Openings/Closings: Katie's Pizza & Pasta Opens Monday, Blind Tiger Plans Grand Opening Party For December

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Monday, Nov. 25: Katie’s Pizza & Pasta, the newest venture from Katie Lee of Katie’s Pizzeria Cafe in Clayton, will open this weekend in Rock Hill. The restaurant is part of the Market at McKnight development at the corner of Manchester and McKnight roads. What sets it apart from the original concept is the addition of artisan pasta dishes and in-house cured meats to Lee’s beloved line-up of wood-fired pizzas.

Image courtesy of Katie's Pizza & Pasta.

Image courtesy of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta.

According to the website, “Katie’s Pizza & Pasta will showcase in-house, from-scratch artisan Italian cooking while using local and seasonal ingredients.” In addition to the menu items indicated in the restaurant’s name, the site boasts a selection of wood-fired appetizers, craft cocktails, 12 beers on tap and Italian wines.
9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.942.6555

Updated: A previous version of this article listed the opening date for Katie’s Pizza & Pasta as Saturday.

Friday, Dec. 6: The Blind Tiger at Sutton Place will host its grand opening party the first weekend in December. Owner Mike McLaughlin, who also owns neighboring Crow’s Nest, is making a lot of St. Louisans happy by bringing Chef Jaxon Noon back from Oregon to helm the kitchen at The Blind Tiger. Noon and McLaughlin’s previous collaboration at the much-missed Bleeding Deacon was a driving force behind the restaurant-bar’s popularity.

So what’s on the menu at The Blind Tiger? Glad you asked. Pizza, ribs and whiskey make up the majority of the menu. If you question how McLaughlin and Noon will make that unexpected combination work (and work well), you obviously haven’t seen the duo in action. Check the restaurant’s Facebook page for opening weekend tickets, and get a taste of the magic for yourself.
7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.646.8822

December 2013: Next month, Clayton’s restaurant scene will welcome newcomer 801 Chophouse to the former Araka space on Carondelet Plaza. The Midwest steakhouse chain has locations in the Des Moines, Omaha and Kansas City areas; the St. Louis location will be its fifth. Diners should expect the 801 mainstays such as mouth-watering steaks, fresh seafood and shellfish, and decadent steakhouse sides, as well as a not-so-traditional bar program featuring craft cocktails with housemade ingredients and an extensive selection of wines by the glass.
137 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton

Saturday, Nov. 30: According to Gut Check’s Nancy Stiles, 17th Street BBQ will close its O’Fallon, Ill., location next week. The Murphysboro and Marion, Ill., locations will remain open.

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