Winfield's Gathering Place Opens in Kirkwood January 19

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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WildSmoke Closing January 10, Will Relaunch as EdgeWild Bar & Grill

WildSmoke's ribs. | Jennifer Silverberg

WildSmoke (12316 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur; 314-548-2222) announced yesterday that it will be closing January 10 in order to remodel the restaurant and relaunch as EdgeWild Bar & Grill. Owners Andy and Dee Dee Kohn also own EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery (550 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield; 636-532-0550); the new place will be considered a "spinoff" of the original restaurant.

See also: WildSmoke Opens January 28, from Owners of EdgeWild Winery

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Takaya New Asian Has Closed

The former dining room. | Jennifer Silverberg

Takaya New Asian (634 Washington Avenue) inside the Mercantile Exchange building downtown has closed. It opened in January 2013 to, um, not-so-great reviews, but it kept plugging along. It seems to be one of -- if not the first -- casualty of the new year.

See also: Takaya or Leave Ya: Didn't New Asian get old, like, ten years ago?

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Flying Rolls Sushi Closing Today


It's not going to be a happy new year for fans of Flying Rolls (3674 Forest Park Avenue; 314-898-0008). In an email to staff sent on Tuesday night, co-owner David Culver announced that today is the restaurant's last day of service.

The restaurant, which opened a mere six months ago, is located in midtown directly across from Saint Louis University's campus. The fast-casual concept aimed for high-quality sushi made fast -- a step up from grocery-store takeout.

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2014 Openings & Closings: A Year in St. Louis Restaurants

Brisket at Salt + Smoke, which opened in June. | Jennifer Silverberg

It has been a crazy year for St. Louis restaurants. Too many closed too soon, but we also saw some exciting culinary talent emerge, as well as restaurant risk-taking. Continue on for our full list from 2014, and let us know any we missed in the comments.

See also: The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2014

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St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: December 2014

We miss this burger already. | Jennifer Silverberg

This month we are losing two great restaurants. Home Wine Kitchen is reluctantly closing after 3 years, and Yacovelli's is closing after a whopping 95. Continue on for our full list, and as always, let us know anything we missed in the comments.

See also: Home Wine Kitchen to Close December 31

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The Living Room Opens December 16 in Maplewood

The former Black Cat space. | Google Street View

The Living Room (2808 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-306-7626), a small-batch coffee roaster, opens its doors in the former Black Cat Theatre today. Art House Coffees started roasting out of yes, an art studio, about four years ago, but this time the focus will be on the coffee.

See also: The Living Room and Art House Coffees to Take Over Black Cat Theatre

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Walnut Grill Now Open in Ellisville

Walnut Grill is now open in the right side of the former Chevy's space. | Google Street View

Walnut Grill (1386 Clarkson/Clayton Center, Ellisville; 636-220-1717) is now open. The Pittsburgh-based restaurant filled the other half of the former Chevy's space; the other side is the Crafty Chameleon. Though it's technically a chain with four Pittsburgh-area locations, owner Eric Vogel has expanded his brother Kirk's original restaurant to St. Louis.

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Home Wine Kitchen to Close December 31

Home Wine Kitchen's famous cheeseburger. | Jennifer Silverberg

In some very surprising and sad news this weekend, chef Cassy Vires has announced that Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) will close at the end of the year. The restaurant gained a loyal following since opening in 2011, thanks to a menu that changed weekly and the experimental No-Menu Mondays.

See also: Home Wine Kitchen, Cassy Vires' new Maplewood restaurant, isn't afraid to shake things up

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Sekisui Relocates to Maplewood, Changes Name to Robata

The future Robata, and the intersection of Southwest Avenue and Manchester. | Google Street View

At least one vacant Church's Chicken is getting a new tenant -- and no, it's not the one at Delmar and Skinker boulevards. The former Sekisui is currently in the process of relaunching and relocating to the empty fast-food building at 7260 Manchester Road in Maplewood.

See also: A Pizza Story Cooks Up Wood-Fired Neapolitan Pizzas in Maplewood

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