Openings/Closings: McMurphy's Café Opens In St. Patrick Center, Geleteria Tavolini Shutters
Thursday, Sept. 25: Last week the St. Patrick Center debuted McMurphy’s Café—a new breakfast and lunch spot nestled into the Downtown community center for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. McMurphy’s Café serves up seasonal, farm-fresh dishes ranging from breakfast sandwiches and smoothies to lunchtime soups, wraps, flatbreads and salads. Following the mission of the St. Patrick Center, McMurphy’s Café is staffed by clients of the community center who are enrolled in the employment-training program. Dine-in, carryout and catering are all available at the 30-seat cafe. Open Monday through Friday from 7am to 2pm. 800 N. Tucker Blvd., Downtown, 314.802.5478.
Tuesday, Sept. 30: The food truck tally continues to rise in St. Louis with the addition of Le Camion Bistro, a concept which features everything from classic French and fresh Californian cuisine to Argentinean and Latino dishes. Owner George Brundage debuted the new truck to long lines at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, serving up everything from arepas topped with chili-braised brisket to a prosciutto caprese sandwich with basil pesto aioli. Keep an eye on the upcoming locations of Le Camion Bistro via Facebook and Twitter.
Monday, Oct. 6: Hotel Ignacio’s newest resident, BaiKu Sushi Lounge, will soon bring a Japanese-inspired dining and beverage program to Midtown. Co-owners Steve Smith and Brad Beracha are not new to the neighborhood with Smith also owning Triumph Grill, Moto Museum and Moto Europa, and Beracha coming into the project with experience as the former owner of Miso on Meramec and Araka. BaiKu, which translates to “motorcycle” in Japanese, will specialize as a noodle shop during lunch and at dinner will offer an extensive sushi menu and a beverage program focused on sakes and wines. 3407 Olive St., Midtown, 314.977.4411.
November: Racanelli’s New York Pizzeria will open their fifth storefront later this fall. John Racanelli, owner and Bronx-native, has begun construction on the new location, which is in the former space of vintage designer clothing shop, called Timeless Authentic Garments, in the Delmar Loop. The same menu focused on hand-tossed, New York-style pizzas will be offered along with dine-in, carryout and delivery. 6314 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop.
Tuesday, Sept. 30: Gelateria Tavolini closed its doors after owners Jonathan and Amanda Andrus announced the closure via Facebook. 1327 Washington Ave., Downtown.