Guerrilla Street Food Snags a Storefront on South Grand

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Chicken Adobo with soy sauce and vinegar braised chicken thighs served over steamed jasmine rice with green onions. | Jennifer Silverberg

Guerrilla Street Food (@guerillastreet; 314-529-1328) has been raising funds for a bricks-and-mortar location for its hit food truck since 2013. It's finally becoming a reality. Chef Brian Hardesty and his team have signed a lease for Guerrilla at 3024 South Grand Boulevard.

See also: Guerrilla Street Food Truck Raising Funds for Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant

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Companion Bakery Plans Extensive Maryland Heights Expansion

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A rendering of the new Companion facility. | Courtesy Companion Bakery

You probably don't even realize how often you've been treated to Companion Bakery bread. Besides its cafe, Companion provides bread for restaurants across St. Louis like Juniper, Mathew's Kitchen, Panorama, Capitalist Pig, Dressel's Pub and more. The Clayton cafe was renovated last year, and owner Josh Allen told us then he was eyeing a big expansion. Turns out, Companion will be moving operations to Maryland Heights.

See also: Companion Bakery Renovates Clayton Cafe, Eyes Regional Expansion

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Taha'a Twisted Tiki No Longer Part of Gamlin Restaurant Group

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Taha'a Twisted Tiki in the Grove. | Mabel Suen

Taha'a Twisted Tiki (4199 Manchester Avenue; 314-202-8300) opened in the Grove in December 2013, the third restaurant for Lucas and Derek Gamlin of Gamlin Restaurant Group. Like Sub Zero Vodka Bar and Gamlin Whiskey House, Taha'a's cocktails focus on one spirit -- rum -- and unlike those two, has all the decor the name might suggest. However, the Gamlins announced that they are "turning over the reins to the team of shareholders."

See also: Taha'a Twisted Tiki serves cocktails from paradise - and food from somewhere else entirely

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Mission Taco Joint Debuts Housemade Hot Sauces, Catering

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Jason Tilford making fresh tortillas at Mission Taco Joint. | Jennifer Silverberg

Mission Taco Joint (6235 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-5430) acquired a space on the Hill last year to make its own masa for fresh tortillas. The brothers Tilford, Adam and Jason, started making their own hot sauces in the "commissary," -- it's actually a full line kitchen -- and have just added a catering service to fully utilize the space. We talked to Jason Tilford about the changes for Mission in the new year.

See also: Jason Tilford and His Magic Masa-Making Machine [VIDEO]

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Whitebox Eatery Wants You to Have the Best Super Bowl Ever

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We know what you're thinking: perfect for the Super Bowl! | Jennifer Silverberg

The biggest game of the year is in just a few weeks, and while some people will be avoiding the spectacle, we'll be indulging in some football-watching, appetizer-sharing fun. Whitebox Eatery (176 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-862-2802) wants to give you and 24 of your friends the best Super Bowl ever. You know, that new super chic, sleek Clayton breakfast place. Yep.

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

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Basso's Patrick Connolly Leaves St. Louis

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Patrick Connolly in the open kitchen at Basso. | Jennifer Silverberg

Basso's (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-932-7818) executive chef Patrick Connolly has left the restaurant and St. Louis, according to a release put out by the company. The critically acclaimed restaurant is downstairs from the Restaurant at the Cheshire and is currently behind helmed by its executive chef, Rex Hale.

See also: At Basso, Nationally Acclaimed Chef Patrick Connolly Pays Homage to St. Louis' Divisive Provel Cheese

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Kakao Chocolate, Kaldi's Win Good Food Awards

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Kakao Chocolate. | Laura Ann Miller

The Good Food Awards were held last night in San Francisco, and almost 1,500 companies across the country were submitted in the spirit of making food items that contribute to a "tasty, authentic and responsible food system." Both Kaldi's Coffee (700 DeMun Avenue, Clayton; 314-727-9955) and Kakao Chocolate (2301 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-771-2310) were announced as finalists back in October.

See also: Kaldi's Coffee and Kakao Chocolate Nominated for the Good Food Awards

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Pantera's Pizza Loses Lease, Seeks New Location

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Pantera's Maplewood. | Kelly Hogan

Pantera's Pizza (7222 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-781-1424) posted on Facebook December 28 that it would soon be forced to leave Maplewood due to a landlord dispute -- specifically, Pantera's said it lost the lease because of a sharp increase in rent. It's turned into a bit of drama over at 40 South News, which first reported the story.

See also: Best Old-School Pizza Experience - Pantera's Pizza

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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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