Openings/Closings: The Whiskey Ring, Seedz, The London Tea Room and Little Country Gentleman

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Whiskey cocktail image courtesy of Brandi Wills

Whiskey cocktail image courtesy of Brandi Wills

Openings
Tuesday, Dec. 17: It’s safe to say that one of St. Louis’ big dining trends of 2014 will be whiskey bars. Gamlin Whiskey House arrived first on the scene in November, with Blind Tiger and the forthcoming Small Batch in tow. As of yesterday, you can add one more notable name to the roster: The Whiskey Ring. The drinks-only establishment is headed up by John Joern and Jason Matthews, both former bartenders at Off Broadway. From the bar’s Facebook page: “The Whiskey Ring will feature a large selection of world class bourbons, ryes and other whiskeys from around the globe, as well as other delicious spirits. We will also offer a wide variety of local and ‘budget’ beers.” The bar is open daily from 4:30pm to 1:30am.
2651 Cherokee St., 314.769.7249

Wednesday, Jan. 1: If you’re serious about that whole “New Year, new you” thing, write this down: On Jan. 1, Seedz will open in the Demun neighborhood, bringing yet another option for delicious and nutritious raw, vegan and vegetarian dining in St. Louis. We’ve marked our calendars and we’re already planning our first trip. Top of our to-eat list are the sprouted organic corn tacos filled with brown rice, black beans, guacamole, salsa fresca and cashew nacho cheese. And we’ll be washing it down with one of their fresh juice blends. Namely the Shanti Om, made with cilantro, celery, romaine, swiss chard, apple, lime and kiwi. We can totally get on board with this healthy stuff.
6344 Rosebury Ave., Demun, 314.283.6681

Wednesday, Feb. 5: The London Tea Room is leaving Downtown West on Jan. 19 and reopening on Feb. 5 in its new digs at 3128 Morganford Road. There has been much speculation about a move for LTR since its sister business, English Living, closed up shop earlier this year. The new location will provide the anglophile-themed eatery with double the square footage, however the food menu will be shrinking. Not to worry! Their brilliant scones will still be baked fresh daily. The shop hopes to focus more on tea-infused recipes, educational and culinary events, and expanding its already impressive selection of loose leaf tea varieties.

Closing
Saturday, Jan. 11: Little Country Gentleman, 8135 Maryland Ave., Clayton. (Half & Half will remain open in the same location.)

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