Monte Bello Pizza Closed Due to Plumbing Issues

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We need this pizza back. | Mabel Suen

Monte Bello (3662 Weber Road; 314-638-8861) is a delightful little pizza joint that happens to be tucked away in a basement. It's been around for 64 years and is somehow St. Louis best-kept secret. Tom Nix just took over the family business last year. Some kitchen upgrades were needed, which Monte Bello was ready for -- until the plumbing inspector informed Nicks a lot more needed to be done.

See also: Monte Bello: A Basement Pizza Kitchen That's About to Become St. Louis' Worst-Kept Secret

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Sanctuaria Tapas Adds Outdoor Conservatory

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Sanctuaria's patio is just around the corner. | Jennifer Silverberg

Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) in the Grove has a curious growth in its backyard: a conservatory. The metal and glass structure has been under construction for a while, but is set to open in the next few weeks. The conservatory will provide ingredients for Sanctuaria's mixology program.

See also: Comparing Sanctuaria's Barrel-Aged Cocktails to the Fresh-Mixed Version

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Barbarella at Mekong's Closed for Renovations

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Barbarella in-between. | Nancy Stiles

Barbarella (3131 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-2020), which you may still know as the Jade Room, is now closed on a semi-temporary basis. We're not exactly sure what semi-temporary means, but the owners of sister restaurant Mekong (3131 South Grand Boulevard; 314-773-3100) aren't either. We spoke to a manager on the condition of anonymity to see what's going on at Barbarella, the late-night lounge and music venue.

See also: South Grand: An Updated Guide to Restaurants on South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis

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Four Seasons Pastry Sous Chef Mary Boehne Named Corporate Chef at Strange Donuts

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Mary Boehe. | Noah Besheer

Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard; 314-932-5851) has proven itself to be more than the little Kickstarter-that-could several times in the past year, but hiring a corporate chef solidifies its big-time status. The Maplewood doughnut shop is bringing on Four Seasons pastry sous chef Mary Boehne to help with the upcoming expansion. Boehne also penned the "Real Life of a Pastry Chef" column for Gut Check awhile back.

See also: The Real Life of a St. Louis Pastry Chef

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Steve's Hot Dogs Exceeds Fundraising Goal, Moves Forward With Second Location

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The "Aye Chihuahua Dog" at Steve's. | Mabel Suen

Good news for hot-dog fans: Steve's Hot Dogs (2131 Marconi Avenue; 314-762-9899) met its Indiegogo fundraising goal and more Sunday night and is moving ahead with its second location. Owner Steve Ewing announced back in May that he would be opening a Tower Grove East outpost of his restaurant on the Hill.

See also: Happy Hour at Steve's Hot Dogs on the Hill: Jump Right In and Relish the Savings

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Layla Debuts New Menu Focusing on Burgers and Shawarma

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Baba ganoush is still on the menu at Layla. | Jennifer Silverberg

Jason Sparks bought Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-553-9252) in September 2013 when it was strictly a Lebanese restaurant. Now, he's finally turning it into a spot that matches the vibe of the Grove, the up-and-coming, eclectic neighborhood it's a part of. Sparks added burgers and made the restaurant more Mid East fusion last year, but his new menu really matches his vision of what Layla should be.

See also: Layla Lebanese Restaurant's makdous inspires an eggplant epiphany: The apotheosis of aubergine!

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Tim Horton's Wants You to Decide Where It Lands in St. Louis

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Canadian bakery chain Tim Horton's is heading to St. Louis, with some 40 locations planned by 2018. The powers that be want your (our?) help picking the spots. That could probably be done with a little market research, but whatever.

See also: Tim Horton's Plans 40 St. Louis Locations by 2018

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Dinner Lab Experiments With Underground Dining in St. Louis

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A past Dinner Lab event. | Jason Martin

St. Louis is no stranger to underground dining. You may remember the secret dinners that got Juniper chef John Perkins started here in town, which turned into the dining club Entre. There hasn't been much of that lately, but New Orleans-based Dinner Lab is about to change that.

The company started in August 2012 as a way to provide late-night dining options. The "secret" dinners were at midnight, which Dinner Lab figured out pretty quickly wasn't a good business model.

"All our diners showed up drunk," laughs co-owner Brian Bordainick.

See also: John Perkins Revives His Underground Dinners with Salon1500

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Sneak Peek at the Restaurant at the Cheshire's Brand New Lunch Menu (PHOTOS)

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Now seating for lunchtime. | Jennifer Silverberg

Fans of chef Rex Hale's rustic American comfort food no longer have to wait until dinnertime to sate their cravings. This month, the Restaurant at the Cheshire (6300 Clayton Road; 314-647-7300) began lunch service, featuring versions of its dinner favorites interpreted for the daytime crowd.

See Also: Country Chef, City Chef Highlights Farm-to-Table at the Restaurant at the Cheshire

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Saint Louis Bread Co. in Richmond Heights Moving Across the Street

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The current cafe at 6701 Clayton Road. | Google Street View

If you're a patron of the Saint Louis Bread Co. in Richmond Heights on Clayton Road, don't be confused by news that there's a Saint Louis Bread Co, opening just across the street in a space formerly occupied by Applebee's. No, saturation levels have not reached epic new heights -- it's just that the old Bread Co. is moving into a new space. The new and improved one will open in August.

See also: Panera's Ad Agency Quits Calling Working with Chain "Crazy," Panera CMO Rebuts

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