by Ian Froeb
After reporting multiple restaurant closings to begin this week, Gut Check is happy to provide news of openings immediate and imminent:
- La Pâtisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) opened this morning in the city's Botanical Heights neighborhood. Owner Simone Faure was previously the executive pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton (100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-863-6300).
Faure's partner in Chouquette is Ben Poremba, owner and executive chef of Elaia and Olio (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088), which are located right across McRee Avenue from the pâtisserie -- and where you can sample some of Faure's creations, including the namesake chouquette.
See Also: - RFT Review of Elaia and Olio
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Chouquette is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, you can visit its website or Facebook page. Gut Check will have a First Look at Chouquette very soon.
- Tucanos Brazilian Grill opens tomorrow, February 27, at 1520 South Fifth Street in St. Charles. Tucanos is a churrascaria, the Brazilian steakhouse where the servers, often costumed as gauchos, bring skewered meats to your table until you tell them to stop, please, you're about to die. Tucanos regular hours will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Gut Check will also have a First Look at Tucanos in the near future. In the meantime, call 636-724-4499 for more information.
- Finally, the Market at the Cheshire (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-932-7818), a cafe and self-described "gourmet" market at the renovated hotel, will open
this Thursday, February 28.
Update: (Wednesday, February 27, 3:45 p.m.) The Market at the Cheshire updated its Facebook page to announce that it will now open on Monday, March 4. (h/t: @stlmag_relish)