Openings & Closings 2011: The Final Reckoning


Salt in the Central West End, the best of 2011's new restaurants
  • Salt in the Central West End, the best of 2011's new restaurants

At last, Gut Check closes the books on 2011 with our annual roundup of all the year's openings and closings and relocations. Of course, we say "at last" knowing that, in spite of our best efforts, we likely missed more than a few restaurant debuts and departures. Please let us know in the comments!


4 Hands Brewing Company (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559) 1904 Steak House (777 River City Casino Boulevard, South St. Louis County; 314-388-7777)

American Craft Standard Brewing & Distilling Co. (1821 Cherokee Street; 314-771-8500) [now operating the Stable] Angelo's Chicago Taste (1120 Technology Drive, O'Fallon; 636-329-8333) [additional location] Angelo's Taverna (316 Market Street; 314-588-9000) Altai Mongolian Grill (9528 Manchester Road, Rock Hill; 314-968-3109)

Baileys' Range (920 Olive Street; 314-241-8121) Ballyhoo Restaurant and Bar (1048 Wolfrum Road, Weldon Spring; 636-244-6900) The Block (146 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-918-7900) Blondie's Coffee and Wine Bar (1301 Washington Avenue; 314-241-6100) Blood and Sand (1500 Charles Street) Blue Sky Tower Grill (1034 South Brentwood Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-726-2583) Bocci Bar (16 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-1040) Bogart's Smokehouse (1627 South Ninth Street; 314-621-3107) Boodles BBQ (10024 Gravois Road, south St. Louis County; 314-631-0000) BrickTop's Restaurant (1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-567-6300) Buffalo Wild Wings (1210 Strassner Drive, Brentwood; 314-645-9464) [additional location]

Cafe Pintxos (3407 Olive Street; 314-338-2500) Catch 22 (22 Mascoutah Avenue, Belleville, Illinois; 618-233-8822) Chill (9793 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-872-9090) [additional location] Christy's Hamburgers (14560 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-527-4737) [additional location] Cleveland-Heath (106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-4830) Coastal Bistro & Bar (14 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-7377) The Crow's Nest (7336 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-781-0989)

Dao Tien Vietnamese Bistro (8600 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-995-6960) Davis Street Market Deli (8125 Michigan Avenue, Suite 110; 314-802-7177) Dave & Tony's Premium Burger Joint (12766 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur; 314-439-5100) de.lish Cheesecake Bakery and Cafe (1060 Saint Catherine Street, Florissant; 314-831-7400) Diablito's Cantina (3761 Laclede Avenue; 314-644-4430) Dooley's Beef N Brew House (601 North Grand Boulevard; 314-531-7600) Double Apple (3131 Olive Street; 314-371-6700) Dough to Door (567A Melville Avenue, 314-932-7999)

EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery (550 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield; 636-532-0550) Epic Pizza & Subs (1711A South Ninth Street; 314-436-3742)

Field House Pub & Grill (510 Theresa Avenue; 314-289-0311) Filippo's Italian Kitchen & Bar (120 Chesterfield Valley Drive, Chesterfield; 636-536-6833) Frankie & Johnny's Italian Restaurant (11686 Gravois Road, Sunset Hills; 314-843-1062) Frontenac Grill (731 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-569-4115)

Galati's Pizza Pasta Grill (100 South Main Street, Foristell; 636-463-1020) Gokul Indian Restaurant (6101 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-1888) [additional location] Green Bean (232 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-4444)

Half & (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719) Hangar Grill (127 Chesterfield Towne Centre, Chesterfield; 636-530-1745) Hiro (609 Eastgate Avenue; 314-721-9168) Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) Hokkaido Steak & Sushi Buffet (660 North US Highway 67, Florissant; 314-921-6666) Hooked (8613 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-8886) Horseshoe House (6100 Delmar Boulevard; 314-862-6700)

Il Posto Pizzeria (1131 Washington Avenue; 314-621-2400) I Scream Cakes (2641 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5758) It's a Better Burger (4881 Mexico Road, St. Peters; 636-922-7706) It's a Better Burger (17409C Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield;636-536-1600) [additional location] Izakaya Ren (2948 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park; 636-825-3737)

JB Good's (2961 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park; 636-226-4424) J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood (I-270 & Manchester Road, Des Peres; 314-965-4600) Joanie's Pizzeria (5441 Telegraph Road, south St. Louis County; 314-487-9999) [additional location] Joey B's Food & Drink (189 Concord Plaza, South St. Louis County; 314-843-2121) [additional location] Jo Jo's House of Ribs (182 East Grand Avenue; 314241-7427) The Jumpin' Jupiter (7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-645-5867)

Kabuki Sushi & Fusion (15015 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-527-7999) Kakao Chocolate (7272 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-645-4446) [additional location] Kelly English Steakhouse (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights; 314-770-8100) Kyoto Sushi & Grill (657 Gravois Road, Fenton; 636-326-9888)

Lester's Sports Bar & Grill (4651 Maryland Avenue; 314-932-6040) [additional location] Liluma Side Door (238 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-7771) Lions Den - The Gathering Place (3721 Mexico Road, St. Charles; 636-244-3603)

The rest of the openings on the next page...

