Openings/Closings: Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar, The Second Sugarfire Smoke House In St. Charles, Yaqui's on Cherokee

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Openings
Friday, Jan. 10: After much anticipation, Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar officially opened at the Colonnade Center in Des Peres last week.

Image courtesy of Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar

Image courtesy of Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar

Owner Dave Pollmann has been hard at work transforming the former space of Jilly’s Cupcakes A-Go-Go to the now sleek dining room and bar of Pairings. For lunch, Pairings offers a wide variety of sandwiches, salads and wood-fired flatbreads while the dinner menu also includes full-sized entrées, such as the herb-roasted Cornish hen with creamy mushroom couscous or the pan-seared duck breast served with honey sage polenta. As the name suggests, Pairings has more than 40 wines to complement each menu option and a long list of desserts categorized as “delicate, decadent or daring.” Pairings is open from 11am to 10pm, Tuesday through Saturday. 1131 Colonnade Center, Des Peres.

January: Napoletano pizza lovers eagerly await the return of Mike Randolph’s The Good Pie after a prolonged hiatus for renovations at the new Delmar Loop location. This week Randolph tweeted, “Oven is three days into a ten day seasoning process, then we go into full bore pizza production, things are getting serious around Tgp 2.0.” Keep an eye on The Good Pie’s Facebook page for updates. 6665 Delmar Blvd., The Delmar Loop.

February: Olivette’s wildly popular and award-winning barbecue joint, Sugarfire Smoke House, will soon be expanding with a second location in St. Charles. The once Chuck-A-Burger building will allow owner Mike Johnson to bring new options to Sugarfire fans, such as curbside dining and outdoor patio seating. 3150 Elm Point Industrial Dr., St. Charles. 

February: Husband and wife team Maria and Jerry Berhorst are working hard to open The Tap Restaurant + Brewery in St. Charles. By next month they hope to have the 6000-square-foot space for the restaurant, microbrewery and lounge up and running. 3803 Elm St., St. Charles.

February: Cherokee continues to grow in 2014 with the slated opening of Yaqui’s, a new wine bar and wood-fired pizza restaurant. Owner Francis Rodriguez hopes to have the space up and running by the end of the month after spending almost a full year renovating the longtime vacant corner building. Check out Yaqui’s Facebook page for updates. 2728 Cherokee St.

Closings
Dec. 21: The Italian street food concept, Cini, has closed its doors at both the Ladue and South Grand locations. Owners Frank and Carmelo Gabriele are planning to fill the Ladue location with Giovanni’s Kitchen, a moderately priced Tuscan menu, set to open late February. No word yet on plans for the South Grand location, though a sign on the door states, “closed for remolding until further notice.” 374 S. Grand Blvd., Midtown and 8831 Ladue Rd., Ladue.  

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