Openings: Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery To Open in Lafayette Square In May
July 2015: Sugarfire Smoke House is on the move again. After recently announcing their intent to move in near the National Blues Museum Downtown, the popular barbecue spot has slated a new space to open in Valley Park. The wait for more ‘cue isn’t long; look for the joint to open sometime in July. Multiple locations, sugarfiresmokehouse.com
Update: The opening date for Clementine’s has been moved to May 16.
May 1: Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery has made it official: The ice cream shop will open the doors to their brick-and-mortar shop in Lafayette Square on May 1. On that day look forward to decadent flavors like gooey butter cake ice cream with pieces of Park Avenue’s gooey butter cake mixed in or maple bourbon with salted and candied pecans. Clementine’s isn’t brand-new to the city: STL has already had a chance to taste their creations at Old Standard, Cleveland-Heath and Strange Donuts. The official opening date is May 1, but the grand opening takes place May 9. 1637 S. 18th St., Lafayette Square, clementinescreamery.com
April 27: Kingside Diner had their grand opening this Monday to fully announce their presence in the Central West End. The new diner/cafe from Aaron Teitelbaum (Herbie’s Vintage 72) opened earlier this month at the former Lester’s location, but was only serving breakfast and lunch. Starting this week, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with Sunday through Thursday hours of 6am-10pm. You can easily do breakfast for dinner if you feel so inclined, but be sure to check out the daily Blue Plate dinner specials, which include Wednesday’s pot roast and Friday’s fried chicken dinner. 4651 Maryland Ave., Central West End, 314.454.3957
Late May: The duo of Elliot Winter (stage name Boss Kaos) and Katerina VonRocket wants to make Laclede’s Landing a destination again. They plan to make that happen with Seven Zero Eight, their soon-to-open burlesque bar/restaurant with a French Quarter vibe. In the kitchen, former Basso chef Brian McGrath will offer diners high-end comfort food to accompany the bar’s 100 craft beers (including the 708 Stout, brewed for them by Excel Bottling Co.) and whiskeys.
In this space, Winter says they aim to make burlesque accessible to everyone through dance-heavy choreography and pop culture tie-ins. However, if you’re just there for dinner and a drink, burlesque won’t necessarily take over the evening. The intimate shows, at 8pm and 10pm on Fridays and Saturday nights, will take place in a dedicated theater space away from the bar, with dance music filling the theater after each show. 708 N. 2nd St., Laclede’s Landing, facebook.com/708stl