Kitchen House Coffee Turns an Urban Farm into a Tower Grove East Coffeeshop

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Things are almost ready at Kitchen House. | Courtesy Kitchen House

Kitchen House Coffee (3149 Shenendoah Avenue; 314-732-0009) is the latest coffee shop headed to St. Louis. Paul Whitsitt and David Rodgers are opening the shop this month near their Tower Grove East home and urban farm. We spoke to Whitsitt about Kitchen House, bees and vegetable juice.

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Wild Horse Grill Closed September 2

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Cherrywood-smoked duck with apple, bacon, asparagus, mushroom, hash and a sherry gastrique at Wild Horse Grill. | Nancy Stiles

Along with several others this week, Wild Horse Grill (101 Chesterfield Towne Centre, Chesterfield) has closed. The Chesterfield Valley restaurant underwent a menu revamp last summer, but co-owner Tony Valenta told us that even after more than a decade, many people weren't aware of Wild Horse's existence.

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Pomme Restaurant and Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar Closing, Owners to Open Avenue

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Laura Ann Miller

Similar to the restaurant massacre we saw in June, several restaurants have announced their closure this week. It's not all bad, though -- notably, Pomme Restaurant (40 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-727-4141) and Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar (44 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-721-8801) are closing, but owners Bryan and Diane Carr are taking over the space currently occupied by Roxane (12 N. Meramec Avenue, Clayton; 314-721-7700). Roxane is -- you guessed it -- also closing.

See also: Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar's New Fall Menu Debuts Vegetarian Comfort Food

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St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: August 2014

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

Well, summer's technically over, but it's been a busy one for St. Louis restaurants. The Dining District opened just ahead of Washington University's first day of school, Kevin Nashan debuted his new seafood restaurant, and the Tick Tock Tavern is back. Check out our list after the jump, and as always, please let us know anything we missed in the comments.

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Bar Louie Adds Chesterfield Valley Location

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Bar Louie Kirkwood. | Cailin Murray

Bar Louie (multiple locations) is opening its fourth St. Louis location this fall in the valley at 103 Chesterfield Valley Drive. Bar Louie St. Charles opened last fall at the Streets of St. Charles development. The new location will be near Fox & Hound and Filippo's Italian Kitchen off the main drag in the valley.

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Waldo's Wings to Replace Lampert's BBQ in Maryland Heights

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The shopping center on Dorsett where Lampert's was located. | Google Street View

Lampert's BBQ (11658 Dorsett Road; Maryland Heights) is closed. The barbecue restaurant opened in February 2013, and by the looks of its Facebook page, it has been closed since at least March of this year. The phone is disconnected, and the Lampert's website confirms that the business has shut down.

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Kakao Chocolate Clayton is Now Open

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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.

See also: Kakao Chocolate Sets Up Shop in Clayton

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

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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.

See also: Steve's Hot Dogs Exceeds Fundraising Goal, Moves Forward With Second Location

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Mission Taco Soulard Opens August 12

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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.

See also: Mission Taco Joint Coming to Soulard

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Pizzeoli to Add Neapolitan-Style Pizza to Soulard

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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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