This Week's Dish: The Gramophone to Become Full-Time Bar and Restaurant

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Dec. 6, 13 and 20: While all guests of Crepes Etc. can enjoy the special hot chocolate bar on Saturdays and Sundays this season, the creperie is inviting you to celebrate the holiday season with little ones for Cookies -n- Hot Chocolate. From 1:30-3pm for three Saturdays in December, guests will partake in a class of guided cookie decorating stations, create handmade cards and enjoy lunch with a light sandwich buffet, pastries and the hot chocolate bar. Bring a toy for St. Louis University’s Toy Drive and you can take home a mug and candies. 52 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.2200

Photo courtesy of Crepes Etc.

Photo courtesy of Crepes Etc.

The Grove’s popular concert venue, The Gramophone, will be making a new transition into a full-time bar and restaurant. As reported by Sauce, co-owners Andrew “Roo” Yawitz and Scott Swanston will start expand its current menu of sandwiches with the addition of soups and salads. Showcasing local music is still going to be a focus on the weekends. The venue will undergo a remodel after its New Year’s Eve party with plans to reopen in February 2015 and hold the new hours of Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-3am. 4243 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.531.5700

St. Louis chef Bob Brazell recently announced plans to open Byrd & Barrel, a fast-food concept that will serve locally-sourced fried chicken and sides alongside cans of craft beers in a former Popeye’s in the Cherokee Street neighborhood. Last week, we broke the news that the chef entered and won a local contest and will be able to kick-start his new business with a $25,000 marketing makeover from Hatchbuck, a St. Louis sales and marketing software company. 3422 S. Jefferson Ave., Cherokee

Clayton guests and area residents can enjoy a new new series of weekly specials at The Ritz-Carlton’s The Lobby Lounge, The Grill and The Restaurant. The three spots have designed offerings to entice guests and those who live, work and play near the Clayton hotel to participate when the sun goes down. Check out all they will have to offer from our full report here. 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.6300

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