The Good Pie Launches New Menu, New Pizza Dough and Crazy New Cocktail List

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The Good Pie's Margherita pizza is now slightly smaller -- and less expensive, too.
The Good Pie is apparently getting even better.

The Loop's favorite Neapolitan pizza joint is rolling out a new menu today, featuring lighter fare for summer plus five new pizza selections. It's also unveiling a new dough -- one that chef/owner Mike Randolph promises will be "much lighter and airier."

The changes comes in addition to the restaurant's roster of quirky new cocktails, which debuted last week and includes a drink called "Home Depot Dumpster Fire" (more on that in a minute).

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Andre's Ribs Now Open at Hampton and Chippewa

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A lunch portion of Andre's ribs is just $9.99 and comes with two sides.
Three years ago, Andre and Julie Edwards opened a barbecue joint on Kingshighway south of Chippewa. The place was tiny: just 290 square feet. But they quickly earned raves on Yelp and a band of regulars, some coming from as far as Sikeston. Their customers' only gripe? Nowhere to sit -- the shop was take-out only.

So the Edwardses closed the place in January, and on April 17, they quietly reopened in a much bigger spot at 6037 Chippewa, just across from the Target at Hampton and Chippewa. A former tanning salon in the same aging strip mall that holds Barney's Pub, the space is still distinctly no frills -- but there are now five tables inside and a few more out front, plus some stools along a counter. And there are still those ribs -- dear God, those ribs!

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Simone Faure on Competing on Spring Baking Championship

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Simone Faure on Spring Baking Championship
Simone Faure wasn't just a fan of the Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship. She was a superfan.

So when she heard that casting agents were in St. Louis interviewing finalists for a spinoff called Spring Baking Championship, she did what any obsessed fan would do: Despite not being on the shortlist, she showed up with her dark chocolate croissant, a.k.a. the Darkness. "Once you embrace the Darkness, all bets are off," she says, laughing.

Faure, of course, isn't just any reality-TV fan. The acclaimed pastry chef behind the La Patisserie Chouquette, the French-inspired shop in the Botanical Heights neighborhood, she also makes the desserts served at Ben Poremba's Old Standard Fried Chicken, Olio and Elaia. (Poremba is also a partner in the patisserie.)

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The Kitchen Sink to Open Downtown Location, Live Music Stage

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The Kitchen Sink's crab-cake beanie.
The Kitchen Sink is expanding.

The two-and-a-half-year-old Cajun/Creole restaurant will open a second location in downtown St. Louis this summer, "hopefully by the end of July, early August," says chef/owner Anthony Ellerson Jr. Befitting the location at 555 Washington Avenue across the street from the National Blues Museum, which is currently under construction, the second iteration of The Kitchen Sink will have a bluesy feeling. Live music will be on offer every night of the week, along with an amateur night on Tuesday. There will be a stage to accommodate performers and a small dance floor for people who feel like dancing.

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Kingside Diner Opens (Softly!) in the Central West End

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Kingside Diner will have its grand opening April 27 in the heart of the Central West End, near Maryland and Euclid avenues.
The grand opening isn't until next week -- and you can't get dinner there just yet -- but the newest restaurant in the Central West End quietly opened its doors yesterday for breakfast and lunch service.

Kingside Diner fills the space at 4651 Maryland just east of Euclid, which was previously home to high-end sports bar Lester's. The new restaurant, a diner by day and a neighborhood cafe for grabbing bar snacks and a drink by night, is owned by Aaron Teitelbaum, who is also the chef/owner of Herbie's Vintage 72.

The space has a much different look than Lester's, which closed in November. For one thing, the giant bar that dominated the space has been removed. In its place? A much smaller bar to the side, a walk-up counter for grab-and-go items, and significantly more tables for dining, as well as a few soft brown couches for lounging or maybe a game of chess.

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Weber Grill to Open First St. Louis Restaurant at the Galleria

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Weber Grill hopes to open its new location at the Galleria, its fifth, by fall.
The new restaurant planning to open at the St. Louis Galleria this fall is going to be huge.

And that's not a commentary on its prospects for popularity. We're talking sheer size: 9,000 square feet, with seating for 330 people if you count the expansive convertible patio. The company behind it plans to hire 100 new employees.

The concept is called Weber Grill Restaurant, and it comes out of Chicago. There are three locations in that area, and one more in Indianapolis. This will be the first in Missouri.

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Pizzeoli Expands, Adds Saturday Lunch

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Pies at Pizzeoli.
Pizzeoli, the Soulard pizzeria that's earned raves since opening last fall, has been one of the toughest places in town to snag a table -- no small feat considering it's a vegetarian restaurant in a town where meat is king.

But things should be a lot easier going forward: Owner Scott Sandler was able to lease the adjoining space next door, formerly the dining room of a Mexican restaurant. That nearly doubles the restaurant's capacity. "It's going to be a lot more comfortable for folks," Sandler promises. "If people want privacy, they can go into the second room. If they want to be in the room with the bar, they can do that. Choices."

The grand-opening celebration for the new space -- a beer dinner with New Holland Brewing -- is tonight. Patrons can enjoy New Holland drafts paired with Pizzeoli's Neapolitan pies for $35, or order a la carte off the restaurant's usual menu.

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True Sites Alaskan Restaurant Launches GoFundMe Page

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The high-profile corner at Manchester and Sutton in Maplewood has housed a number of short-lived restaurants. | Google Street View

The embattled corner at Manchester and Sutton in Maplewood may have claimed another victim. After Blind Tiger (a Gut Check favorite) closed in September 2014, Michael True took over the large, multi-use space at 7376 Manchester Road for an upcoming Alaskan-themed restaurant called True Sites. Early reports said the unusual restaurant was slated to open in February 2015, but that has come and gone. Now, True has set up a GoFundMe campaign page to raise money and save his restaurant before it even opens.

See also: Blind Tiger serves great pizza in a space with a split personality

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Peacock Loop Diner Wins Signs of the Times Design Competition

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The Peacock Loop Diner's already-famous neon sign. | Mabel Suen

Joe Edwards is no stranger to neon signs. The flashing lights and noteworthy designs at Loop stalwarts such as Blueberry Hill, Pin-Up Bowl, the Pageant and the Moonrise Hotel are familiar to visitors and residents alike, but Edwards' latest, the Peacock Loop Diner (6261 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-5555), has bragging rights for now. The 1,800-pound animated peacock sign won Signs of the Times magazine's design competition last week.

See also: Peacock Loop Diner Smooths Its Feathers After Rocky Opening: Review

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Juniper Removes Too-Trendy Fried Chicken From Menu

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Relax: You can still get Juniper's chicken and waffles. | Jennifer Silverberg

We may have reached peak fried chicken. St. Louis now has multiple prominent, trendy restaurants dedicated to the simple bird, but one has decided to take the popular item off the menu. At least for now. Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) announced last week that a mainstay on its Southern-twinged menu, the fried chicken plate, will no longer be available. Why? It's been done to death.

See also: Juniper's Revised Menu From New Head Chef Cassy Vires

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