Happy Hour at SOHA Bar & Grill: Gastropub Bites At An Unbeatable Price

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SOHA's housemade chicken egg rolls. | Photos by Mabel Suen
The Place: SOHA Bar & Grill (2605 Hampton Ave; 314-802-7787)

The Hours: SOHA offers happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Deals: $1 off all drafts. Well drinks are $3, wine is $4 and buckets are $12. All pizzas and appetizers except for the small plate combo are half-price.

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Insomnia Cookies to Open in the Central West End

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Late-night gooey-cookie deliveries are a great business idea -- especially if you're on a college campus. The naming generally reflects that too. Mizzou's service is called Hot Box Cookies, and the newcomer Insomnia Cookies will open this fall in the Central West End.

See also: Dough to Door, A Cookie Delivery Business in the Delmar Loop, Set to Open Soon

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Richard's Ribs in Kirkwood Closed August 23

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Richard's Ribs in Kirkwood. | Laura Ann Miller

Family-owned restaurant Richard's Ribs (10727 Big Bend Road, Kirkwood) has closed after nineteen years. Though there is no hint of it on either of the restaurant's social-media accounts, a voicemail at Richard's confirms it.

See also: Blind Tiger at Sutton Place to Close Friday, September 19

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Review: 612 Kitchen & Cocktails, Former Kirkwood Institution, Attempts an Old-Timey Update

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Inside 612 Kitchen & Cocktails. | Caroline Yoo

612 Kitchen & Cocktails
(612 West Woodbine Avenue, Kirkwood; 314-965-2003)
Kitchen Hours: 4-11 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 4 p.m.-midnight Fri.
11 a.m.-midnight Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.
Cocktail Hours: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Wed.-Fri., 11-1 a.m. Sat-Sun.
(Closed Mon. and Tues.)

Graham's Grill & Bayou Bar was Kirkwood's favorite watering hole -- a place to grab a cold one, catch a game on the big screen and buy a shot of Jaegermeister for your long-lost high school buddy. This was Kirkwood before the trendy development of Station Plaza and the conversion of the old cinema into fancy loft apartments. It was an institution -- and it still is. Only now, the property is called 612 Kitchen & Cocktails.

The restaurant is owned by Devin and Alison Graham, son and daughter of Graham's Grill owners Dan and Pat. When the elders decided to close after a seventeen-year run, Alison coaxed her brother into partnering with her to take over the business. The new generation of Grahams wanted to continue their parents' legacy, but they also wanted to put their own stamp on the place. After some research into food and beverage trends, they rebranded as a 1920s craft-cocktail bar and restaurant.

See also: 612 Kitchen and Cocktails to Take Over Former Graham's Grill Space


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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.

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

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Blind Tiger at Sutton Place to Close Friday, September 19

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The Bolo pie at Blind Tiger. | Jennifer Silverberg

Mike McLaughlin's rookie restaurant the Blind Tiger at Sutton Place (7376 Manchester Road; 314-646-8822) will close this Friday, September 19, after just a year in business. When we reviewed the pizza, ribs and whiskey joint, we acknowledged that there was some work to be done, but the pizza is just delicious. It first opened in December 2013.

See also: #91: The "Hog Mess" at Blind Tiger

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Mama's on the Hill to Open Second Location September 22

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Mama's Pasta Challenge at Mama's on the Hill. | Zach Garrison

In another expansion announcement this week, Mama's on the Hill (2132 Edwards Street; 314-776-3100) (formerly known as Mama Campisi's) will open a downtown location on September 22. The somewhat beleaguered restaurant claims to the be originator of toasted ravioli and is home to a very hefty food feat, Mama's Pasta Challenge.

See also: The 6 Toughest Eating Challenges in St. Louis and One Foolish Man's Attempt to Beat Them All

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How to Make Grenadine at Home in 3 Easy Steps

Categories: Drunken Vegan

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Fresh grenadine at home. | 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.

To most, grenadine brings to mind those clear bottles of screaming chemical red mix in the liquor aisle at the grocery store. That stuff is made from corn syrup, red dye and natural and artificial flavors and tastes like -- well, it's hard to say what exactly it tastes like. In its current state, it's used for color only. What it ought to taste like and be made from is fresh pomegranate juice. The good news? It's very easy to make it at home.

See also: How 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar Got Way Ahead of the Whiskey Craze

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KimCheese to Hit Creve Coeur in October

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The Kim Cheeseburger. | Jennifer Silverberg

Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant KimCheese (13435 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield; 314-485-1408) has announced that a second location will open in Creve Coeur next month. The original is inside a former Dairy Queen, but don't let that fool you. The burger is one of the best -- and we mean the best.

See also: Kim Cheese's "Kim Cheese Burger": One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

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The London Tea Room's Blueberry-Lemon Cake: Perfect Pair with a Fragrant Cup of Tea

Categories: Sugar High

Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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London Tea Room's blueberry-lemon cake. | Photos by Mabel Suen

While growing up in the county of Hampshire on the southern coast of England, the London Tea Room's (3128 Morgan Ford Road; 314-241-6556) manager Jackie James adopted a knack for baking at an early age. She'd wait for her parents to go on their weekly Saturday stroll, during which time she'd experiment in the kitchen making pots of tea and sandwiches to go with her homemade rock cakes, shortbread and sponge cakes.

When Pat and Alan Richardson decided to open up a mom-and-pop tea shop to coincide their furniture business in 2007, James seemed like a natural choice to fill in when the cafe lost its baker. Since then, she's developed the range of in-house baked goods for the pastry case, including everything from rock cakes and their family's recipe for scones to a tried-and-true customer favorite: moist and flavorful blueberry-lemon cake.

See also: First Look: The London Tea Room

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