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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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Clementine's, St. Louis' Oldest Gay Bar, is Closing Sept. 28

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Clementine's in Soulard. | Google Street View

Although there have been rumblings in the LBGT community for some time, Clementine's (2001 Menard Street; 314-664-7869) has announced it will close for good this weekend. It's St. Louis' oldest remaining gay bar, founded in 1978. We spoke to St. Louis LGBT History Project founder Steven L. Brawley about the significance of the bar.

See also: Soulard: A Glutton's Guide to St. Louis' Funnest Neighborhood

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Leonardo's Kitchen & Wine Bar to Open on the Hill

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The owners of LoRusso's Cucina (3121 Watson Road; 314-647-6222) have announced a new venture after twenty years in Clifton Heights. Rich and Terri LoRusso plan to open Leonardo's Kitchen & Wine Bar on the Hill in just a few weeks.

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

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The First St. Louis Tim Hortons Will Be in Maplewood

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Doughnuts from Tim Horton's. | Daniel Nugent

Beloved Canadian bakery chain has been in talks to come to St. Louis for a while now, and it looks like the first location will be in Maplewood. Local franchisee Show Me Hospitality announced it is in talks to build a free-standing cafe at Big Bend and Manchester.

See also: Tim Horton's Plans 40 St. Louis Locations by 2018

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Ben Anderson's Grapeseed Nears Opening in Southampton [PHOTOS]

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Inside Grapeseed. | Nancy Stiles

The St. Louis restaurant scene has been chattering aobut Ben Andersons' latest restaurant, Grapeseed (5400 Nottingham Avenue) since he announced it back in October 2013. His much-loved but short-lived restaurant Gist closed earlier that year from, among other things, disagreements between the partners. We've been not-so-patiently awaiting Anderson's next project all year.

Grapeseed had a little soft opening for its neighbors last night before it officially opens up, and Gut Check stopped by to check out the modern American cuisine and house-made accoutrements.

See also: 5 Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

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Itacate Mexican Grill Closed After Three Months

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Fast casual restaurant Itacate Mexican Grill (3324 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Bridgeton) has closed after only a few months. The restaurant opened in July from some of the guys behind Guajillo Mexican Grill, which closed in April. Itacate had recently added a Mexican taco cart, but apparently that wasn't enough.

See also: Itacate Mexican Grill to Serve Fast, Fresh Mexican Food in Bridgeton

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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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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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