Lampert's BBQ to Return February 5, This Time in Maplewood

Patio construction at Lampert's Q-Shack. | Angie Lampert

Lampert's is a name barbecue fans are familiar with. Father-daughter team Larry and Angie Lampert have been serving the good stuff in Webster Groves, Rock Hill and Maryland Heights just in the last few years. Their operation in Maryland Heights closed last year, but the Lampert's have taken over the shack (literally) formerly known as BJ's BBQ -- you might recognize it as the barbecue shack in the parking lot of Walgreens at Manchester and McCausland. After a little upgrade, it is set to open next week as Lampert's Q-Shack.

See also: Waldo's Wings to Replace Lampert's BBQ in Maryland Heights

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Tiny Bar Is Opening Downtown, Literally

Finishing up the mural at the Tiny Bar. | Courtesy Aaron Perlut

St. Louis is home to a few lovely, pint-sized diners. Whether it's a quick stop during the workday or a late night after the bars, cozy spots like Carl's Drive-In (sixteen seats) or Tiffany's Original Diner (twelve or so seats) are perfect for a quick bite. But can we expect the same charm from an itsy-bitsy bar? We're about to find out, once Tiny Bar (1008 Lucas Street) opens in downtown.

The Tiny Bar comes from marketing and public-relations firm Elasticity, which just couldn't decide what to do with its 250-square-foot lobby. So, it'll be a twelve-seat bar, complete with $10 cocktails and a drink menu developed by Ted Charak of Planter's House.

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

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Old Bakery Beer Opens to Overwhelming Response in Alton

Old Bakery Beer Company. | Courtesy Old Bakery Beer

Alton's first craft brewery is now open. Old Bakery Beer Company (400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton, Illinois) was alive and brewing as of Friday, January 23. The response was so overwhelming that the brewpub, which serves lunch and dinner, ran out of food pretty quickly. It hopes to have the kitchen back up and running by tomorrow, January 28.

See also: Old Bakery Beer Will Be Alton's First Craft Brewery

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Winfield's Gathering Place Opens in Kirkwood January 19

Winfield's Caprese Baguette, with fresh mozzarella, roasted Roma tomatoes, red onion, basil pesto and balsamic vinaigrette on a toasted baguette. | David Lancaster

Almost a year ago to the day, restaurant partners Mark Winfield and Jim Edmonds -- owners of the Precinct -- announced that they would not be moving forward with the proposed Edmonds Parkside Grill in Clayton. The change of heart seemed to be due to disputes with the building's landlord. Now, a new venture in Kirkwood is set to open next week: Winfield's Gathering Space.

See also: Clayton Restaurant a No-Go for Jim Edmonds and Mark Winfield

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

WildSmoke's ribs. | Jennifer Silverberg

WildSmoke (12316 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur; 314-548-2222) announced yesterday that it will be closing January 10 in order to remodel the restaurant and relaunch as EdgeWild Bar & Grill. Owners Andy and Dee Dee Kohn also own EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery (550 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield; 636-532-0550); the new place will be considered a "spinoff" of the original restaurant.

See also: WildSmoke Opens January 28, from Owners of EdgeWild Winery

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Takaya New Asian Has Closed

The former dining room. | Jennifer Silverberg

Takaya New Asian (634 Washington Avenue) inside the Mercantile Exchange building downtown has closed. It opened in January 2013 to, um, not-so-great reviews, but it kept plugging along. It seems to be one of -- if not the first -- casualty of the new year.

See also: Takaya or Leave Ya: Didn't New Asian get old, like, ten years ago?

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Flying Rolls Sushi Closing Today


It's not going to be a happy new year for fans of Flying Rolls (3674 Forest Park Avenue; 314-898-0008). In an email to staff sent on Tuesday night, co-owner David Culver announced that today is the restaurant's last day of service.

The restaurant, which opened a mere six months ago, is located in midtown directly across from Saint Louis University's campus. The fast-casual concept aimed for high-quality sushi made fast -- a step up from grocery-store takeout.

See Also: Home Wine Kitchen to Close December 31

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2014 Openings & Closings: A Year in St. Louis Restaurants

Brisket at Salt + Smoke, which opened in June. | Jennifer Silverberg

It has been a crazy year for St. Louis restaurants. Too many closed too soon, but we also saw some exciting culinary talent emerge, as well as restaurant risk-taking. Continue on for our full list from 2014, and let us know any we missed in the comments.

See also: The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2014

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St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: December 2014

We miss this burger already. | Jennifer Silverberg

This month we are losing two great restaurants. Home Wine Kitchen is reluctantly closing after 3 years, and Yacovelli's is closing after a whopping 95. Continue on for our full list, and as always, let us know anything we missed in the comments.

See also: Home Wine Kitchen to Close December 31

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The Living Room Opens December 16 in Maplewood

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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