The Dark Room Adds Sommelier, Expanded Menu

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Inside the Dark Room. | Mabel Suen

The Dark Room (615 North Grand Boulevard; 314-531-3416), a wine bar cum gallery, opened at Grand Center on March 14 of last year in collaboration with the Kranzberg Arts Center and the International Hall of Fame. Now, after almost a year, managing partner Chris Hansen has been able to add a full-time certified sommelier behind the bar.

See also: The Dark Room Brings A New Photo-Friendly Bar and Gallery to Grand Center

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Paul's Market Seeks to Reinvigorate Ferguson

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Inside Paul's Market | Courtesy Paul's Market

Paul's Market (1020 Elizabeth Street, Ferguson; 314-524-3652) isn't giving up on its community. Owner Gary Crump has been working there since he was nine years old, helping out the family business. Now he's calling for local contractors, suppliers and others to help local business owners rebuild.

See also: South Grand Restaurants Cover Signs of Vandalism with Art [Photos]

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4 Seasons Bakery Expanding with Kickstarter Help

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German cherry cheesecake at 4 Seasons Bakery. | Mabel Suen

Husband-and-wife team Aaron and Agi Groff started 4 Seasons Bakery (2012 Campus Drive, St Charles; 314-288-9176) four years ago. It's finally time for an upgrade. They met while training at the Culinary Institute of America, and their output matches the pedigree. We've named them the best pies in St. Louis, and this year, the best bakery overall.

See also: 4 Seasons Bakery's Käsekuchen, A German Dessert That Redefines Cheesecake

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Nick Martinkovic Leaves Blood & Sand, Death in the Afternoon

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Inside Blood & Sand. | Jennifer Silverberg

Just a year after he left Central Table Food Hall to helm Blood & Sand, chef Nick Martinkovic has left the members-only restaurant. Martinkovic also served as executive chef for its sister restaurant, Death in the Afternoon. Chef David Rosenfeld has taken over at both restaurants, owned by Adam Frager and T.J. Vytlacil.

See also: Death in the Afternoon to Add Dinner Service, Tasting Room

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Half & Half to Add Dinner December 16

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Veggie hash at Half & Half. | Jennifer Silverberg

Following fellow daytime-only restaurant Death in the Afternoon, Clayton breakfast hotspot Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719) will add dinner to its repertoire this month. The restaurant has previously had next-door dinner thanks to Medianoche and Little Country Gentleman.

See also: Death in the Afternoon to Add Dinner Service, Tasting Room

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The Peacemaker Is Now Serving Lunch

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Inside the Peacemaker. | Nancy Stiles

Kevin Nashan's Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. (1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858), one of the best new restaurants of the year, is now serving lunch. We know, we're excited too. The Benton Park seafood spot began lunch service yesterday, December 8.

See also: #57: The Maine-Style Lobster Roll at Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

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Restaurants Join Food Outreach for Sponsor a Seat Program

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The Home Wine Kitchen cheeseburger. | Jennifer Silverberg

Many nonprofits hold food or toy drives during the holiday season, but Food Outreach is doing something a little different this year. With the help of Cassy Vires and Josh Renbarger of Home Wine Kitchen, Food Outreach is hosting six lunches from critically acclaimed chefs for its clients during the month of December. But they need St. Louis' help, too.

See also: Home Wine Kitchen Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary with One-Time-Only Menu

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Death in the Afternoon to Add Dinner Service, Tasting Room

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Tonkotsu ramen at Death in the Afternoon brings pork belly and loin, soft-boiled egg, black garlic oil, mushroom and noodles. | Jennifer Silverberg

Lunch restaurant Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236) has announced that it will be adding dinner service in 2015. The Citygarden restaurant, from the owners of members-only Blood & Sand, currently only offers lunch and brunch on the weekends.

See also: #67: Death in the Afternoon's Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich

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South Grand Restaurants Cover Signs of Vandalism with Art [Photos]

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One of the many murals painted by volunteers on South Grand. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Following news that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted on Tuesday night, an evening of protests led to the vandalism of restaurants and businesses in Ferguson as well as South Grand. The following day, members of the St. Louis community began clean-up in south city, responding to a call for volunteers to paint boards placed on several South Grand restaurants and businesses' windows. Artists convened throughout the day and well into the evening with brushes in hand as onlookers stopped to snap photos.

Even as snow started to fall this afternoon, St. Louisans continued to volunteer their time and talents to giving the popular shopping and dining district a fresh coat of paint. Read on to get a glimpse of some of the murals created over the past day.

See also: Restaurants Vandalized Last Night in Ferguson Protest

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Restaurants Vandalized Last Night in Ferguson Protest [UPDATED]

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At least ten of the large windows at Rooster on South Grand were smashed into last night. | Mabel Suen

Last night the protests took a violent turn after the announcement that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted. While several businesses on West Florissant were literally burned to the ground, a number of restaurants in the thriving district on South Grand also had their windows smashed or were otherwise damaged. There were 21 window smashings on Grand alone, per the St. Louis Police Department's report.

See also: MoKaBe's Slammed By CopTalk Message Board for Serving as "Safe Space" for Protesters

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