Saint Louis Bread Co. on South Grand Closes

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You can get Thai, Filipino, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese and Turkish food on South Grand — but as of today, you can't get the "you pick two" or other menu items popularized by Saint Louis Bread Co.

The St. Louis-based chain closed its location on the bustling street (3114 South Grand Boulevard) after dinner service last night.

The company confirmed the news to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a brief email.

The decision, which has been the subject of rumors for months, joins last year's highly publicized closing on the Loop, as well as two recent closures in Chesterfield. The company suggests that customers should instead patronize its bakery cafe on the Saint Louis University campus, at 20 N. Grand Boulevard.

Rachel Witt, executive director of the South Grand Community Improvement District, did not respond to a message seeking comment yesterday.

The decision has angered some residents of the Tower Grove East and Tower Grove South neighborhood, namely because fifteen years ago, the company seemed determined to stay — at the expense of some residents.

In 2001, the company demolished two single-family homes to increase the size of its parking lot. More than 300 people reportedly signed a petition saying they'd no longer patronize the chain if the historic homes were demolished.

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