Openings: Tani To Join Centene Plaza, Pasta House Coming To Festus, Jay B's Opens Downtown
Tani Sushi Bistro is moving on up… to Forsyth Boulevard, that is, and joining Pastaria in the Centene Plaza Shops. Currently located just around the corner at 16 S. Bemiston, the Japanese eatery has gained a cult following that will surely migrate with them to their next location. The new space—which is rumored to soon have even more impressive neighbors—will expand the restaurant’s seating capacity from 85 diners to 130. Owners Jenny and Eric Heckman hope to open the doors at the Forsyth location in the spring.
The 21st location of local restaurant chain Pasta House is set to open this spring in Festus. It will be owned by developer Don Bolinger and his wife Rhiannon, who first met at a Pasta House restaurant (and who also opened the Union location). Bolinger plans to make the newest iteration the most unique to date, creating a neighborhood bar-like ambiance and using the story of Pasta House as the impetus for the décor, celebrating the franchise’s contributions to local history. With ground-breaking planned for December, the couple is hoping for a March or April opening date.
Friday, Nov. 1, marked the opening of Jay B’s Sandwiches at 1730 Olive St., Downtown, taking the place of recently shuttered Hoagie City Diner, which closed on Sept. 30. Jay B’s owners Debra Millender and Jason Barnes are hoping to bring something new to the established (and impressive) local sandwich scene with what they are calling “the biggest around”—their sammies and salads will feature a half-pound of meat. The partners hope to eventually expand the concept to multiple locations around St. Louis.