Openings/Closings: WildSmoke In Creve Coeur, Craft Art Bar On Cherokee, Sweetology In Ladue
Tuesday, Jan. 21: The popular chain Bar Louie opened its third location this week in St. Charles. Fans of the urban bar out in West County can now enjoy Bar Louie’s signature martinis and burgers without making the drive to The Central West End or Kirkwood. Open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm and Sunday from 11am to 12am. 1650 Beale St., St. Charles.
Tuesday, January 28: Owners of EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery, Andy and Dee Dee Kohn, have transformed the former space of Culpepper’s Grill and Bar into their newest project called WildSmoke. The casual smokehouse will dish up a wide variety of smoked meats along with unique sides and “backyard favorites.” Pitmaster Anthony Collida will be rolling out all of the expected items for a St. Louis barbeque joint, such as baby back ribs and burnt ends, while Executive Chef Aaron Baggett creates down-home sides and massive entrées featuring WildSmoke meats. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. 12316 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur.
February: As a chef and nutrition specialist for the St. Louis Cardinals, Simon Lusky certainly understands the importance of refueling with the proper meal after a rough workout. Recognizing that the professionals were not the only ones trying to be health-conscious, Lusky teamed up with St. Louis restaurant veteran Bob Brazell to begin Athlete Eats. Since last fall, the two have been stocking refrigerators at area workout facilities, like CrossFit and Nutriformance, with prepared meal options that are Paleo, gluten-free, organic and local. At the end of next month, Athlete Eats will have a permanent home on Cherokee Street where guests can pop in for health drinks or prepared meals and snacks on the go. Also, a café concept will offer sit-down service along with a small, seasonal menu. 2837 Cherokee St.
March: An all-inclusive space combining the best of St. Louis’ bar, studio and restaurant scenes is set to open on Cherokee Street near the end of winter. As reported by Sauce Magazine, owners Tom Halaska and Tatyana Telnikova have named their new project Craft Art Bar, and hope their concept provides St. Louisans a special place where creativity can be openly expressed and art is widely appreciated. Considering the previous ventures of the owners, (Halaska is the general manager at Sasha’s on Shaw and Telnikova owns The Grove’s popular hangout HandleBar), Craft Art Bar will include a beverage program featuring craft cocktails and local brews along with a menu featuring flatbreads and other snack-sized dishes. Watch for updates on their Facebook page. 2732 Cherokee St.
Saturday, April 12: Ladue’s newest bakery is taking the fuss out of baking while leaving the hands-on fun of decorating up to the customers. Based on DIY pottery boutiques, Sweetology will make custom cakes or cookies an easy feat with a wide range of pre-baked items that guests can top with their favorite frosting, fondant and candies. Also, a lounge area will include a small café and wine bar. 9214 Clayton Rd., Ladue.
Tuesday, Dec. 31: Morgan Le Fay’s Tapas Bar & Lounge closed its doors after a six-year run in Town & Country. Owner Lisa Keller announced the news on their Facebook page, explaining that the New Year’s Eve bash would be their last. No news yet on what will happen to the space at 14314 S. Outer Rd.
Monday, Jan. 13: Due to a recent rise in demand, Vino Nadoz Bistro & Wine Bar will soon transition to a full-time event space. The adjacent café will remain open, but now co-owner Steven Becker and his team will be able to accommodate more requests for private functions. 16 The Blvd., Richmond Heights.