Openings/Closings: Seoul Taco Returns to The Loop with Seoul Q, Home Wine Kitchen To Close at Year's End
Fans of Korean-Mexican fusion fare from Seoul Taco can celebrate the return of its brick-and-mortar location later this week. Opening in the former Ginger Bistro in The Loop, the massive space will also soon occupy a sister restaurant, Seoul Q, which plans to open by early January. With its start in the famous food truck, Seoul Taco will offer counter service upon entry with the same popular menu favorites. For those looking to get a different experience, the Seoul Q side of the space will be offering full-service in a communal-style setting. As reported by Sauce, the menu will be divided into appetizers, soups, hotpots and barbecue (there will even be grills at the table). A selection of bottle craft beers and cocktails will also be available as well as soju, a Korean spirit. 6665 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.863.1148
After a final inspection this week, new food truck The Southerner will soon be hitting the streets of St. Louis. Natasha Creel and Emily Matthes will be bringing back some of the popular menu items from their former Clayton restaurant, Roxane, as well as a slew of Southern dishes and barbecue items from smoked meats to chicken and waffles. Be sure to follow the truck on Twitter at @SouthernerSTL to keep up with where it will be parked for business.
Feb. 2015: Maplewood is expecting a new Alaskan-themed dining destination called True Sites. Opening in the space once occupied by Blind Tiger, Michael True—general manager of City Coffeehouse & Creperie—is going to create this new venture with unique Alaskan dishes featuring traditional frontier favorites like salmon and elk meat. The spot will be decorated to feel like you’re in a lodge, complete with a full bar and even a dinner theater show to keep guests entertained. 7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood
Feb. 2015: South Grand Asian fusion destination, Sekisui is going to be trying out a new scene with a new name. Now called Robata, the restaurant will be setting up their new home in a former Church’s Chicken in Maplewood, and will be offering a sushi, ramen and a yakitori bar. The new spot will be keeping the drive-through window and has a goal to open in February. 7260 Manchester Road, Maplewood
Dec. 31: Maplewood’s much-loved Home Wine Kitchen will be serving its final meals at the end of the year. The restaurant—co-owned by chef Cassy Vires along with her husband Josh Renbarger—became well-known for its warm atmosphere, constantly changing variety and specials like No-Menu Mondays and Burger Night. Vires and Renbarger’s other restaurant, Table, also closed earlier this year. 7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.802.7676