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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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Lemmons Sold to Grbic Family [UPDATED]

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Lemmons in Bevo Mill. | Jessica Lussenhop

Long-time fans mourned Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue) when it closed and even began a social-media campaign to save it, but owner Michael Gross didn't want to run the business anymore. It turns out that the space has just been sold to the Grbic family, which owns Bosnian restaurant Grbic (4071 Keokuk Street; 314-772-3100).

See also: Lemmons to Close, Owner Says "The Real Problem...Is Me"

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Anthonino's Taverna Celebrates 10 Years With Renovation and Expansion

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Anthony Scarato at Anthonino's. | Katie Moulton

Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an upgrade. The Italian restaurant will undergo renovations over the next several weeks to expand seating and update the decor. We spoke to co-owner Anthony Scarato about what's next for Anthonino's.

See also: Anthony Scarato of Anthonino's Taverna on the Hill

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Morgan Street Brewery Up for Sale, Owners Look to Retire

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Outside Morgan Street Brewery. | RFT Photo

After almost twenty years under the direction of Steve Owings and Dennis Harper,
Morgan Street Brewery (721 North Second Street; 314-231-9970) is up for sale. Owings tells Gut Check that Morgan Street won't be closing, but the Landing partners want to retire.

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Death in the Afternoon Debuts Brunch This Weekend

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Tonkotsu ramen with pork belly and loin, soft-boiled egg, black garlic oil and mushroom. | Jennifer Silverberg

We reviewed Blood & Sand sibling Death in the Afternoon last week, but it has just announced brunch service will begin this weekend. And what's not surprising is that the menu looks delicious.

See also: Review: Death in the Afternoon Makes Lunch the Most Important Meal of the Day

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KT Ayers Named Executive Chef at Purple Martin, Readies New Menu

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Lablabi at the Purple Martin. | Corey Woodruff

Fox Park standout the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011) has announced KT Ayers as executive chef, replacing Chase Overaker. Overaker revamped the menu shortly after we reviewed the restaurant in June but left in July.

See also: Critic's Notebook: The Purple Martin Revamps Menu to Focus on American Classics

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Chubbies Has Returned

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The darkened Chubbies. | Nancy Stiles

After at least a month of unexplained closure, Chubbies (6227 Delmar Boulevard; 314-725-5000) in the Loop is back. The burger joint reopened Saturday night with little fanfare.

See also: Chubbies, Delmar Loop Burger Joint, Has Been Mysteriously Closed for Over a Week

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Panorama Launches New Menu and Cocktail Program

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Ivy Magruder in the Kitchen at Gamlin Whiskey House. | Jennifer Silverberg

Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-721-0072), the new(ish) restaurant at the Saint Louis Art Museum made waves in May when it snagged chef Ivy Magruder from Gamlin Restaurant Group. He debuted his new menu and cocktail program at Panorama on Tuesday.

See also: Chef Ivy Magruder on Whiskey, the Next Big Local Chef and Secret Nocturnal Behavior

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Bob Brazell Leaves Athlete Eats

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Bob Brazell at Athlete Eats. | Caroline Yoo

Every week we publish an interview with a St. Louis chef called "Chef Chat." We've noticed something a little funny, though -- it seems that after we post said chat, the chef ends up leaving for a different restaurant. This Tuesday, we put up an interview with Bob Brazell, the chef at Athlete Eats (2837 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5566). And guess what? He's leaving the restaurant.

See also: Chef Chat: Athlete Eats' Bob Brazell On Spicy Last Meals and His Red Hot Riplet Obsession

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