampert's BBQ to Return, This Time in Maplewood

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Red Lotus Spa & Bistro: A New Rock Hill Business Where Beauty Meets Banh Mi

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Red Lotus' grilled-pork banh mi. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Last month, critically acclaimed Mi Linh got an extreme makeover, and now its visitors can get made up there, too. On February 13, the Vietnamese restaurant re-branded and opened as Red Lotus Spa & Bistro (9737 Manchester Road; 314-918-8868), a concept that combines owner Dee Dee Tran's background in both restaurants and beauty services by offering the best of both worlds under one roof.

See also: Review: Mi Linh: The Tran family raises the bar for Vietnamese cuisine

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