Openings/Closings: 612 Kitchen & Cocktails Takes over Graham's Grill, Two Coffee Shops Expand
Friday, July 4: After a contentious battle over the Bengoni’s name, Basilio’s Italian restaurant has opened in Overland, just down the street from the original Bengoni’s restaurant. 2239 Woodson Rd., Overland
Every Saturday/Sunday: Although summer peach-picking at Eckert’s has been cancelled this year due to crop damage, the Belleville farm will offer a pick-your-own vegetable patch for the first time, from July 5 on. They’ve planted sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, onions, peppers, kale and more, though vegetable availability will vary by day. They recommend bringing gardening gloves and wearing closed-toe shoes. Open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 2pm. 951 South Green Mount Rd., Belleville, 618-233-0513
Wednesday, July 9: 612 Kitchen & Cocktails plans to open in the former Graham’s Grill space. Owner Dan Graham has retired, but his kids have reimagined the spot with 1920s decor in the lounge and bar and a focus on hand-crafted cocktails and small plates. Todd Brutcher, formerly of Onesto Pizza & Trattoria and known as a master of sangria, will head up the bar. 612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood, 314.965.2003
Thursday, July 10: Rib City is holding a Ribbon Cutting for their new Des Peres location, which opened in late June, from 8:30am to 9am. 1181 Colonnade Center, Des Peres, 314.965.7427
Late Aug./Mid-Sept.: Chronicle Coffee is opening a second location at 501 N. Grand Blvd. in Grand Center. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Chronicle’s second location will feature a high-end wine menu in addition to coffee, and will test out extended hours of operation.
Late summer: The owners of the Rib Shack will open Marcell’s Bar & Grill in the former Trainwreck Saloon space at 720 N. First St. on Laclede’s Landing. Marcell’s menu will feature barbecue, as well as steaks, seafood, salads, and other bar food.
Late August: The original St. Louis Bread Company will relocate its Kirkwood bakery-cafe from 10312 Manchester Rd. to 10221 Manchester Rd., directly across the street. Regional vice president Don Hutcheson says the new location will have updated designs, a drive-thru, expanded parking and seating, and Rapid Pick-Up service. The chain’s very first location opened in 1987.
September: As reported by Sauce Magazine, Earthbound Brewing has announced plans to open at 2710 Cherokee St. The three-person brewing operation began in a U City apartment, and their Cherokee space will feature a tasting room in front, with fermenting and bottling operations in back. The tasting room, with seating for 30, will begin as bring-your-own-food, but small fare may be offered after the opening.
Late Sept./Early Oct.: Art House Coffees is moving from 3111 Sutton Ave. to a larger space at 2808 Sutton Ave. and adding a 12-seat café, Living Room. The café will serve single-origin brews, bottles and growlers of cold brew coffee, as well as breads, cookies and other light fare from baker Nate Larson.
Updated: Lucky’s Market, which opened its first Missouri location in Columbia earlier this year, will now open its seventh nationwide store in Ellisville on July 30. On opening day, the Colorado-based grocer will celebrate with a bacon-cutting ceremony and speech at 10 a.m. Two $5,000 contributions will be made to the community, one to the Wildwood YMCA Childrean’s Learning Garden and another to The Assistance Leage of St. Louis’ “Steps for Success” program.
The store will continue celebrating in the first week of August with a grand opening party on Aug. 2. From 11am-3pm the store will offer $1 house-made pork brats and hot dogs, $1 drinks, live music, face-painting and caricatures. The following day will be a local food fest, where local vendors will hand out samples from 11am-3pm. 15830 Fountain Plaza Dr., Ellisville
Monday, June 30: Wines of Wildwood closed their doors after 10 years in business. 2418 Taylor, Wildwood