Rick Lewis Leaving Quincy Street Bistro to Head New Restaurant for Pappy's

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Chef Rick Lewis. | Cheryl Baehr

Chef Rick Lewis is leaving Quincy Street Bistro, a restaurant that has been synonymous with his name after he took over in 2012. Since then, he's racked up a James Beard Award nomination and tons of accolades. It stands to reason, then, that Lewis would want to start his own place. He's joining Mike Emerson of Pappy's Smokehouse to open Southern.

See also: Chef's Chat: Quincy Street Bistro's Rick Lewis Wants to Be Wolverine

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Whitebox Eatery Debuts Catering Service and Private Event Space

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Roast beef and tuna sandwiches, kebobs and blue cheese and tomato bruschetta from the catering menu. | Nancy Stiles

Whitebox Eastery (176 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-862-2802) is a sleek breakfast and lunch spot by day, but co-owner Brendan Marsden hopes to utilize it as an event space by night.

See also: Whitebox Eatery Brings Sleek Style to A.M. Dining: Review

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Chris Hardwick Went to Strange Donuts After His Show at the Pageant

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A Strange Donuts dozen. | Mabel Suen

Comedian Chris Hardwick, perhaps better known to you as Nerdist, did a show last night at the Pageant. And what is a Walking Dead fanatic to do after a night of telling jokes? Head to the Done Zone, of course.

See also: Hugh Jackman Fed the Beast at Pappy's

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"Little Pig Man" Carl Blake Moves His Quest for Perfect Pork to Missouri

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Carl Blake on the farm. | Courtesy Carl Blake

Carl Blake named them the Iowa Swabian Halls, but as of last October, his sought-after pigs are residents of the Show-Me State. A budding reality-television and documentary-film star -- his show for the National Geographic Channel is called Little Pig Man -- Blake moved his mission to revolutionize the pork industry to Missouri last October in response to industry pressures. "States across the country are losing small farmers," Blake explains. "In Iowa, it's especially bad because they have the most pigs, and small farmers are getting squeezed out by large operations."

See Also: 10 Local Urban Farms We Love

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Sugarfire Smoke House to Open Downtown Location on Washington Avenue This Fall

"The Carolina" at Sugarfire is made with your choice of meat, cole slaw and mustard barbecue drizzle. | Jennifer Silverberg

Sugarfire Smoke House (9200 Olive Boulevard, Suite 114, Olivette; 314-997-2301) has announced it will be opening its third location in the past year, bringing the total to four (five, if you count Sugarfire Pie). The barbecue powerhouse is joining the fun in the MX District, which is also the site of Gerard Craft's upcoming restaurant Porano.

See also: Sugarfire Pie's Brand New Shop: A Sweet Slice of the Fifties in Olivette

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Review: Family-Friendly Cabana on the Loop Struggles with the Basics

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Strawberry french toast. | Mabel Suen

Cabana on the Loop
(6100 Delmar Boulevard; 314-875-0532)
Tues.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sun. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Closed Mondays)

Perhaps Cabana on the Loop was ill-fated from the start, the victim of larger, metaphysical forces: the location curse. St. Louis has its share of spots that cycle through restaurant after restaurant: the old Coco's on Lindbergh in Frontenac, the corner of Manchester and Sutton in Maplewood that most recently housed Blind Tiger. Add 6100 Delmar Boulevard to that list. Following in the footsteps of H2 Horseshoe House and Modai Sushi Lounge, husband and wife Wendell Bryant and Latoshia Morrow chose this storefront as the spot to plant their restaurant dreams: a family-friendly breakfast and lunch eatery (with dinner service on weekends and by reservation). Bryant says he and Morrow couldn't take a vacation, so they styled it to look like one. But after visiting Cabana on the Loop, it was quickly apparent that there is trouble in paradise.

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Lilly's Music & Social House Hopes to Fill the Novak's Void

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Lilly's Music & Social House.

The St. Louis LGBT scene suffered a huge blow when the beloved Novak's (4121 Manchester Avenue) closed in 2013 after seventeen years. That space is now Siam, but Kristen Goodman, who worked at Novak's on and off for six years, as well as Just John Nightclub, wants to fill the emotional space left by the bar at Lilly's Music and Social House.

"I just feel there's a need for a place like this. A lot of people have expressed to me how they really wish there was a place they could go again that had that old Novak's vibe, or that familiar Cheers kind of place that we remember from years ago," Goodman tells Gut Check. "So I know there's a vested interest in the community for a place like this."

See also: Novak's Bar Reopens After Two-Day Closure

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612 Kitchen & Cocktails Launches New Menu

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Inside 612 Kitchen & Cocktails. | Caroline Yoo

About seven months after opening in Kirkwood, 612 Kitchen & Cocktails (612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood; 314-965-2003) has launched a new, expanded menu. The change was apparently made in response to customer demand for a "more expansive" entrée selection.

See also: Review: 612 Kitchen & Cocktails, Former Kirkwood Institution, Attempts an Old-Timey Update

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Jennifer's Pharmacy and Soda Shoppe Closing March 14, Will Relocate

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Jennifer's Pharmacy and Soda Shoppe in Clayton. | Jennifer Silverberg

Jennifer's Pharmacy and Soda Shoppe (30 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-862-7400) is a small but much-loved part of downtown Clayton. The natural-healing pharmacy and accompanying lunch counter nearly doubled its space back in 2005. However, fans were dismayed when owner Jennifer Rich announced that not only would it be moving, but the soda fountain and lunch counter would be no more.

See also: How Sweet It Is - Jennifer's is a thick slice of Midwestern paradise

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Peacock Loop Diner's Neon Sign Up for Award

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

The neon sign at the Peacock Loop Diner (6261 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-5555) was up and visible way before the 24-hour restaurant opened. It's now one more beacon on Delmar Boulevard, practically as recognizable as Blueberry Hill's dancing couple or the Pageant's red signage. Last week, the diner's interior won recognition as the best commercial space (restaurant) at the St. Louis At Home Architect and Designer Awards. Now, the Peacock is up for Signs of the Times' 2015 International Sign Contest Readers' Choice Awards.

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

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