Kakao Chocolate Clayton is Now Open

Kakao South City. | Laura Ann Miller

If you're a chocoholic, Clayton just got a little sweeter. The new Kakao Chocolate is now open. It's the third location for the St. Louis chocolatier, which first opened on South Jefferson Avenue in 2008 and later expanded to Maplewood. The new Kakao is located in the Centene building at 7700 Forsyth along with Niche and Pastaria.

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Steve's Hot Dogs to Open in Tower Grove East on August 18

The "Gorilla Mac & Cheese Dog" at Steve's. | Mabel Suen

Steve's Hot Dogs (2131 Marconi Avenue; 314-762-9899) will open its second location at 3457 Magnolia Avenue in Tower Grove East on Monday, August 18. The soft opening will kick off at 4 p.m.

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Mission Taco Soulard Opens August 12

Inside the new Mission Taco Joint in Soulard. | Nancy Stiles

The wait is (almost) over: Mission Taco Joint will open its second location in Soulard at 908 Lafayette Avenue on Tuesday, August 12. We stopped by for a soft opening this weekend to check out the new digs.

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Pizzeoli to Add Neapolitan-Style Pizza to Soulard

A Neapolitan-style pizza topped with eggplant, zucchini and spinach. | Kurman Communications

Soulard will be getting its very own Neapolitan pizza joint this fall. Owner and chef Scott Sandler plans to open Pizzeoli at 1928 South Twelfth Street, formerly Arcelia's, in mid-October or November. We spoke with Sandler about why St. Louis needs another pizza place and the allure of Soulard.

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Brian Pelletier's Larder and Cupboard Coming to Maplewood

Cour de la Creme cheese from Baetje Farms, one of Larder and Cupboard's suppliers. | Crystal Rolfe

According to Brian Pelletier and Cindy Higgerson, Maplewood is missing just one thing: a specialty food shop. Pelletier, who owns Kakao Chocolate, is opening Cupboard and Larder this fall on the corner of Manchester and Marshall Avenues in downtown Maplewood.

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Las Palmas Opening Third Location on Washington Avenue

The six-crab meat stuffed shrimp at Las Palmas is breaded and pan-fried, served over cilantro rice with creamy diablo sauce. | Jennifer Silverberg

Mexican favorite Las Palmas (multiple locations) is opening a third location at 1901 Washington Avenue this month. Its first restaurant opened in north St. Louis County, followed by an outpost in Maplewood. There was also an Overland, Missouri restaurant which has since been sold by the Morales family, which owns Las Palmas.

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The Wheelhouse Downtown, Ices Plain & Fancy Squeeze in July Openings


Two pretty exciting openings squeezed in at the end of July: the second location for Wheelhouse (1000 Spruce Street; 314-833-3653) and specialty ice-cream shop Ices Plain & Fancy (2256 South 39th Street; 314-601-3604). Get the scoop after the jump.

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Rack House Winery Opens August 2 in Cottleville

The new urban winery. | Rack House West Winery

The St. Charles outpost of West Winery, Rack House West (5065 North Highway N, Cottleville; 636-244-0574), opens this Saturday, August 2, with a grand opening August 8. You'll have the opportunity to sample the wines and the menu of appetizers, small plates, flatbreads and paninis.

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St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: July 2014

Sauce on the Side opened its second location this month. | Jennifer Silverberg

Some of the most-anticipated restaurants of the summer are still teasing us with opening dates -- we didn't get much in July. Peacemaker, the Peacock Diner, Old Standard, White Box Eatery and more are almost here. For now, we'll just have to get along with the knowledge that we were spared the restaurant massacre that was June 2014. Check out our full list of openings and closings after the jump, and as always, let us know anything we missed in the comments.

See also: Kevin Nashan to Open Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. in July

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612 Kitchen & Cocktails Now Open in Kirkwood

The former Graham's Grill. | Google Street View

612 Kitchen & Cocktails (612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood; 314-965-2003) is now open in Kirkwood in the former Graham's Grill space. After the beloved Cajun restaurant closed in December, owner Dan Graham's kids Devin and Alison began transforming the place into a 1920s-inspired speakeasy.

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