Hot Box Cookies Now Open in the Central West End

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Insomnia Cookies (226 North Euclid Avenue) now has a homegrown competitor: Hot Box Cookies (3 North Euclid Avenue; 314-899-0909) has arrived from Columbia. The late-night cookie bakery opened in the Central West End on February 11 and is celebrating its grand opening this Friday, February 27.

See also: Hot Box Cookies Heads to St. Louis As Insomnia Cookies Adds a Second Location

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The Delmar Loop Qdoba Has Closed

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Qdoba on Delmar Boulevard in University City. | Google Street View

Despite (or perhaps because of) a spate of restaurant openings on Delmar Boulevard, the University City Qdoba (6625 Delmar Boulevard, University City) has closed. Employees were still answering the phone as of Tuesday, but they acknowledged that the branch was no longer in operation.

See also: A Look At the Korean Barbecue of Seoul Q and Seoul Taco in the Delmar Loop

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The Salted Pig in Frontenac Closed February 21

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Fried chicken was one of the better dishes. | Jennifer Silverberg

The Salted Pig (731 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-738-9373), which more recently was just known as "The Pig," shut it down after service on Saturday night. The Michael del Pietro-helmed upscale barbecue joint opened in March 2014 to reviews that were mixed at best.

See also: The Salted Pig serves sad, smokeless barbecue in Frontenac

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Cheese-ology Macaroni & Cheese Closes March 7

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The Bacon, Bacon macaroni & cheese with bacon, mozzarella and Gruyere cheeses. | Jennifer Silverberg

After almost five years in the Delmar Loop, Cheese-ology Macaroni & Cheese (6602 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-863-6365) will close on March 7. The fast casual restaurant, which focuses on different varieties of mac & cheese, made the announcement on social media this week.

See also: Mad Tomato to Close February 14

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Mad Tomato to Close February 14

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The fungi pizza at Mad Tomato. | Jennifer Silverberg

Clayton hotspot Mad Tomato (8000 Carondelet, Clayton; 314-932-5733) announced yesterday via Facebook that it will be closing after service next Saturday, February 14. The Italian restaurant, owned by chef Vito Racanelli Jr., opened to much buzz in May 2011.

See also: Mad Tomato's Cavatelli with Spring Lamb Rag: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

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St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: January 2015

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Pastor and carne asada tacos at El Burro Loco. | Mabel Suen

Unfortunately, the last week of December 2014 was a bad one for restaurants. But here we are, all awash with optimism in the new year. Alton got its first craft brewery, and Kirkwood got a taste of Jim Edmonds. As always, let us know in the comments of anything we missed.

See also: Lampert's BBQ to Return February 5, This Time in Maplewood

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Lampert's BBQ to Return February 5, This Time in Maplewood

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Patio construction at Lampert's Q-Shack. | Angie Lampert

Lampert's is a name barbecue fans are familiar with. Father-daughter team Larry and Angie Lampert have been serving the good stuff in Webster Groves, Rock Hill and Maryland Heights just in the last few years. Their operation in Maryland Heights closed last year, but the Lampert's have taken over the shack (literally) formerly known as BJ's BBQ -- you might recognize it as the barbecue shack in the parking lot of Walgreens at Manchester and McCausland. After a little upgrade, it is set to open next week as Lampert's Q-Shack.

See also: Waldo's Wings to Replace Lampert's BBQ in Maryland Heights

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Tiny Bar Is Opening Downtown, Literally

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Finishing up the mural at the Tiny Bar. | Courtesy Aaron Perlut

St. Louis is home to a few lovely, pint-sized diners. Whether it's a quick stop during the workday or a late night after the bars, cozy spots like Carl's Drive-In (sixteen seats) or Tiffany's Original Diner (twelve or so seats) are perfect for a quick bite. But can we expect the same charm from an itsy-bitsy bar? We're about to find out, once Tiny Bar (1008 Lucas Street) opens in downtown.

The Tiny Bar comes from marketing and public-relations firm Elasticity, which just couldn't decide what to do with its 250-square-foot lobby. So, it'll be a twelve-seat bar, complete with $10 cocktails and a drink menu developed by Ted Charak of Planter's House.

See also: Tony's Restaurant to Add Fast-Casual Sibling, Tony's A.M.

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Old Bakery Beer Opens to Overwhelming Response in Alton

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Old Bakery Beer Company. | Courtesy Old Bakery Beer

Alton's first craft brewery is now open. Old Bakery Beer Company (400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton, Illinois) was alive and brewing as of Friday, January 23. The response was so overwhelming that the brewpub, which serves lunch and dinner, ran out of food pretty quickly. It hopes to have the kitchen back up and running by tomorrow, January 28.

See also: Old Bakery Beer Will Be Alton's First Craft Brewery

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Winfield's Gathering Place Opens in Kirkwood January 19

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Winfield's Caprese Baguette, with fresh mozzarella, roasted Roma tomatoes, red onion, basil pesto and balsamic vinaigrette on a toasted baguette. | David Lancaster

Almost a year ago to the day, restaurant partners Mark Winfield and Jim Edmonds -- owners of the Precinct -- announced that they would not be moving forward with the proposed Edmonds Parkside Grill in Clayton. The change of heart seemed to be due to disputes with the building's landlord. Now, a new venture in Kirkwood is set to open next week: Winfield's Gathering Space.

See also: Clayton Restaurant a No-Go for Jim Edmonds and Mark Winfield

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