Mad Tomato (8000 Carondelet Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-5733) Mama Gusto's 314 (7700 Ivory Avenue; 314-638-8676) Martello's Italian Restaurant (8025 Mackenzie Road, south St. Louis County) [closed January 2012] Mathew's Kitchen (5625 Hampton Avenue; 314-351-1700) Max & Erma's (I-270 & Manchester Road, Des Peres; 314-965-5200) [additional location] Max & Erma's (315 St. Square Clair, Fairview Heights, Illinois; 618-628-0600) [additional location] Mike's Pizza (128 Triad Center West, O'Fallon; 636-294-4970) Mile 277 Tap & Grill (10701 Watson Road, Sunset Hills; 314-645-3277) Molldeli's Delicatessen (11836 Tesson Ferry Road, south St. Louis County; 314-729-1800) Monty's Sandwich Company (200 North Broadway; 314-241-7900) Mosaic (11925 Manchester Road, Des Peres; 314-394-2323) [additional location]

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt (6674 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; 314-647-2901) [additional location]

The Parlourstrong> (4534 Gravois Avenue; 314-448-1978) Park Avenue Coffee (417 North Tenth Street; 314-231-5282) [additional location] Parma Grill & Tap (3000 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-881-1500) Pazzo's Pizzeria (140 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-821-6500) Perennial Artisan Ales (8125 Michigan Avenue; 314-631-7300) Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe (2041 Zumbehl Road, St. Charles; 636-946-9000) [additional location] Picasso's Bistro (138 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield; 636-532-5353) Pickles Deli (701 Olive Street; 314-241-2255) [additional location] Pierre Laclede's (3818 Laclede Avenue; 314-652-3818) [opened as Chea+ters Sports Grill & UltraPub] Pita Pit (200 North Ninth Street; 314-436-1840) Provalo Deli (229 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-5500) PuraVegan (307 Belt Avenue; 314-282-5834) PW Pizza (2017 Choteau Avenue; 314-241-7799)

Ranoush (200 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-726-6874) [additional location] Ravanelli's (1214 Central Park Drive, O'Fallon, Illinois; 618-589-3628) [additional location] Rhine Haus Eatery & Pub (255 Union Boulevard; 314-367-1710) Royal Kabob (3611 Bates Street; 314-932-7745)

Shameless Grounds (2650 Sidney Street; 314-773-9900) Smashburger (1981 Zumbehl Road, St. Charles; 636-724-6777) Smashburger (1671 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-536-2066) [additional location] Smiles Coffeehouse (3453 Hampton Avenue; 314-802-8919) Smoothie King (465a South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-821-4770) [additional location] Sombreros (12877 Jungermann Road, St. Peters; 636-922-1240) Spice 'n Grill (6800F Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-721-2421) St. Louis Sippery & Cafe (1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-993-3535) St. Louis Wing Co. (9816 Manchester Road, Rock Hill; 314-962-9464) Steve's Hot Dogs on the Hill (2131 Marconi Avenue; 314-762-9899) Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-932-5787) Stadium Sports Bar & Grill (999 North Second Street; 314-881-7777) Sump Coffee (3700 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-412-5670)

Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse (17258 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield; 636-728-1811) Tavern of Fine Arts (313 Belt Avenue; 314-367-7549) Tee's Golf Grill (103 Chesterfield Valley Drive, Chesterfield; 636-489-2848) Three Kings Public House (6307 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-3355) Three Sixty (1 South Broadway; 314-241-8439) Tortilla Grille (201 North Sixth Street, 314-241-1200) Tucci & Fresta's Trattoria & Bar (15 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-6588) The Tuscan Tavern & Grill (5800 Southwest Avenue; 314-932-1144) twinOak Wood-Fired Fare (1201 Strassner Drive, Brentwood; 314-644-2772) [opened as Taste Wood-Fired Fare]

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (3229 Washington Avenue; 314-222-0143)

Vino Nadoz (16 The Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-726-0400)

Wasabi Sushi Bar (1066 Town & Country Crossing; Town & Country; 636-230-7400) [additional location] Wasabi Sushi Bar (6530 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, Illinois; 618-622-9737) [additional location] Water Street Cafe and Cocktail Bar (7268 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-646-8355)

Ya-Hala Restaurant (12434 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton; 314-738-0559)

And now the closings...


Amigo Joe's Chicken (5901 Southwest Avenue) Arcelia's (2001 Park Avenue)

Beffa's (2700 Olive Street) Berix Coffeehouse (5053 Gravois Avenue) [this location only] Bigg Daddy's Deep-Fried Ribs (2812 North Grand Boulevard) BitterSweet Bakery (2200 Gravois Avenue) Bleeding Deacon Public House (4123 Chippewa Street) Blue Nile Market & Cafe (8615 Olive Boulevard, University City) Brandt's Café (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City) Bridge & Tunnel Pizza (1131 Washington Avenue) Busch's Grove [grocery store] (9160 Clayton Road, Ladue)

Cairdeas Coffee (1223 Tamm Avenue) Caitlin's Green-Eyed Grill (665 South Skinker Boulevard) Cusumano's (1120 Technology Drive, O'Fallon)

