Marcell's Bar & Grill Wants to Breathe New Life into the Landing

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Outside the future Mercer's on the Landing. | Nancy Stiles

The Landing is about to add barbecue to its list of riverfront attractions. Marcell's Bar & Grill (720 North First Street), from the people who brought you the Rib Shack, will open later this summer in the former Trainwreck Saloon space. We spoke to co-owner Tara Wells about revitalizing the historic district.

See also: FoodWire: New Restaurant with Familiar Name on Laclede's Landing

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612 Kitchen and Cocktails to Take Over Former Graham's Grill Space

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The former location of Graham's Grill. | Google Street View

Kirkwood mainstay Graham's Grill & Bayou Bar (612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood) closed December 31, but as we reported earlier this year, owner Dan Graham has retired and his kids are relaunching a new concept in the space. Graham's son Devin tells us the new 612 Kitchen and Cocktails will be a 1920s-inspired spot with a focus on small plates and handcrafted drinks.

See also: Graham's Grill, Closed Since Owner's Retirement, to Unveil New Menu and Concept

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Kaldi's at Farrell Opens on Washington University Campus Today

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Noms from the Kaldi's on DeMun, which has a similar menu. | RFT Photo

Kaldi's Coffee (520 South Euclid Avenue) is opening its sixth St. Louis location today on the campus of Washington University. It's open to the public though, not just students, which is good news for everyone. The name, Kaldi's at Farrell, comes from the Farrell Learning & Teaching Center which houses it.

See also: The 10 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis

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St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: June 2014

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The lox roll at Flying Rolls. | Nancy Stiles

We were a little too excited about the state of St. Louis' culinary scene last month. June saw a number of restaurants close -- including several in the same week. Here's our roundup of the last month. As always, let us know in the comments if we missed anything.

See also: Lemmons to Close, Owner Says "The Real Problem...Is Me"

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Lemmons to Close, Owner Says "The Real Problem...Is Me"

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Last call. | Jessica Lussenhop

Word began spreading rapidly last night that Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue; 314-481-4812), the beloved bar, pizza joint and music venue in the Bevo Mill area, is closing.

Owner Michael Gross says he came to the decision, then began telling staff members individually yesterday. He says there are many financial and personnel-related reasons for the closure, but ultimately, it came down to one factor.

"The bottom line is the owner just wore out -- I'm worn out financially, worn out physically, just the stress of running a small business," he says. "The reality is, as with anything in life, there's an upside and downside.... As soon as you can no longer see the upside, that's the time to get out."

See also: Lola Announces June 22 Closure


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The Nest, Membership Club and Restaurant for Moms and Families, to Close in July

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The Nest (10440 German Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-494-5706), the "membership club for women and families," has announced it will close within the next 30 days. The members-only restaurant/cafe/daycare/yoga studio opened in Frontenac in December. It was the brainchild of partners Christina McHugh, Colleen Carlton and Carolyn Raymer, who wanted a space that kids and parents could enjoy.

See also: The Nest, "Membership Club for Women and Families," Combines High Tea and High Chairs

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Flying Rolls Opens Today Near SLU

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The eel roll with eel, cucumber, shrimp, toasted sesame seed and eel sauce on the side. | Nancy Stiles

A few months ago, we reported on a new fast-casual concept coming to St. Louis: sushi. Owners David Culver, Clayton Park and Andrew Impagliazzo envisioned a Chiptole-like approach to sushi, instead of the usual extremes of super pricey or take-out. Their result is Flying Rolls (3674 Forest Park Avenue; 314-246-0589), which opens today, June 20 at 11 a.m.

See also: The 10 Best Sushi Bars in St. Louis

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The Best Restaurant Openings of 2014 So Far

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The dining room at Three Flags Tavern. | Corey Woodruff

Where did the first half of 2014 go? It seems like only yesterday that we were cursing the endless winter, and now we're suffocating in the sweltering heat. With half of the year already in the rearview mirror, we thought it appropriate to reflect on the best restaurants that have opened in 2014...so far. Hopefully, this impressive crop is a sign of things yet to come.

See Also: Overcooked: Food trends we loved and hated in 2013

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Fort Taco Approved for Former Rally's Space in Brentwood

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The future Fort Taco. | Nancy Stiles

There have been signs up on the long-vacant former Rally's location in Brentwood for a while now, but the city's Planning and Zoning Commission has just approved a conditional use permit for Fort Taco to go ahead at 8106 Manchester Road.

See also: Walnut Grill Opening in Ellisville in Former Chevy's Space

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Chi Sushi Sake Closed

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The scene at Chi. | Nancy Stiles

It has not been a good month for restaurants. It appears that Chi Sushi Sake (4 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-2209) in the Central West End is closed. There is no sign on the door, but the windows are completely papered up.

See also: West End Wok to Open on Laclede in Central West End

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