I'd heard from a couple of readers in recent weeks about activity, including the telltale paper in the windows, at the former Mihalis Chophouse space at 1603 McCausland Avenue.
Driving past there this morning, I saw -- I couldn't miss, really: it's big -- a sign announcing that something, presumably a restaurant, called Pan d'Olive will be opening there soon.
Mihalis closed in 2010 after a not-quite five-year run. According to City of St. Louis property records, Mihalis owner Michael Malliotakis, who also owns Michael's Bar & Grill (7101 Manchester Avenue; 314-644-2240), still owns the property. Attempts to reach him this morning have yet to be successful. More as we learn it.
Kacar recently closed the Kirkwood location of Trattoria Branica at 451 South Kirkwood Road, which will become the new home of Sapore Italian Café (Baxter Road & Andersohn Drive, Manchester; 636-256-3949).