The Nest, Membership Club and Restaurant for Moms and Families, to Close in July

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The Nest (10440 German Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-494-5706), the "membership club for women and families," has announced it will close within the next 30 days. The members-only restaurant/cafe/daycare/yoga studio opened in Frontenac in December. It was the brainchild of partners Christina McHugh, Colleen Carlton and Carolyn Raymer, who wanted a space that kids and parents could enjoy.

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Flying Rolls Opens Today Near SLU

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The eel roll with eel, cucumber, shrimp, toasted sesame seed and eel sauce on the side. | Nancy Stiles

A few months ago, we reported on a new fast-casual concept coming to St. Louis: sushi. Owners David Culver, Clayton Park and Andrew Impagliazzo envisioned a Chiptole-like approach to sushi, instead of the usual extremes of super pricey or take-out. Their result is Flying Rolls (3674 Forest Park Avenue; 314-246-0589), which opens today, June 20 at 11 a.m.

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

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The Best Restaurant Openings of 2014 So Far

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The dining room at Three Flags Tavern. | Corey Woodruff

Where did the first half of 2014 go? It seems like only yesterday that we were cursing the endless winter, and now we're suffocating in the sweltering heat. With half of the year already in the rearview mirror, we thought it appropriate to reflect on the best restaurants that have opened in 2014...so far. Hopefully, this impressive crop is a sign of things yet to come.

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Fort Taco Approved for Former Rally's Space in Brentwood

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The future Fort Taco. | Nancy Stiles

There have been signs up on the long-vacant former Rally's location in Brentwood for a while now, but the city's Planning and Zoning Commission has just approved a conditional use permit for Fort Taco to go ahead at 8106 Manchester Road.

See also: Walnut Grill Opening in Ellisville in Former Chevy's Space

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Chi Sushi Sake Closed

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The scene at Chi. | Nancy Stiles

It has not been a good month for restaurants. It appears that Chi Sushi Sake (4 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-2209) in the Central West End is closed. There is no sign on the door, but the windows are completely papered up.

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Lola Announces June 22 Closure

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Barbecue chicken pizza at Lola. | Mabel Suen

In the latest closure announcement in less than a week, downtown restaurant and lounge Lola (500 North 14th Street; 314-621-7277) will close this Sunday, June 22. Co-owner Eddie Holman posted the news to Lola's Facebook page yesterday.

See also: Happy Hour at Lola: Discounted Cocktails and Creole-Tinged Appetizers

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Harvest Closes June 15 After 18 Years

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Harvest's famous bread pudding. | Kholood Eid

Father's Day will see the end of an era in St. Louis dining. Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522) will serve its last meal after eighteen years on June 15. The pioneering, farm-to-table restaurant opened in 1996, helmed by Five Star Burgers owner Steve Gontram. Current owner and then-executive chef Nick Miller purchased Harvest from Gontram in 2010.

See also: Chef Chat: Harvest's Brad Bardon on Using Provel, His Secret Egg Vendor and Local Beer

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Tripel Brasserie to Close June 14 After Only a Year

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Escargots a la moelle at Tripel. | Jennifer Silverberg

May was a good month for restaurants, but as we head into summer, the closures are coming swiftly. Belgian beer haven Tripel Brasserie (1801 Park Avenue; 314-678-7787) will serve its last brew tomorrow, June 14. The restaurant just celebrated its first anniversary last weekend.

See also: Tripel Belgian Brasserie: Can Man Live on Beer Alone?

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Salt + Smoke Opens This Friday, June 13, in Former Nico Space

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Salt + Smoke. | Jessica Lussenhop

Salt + Smoke (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City) opens tomorrow, June 13 in the Loop in the space previously occupied by Nico. Restaurateur Tom Schmidt announced he was turning Nico into a barbecue restaurant back in April, joining a slew of new joints like the Salted Pig and Dave Bailey's untitled project.

See also: Tom Schmidt Talks Transforming Nico Into a Barbecue Restaurant

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Walnut Grill Opening in Ellisville in Former Chevy's Space

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The former Chevy's space will be half Crafty Chameleon, half Walnut Grill. | Google Street View

The Crafty Chameleon Bar (1384 Clarkson Clayton Center, Ellisville; 636-220-9144) is about to have a new neighbor. Pittsburgh chain Walnut Grill is taking over the rest of the space formerly occupied by Chevy's at Clarkson and Clayton roads in Ellisville.

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