801 Fish to Join 801 Chophouse

Oysters at 801 Chophouse. | Jennifer Silverberg

801 Chophouse (137 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-875-9900) is one of the swankiest steakhouses in St. Louis, and the Des Moines-based 801 Restaurant Group will soon add a seafood restaurant to its local holdings. 801 Fish will open in mid-2015 in the former Brazikat space at 172 Carondelet Plaza, across from 801 Chophouse.

See also: 801 Chophouse Provides the Area's Most Opulent Restaurant Experience: Review

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HotShots Adds Edwardsville Location

HotShots Fenton. | RFT Photo

Sports bar HotShots (multiple locations, including 12154 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton; 314-291-1606) is adding a location in Edwardsville, Illinois. The local chain already has eleven restaurants in the St. Louis metro area, one in Cape Girardeau and one in Mooresville, North Carolina. The Edwardsville HotShots will be franchised by a Wentzville couple, Jim and Donna Kruger.

See also: Hotshots Sports Bar Sued for "Racist" Servers and "Ghetto Specials"

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Openings: Avenue, Side Project, Larder & Cupboard, Riverbend

Cory King at Side Project Cellar. | Richard Haegele

It's been a busy few days for St. Louis restaurants. There were several openings, which means more delicious food (and some killer Instagram photos). Here's the roundup of what you may have missed, and what's coming up this week.

See also: Cory King Debuts Tasting Room, Side Project Cellar [PHOTOS]

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Vincent Van Doughnut Gets a Storefront in Clayton

Clyde! | Jon Gitchoff

Mobile doughnut artisans Vincent Van Doughnut (@vinvandoughnut) are finally putting down some roots. The elusive, square-shaped doughnuts are available all over St. Louis from the 1960s van-cum-food-truck named Clyde, but now you'll be able to get your hands on them without being in the right place at the right time.

See also: Vincent Van Doughnut Scores Wholesale Deal with Straub's

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Coming to the Central West End in 2015

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at LouFest 2013. | Theo Welling

LouFest favorite Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has announced it will open its first Missouri location in the Central West End next year. The (small) chain is based in Columbus, Ohio, but owner Jeni Britton Bauer's husband is actually from St. Louis.

See also: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Straub's

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St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: October 2014

Fried chicken at Old Standard. | Mabel Suen

The weather wasn't the only good thing about October 2014. Several hotly anticipated restaurants opened their doors, like barbecue companion Sugarfire Pie and Ben Poremba's latest, Old Standard. By our count, we lost only three restaurants and they were all part of a chain. Let us know anything we missed in the comments.

See also: Old Standard Fried Chicken's New Comfort Food Restaurant in Botanical Heights

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Lücha Mexican Soul Food Opens at Grand Center

The new home of Lucha, across from the Fox Theatre. | Google Street View

Lücha (522 North Grand Boulevard; 314-833-9993), a new Mexican (sort of) restaurant, opened October 24 at Grand Center, in the former Kota Wood Fire Grill space. space. Owners Brian Schmitz and Hugo Perez call it "Mexican soul food."

See also: Bonefish Grill Now Open in Brentwood

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Tazé Mediterranean Street Food to Open at the Mercantile Exchange

The future Tazé Mediterranean Street Food at the MX. | Google Street View

Tazé Mediterranean Street Food is the latest restaurant to join the Mercantile Exchange Building (a.k.a. the MX) downtown at 626 Washington Avenue. The fast-casual restaurant will focus on housemade Mediterranean delicacies from owners Justin and Casey Roth and chef Matt Borchardt.

See also: First Look: Downtown's MX Movies Makes Dinner and a Movie Way Too Easy

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Bonefish Grill Now Open in Brentwood

Ahi tuna sashimi with wasabi, pickled ginger and Sriracha. | Nancy Stiles

The first St. Louis location of Bonefish Grill opened yesterday at 8780 Eager Road in Brentwood. It's the 203rd restaurant for the chain, which prides itself on being the "fresh fish experts." The 6,500-square-foot space is dark and outfitted in "polished-casual" wood; it also has a patio, a bar area and two private dining rooms. Bonefish Grill is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. We stopped by for a preview of the menu -- continue on for photos.

See also: Cooper's Hawk Brings Napa-Style Winery to Town & Country

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J. Gumbo's on Lindell Has Closed, Last in St. Louis


The second and final J. Gumbo's (3949 Lindell Boulevard) in St. Louis appears to have closed. The downtown location called it quits earlier this month, and there were rumors that the Central West End location would soon follow.

See also: J. Gumbo's Downtown Has Closed [UPDATED]

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