J. Gumbo's on Lindell Has Closed, Last in St. Louis

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The second and final J. Gumbo's (3949 Lindell Boulevard) in St. Louis appears to have closed. The downtown location called it quits earlier this month, and there were rumors that the Central West End location would soon follow.

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Reinventing the Cocktail at Layla

Categories: Booze

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"No Apologies" | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

More and more bars and restaurants in St. Louis are offering carefully concocted cocktails. The challenge of these craft cocktails is staying true to the classics while remaining inventive in an increasingly crowded market. Tony Saputo, bar manager at Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-553-9252), strikes this balance nicely with his newest cocktail list.

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Cooper's Legendary American Pub Opens on Main Street St. Charles

No storefront on Main Street St. Charles seems to stay empty for long. Cooper's Legendary American Pub (140 North Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-5505) opened October 14 in the former Eros Eclectic Greek Taverna space. The owners describe it as an upscale sports bar with the "coldest beer on Main Street."

See also: Little Hills Winery Expanding With Vineyard in St. Charles

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Restituo's Living Room Style Gets Your Vote for Most Underrated Coffeehouse

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The dining room at Restituo. | Mabel Suen

Restituo (4100 Shenandoah Avenue) has only been open for a few months, but already the New York-style coffeehouse has a following. Owner Nicole McCormack refurbished the cafe's mismatched furniture, handcrafted many of the coffee mugs and imports her favorite New York coffee. We talked to McCormack about why these things add up to St. Louis' most underrated coffeehouse.

See also: Restituo Offers "A Little Bit of NYC in STL" At New Shaw Neighborhood Cafe

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Chef Chat: Hiro Asian Kitchen's Bernie Lee Is Proud of His Roots

Categories: Chef Chat

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Bernie Lee, owner of Hiro Asian Kitchen. | Jennifer Silverberg

Hiro Asian Kitchen (1405 Washington Avenue; 314-241-4476) owner Bernie Lee had been dreaming of opening a restaurant on Washington Avenue for years. The cosmopolitan feel of the street, the bustling energy and the neighborhood vibe all made the spot on the corner of Fourteenth Street and Washington Avenue seem like the perfect fit for his vision of a southeast-Asian eatery.

Still, Lee -- a Malaysian ex-patriate -- wondered if he would have to Americanize his food to make Hiro successful. After struggling with what to do with his concept, he sought advice from his biggest culinary influence: his mom.

See Also: Hometown Hiro: Hiro brings Eastern Asian comfort food to St. Louis

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Guess Where I'm Eating This Lobster Bisque and Win $20 to La Tejana

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Lobster bisque. | Nancy Stiles

There's nothing quite like creamy, hot soup to warm you up on a chilly fall evening. It's even better if that soup happens to be lobster bisque, one of our favorites. If you can guess where we got it, we'll make this Monday a little bitter and hook you up with some free food.

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A Look Inside Peacock Loop Diner, University City's New 24-Hour Dining Destination

Categories: First Look

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The double griddle burger at Peacock Loop Diner. | Photos by Mabel Suen
The Peacock Loop Diner (6261 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-5555) opened its doors recently as the latest concept in Washington University's Delmar Loop development which also includes United Provisions. The new 24-hour greasy spoon's impact on the St. Louis food map is paramount, joining the select few other perpetually open dining destinations available in the area. We can already imagine ourselves slamming a milkshake alongside a burger after catching one of the Tivoli Theatre's midnight movies across the street.

See also: Joe Edwards Readies 24-Hour Peacock Diner

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The Libertine's Josh Galliano Brings a Taste of the Mississippi to the James Beard House

Categories: Restaurant News

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The Libertine's chef Josh Galliano | courtesy of the Libertine

Tonight, the Libertine's (7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-2999) Josh Galliano brings Mississippi-inspired cuisine to the venerable James Beard House in New York City. This culinary honor, reserved for the nation's top chefs, is a chance for Galliano to not only showcase his river-country-inspired cuisine, but also to give back to the foundation he credits with jump-starting his culinary career.

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Now Open: Truffles Butchery, Peacock Loop Diner, Pizzeoli and More

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The Peacock Loop Diner's already famous neon sign. | Nancy Stiles

There have been a slew of restaurant openings this week and even more to come before October is over. In case you missed it, here are a few new places you might want to check out this weekend.

See also: The Corner Cup Plans New Menu and Expansion in Dogtown

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De.lish Cheesecake Bakery is Up for Sale -- Sort Of

Categories: Restaurant News

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The Inferno at de.lish Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe. | Zach Garrison

Fans of the north-county cheesecake bakery de.lish Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe (1060 St. Catherine Street, Florissant; 314-831-7400) have been up in arms this week ever since owner Jeff Mullersman posted on Facebook that he was putting the business up for sale. It turns out it things aren't that black and white.

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