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

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The gooey butter doughnut. | Jon Gitchoff

It's been a whirlwind year for Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-932-5851), which celebrates its first birthday on Saturday. The little Kickstarter that could turned into (after a few delays) a hit bakery in Maplewood, and within months announced expansions to Kirkwood and Columbia. As the Kirkwood bakery nears its opening, you can add collaborations with Brennan's and Seoul Taco to the list.

See also: Strange Donuts Announces Columbia Expansion

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J. Gumbo's Downtown Has Closed [UPDATED]

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J. Gumbo's (312 North Tenth Street; 314-696-2500) has closed its downtown location. The Lindell location, which had to rebuild after an extensive fire, remains open. The downtown J. Gumbo's opened in May 2013 while post-fire construction was still ongoing.

See also: J. Gumbo's to Reopen in August on Site of Five-Alarm Fire

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Racanelli's Pizza to Open in the Loop

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Racanelli's: Coming soon. | Jessica Lussenhop

St. Louis pizza chain Racanelli's is planning a fifth location in the Delmar Loop. Don't confuse it with Racanelli's Cucina, which used to be where Market Pub House is now, though it was owned by the same people. Racanelli's serves huge, New York-style pizzas, pizza-by-the-slice, sandwiches and the like. The original location actually opened right here in University City in 1994.

See also: Racanelli's Cucina Closed Indefinitely for Renovations

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Now Open: Rooster South Grand, Three Kings Pub Des Peres

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The pretzel melt at Three Kings Pub. | Jennifer Silverberg

Two of our favorite places opened second locations this week: Rooster and Three Kings Public House. Dave Bailey's breakfast place opened at 3150 South Grand on October 5. The Loop pub opened at 11925 Manchester Road in Des Peres on October 6.

See also: Dave Bailey Adds a Second Location for Rooster, Expanded Menu

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Ozzie's Sports Bar & Grill Now Open at Lumiere Place

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Ozzie Smith's new restaurant is now open. | Courtesy Lumière Place

Move over Jim Edmonds: there's another athlete-backed restaurant in town. The opening of Ozzie's Sports Bar & Grill was announced this weekend at Lumière Place in the former Stadium Sports Bar & Grill space. It's now the third restaurant to try its hand at the casino/hotel.

See also: Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse Closing Aug. 31, Will Reopen as The Precinct by Jim Edmonds

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St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: September 2014

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"Malawi Peaberry" pour-over coffee with a Whisk thumbprint cookie at Kitchen House Coffee. | Mabel Suen

Out of all the openings and closings this month, we are still pretty upset about Blind Tiger (7376 Manchester Road). But there were some pretty exciting openings, too -- Grapeseed (5400 Nottingham Avenue; 314-925-8525) and Kitchen House Coffee (3149 Shenendoah Avenue; 314-732-0009), just to name a few. Continue on for our list of who's in and who's out, and as always, let us know anything we missed in the comments.

See also: A Look Inside Kitchen House Coffee's New South City Neighborhood Cafe

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BaiKu Sushi Lounge Open at the Hotel Ignacio

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The future Baiku.

BaiKu Sushi Lounge (3407 Olive Street; 314-977-4411) is opening in the Hotel Ignacio this Monday, October 6, for lunch and opened last Thursday dinner. The building also houses the Moto Museum and Triumph Grill.

As we reported back in July, Soung Min Lee of Miso and Central Table Food Hall is the executive sushi chef with Josh Norris as executive chef.

See also: BaiKu Sushi Lounge Opening in Midtown This Fall

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Gelateria Tavolini to Close September 30

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Outside Gelateria Tavolini. | Laura Miller

After five years, Gelateria Tavolini (1327 Washington Avenue; 314-621-8838)announced on Facebook that it will be closing Tuesday, September 30. It originally opened as the Gelateria in 2006, and current owners Jonathan and Amanda Andrus took it over in 2009. In a statement, the Andrus cite a variety of factors that influenced their decision to close.

See also: Ices Plain & Fancy's New Liquid Nitrogen Fueled Ice Cream Shop

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