Iconic Shakespeare's Pizza Building to Be Demolished in Columbia

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Shakespeare's Pizza opened at the corner of Ninth and Elm in 1973. | Chris Yunker

If you're a Mizzou fan, you might want to brace yourself for this news. The iconic white and green Shakespeare's Pizza at the corner of Ninth and Elm Streets in Columbia is going to be demolished. Luckily, Shakespeare's isn't going anywhere, but it's still the victim of the apparent Brookeside-ification of downton CoMO.

See also: Shakespeare's Pizza Will Be at the Soulard Farmers' Market This Weekend

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Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt Talks His #PorkSteakRebellion

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The bone-in pork steak at Gamlin Whiskey House. | Jennifer Silverberg

St. Louisans are finished with the assaults on our hometown culinary delights. First it was St. Louis-style pizza, then toasted ravioli and pretty much everything else, and now, according to Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt, it's pork steaks. The Republican senator started a Twitter campaign called #PorkSteakRebellion after an EPA-funded study recommended more regulation on backyard propane grills. We talked to Senator Schmitt about wasteful spending, "the Twitters" and just how he grills his own pork steaks.

See also: Gawker Still Hates St. Louis Food, We Shrug and Stuff Our Faces

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That Time We Met Lisa Vanderpump at Ballpark Village

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Ken Todd and Lisa Vanderpump at the Crown Room. | Caroline Yoo

Ever since Ballpark Village opened in March 2014, there have been varying opinions about its level of, well, classiness. Should it be for rowdy sports fans in Cardinals gear? Are we here to wear cowboy boots and ride mechanical bulls? Do we take advantage of expensive bottle service and follow vaguely racist dress codes?

There is nothing of more questionable class than Bravo's Real Housewives franchise, so naturally a Real Housewife was on hand to unveil the new VIP Crown Room at the Budweiser Brew House at Ballpark Village (601 Clark Avenue; 314-345-9481) this past weekend.

See also: Crown Room Launch Party at Ballpark Village

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Prairie Farms' Peeps-Flavored Milk Is Real

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Ignore our messy desk and focus on the glory of Peeps. | Nancy Stiles

Last year, Carlinville, Illinois-based Prairie Farms delighted us (sort of) with its new seasonal product: jellybean milk. Obviously, those mad scientists had to top themselves, and they've done it with one of the most iconic and, dare we say it, controversial Easter-related treats ever: the marshmallow Peep.

See also: Jellybean Milk Is Locally Based Prairie Farms' Curious New Seasonal Flavor

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Tiny Bar Is Opening Downtown, Literally

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Finishing up the mural at the Tiny Bar. | Courtesy Aaron Perlut

St. Louis is home to a few lovely, pint-sized diners. Whether it's a quick stop during the workday or a late night after the bars, cozy spots like Carl's Drive-In (sixteen seats) or Tiffany's Original Diner (twelve or so seats) are perfect for a quick bite. But can we expect the same charm from an itsy-bitsy bar? We're about to find out, once Tiny Bar (1008 Lucas Street) opens in downtown.

The Tiny Bar comes from marketing and public-relations firm Elasticity, which just couldn't decide what to do with its 250-square-foot lobby. So, it'll be a twelve-seat bar, complete with $10 cocktails and a drink menu developed by Ted Charak of Planter's House.

See also: Tony's Restaurant to Add Fast-Casual Sibling, Tony's A.M.

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Macaroni Grill Is Selling All Its Shit on Craigslist

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via Craigslist

All four St. Louis locations of national Italian chain Macaroni Grill closed rather abruptly last month, leaving employees and fans in the lurch. But perhaps there is a silver lining -- that is, if you're in the market for some restaurant-grade appliances. It seems Macaroni Grill is trying to unload more than 4,000 kitchen items in an auction by way of Craigslist.

See also: St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: December 2014

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Little Girl Puts Together Cookbook of Governors' Favorite Recipes, Jay Nixon's Is Missing

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Jay Nixon not eating beef brisket at the Governor's Mansion. | Missouri News Horizon

In the most adorable school project ever, ten-year-old Lauren Wu of San Carlos, California, decided to create a cookbook with the favorite recipes of all 50 U.S. governors. Not everybody responded, but she put together a book of 26 recipes. One state missing? Our own Missouri.

See also: From Michael Ruhlman to Mom: The Favorite Cookbooks of St. Louis Chefs

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Tower Grove East Restaurants Face Multiple Break-Ins

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Outside the Shaved Duck in Tower Grove East. | Google Street View

Two Tower Grove East restaurants were vandalized this week in what is becoming an alarming pattern. Grove East Provisions (3101 Arsenal Street; 314-802-7090) and the Shaved Duck (2900 Virginia Avenue; 314-776-1407) were both targeted, but police say as of now, they are treating the incidents as unrelated.

See also: Gun Incident at Faraci Pizza Leads to Confrontations with Protesters [Updated]

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Fictional Bar in Ben Affleck Movie Shot in Cape Girardeau to Become Real Bar

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A screenshot from the Gone Girl trailer. | YouTube/20th Century Fox

Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel Gone Girl is set right here in Missouri -- Ben Affleck's character is a native who has moved his somewhat reluctant wife back to his hometown. That is, before she goes missing. It's a super intense book (we won't spoil it, but trust us, you won't be expecting any of it), and the movie comes out October 3.

See also: Ben Affleck Filming Movie in Cape Girardeau; Locals Trying to Stay Calm But, Like, OMG!

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Missourians Google "Chimichanga" More Than Any Other Food Search Term

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YIKES. | Estately

Missouri ranks all over the place in lots of crazy lists, but the results for the latest survey just may be the strangest. The fine folks over at Estately -- they're the ones who told us how barbecue-crazed we are -- have figured out the top food-related Google searches over the last ten years. Missouri's isn't exactly what you'd expect...

See also: Missouri Is the No. 5 Most "BBQ-Crazed" State

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