Del Pietro's Ristorante (5625 Hampton Avenue) Del Taco (212 South Grand Boulevard) Del Taco (1033 McCausland Avenue)

El Borracho (2001 Locust Street) El Burrito Loco (3611 Bates Avenue) El Pollo Loco (4103 Lemay Ferry Road, south St. Louis County)

Flavors BBQ Sports Bar & Grill (4317 Manchester Avenue) Fond (106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois)

Gladstone's (1800 South Tenth Street)

Halls Ferry Inn (3425 North Highway 67, Florissant) Harry's Bar and Grill (4940 Southwest Avenue) Houlihan's (1820 Market Street) [this location only] House of Savoy (999 North Second Street)

Ice Kitchen (I-270 & Page Avenue, Maryland Heights) Ichigo Modern Japanese Restaurant (7443 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton)

Jade Restaurant & Lounge (910 Olive Street)

Laganini Pizzeria & Restaurant (4625 Gravois Avenue) Lampart's Plush Pig Barbeque (2811 South McKnight Road, Rock Hill) La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill (140 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood) [this location only] Longstreet Grill (127 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield)

Mango Peruvian Cuisine (7307 Watson Road, Shrewsbury) [this location only] Marco's Restaurant (8600 Olive Boulevard, University City) Mazara (7923 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton) Mosaic Bistro Market (14 North Central Avenue, Clayton) Mr. B's Bar & Restaurant (5800 Southwest Avenue)

Nubia Café (5860 Delmar Boulevard)

Oak Barrel Bistro (957 Waterbury Falls Drive, O'Fallon) Outlaw Blues (1214 Central Park Drive, O'Fallon, Illinois) Ozzie's Restaurant & Sports Bar (1511 Washington Avenue)

Pam's Chicago-Style Dogs & More (6016 Delmar Boulevard) [catering still available] Papa Fabarre's (601 Olive Street) Planet Sub (7 North Euclid Avenue) [this location only] Portabella (15 North Central, Clayton) Pratzel's Bakery (10405 Old Olive Street, Creve Coeur) Provisions Gourmet Market (11615 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur)

Racanelli's New York Pizzeria (952 Brookwood Center, O'Fallon) [this location only] The Red Lion (7336 Manchester Road, Maplewood) Riverside Café (7704 Ivory Avenue)

Sammy Scott's Sandwiches & More (12766 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur) Sansai Japanese Grill (130 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood) [this location only] Seasons American Cuisine (79 Forum Center, Chesterfield) Seki (6335 Delmar Boulevard, University City) Señoritas Pique (3730 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Sunset Hills) Shangri-La Diner (2201 Cherokee Street) Sleek (999 North Second Street) Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que (1901 Washington Avenue) St. Louis Room (601 Olive Street)

Taste of India (3279 Hampton Avenue) The Terrace View (808 Chestnut Street) Terrene (33 North Sarah Street) The Tilted Kilt (151 Arnold Crossroads Center, Arnold) Trattoria Branica (138 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield) [this location only]

The U (3108 Olive Street)

Verlin's Bar & Grill (1449 South Vandeventer Avenue) Village China Wok Buffet (7541 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Hazelwood) Vivian's Vineyards (1409 North Second Street, St. Charles)

The Wicked Lady Pub (4534 Gravois Avenue)

Yagu Asian Fusion Cuisine (17265 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield; 636-536-3739)

But wait! We're not done yet. On the next page, restaurants that relocated and those that don't neatly fit into either Openings or Closings...


Agostino's Italian Restaurant (130 Ludwig Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois; 618-394-1800) Blue Ocean Sushi (6335 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-726-6477)Lil' Mickey's Memphis Barbecue (1020 Cave Springs Boulevard, St. Peters; 636-922-4227) Pho Long (8629 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-1218) Reynolds Roadhouse (3150 Elm Point Industrial Drive, St. Charles; 636-946-6119) Taqueria el Bronco (2817 Cherokee Street; 314-762-0691) Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200)

Relocated, Reopened and then Closed

Nosh (1135 Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-2345) Sir's Bar-B-Q (5898 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-1474)


The Fox & Hounds Tavern (6300 Clayton Road; 314-647-7300) La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223) Ruma's Deli (1395 Covington Manner Lane, south St. Louis County; 314-892-9990) South Grand Gyro Express (5622 South Grand Boulevard; 314-481-1033) Stella Blues (3269 Morgan Ford Road; 314-762-0144)

Opened and Closed

Adobe Reds (3108 Olive Street) Crostini Restaurant & Lounge (4501 Manchester Avenue) Las Brisas (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights) Manjelou's Pizzeria (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton) Shula's 347 Grill (411 Olive Street) Yamato (4205 North Belt West, Belleville, Illinois)

Temporarily Closed

Delmonico's Diner (4909 Delmar Boulevard; 314-361-0973)


Kirkland Station Brewing Company (105 East Jefferson Avenue, Kirkwood; 314-966-2739) [formerly Highlands Brewing Co.] Sicily Streat [formerly Mangia Mobile]

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