This Week's Dish: Ben Poremba's Parigi Opens in Clayton

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Chef-owner Ben Poremba has led his highly anticipated new venture Parigi away from his popular Botanical Heights neighborhood eateries (Elaia & Olio, Old Standard Fried Chicken, La Patisserie Choquette). Located on the first floor of residential building Clayton on the Park, the French- and Italian-inspired restaurant features fare from executive chef Ramon Cuffie. Look for fresh, seasonal menu of antipasti, pasta and main dishes including a citrus-cured salmon, mussels, risotto and more. Save room for desserts from local favorites, like La Patisserie Choquette’s famous macarons and Blueprint coffee. 8025 Bonhomme Ave., Clayton, 314.899.9767

Photo courtesy of Parigi

Photo courtesy of Parigi

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Soulard’s French bistro, Franco, served its last meal on Saturday, Feb. 20, after 10 years in business. “Our loyal guests let us into their lives and became true friends,” says chef-owner Tom Schmidt. “Sharing our passions with theirs, this restaurant became more than just a place to dine.” Schmidt’s barbecue dining spot, Salt + Smoke, will remain open in The Loop. 1535 S. 8th St., Soulard

Feb. 22: Join Rooster & Hen for its pop-up dinner featuring a beer hall-style feast from local artisans and producers inside the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood this evening. With owners Michael and Tara Gallina’s brick-and-mortar restaurant still in the works, the the duo partnered with Schlafly to brew a custom Caraway Rye IPA that will be made into a bread by Union Loafers. The pop-up will also feature appearences by Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions and Salume Beddu. Tickets are $85 and include all food, beverage, tax, and gratuity. 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood

Feb. 25: If you’ve been craving crepes, Thursday is a great day to head to Rooster for Dining Out for Tower Grove Park. Five percent of all proceeds from the day will be donated to the park. 3150 S. Grand Blvd., 314.772.3447

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