Openings/Closings: La Tropicana Market Reopens as El Tropical, The Blind Tiger at Sutton Place Closes

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Photo courtesy of Kitchen House Coffee

Photo courtesy of Kitchen House Coffee


Aug. 29: Fans of the Mexican and Cuban fare found at the nearly 40-year-old La Tropicana Market will be happy to hear that the South City joint has been re-imagined under a new name and new owners. As first reported by Sauce, El Tropical quietly opened near the end of August from Daime Gomez and Lorena Roble Munoz. You’ll find Mexican favorites like tacos, empanadas, tamales, burritos and fajitas, as well as meats like chorizo, chicken tinga and pulled pork. Cuban offerings include sandwiches, boiled yucca and Cuban-style empanadas. Unlike La Tropicana, there’s no grocery, but diners can eat at the cafe or carry out. 5001 Lindenwood Ave., South City, 314.833.3513

Sept. 15: Kitchen House Coffee, a new neighborhood coffee shop, has opened in Tower Grove East. As previously reported by ALIVE, the shop is the brainchild of Paul Whitsitt and David Rodgers, and it’s an extension of Kitchen House Farm, their urban farm on Michigan Ave. The coffee comes from Blueprint and Stringbean, and they offer drip, pour-over and cold brew coffee, as well as a full espresso bar. Pastries from Cherokee Street’s Whisk include scones, cookies, muffins and brownies, and farm bowls from Chef Dennis Rodgers of World Class Catering include the Crunchy Farm (granola with milk or yogurt), Chicken Farm (chicken salad with thick sliced bread) and Gazpacho Farm (vegan, served with thick sliced bread). Fresh juices from the juice bar include the Emerald City (cucumber, apple, celery, kale, lemon) and Sunshine Cider (half apple-lemon, half cup of sunshine tea). 3149 Shenandoah Ave., Tower Grove East, 314.732.0009


Aug. 23: Family-owned Richard’s Ribs has closed after 19 years in Kirkwood. The owners of Richard’s recorded a voicemail message for patrons, thanking them for “all your love and support.” 10727 Big Bend Rd., Kirkwood, 314.966.1015

Sept. 13: After three months in business, fast-casual Mexican joint Itacate Mexican Grill has closed. Itacate opened in July from the former owners of Guajillo Mexican GrillAccording to a post on their Facebook page, they’ll still be doing catering. 3324 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Bridgeton, 314.736.4516

Sept. 19: Maplewood pizza joint The Blind Tiger at Sutton Place closed last week after just a year in business. Owner Mike McLaughlin also helms The Crow’s Nest down the street, and that’s where chef Jackson Noon will head. 7376 Manchester Rd., 314.646.8822, Maplewood

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