by Ian Froeb
The month that passed was an exceptionally busy one for openings: new Mexican restaurants for Chesterfield and Webster Groves; a new bakery for south city; the long-gestating (and televised) spinoff of Sweetie Pie's (9841 West Florissant Avenue, Ferguson; 314-521-9915) and Sweetie Pie's at the Mangrove (4270 Manchester Avenue; 314-371-0304); and many more.
Notable closings included Leon Birnbaum's French restaurant Chez Leon (7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton).
As always, if we missed an opening or closing, please let us know in the comments.
Braswell's 30 West Cafe (11686 Gravois Road, Sunset Hills; 314-843-4570) Fiesta! Modern Mexican (185 Hilltown Village Center Chesterfield; 636-536-0002) Flip Flops Cantina Grille (13645 Big Bend Road, Valley Park; 636-529-1076) Norah's Crafted Food & Spirits (9801 Natural Bridge Road, Berkeley; 314-429-1100) JR Crickets Wings & Things (3737 South Grand Boulevard; 314-875-9848) La Cantina (35 North Gore Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-968-3256) Orkeed Restaurant (3191 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-3940) Pi Pizzeria (610 Washington Avenue; 314-588-7600) [additional location] Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe (130 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-984-9494) [additional location] Pint Size Bakery (3825 Watson Road; 314-277-0882) Sassy Jac's (1730 South Eighth Street; 314-932-1280) Tokyo Seafood Buffet (8004 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-991-1188) The Upper Crust (3643 Delmar Boulevard) Victor's American Cuisine (411 North Eighth Street) [a.k.a. Vic's on the Plaza]
Louisiana Cafe (1350 Triad Center Drive, St Peters; 636-922-7429)
Coyotes Ranch Grill & Saloon (4 Club Center Court, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-659-9866)