Openings/Closings: BBQ At Adam's Smokehouse, Fried Chicken At Chicken Shack
Wednesday, Oct. 9: Adam’s Smokehouse, the newest BBQ joint to hit The Lou, opened earlier this month in Clifton Heights. Owners Mike Ireland and Frank Vinciguerra served up pulled pork, turkey, burnt ends, tri-tip or smoked salami sandwiches accompanied by pit-baked beans, slaw, potato and pasta salads and cinnamon-y applesauce until the restaurant sold out at 3pm. Smoked chicken and ribs round out the menu, and with the walls donning an abundance of Cards memorabilia, it’s the perfect place to head this week for some good food and a sporting spirit.
2819 Watson Road, Clifton Heights, 314.875.9892
Thursday, Nov. 28: Thanksgiving is the target opening date of Bella Vino, a wine-centric eatery planned for the former Vine space in St. Charles. Owners Ashley Morrison (formerly of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar) and Jackie Miller (formerly of Flaco’s Cocina) have teamed up for their first restaurant venture together and will serve up small plates and exceptional wines to the Main Street crowd.
January 2014: Ben Anderson, of the recently shuttered Gist Bistro, and chef Jonathan Olson are teaming up once again for a new restaurant and wine bar called Grapeseed. Anderson has purchased a building in the Southampton neighborhood that will house his newest venture, and Olson has been promoted from sous chef at Gist to executive chef at the new eatery. If you recall Olson’s culinary style from Soulard Market Grill and Erato on Main, you’re already looking forward to his inventive small plates that focus on bold flavors and local ingredients.
April 2014: Sauce Magazine broke the news on Friday that restaurateur Ben Poremba is expanding his influence on the Botanical Heights with a new restaurant, Chicken Shack, coming this spring. The fried chicken-focused eatery will capitalize on the success of the weekly fried chicken dinners hosted by many local restaurants, complementing their namesake dish with southern-influenced accompaniments such as black bean hummus, bacon-cheddar cornbread and waffles. The bar program will center on housemade sodas and American whiskeys.
La Tropicana Market, 5001 Lindenwood Ave., will not reopen from the temporary hiatus it announced in August.
Arcelia’s Mexicana, 1928 S. 12th St., closed Monday, Oct. 21.
Joe’s Chili Bowl, 808 Chestnut St., will close on Wednesday, Oct. 30.