Ben Poremba's Old Standard and the Dining District Take Shape

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Ben Poremba. | Jennifer Silverberg

Chef Ben Poremba already has a lot on his plate: Elaia, Olio, La Patisserie Chouquette. Now he's adding not one but two more high-profile projects to the list. His hotly anticipated fried chicken restaurant now has a name (Old Standard) and a big chef (Chris DiMercurio). He's also opening the Dining District inside the new United Provisions in the Loop.

See also: Ben Poremba Adds Fried Chicken to His Flock of Restaurants

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Pi Pizzeria Hits South Beach in Miami

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Two pies at Pi. | Nick Luchessi

Pi Pizzeria (multiple locations) just may conquer the world after all. Well, at least the country. Months after announcing an expansion to Cinncinati, Pi has signed a lease to open a thin-crust outpost in Miami -- South Beach, to be exact.

See also: Pi Pizzeria Heads to Cincinnati

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Chef Christopher Lee Leaves Mad Tomato to Start Chef's Table STL

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Christopher Lee | Cheryl Baehr

Chef Christopher Lee has left Mad Tomato (8000 Carondelet, Clayton; 314-932-5733) after less than a year. He's moved on to a personal-chef venture called Chef's Table STL. We talked to Lee about what's next for him.

See also: Chef Chat: Christopher Lee on Mad Tomato and What's Forbidden in His Kitchen

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Spare No Rib Lands on Zagat's 15 Hottest Barbecue Restaurants

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The pulled pork at Spare No Rib. | Jennifer Silverberg

When Zagat compiled its list of the 15 Hottest Barbecue Joints in America, we would have been pretty miffed if nobody from St. Louis was included. We figured Pappy's, Sugarfire Smokehouse, maybe Bogart's. But Zagat chose to include the excellent, if new, Spare No Rib (2200 Gravois Avenue; 314-202-8244).

See also: Spare No Rib's Mexican and barbecue are an (unlikely) match made in heaven

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Juniper Adds Happy Hour and a New Menu

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Bartender Joe Duepner making "The Pentecostal." | Jennifer Silverberg

Owner and executive chef John Perkins announced this week that Juniper (360 North Boyle Avenue; 314-329-7696) is adding a happy hour and implementing one of its biggest menu changes to date. The menu usually rotates every couple weeks, and Juniper has always had craft cocktails, but Perkins aims to give them more of a focus.

See also: The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: John Perkins, Juniper

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The Precinct Prepares for Police Headquarters to Open Next Door

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The bar at the Precinct. | Nancy Stiles

Jim Edmonds and Mark Winfield rebranded their downtown steak house as a police-themed restaurant called the Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899) last year to coincide with their new neighbors, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's new headquarters, moving in. Not everything went as planned, as is wont to happen with government bureaucracy, but after many delays, the police HQ is finally opening this Saturday, July 19. Needless to say, Winfield is excited.

See also: The Precinct Launches Revamped Menu

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Milque Toast Bar to Bring Gourmet Toast to McKinley Heights

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The future Milque Toast Bar. | Google Street View

Toast is one of the simplest dishes. It's one step away from a plain slice of bread, but somehow it's the perfect vehicle for so many delicious things: melt-in-your-mouth butter, peach compote, avocado, Nutella. Chef Colleen Clawson is taking it up a notch with her upcoming cafe Milque Toast Bar at 2212 South Jefferson Avenue. Yep -- as in gourmet toast.

See also: The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: Colleen Clawson, Standard Fare

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White Box Eatery Nears Opening in Clayton

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Modesto Tapas (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) co-owner Brendan Marsden announced a new venture back in May: a breakfast and lunch restaurant called White Box Eatery at 176 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton. Renovations are wrapping up, permits granted and Marsden is eyeing an opening during the second week of August.

See also: Modesto Celebrates 12 Years on The Hill

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Monte Bello Pizza Closed Due to Plumbing Issues

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We need this pizza back. | Mabel Suen

Monte Bello (3662 Weber Road; 314-638-8861) is a delightful little pizza joint that happens to be tucked away in a basement. It's been around for 64 years and is somehow St. Louis best-kept secret. Tom Nix just took over the family business last year. Some kitchen upgrades were needed, which Monte Bello was ready for -- until the plumbing inspector informed Nicks a lot more needed to be done.

See also: Monte Bello: A Basement Pizza Kitchen That's About to Become St. Louis' Worst-Kept Secret

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Sanctuaria Tapas Adds Outdoor Conservatory

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Sanctuaria's patio is just around the corner. | Jennifer Silverberg

Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) in the Grove has a curious growth in its backyard: a conservatory. The metal and glass structure has been under construction for a while, but is set to open in the next few weeks. The conservatory will provide ingredients for Sanctuaria's mixology program.

See also: Comparing Sanctuaria's Barrel-Aged Cocktails to the Fresh-Mixed Version

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