Tazé Mediterranean Street Food to Open at the Mercantile Exchange

The future Tazé Mediterranean Street Food at the MX. | Google Street View

Tazé Mediterranean Street Food is the latest restaurant to join the Mercantile Exchange Building (a.k.a. the MX) downtown at 626 Washington Avenue. The fast-casual restaurant will focus on housemade Mediterranean delicacies from owners Justin and Casey Roth and chef Matt Borchardt.

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Bonefish Grill Now Open in Brentwood

Ahi tuna sashimi with wasabi, pickled ginger and Sriracha. | Nancy Stiles

The first St. Louis location of Bonefish Grill opened yesterday at 8780 Eager Road in Brentwood. It's the 203rd restaurant for the chain, which prides itself on being the "fresh fish experts." The 6,500-square-foot space is dark and outfitted in "polished-casual" wood; it also has a patio, a bar area and two private dining rooms. Bonefish Grill is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. We stopped by for a preview of the menu -- continue on for photos.

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J. Gumbo's on Lindell Has Closed, Last in St. Louis


The second and final J. Gumbo's (3949 Lindell Boulevard) in St. Louis appears to have closed. The downtown location called it quits earlier this month, and there were rumors that the Central West End location would soon follow.

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Cooper's Legendary American Pub Opens on Main Street St. Charles

No storefront on Main Street St. Charles seems to stay empty for long. Cooper's Legendary American Pub (140 North Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-5505) opened October 14 in the former Eros Eclectic Greek Taverna space. The owners describe it as an upscale sports bar with the "coldest beer on Main Street."

See also: Little Hills Winery Expanding With Vineyard in St. Charles

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Now Open: Truffles Butchery, Peacock Loop Diner, Pizzeoli and More

The Peacock Loop Diner's already famous neon sign. | Nancy Stiles

There have been a slew of restaurant openings this week and even more to come before October is over. In case you missed it, here are a few new places you might want to check out this weekend.

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Strange Donuts Kirkwood Opens October 22, Central West End Location Soon

The gooey butter doughnut. | Jon Gitchoff

It's been a whirlwind year for Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-932-5851), which celebrates its first birthday on Saturday. The little Kickstarter that could turned into (after a few delays) a hit bakery in Maplewood, and within months announced expansions to Kirkwood and Columbia. As the Kirkwood bakery nears its opening, you can add collaborations with Brennan's and Seoul Taco to the list.

See also: Strange Donuts Announces Columbia Expansion

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J. Gumbo's Downtown Has Closed [UPDATED]


J. Gumbo's (312 North Tenth Street; 314-696-2500) has closed its downtown location. The Lindell location, which had to rebuild after an extensive fire, remains open. The downtown J. Gumbo's opened in May 2013 while post-fire construction was still ongoing.

See also: J. Gumbo's to Reopen in August on Site of Five-Alarm Fire

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Racanelli's Pizza to Open in the Loop

Racanelli's: Coming soon. | Jessica Lussenhop

St. Louis pizza chain Racanelli's is planning a fifth location in the Delmar Loop. Don't confuse it with Racanelli's Cucina, which used to be where Market Pub House is now, though it was owned by the same people. Racanelli's serves huge, New York-style pizzas, pizza-by-the-slice, sandwiches and the like. The original location actually opened right here in University City in 1994.

See also: Racanelli's Cucina Closed Indefinitely for Renovations

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Now Open: Rooster South Grand, Three Kings Pub Des Peres

The pretzel melt at Three Kings Pub. | Jennifer Silverberg

Two of our favorite places opened second locations this week: Rooster and Three Kings Public House. Dave Bailey's breakfast place opened at 3150 South Grand on October 5. The Loop pub opened at 11925 Manchester Road in Des Peres on October 6.

See also: Dave Bailey Adds a Second Location for Rooster, Expanded Menu

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Ozzie's Sports Bar & Grill Now Open at Lumiere Place

Ozzie Smith's new restaurant is now open. | Courtesy Lumière Place

Move over Jim Edmonds: there's another athlete-backed restaurant in town. The opening of Ozzie's Sports Bar & Grill was announced this weekend at Lumière Place in the former Stadium Sports Bar & Grill space. It's now the third restaurant to try its hand at the casino/hotel.

See also: Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse Closing Aug. 31, Will Reopen as The Precinct by Jim Edmonds

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