St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: July 2014

Sauce on the Side opened its second location this month. | Jennifer Silverberg

Some of the most-anticipated restaurants of the summer are still teasing us with opening dates -- we didn't get much in July. Peacemaker, the Peacock Diner, Old Standard, White Box Eatery and more are almost here. For now, we'll just have to get along with the knowledge that we were spared the restaurant massacre that was June 2014. Check out our full list of openings and closings after the jump, and as always, let us know anything we missed in the comments.

See also: Kevin Nashan to Open Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. in July

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612 Kitchen & Cocktails Now Open in Kirkwood

The former Graham's Grill. | Google Street View

612 Kitchen & Cocktails (612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood; 314-965-2003) is now open in Kirkwood in the former Graham's Grill space. After the beloved Cajun restaurant closed in December, owner Dan Graham's kids Devin and Alison began transforming the place into a 1920s-inspired speakeasy.

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

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BaiKu Sushi Lounge Opening in Midtown This Fall


The Hotel Ignacio (3411 Olive Street; 314-977-4411) already houses the MOTO Museum and Triumph Grill and it's about to get a sushi lounge. BaiKu Sushi Lounge (3407 Olive Street; 314-977-4411) is opening this fall from the owner of Triumph, City Diner, Alumni and Dooley's and the former owner of Miso.

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

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Lucky's Market Opens July 30 in Ellisville


Looks like the county is following the example of Lafayette Square: Specialty grocer Lucky's Market (15830 Fountain Plaza Drive; 303-530-0782) is set to open Wednesday, July 30, with a slew of events. Fields Foods (1500 Lafayette Avenue; 314-241-3276) opened last year in Lafayette Square; both markets focus on locally grown produce and organic and natural products.

See also: Fields Foods Hopes to Become a Locavore Paradise in Lafayette Square

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Plank Road Pizza Now Open in Cottleville

Outside Plank Road Pizza. | Andrew Brewer

Plank Road Pizza (5212 Highway N, Cottleville; 636-477-6155) is now open in Cottleville in St. Charles. It's one of several new restaurants out west, including Rack House Winery and Se7en Cupcakes and Martinis. An 1841 home -- the oldest still standing in Cottleville -- houses the restaurant.

See also: Plank Road Pizza Nears Opening in Cottleville

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Sauce on the Side Now Open in Clayton

The "Which Came First...?" calzone, filled with roasted pulled chicken, applewood-smoked bacon, jalapenos, egg, onion and mozzarella. | Jennifer Silverberg

Sauce on the Side's second location at 7810 Forsyth in Clayton is now open. The first calzone eatery opened downtown in August 2012, and owners Brendon Maciariello, Ryan Mangialardo and Daniel Porzel announced the Clayton location this past April.

See also: Sauce on the Side's "Costanza" Calzone: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

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Lona's Lil Eats Gets a Storefront in Fox Park

Offerings at Lona's in Soulard. | Paul Sableman

Lona's Lil Eats (Soulard Farmers' Market Stall 148; 314-223-7330) usually serves up Asian-inspired food every Saturday at the Soulard Farmers' Market -- but only then. Husband-and-wife team Pierce Powers and Lona Luo have developed quite a following from their once-a-week "restaurant," and after two years, Lona's is finally getting a storefront.

See also: Chef Chat: Chase Overacker on Cooking in the Marines, His Food Crush and Fox Park

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Itacate Mexican Grill Now Open in Bridgeton


Itacate Mexican Grill (3324 North Lindbergh Boulevard; 314-736-4516) is now open in Bridgeton, from the guys who brought you the late Guajillo Mexican Grill. As we reported in May, Itacate's focus is on fresh Mexican food, fast. But before you think Chipotle or Qdoba, think again.

"The difference is, we're actually Mexicans making Mexican food," co-owner Manuel Arreola-Valles tells us.

See also: Itacate Mexican Grill to Serve Fast, Fresh Mexican Food in Bridgeton

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The Original Saint Louis Bread Company Is Closing


Saint Louis Bread Co., a national chain with more than 100 bakery-cafes in the St. Louis area alone, opened its first location in Kirkwood in 1987. Panera, as the company is commonly known outside the city, isn't going anywhere, but that original restaurant is. After almost 30 years, the Kirkwood's Bread Company is moving in to nicer digs.

See also: Panera to Eliminate Artificial Flavors and Ingredients by 2016

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Majic Market in Kirkwood Has Closed

The finalists at Majic Market's sandwich contest last November. | Nancy Stiles

Majic Market (640 West Woodbine Avenue, Kirkwood) has closed after more than 40 years in business. Current owners Keith and Paula Willis bought the market and deli in 2012. They announced on Majic Market's Facebook page this past weekend that it was closed for good. It has been closed since at least June 17.

See also: Enter Majic Market's Sandwich-Making Contest and Win a Spot on the Menu

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