by Ian Froeb
Relocation was the theme in March, with four St. Louis restaurants announcing their closures to move to new digs. Among them was Adam and Jason Tilford's Clayton excellent Clayton pub and soccer-watching hotspot Barrister's, which is moving to another Clayton location, the former home of Mazara at 7923 Forsyth Boulevard.
Notable openings included the first St. Louis location of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium chain, while two Clayton restaurants, Araka and the venerable The Fatted Calf (12 South Bemiston Avenue, Clayton) were among the prominent closures.
The full list is after the jump. As always, please let us know in the comments what we might have missed.
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Empire Deli & Pizza Co. (1131 Washington Avenue; 314-553-9999) Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (900 Spruce Street; 314-932-1456) The Market at Cheshire (7036 Clayton Road; 314-932-7840) Mike Shannon's Grill (871 South Arbor Vitae, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-655-9911) Russell's on Macklind (5400 Murdoch Avenue; 314-553-9994) Smoking Barrels BBQ (5641 South Kingshighway Boulevard; 314-669-9455) zpizza (7600 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton; 314-727-3555)
Araka (131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton) The Fatted Calf (12 South Bemiston Avenue, Clayton) The Jumpin' Jupiter (7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood) Shiver Vodka Bar & Champagne Lounge (1130 Washington Avenue)
Closed to Relocate
Barrister's (15 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton; 314-726-5007) to (7923 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton) The Gumbo Shop (9501 Manchester Road, Rock Hill; 314-918-8747) to (undecided) Melt (7700 Ivory Ave; 314-638-6358) to (2712 Cherokee Street) Shameless Grounds (2650 Sidney Street; 314-773-9900) to (1901 Withnell Avenue)