Cory King Inks Deal For Side Project Beer Tasting Room in Maplewood

Cory King, left, with iTap owner Brad Lobdell at Firkin Fest. | Theo Welling

Head brewer Cory King wanted to keep the news under wraps, at least until he was further along in the process. But word got out that he is opening a new beer-tasting room for Side Project Brewing, the Cellar, in Maplewood at 7373 Marietta Avenue after the city granted his liquor license this week.

See also: Side Project Brewing Gives Us a Sneak Peek

"I've had some misinformation go out in the market already," he tells Gut Check. "We haven't even started the build-out."

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Grove East Provisions, a European-Style Corner Shop and Cafe, Opens in April

The future Grove East Provisions. | Google Maps Screenshot

Barry Kinder returned to St. Louis a few years ago after a stint in London as a musician. He was happy to be back, but he missed just being able to walk to the corner store and pick up fresh produce and everything he needed to make a healthy dinner. He began rehabbing buildings in St. Louis, and the idea to open such a place began to take root. After more than five years, he's finally opening East Grove Provisions at 3101 Arsenal.

See also: Concerts and Cocktails and Hipsters, Oh My! An Updated Guide to the Grove

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Majestic Restaurant Finalizing Sale, Future of 50-Year-Old Institution Uncertain [UPDATED]

The Majestic. | Google Street View

After more than 50 years in business, the Majestic Restaurant (4900 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-2011) in the Central West End will close next week. Second generation owner Pete Politis is selling the business.

See also: Majestic Restaurant Celebrates the Big 5-0

Update 11:30 a.m.: Ian Froeb of the Post-Dispatch writes that he spoke to Politis this morning, who said the situation is "up in the air." We'll update as things become more clear.

Update 3:45 p.m.: We received an e-mail from owner Pete Politis. See his comment below.

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WeHo, a New Gay Bar, Takes Over Lotus on Locust Space

The future WeHo. | Nancy Stiles

Lotus on Locust closed a few months ago, though the cover-charging Pepper Lounge is still open next door. Come April, Lotus -- located at 2001 Locust -- will become WeHo (short for West Hollywood), a new gay bar.

See also: The Eight Best Gay Bars in St. Louis: 2013

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Eleven65 Closed Quietly After Five Months in O'Fallon

The spacious dining room at Eleven65. | Jennifer Silverberg

Eleven65 (1165 Technology Drive, O'Fallon) opened in O'Fallon in September. Owned by the Sparks family, the fine-dining establishment opened a few months later than planned and had a chef switch up before the big day. It was a "modernistic interpretation of homegrown dishes and an educated service staff" and is now closed after only five months.

See also: Fuzzy Numbers: Despite great food and service, Eleven65 doesn't quite add up

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Corvid's Cafe Revives 100-Year-Old Bakery to Create a Laid-Back Hangout in Kingshighway Hills


John and Cindy Panian have operated the catering company Crabcakes Creative at 5003 Mardel Avenue for eight years. After watching four or five coffee shops go in and out of business in the space next door, the chefs finally opened their own storefront this past weekend: Corvid's Cafe (5001 Mardel Avenue; 314-481-1522).

See also: The Corner Cup Now Open in Dogtown

"There was always a little coffee shop in the building, and we did the food for the previous owners," Cindy Panian tells us. "We used to dream about what we would do different if it was ours."

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Taj Mahal Now Open in the Loop

Outside Taj Mahal. | Mabel Suen

Taj Mahal is now open at 567 Melville Avenue in University City, in the space vacated by Booster's Cafe in September. The Indian restaurant is owned by veterans of India's Rasoi in the Central West End.

See also: Booster's Cafe in the Loop Closed

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Smallcakes Cupcakery Prepares for Kirkwood


Smallcakes Cupcakery (343 South Kirkwood Road, #8, Kirkwood; 314-698-2780) will open next month in Kirkwood. The Atlanta-based franchise is coming to St. Louis in early April.

See also: Strange Donuts Announces Plans for Second Location

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Three Flags Tavern Gears Up to Open Near the Hill


The idea looming behind Three Flags Tavern is that a bar doesn't have to sacrifice great food. Owners John and Cathy O'Brien are set to open their neighborhood hangout at 4940 Southwest Avenue on March 25.

See also: 21st Amendment Now Open in Former Schnaider Brewery

"I wanted to put a bar together and do food in a small setting -- the idea was to assemble a small staff of seasoned, professional people that want to do the best possible job. I'm kind of going against the idea of the large format restaurant," John O'Brien tells Gut Check.

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Flying Rolls Isn't Just For Sushi-Lovers


Sushi tends to have two varieties: expensive, or take-out. Flying Rolls hopes to change that with its new fast casual restaurant in Midtown, at 3674 Forest Park Avenue. We talked to co-owner David Culver about making sushi accessible and getting St. Louis to eat healthy.

See also: The Five Best Sushi Restaurants in St. Louis

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