Cory King Inks Deal For Side Project Beer Tasting Room in Maplewood

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Cory King, left, with iTap owner Brad Lobdell at Firkin Fest. | Theo Welling

Head brewer Cory King wanted to keep the news under wraps, at least until he was further along in the process. But word got out that he is opening a new beer-tasting room for Side Project Brewing, the Cellar, in Maplewood at 7373 Marietta Avenue after the city granted his liquor license this week.

See also: Side Project Brewing Gives Us a Sneak Peek

"I've had some misinformation go out in the market already," he tells Gut Check. "We haven't even started the build-out."

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Atomic Cowboy Adds Latin American-Influenced Brunch Service

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The bar at Atomic Cowboy. | RFT Photo

Starting April 6, Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775) in the Grove is reintroducing brunch service. It's one of our favorite bars that serves food, so this is great news.

"I talked to the chefs told them to have some fun with it, do something that's highlighting the smoked meats," manager Ed Aller tells us. "They put a lot of creativity into it."

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Majestic Restaurant Finalizing Sale, Future of 50-Year-Old Institution Uncertain [UPDATED]

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The Majestic. | Google Street View

After more than 50 years in business, the Majestic Restaurant (4900 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-2011) in the Central West End will close next week. Second generation owner Pete Politis is selling the business.

See also: Majestic Restaurant Celebrates the Big 5-0

Update 11:30 a.m.: Ian Froeb of the Post-Dispatch writes that he spoke to Politis this morning, who said the situation is "up in the air." We'll update as things become more clear.

Update 3:45 p.m.: We received an e-mail from owner Pete Politis. See his comment below.

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The Precinct's New Menu Focuses on Smoked Meats and Pub Food

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A sampling of brisket and ribs at the Precinct. | Nancy Stiles

When the Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899) debuted in October, it was a new concept for owners Mark Winfield and Jim Edmonds -- Edmonds 15 Steakhouse previously occupied the space. The re-branding was set to coincide with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department headquarters moving in next door, which has since been delayed until July. After tepid reviews and lots of customer feedback, Winfield and Edmonds hired a new chef and launched a new menu on March 4.

See also: At the Precinct Sports Bar & Grill, the diners are doing hard time

Everybody deserves a second chance, so we agreed to check out the Precinct's revamped offering.

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Pi Pizzeria, Gringo Team Up with Mayor Francis Slay for Higher Minimum Wage

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The "Grove" pizza at Pi Pizzeria. | Ian Froeb

Minimum wage is a hot topic across the country, especially with restaurant workers. Fast-food employees have staged countless protests over the past year. President Obama called for action in his State of the Union address.

The state minimum wage in Missouri is currently $7.50, but Euclid Hospitality group, which owns Pi Pizzeria and Gringo announced this week in conjunction with the mayor's office that it will be raising its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

See also: Fast Food Strike Expands to East St. Louis

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Smallcakes Cupcakery Prepares for Kirkwood

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Smallcakes Cupcakery (343 South Kirkwood Road, #8, Kirkwood; 314-698-2780) will open next month in Kirkwood. The Atlanta-based franchise is coming to St. Louis in early April.

See also: Strange Donuts Announces Plans for Second Location


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Modesto Tapas Revives Mirasol With Pop-Up Menu

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Spanish to New World? Yes please. | Jennifer Silverberg

Brendan Marsden's Modesto Tapas focuses on Spanish cuisine. His old restaurant, Mirasol, wasn't far off, but it highlighted New World flavors. Marsden opened the Loop restaurant in 2004 with his brother; the space has been a Pi Pizzeria since 2008. Modesto opened in 2001 and has outlasted its sibling. Marsden thought it was time for a revival.

See also: The 5 Best Tapas/Small Plates Restaurants in St. Louis

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Three Kings Expands to Des Peres

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The taps at Three Kings. | Jennifer Silverberg

Three Kings Public House (6307 Delmar Boulevard; University City; 314-721-3355) is known for its revolving taps and twist on pub fare in the Loop. Owners Derek Deaver, Derek Fleig and Ryan Pinkston announced this week that they'll be opening a second location of the University City favorite in the former Mosaic space in Des Peres.

See also: The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios in St. Louis

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Three Flags Tavern Gears Up to Open Near the Hill

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The idea looming behind Three Flags Tavern is that a bar doesn't have to sacrifice great food. Owners John and Cathy O'Brien are set to open their neighborhood hangout at 4940 Southwest Avenue on March 25.

See also: 21st Amendment Now Open in Former Schnaider Brewery

"I wanted to put a bar together and do food in a small setting -- the idea was to assemble a small staff of seasoned, professional people that want to do the best possible job. I'm kind of going against the idea of the large format restaurant," John O'Brien tells Gut Check.

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Flying Rolls Isn't Just For Sushi-Lovers

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Sushi tends to have two varieties: expensive, or take-out. Flying Rolls hopes to change that with its new fast casual restaurant in Midtown, at 3674 Forest Park Avenue. We talked to co-owner David Culver about making sushi accessible and getting St. Louis to eat healthy.

See also: The Five Best Sushi Restaurants in St. Louis

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