The Living Room Opens December 16 in Maplewood

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The former Black Cat space. | Google Street View

The Living Room (2808 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-306-7626), a small-batch coffee roaster, opens its doors in the former Black Cat Theatre today. Art House Coffees started roasting out of yes, an art studio, about four years ago, but this time the focus will be on the coffee.

See also: The Living Room and Art House Coffees to Take Over Black Cat Theatre

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Walnut Grill Now Open in Ellisville

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Walnut Grill is now open in the right side of the former Chevy's space. | Google Street View

Walnut Grill (1386 Clarkson/Clayton Center, Ellisville; 636-220-1717) is now open. The Pittsburgh-based restaurant filled the other half of the former Chevy's space; the other side is the Crafty Chameleon. Though it's technically a chain with four Pittsburgh-area locations, owner Eric Vogel has expanded his brother Kirk's original restaurant to St. Louis.

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Home Wine Kitchen to Close December 31

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Home Wine Kitchen's famous cheeseburger. | Jennifer Silverberg

In some very surprising and sad news this weekend, chef Cassy Vires has announced that Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) will close at the end of the year. The restaurant gained a loyal following since opening in 2011, thanks to a menu that changed weekly and the experimental No-Menu Mondays.

See also: Home Wine Kitchen, Cassy Vires' new Maplewood restaurant, isn't afraid to shake things up

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Sekisui Relocates to Maplewood, Changes Name to Robata

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The future Robata, and the intersection of Southwest Avenue and Manchester. | Google Street View

At least one vacant Church's Chicken is getting a new tenant -- and no, it's not the one at Delmar and Skinker boulevards. The former Sekisui is currently in the process of relaunching and relocating to the empty fast-food building at 7260 Manchester Road in Maplewood.

See also: A Pizza Story Cooks Up Wood-Fired Neapolitan Pizzas in Maplewood

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Zydeco Blues Opens in Des Peres

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A new Cajun and Creole restaurant has opened in west county: Zydeco Blues (1090 Old Des Peres Road, Des Peres; 314-858-1188). It's actually owner Ron Gordon's third restaurant; most recently he opened the late Wild Horse Grill in 2000 and sold it to his partner in 2005. In the same vein as Evangeline's, Dordon plans to have live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well.

See also: A Look Inside Riverbend Restaurant and Bar's New Expanded Space in Richmond Heights

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Recess Brewing Opens in Edwardsville

Main Street Edwardsville. | Google Street View

Add another to your craft-beer bucket list -- Recess Brewing (307 North Main Street, Edwardsville; 618-692-5101) opens today. It comes from former teacher and homebrewer Matt Flach, who grew up in Edwardsville, Illinois.

See also: St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: November 2014

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St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: November 2014

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Chris Bolyard's new butcher shop opened in Maplewood last week. | Cheryl Baehr

It wasn't such a bad month for closings -- two out of three Lester's locations did call it quits, though. Two specialty shops opened in Maplewood, Riverbend upgraded and Strange Donuts expanded its empire. As always, let us know anything we missed in the comments.

See also: Openings: Avenue, Side Project, Larder & Cupboard, Riverbend

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Bolyard's Meat & Provisions Opens Friday, November 28

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Chris Bolyard. | Cheryl Baehr

You should be skipping Black Friday anyway, but we've got another suggestion for you following Thanksgiving. Bolyard's Meat & Provisions (2810 Sutton Boulevard; 314-647-2567) will open this Friday, November 28 at 10 a.m. After ten years with Kevin Nashan at Sidney Street Cafe, Chris Bolyard's full-service butcher shop is finally coming to fruition.

See also: Chef Chat: Chris Bolyard Is a Butcher with a Soft Side

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Now Open: Racanelli's in the Loop, Cantina Laredo, Strange Trap Kitchen

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The gooey butter doughnut at Strange Donuts. | Jon Gitchoff

There are some tidbits to share as we approach the end of the month. A few places popped up, and it's worth noting that, as we reported earlier this week, two of three Lester's sports bars have closed this month.

See also: Strange Donuts Kirkwood Opens October 22, Central West End Location Soon

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Lester's Central West End Closes Just Weeks After Chesterfield Location

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Lester's CWE. | Ettie Berneking

Lester's (9906 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-994-0055) has closed two of its three locations. The Central West End sports bar (4651 Maryland Avenue) closed Monday, just two weeks after the Chesterfield location (14810 Clayton Road, Chesterfield) shut its doors. Lester's first opened in Ladue in 2007; it opened in Chesterfield in 2008 and the Central West End in 2011.

See also: A First Look at Lester's in the Central West End

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