Openings: Lona's Lil Eats Moves From Soulard Market to Brick-And-Mortar, Breakfast and Lunch Concept White Box Eatery Headed to Clayton

By Heather Riske
In Food

May 11: Joining the ranks of Cleveland-Heath, Stur, Uncle Munkey’s Coin Club and more, Cunetto’s Corner Cucina quietly opened in Edwardsville in mid-May. It’s the latest effort from Mike Cunetto, who’s owned restaurants in St. Louis, as well as Alhambra, Greenville, and Vandalia, Ill. Sauce Magazine reports that the menu currently has 12 sandwiches, including the bison burger, Alaskan white fish burger, fish tacos and Italian beef. They also have more traditional fare such as steaks and fried chicken, and vegetarian offerings like a portobello mushroom sandwich and a vegan fettucine. 1114 N. Main St., Edwardsville, 618.659.9565

Photo courtesy of Lonas Lil Eats

Photo courtesy of Lonas Lil Eats

August: In May, Modesto co-owner Brendan Marsden announced a new Clayton breakfast and lunch spot, White Box Eatery, at 176 Carondelet Plaza. Now, The Riverfront Times reports he’s looking to open up shop during the second week of August. Former Oceano Executive Chef Jon Hoffman will take over at White Box, and Jamie Hardesty, who worked with Marsden’s brother on the Vincent Van Doughnut food truck, will be the Pastry Chef. Hardesty recently competed with Vincent Brian Marsden on The Cooking Channel’s “Donut Showdown,” where they took home first place and $10,000. Many items will be made in-house, including muffins, jams and jellies, and others sourced from local spots like Blueprint Coffee and Companion Bread.

August: Soulard Farmers’ Market favorite Lona’s Lil Eats has earned a reputation for their Asian-inspired cuisine, served every Saturday at the market. Now, devotees of the Thai Spring Rolls, Grilled Kebobs and Big Thai Wrap will be able to find their favorite dishes served all week long, at a new Fox Park storefront at 2199 California Avenue. Husband-and-wife team Pierce Powers and Lona Luo tell The Riverfront Times that they expect to open in the next few weeks. Soulard Farmers’ Market Stall 148, 314.223.7330

August 11: Ben Poremba, chef-owner of Elaia and Olio, is set to open The Dining District inside the 15,000-square-foot United Provisions market in The Loop. With its close proximity to Wash U, the restaurant will largely cater to students, faculty and staff, but will be open to everyone. In a similar fashion to food markets like Eataly or Dean & Deluca, The Dining District will feature different stations such as sushi, a deli, a grill, artisan cheeses, cured meats and more, St. Louis Magazine reports. Customers can order at the counter and either eat in or carry out for lunch, while dinner will be full service. A coffee shop with its own seating and entrance will serve drip coffee from Northwest Coffee, espresso from a Nespresso machine and La Patisserie Chouquette’s pastries.

The Riverfront Times reports that Chef Colleen Clawson—formerly of Sidney Street Café, Remy’s Kitchen and Wine Bar and Big Sky Café—is bringing gourmet toast to McKinley Heights. Milque Toast Bar will open at 2212 S. Jefferson Ave., and menu items will include different breads, including some gluten-free, as well as artisanal jams, jellies and flavored butters. No official opening date has been set yet.

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