In June, St. Louis said goodbye to the beloved Local Chef Kitchen while welcoming a few new restaurants to the dining scene.
To say that the last few months have been a difficult time for the restaurant business is the understatement of the decade. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the St. Louis area this March, the industry was turned upside down and thrust into a future that remains uncertain.
In such an environment — and weighing the ethical ramifications of encouraging diners to go out to eat in the midst of a pandemic — we held off on doing our monthly roundup of restaurant openings and closings for March, April and May. However, even though the number of COVID-19 cases is rising nationwide and public health experts warn that we are in no way, shape or form out of the woods, the month of June has seen a restaurant industry slowly start to dip its toe into the waters of this new, dystopian normal. Hey, at least we can toast the Four Horseman of the apocalypse with a frosty, gooey butter concrete when they thunder in on their galloping steeds.
Local Chef Kitchen,
15270 Manchester Road, Ballwin
Lulu's Local Eatery,
3201 South Grand Boulevard (placed for sale)
8 1/2 Euclid Avenue
6655 Manchester Avenue
Sports & Social,
601 Clark Avenue (Inside Ballpark Village)
6197 Delmar Boulevard
740 Demun Avenue, Clayton (concept change)
Mission Taco Joint,
105 East Jefferson Avenue, Kirkwood
8885 Ladue Road, Suite H, Ladue
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