Openings/Closings: Bella Vino Wine Bar, Final Cut Steakhouse, Craft Beer Cellar & Sameem's West
Friday, Nov. 29: Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas opened at the end of November on St. Charles’ Historic Main Street. Long-time friends Jackie Miller and Ashley Morrison are serving up a diverse selection of wines and a menu of small plates. Diners can choose from 20 wines by the glass and 50 wines by the bottle. Chef Brian Menzel has cooked up a small menu of tapas that includes pimento mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken spiedini, flash-fried calamari and crab-stuffed portabella mushrooms. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30-10pm; Friday and Saturday from 11am-midnight; and Sunday from 10:30am-10pm.
325 S. Main St., St. Charles, 636.724.3434
Friday, Dec. 13: In the wake of closing Kelly English Steakhouse, Hollywood Casino will open Final Cut this week in its place. The traditional restaurant chain will bring its ninth location to Maryland Heights, offering classic steakhouse fare such as hand-cut, dry-aged steaks, sockeye salmon, Chilean sea bass and jumbo crab cakes. At the helm of Final Cut is executive chef John Dill, who has also worked to upgrade the culinary offerings across Hollywood Casino’s eateries. “My team knows St. Louis and we know how important it is to work with the best local vendors to get the best quality and offerings from day-to-day,” said Dill. “From the beef we choose for Final Cut to the fresh pastries available daily, we are always working to give our guests a consistent, delicious experience with food.”
777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights, 314.770.8100
March 1, 2014: Brothers Brandon and Ryan Nickelson are bringing Craft Beer Cellar to St. Louis. The chain of craft beer-focused beer emporiums was started by chic-beer-chicks Kate Baker and Suzanne Schalow in Massachusetts, and the Nickelsons will continue the tradition here in The Lou by selling our local microbrews alongside a number of regional and international brews. One thousand varieties will be available for purchase by the bottle or six-pack, or you can create your own six pack from the wide selection. A handful of rare craft beers will be on tap for sample and to purchase in growler form. The 2,000-square-foot shop will feature a 1,000-square-foot walk-in cooler, beer classes, tastings with local restaurants and fully Cicerone-certified staff.
8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton
Sunday, Dec. 14: Saleem’s West, 14560 Manchester Road, Manchester