Walnut Grill Moves Forward in Ellisville for December Opening

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After Chevy's vacated a lucrative space near the intersection of Clarkson and Clayton Roads in Ellisville, we have been watching to see what restaurant would snag it. The Crafty Chameleon, a craft beer bar, took over some of it, and as we reported in June, Pittsburgh restaurant Walnut Grill will join the bar. At first, we were dismayed that it was another chain, but it's a little more local than we thought.

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

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F&D Prime Culinary Tours Launches with Comet Coffee Sampling

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Explore Comet Coffee with F&D Prime Culinary Tours. | F&D Prime

Dining tours were a big trend last year, and it looks like there's another one on the scene. F&D Prime Culinary tours will launch this weekend with several sessions with Comet Coffee (5708 Oakland Avenue; 314-645-7158).

See also: Dinner Lab Experiments With Underground Dining in St. Louis

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Brew Hub Expands Experimental Brewery to St. Louis

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The future St. Louis Brew Hub, complete with...fighter jets? | Brew Hub

Brew Hub was founded two years ago in St. Louis, but its first brewery ended up in Lakeland, Florida. It's something of a shared office space: brewing equipment for craft breweries that don't have the capacity, capital or proximity to open their own brewpub. The second Brew Hub is set to open in Chesterfield in early 2016.

See also: Morgan Street Brewery Up for Sale, Owners Look to Retire

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The Red Door Adds Nightlife Lounge Downtown

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Red Door (217 North Seventh Street; 314-231-2867) has been quietly serving a Chinese buffet downtown for the past year, but it's now looking to fill a neighborhood void: It's open every night but Monday, and looks to bring in every kind of person. Co-owner William Bielefeldt tells us why downtown is lacking in diversity and how Red Door aims to fix it.

See also: The Nine Best Chinese Restaurants in St. Louis

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Edward Jones Dome Goes Local for the Rams' 2014-15 Season

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The heart-stopping BLT from Crown Candy Kitchen is now available at the Edward Jones Dome. | Laura Miller

It's officially football season! The Rams didn't pick up Michael Sam, and Sam Bradford is out for the season, but we have a feeling this just may be our year (OK, not really, but we can dream). Even if the Rams aren't winning, there's a pretty good reason to head over to the Edward Jones Dome (701 Convention Plaza Street; 314-342-5201) this fall: all-local concessions.

See also: Check Out the New Sub Zero Bars at Edward Jones Dome

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Monte Bello Pizzeria Reopens After Kitchen Renovations

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The St. Louis-style pie at Monte Bello. | Mabel Suen

Monte Bello Pizzeria (3662 Weber Road; 314-638-8861) is the little restaurant that could. Owner Tom Nix took over the 64-year-old family business last year, only to be thwarted by plumbing issues in June. The needed kitchen renovations were so extensive that Nix wasn't sure Monte Bello would stay open. Luckily, it opened on Thursday to a warm welcome.

See also: Monte Bello Pizza Closed Due to Plumbing Issues

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Prasino St. Charles Gets New Ownership

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The dining room at Prasino. | Jennifer Silverberg

Prasino (1520 South Fifth Street, St. Charles;) opened last spring, the first Missouri outpost of the Chicago-based, eco-friendly chain. Reviews were mixed at best -- we found it inconsistent -- and the restaurant has continued operating fairly quietly for the better part of a year.

See also: Green, But Sustainable? Prasino has eco-friendly dining down. Consistency is a work in progress.

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Hacienda Begins Renovations and Tequila Upgrades

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A rendering of the new bar at Hacienda Mexican Restaurant. | Courtesy Hacienda

Tex-Mex mainstay Hacienda (9748 Manchester Road; 314-962-7100) is expanding its tequila menu and renovating the indoor bar in the next month. The restaurant has been in its historic Rock Hill building since 1977.

See also: Anthonino's Taverna Celebrates 10 Years With Renovation and Expansion

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Riverbend Restaurant & Bar to Take Over Former Harvest Space

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The peel and eat shrimp with the housemade New Orleans remoulade sauce at Riverbend. | Jennifer Silverberg

A few months ago Riverbend Restaurant & Bar (701 Utah Street; 314-664-8443) owner Sam Kogos lamented to us about his tiny, fourteen-by-fourteen kitchen and his off-the-beaten path location near Cherokee Street. "It's not an easy location to find. I'm not sitting in the Loop or the Central West End -- we're really thankful for the readership and the people who actually come in."

But that's all about to change. Kogos tells Gut Check he's moving into the recently vacated Harvest space at 1059 South Big Bend Boulevard in Richmond Heights.

See also: Sam Kogos Talks Riverbend Restaurant & Bar, Your Pick for St. Louis' Underrated Cajun/Creole Restaurant

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Sugarfire Smokehouse to Open Sugarfire Pie

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The "Crack Pie" at Sugarfire Smokehouse.

Mike Johnson of Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; 314-997-5301) is fresh off his Top Chef win at last weekend's Ultimate Burger Challenge, but he isn't slowing down. The barbecue master has just announced he'll be opening Sugarfire Pie. Before you object, may we remind you of Johnson's "Crack Pie"?

See also: Sugarfire Smokehouse's Crack Pie: A Gooey, Buttery Treat Perfect For the Fourth of July

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