St. Louis Restaurants Openings & Closings: December 2016

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Short ribs at J. McArthur's, the much-lauded restaurant that closed December 31. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
  • PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
  • Short ribs at J. McArthur's, the much-lauded restaurant that closed December 31.
December 2016 may have claimed George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (ugh!), but it was a pretty good month for St. Louis restaurants. Cherokee Street gained what may well be the city's first Saudi restaurant, while the area's first true board game cafe opened in Soulard. A good new shawarma spot came to the Loop, while Side Project opened a (weekends only) tasting room.

Oh, and if you haven't ever tried the cuisine of China's Dongbei region, you no longer need a flight across the Pacific. Just head over to University City and prepare to have your mind blown.

See also: Pieces STL, St. Louis' First Board Game Cafe, Opens in Soulard

See also: Shawarma King Is Now Open on the Loop

See also: Crave Opens in Midtown, Offering Fun Twists on Street Food


Closings
J. McArthur's, 3500 Watson Road, Lindenwood Park
Humphrey's, 3700 Laclede, Midtown
The Purple Martin, 2800 Shenandoah, Fox Park
Tropical Liqueurs, 1810 S. 10th Street, Soulard

See also: The Purple Martin Will Close for Good on December 23

See also: Tropical Liqueurs Closes in Soulard

Openings
2nd Shift Brewing, 1601 Sublette, the Hill
Cate Zone Chinese Cafe, 8148 Olive Boulevard, University City
Crave Street Food, 2605 Washington Boulevard, Downtown
I Love Juice Bar, 9849 Manchester Road, Rock Hill
Kirkwood Brewing House, 10312 Manchester Road, Kirkwood
Pieces STL, 1535 S. 8th Street, Soulard
Shawarma King, 571 Melville, Delmar Loop
Shisa, 4229 Manchester Avenue, the Grove
Side Project Brewing, 7458 Manchester, Maplewood
The Palm Trees, 2837 Cherokee Street, Cherokee District
The U.R.B., 4501 Manchester, the Grove

See also: Side Project's New Tasting Room Is Now Open in Maplewood

See also: Cate Zone Chinese Cafe Brings Dongbei Cuisine to University City

See also: The U.R.B. Lets You Taste-Test Beer — and Eat Pizza — in the Grove

See also: The Palm Trees Brings Saudi Cuisine to Cherokee Street

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