Over at A to Z, my colleague Diana Benanti has filed a progress report on Halfway Haus, a new bar and music venue slated to open at 7900 Michigan Avenue on Thursday, March 10.
According to Benanti, Halfway Haus won't have a kitchen, but they will have pizza from nearby Kim's Pizza (9605 South Broadway; 314-631-3800).
Meanwhile, George Mahe reports on Relish that Izakaya Ren is now open at 2948 Dougherty Ferry Road in Valley Park. Izakaya Ren is unusual for St. Louis, a restaurant specializing in sake and Japanese bar snacks like yakitori -- skewered, grilled chicken (traditionally, though various other meats and vegetables are also served as yakitori).
Keep your eye out for a Gut Check "First Look" at Izakaya Ren in the next few weeks.