Openings/Closings: Pomme and Pomme Cafe to Close and Reopen as Avenue, Landmark Restaurant Yacovelli's Closing at Year's End
Late August: As previously reported by ALIVE, Lona’s Lil Eats has earned a reputation for serving their Asian-inspired cuisine every Saturday at Soulard Farmers’ Market. Now, devotees of the Thai Spring Rolls and Grilled Kebobs can get their fix from a brick-and-mortar location in Fox Park open every day of the week. 2199 California Ave., Fox Park, 314.223.7330
Late Sept.: Food truck Sia’s Italian Ice plans to open a brick-and-mortar shop in Des Peres with a larger space including an upgraded prep kitchen, retail counter and seating. The company has been serving its made-from-scratch frozen treats since April 2013, and previously prepared them in a small kitchen before loading them onto the truck. The new shop will also sell its popular Italian ice prepackaged in pint, quart and half-gallon sizes. 12878 Manchester Rd., Des Peres
Aug. 30: La Cantina in Webster Groves has closed unexpectedly. St. Louis Magazine reports that owner Roberto Trevino said in a note taped to a side door that the business had been a success but due to health reasons, he would be shuttering it, encouraging his customers to patronize his flagship restaurant, Amigo’s Cantina in Kirkwood. 35 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.3256
Aug. 31: Midtown burger joint Hamburger Mary’s has closed due to a foreclosure by the restaurant’s landlord. “Mary is sad to be closing her doors this weekend,” a Facebook post from late August reads. “But alas… we cannot fight the “powers that be.” We have enjoyed serving you for the past few years, and will definitely be looking for a new venue. It is unfortunate that our landlord lost the building in foreclosure, and the bank is now forcing us out in order to sell the building ;-(“ 3037 Olive St., Midtown, 314.533.6279
Sept. 2: Details are scarce, but Wild Horse Grill has closed. St. Louis Magazine reports that Wild Horse’s chef, Ray Carpenter, will return to Niche to work with Gerard Craft. 101 Chesterfield Ctr., Chesterfield, 636.532.8750
Sept. 6: Natasha Creel and Emily Matthes of Clayton bistro Roxane announced in a Facebook post that they’d be shutting restaurant’s doors in order to focus on a food truck and catering. “We have put our blood, sweat and tears into Roxane for 7 1/2 years,” they wrote. “Now it is time to move on to our next chapter.” 44 N Central Ave., Clayton, 314.721.8801
Sept. 7: The Market at The Cheshire has closed, and a new coffee shop will open in the restaurant’s place at the end of the year. Fans of chef Rex Hale’s lunch options need not worry, as they’ll be available for dining or to-go at The Restaurant at The Cheshire, according to a Facebook post. 7036 Clayton Ave., Clayton, 314.932.7840
Late September: Bryan and Diane Carr, owners of Pomme and Pomme Café, announced in a Facebook post that they’d be closing both restaurants at the end of the month. They’ll be opening a new restaurant, Avenue, at 12 N. Meramec, the former home of Roxane. They say the new venture, located just one block west, will “combine the best elements of our two current establishments into one operation.” 40 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.727.4141 and 44 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.721.8801
Jan. 1, 2015: After 95 years in St. Louis, one of the oldest names in the St. Louis restaurant biz is closing up shop. Jack Yacovelli and his wife and co-owner Jan have decided to retire, and they’ll close Yacovelli’s Restaurant & Catering effective Jan. 1, 2015. Jack has worked at the family business since age 14. To finish out this anniversary year, Yacovelli’s is planning several special events to thank their loyal customers and employees. 407 Dunn Rd., Florissant, 314.839.1000
- “95 Days of Specials”: Yacovelli’s will be offering a daily special.
- “Thanks Giving” Food Drive: Yacovelli’s will be hosting a week-long “thank you to our community” food drive for The Emergency Assistance Ministry, a food pantry located in Florissant.
- “Last Chance/Last Dance” Event: On Dec. 27, Yacovelli’s will host their “last hurrah” dinner/dance, offering an anniversary menu and other special surprises.
- New Year’s Eve: Ring in the New Year and mark the passing of a St. Louis dining tradition with the Yacovelli family.