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Another Potential Bidder Eying Panera Buyout

Another Potential Bidder Eying Panera Buyout

Burger King Parent Said to be Exploring Options

St. Louis, MO/April 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – The story that St. Louis-based Panera Bread is going to be purchased by an out of town entity just got a lot more complicated.  Last Tuesday we reported on the rumors that the bakery-cafe chain was going to be bought out by an outside firm.  The next day, we had learned that JAB Holding Company, Krispy Kreme’s parent, had reached a $7 billion deal to buy the company.  The terms of the deal had JAB paying Panera stockholders $315 per share, and assuming $340 million in debt.

But now it seems there is a new bidder interested in buying Panera.  The Warren Buffett-backed private equity firm 3G Capital, based in Brazil, is reportedly exploring the possibility of making a competing bid for Panera Bread.  The New York Post (http://nypost.com/2017/04/10/buffett-backed-firm-interested-in-bid-for-panera-bread-sources/) cites unnamed “a source close to the situation” in its report that 3G, which owns Burger King and Tim Hortons and just entered a purchase agreement with Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, has hired investment bank Lazard to study the possibility of a bid for Panera.

The move isn’t unusual in itself, but would represent a new strategy by 3G, since the Brazilian firm has worked with JAB Holdings in the past—both firms have invested in each other’s past deals, according to the Post.  The history of the two private equity firms has a somewhat symbiotic relationship.  JAB Chief Executive Olivier Goudet is also chair of 3G’s Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Each PE would bring something a little different to Panera’s table. Luxembourg-based JAB owns Keurig Green Mountain, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  If they prevail in the purchase, it’s expected that they would offer Peet’s and Caribou products inside Panera’s bakery-cafes.  There is speculation that 3G would use Panera to expand its Tim Horton presence beyond Canada, and in doing so bolster Panera’s breakfast business.

That deal JAB had struck with Panera had been expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.  It’s not clear now if 3G’s interest in the St. Louis-based company will delay a sale, nor how long that delay would last.  Any offer from 3G would need to be substantially better than JAB’s current deal, since that agreement carries a $215 million, or three-percent termination fee if Panera backs out to take a better offer.

Lenten Dining is Fine Dining at Charlie Gitto’s

Lenten Dining is Fine Dining at Charlie Gitto’s

Charlie Gitto’s Offers Lent-Friendly Upscale Pasta & Seafood

St. Louis, MO/March 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Everyone loves a great fish fry during Lent, but some Friday nights, you want a more upscale dining experience.  That’s where great Italian fare can really fill the bill.  Well prepared pasta and seafood can make for an unforgettable evening.  If you’re going for a nice dinner out, why settle for plastic forks and paper plates, when St. Louis’ favorite Italian restaurant, Charlie Gitto’s offers so many Lent-friendly pasta and seafood dishes?

Gitto’s has been serving fine Italian food on the Hill for more than 35 years. St. Louis diners love it so much, they’ve named it the best Italian restaurant, best fine dining establishment, and best date night restaurant in multiple publications.  They’re an OpenTable Diner’s Choice winner (2015), and are currently the #1 Italian restaurant in St. Louis based on customer reviews.

The food at Charlie Gitto’s is top tier, but the real secret to Gitto’s success is the attention to detail that’s become the hallmark of all three of his St. Louis restaurants.  Everything they do at Gitto’s is aimed at creating an incredible dining experience.  From the casually elegant decor, to the warm, attentive, personalized service—Gitto’s makes every meal a special event.  The menu is a scrumptious selection of fresh, handmade, delectable options to suit many tastes.

This may be the birthplace of toasted ravioli, but the appetizer menu at Charlie Gitto’s has some great Lent-friendly choices too.  Start with something savory, like Arancini: risotto balls, filled with fresh mozzarella cheese, served with their famous pomodoro and walnut pesto cream sauces.  Or opt for eggplant.  They do it two ways: Parmesano (baked with their famous pomodoro sauce and cheeses); or Napoleon (with layers of breaded eggplant fried, filled with layers of CG’s cheeses, roasted sweet peppers, pesto, pomodoro and Asiago cream).  Or start with a bowl of their velvety lobster bisque.

The seafood, pasta, and pizza options seem endless.  Choose from pastas like Penne Primavera, homemade manicotti, linguini with fresh clams, lobster ravioli, or one their signature dishes like Seafood Pasta Suzanne (fresh homemade tagliatelle noodles with shrimp, scallops, clams, langostino and mussels in a spicy three-pepper cream sauce), or Pappardelle with Fresh Tomatoes (homemade ribbon noodles in a San Marzano tomato sauce).  They have a nice variety of seafood options too, including salmon, tilapia, shrimp scampi, and seafood risotto—all expertly prepared.  Prefer pizza?  They do a terrific brick oven Margherita, a classic CG cheese pizza, and delicious roasted mushroom pizza with fresh spinach, CG’s cheeses and pesto.

Of course Gitto’s professionally-trained sommelier is always available to help diners select wine to perfectly complement their meal.  A wine list with hundreds of selections means there’s something everyone will love.

As the weather warms, enjoy dining al fresco on the gorgeous patio at Charlie Gitto’s original location on the Hill.  Have drinks at the Hollywood Casino patio before your meal, or drop into the Chesterfield location for a quality lunch or dinner.  Whichever location you choose, you don’t have to give up real table linens, china and crystal, or amazing food and service just because it’s Lent.  Indoors or out, on the Hill, at the casino, or in Chesterfield, Charlie Gitto’s offers diners a beautiful meal with family and friends (or that special someone), during Lent and all year long.

Charlie Gitto’s contact information:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill
5226 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 772-8898
Offering Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Charlie Gitto’s from The Hill
15525 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 536-2199
Offering Lunch (weekdays) and Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino
777 Casino Center
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Phone: (314) 770-7663
Offering Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fire Damages Lewis & Clark’s Restaurant in St. Charles

Fire damages

Historic Main Street Restaurant Temporarily Closed After Blaze

St. Charles, MO/March 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — A popular restaurant along St. Charles’ historic Main Street is temporarily closed after a late night fire.  Lewis & Clark’s Restaurant at 217 South Main Street was ablaze when firefighters were sent to the scene about 12:30 Wednesday morning.  Battalion Chief Dan Casey of the St. Charles Fire Department said crews arrived to find heavy smoke pouring from the roof and back of the building.

Chief Casey said the fire began in the kitchen.  He said the size, age, and type of structure caused additional concern in battling the fire, so a second alarm was called.  Lewis & Clark Restaurant occupies a three-story brick building that dates back to the late 1800’s.  The chief credits the installed sprinkler/fire suppression system with keeping the damage to a minimum.  He said that allowed his men to get the fire under control fairly quickly.  Still, Chief Casey said the whole building sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

Lewis & Clark’s American Restaurant and Public House opened in St. Charles’ historic shopping district in 1985.  Dan Badock (of Soulard’s Restaurant fame) bought the established restaurant from founder Bob Kirkwood in 2012.  Badock posted this message Wednesday on the restaurant’s Facebook Page: “We had a Fire early this morning. We will Re Open (sic) after Repairs… I will keep you my loyal customers and friends posted.  Sorry for any Inconvenience.”  Repairs are reportedly expected to take about a month to complete.

Lewis & Clark’s offers classic American fare, including steaks, seafood, and burgers.  The casual restaurant is known for its ample dining and event space, picture windows, and balcony seating, which offers nice views of the Missouri River and historic Main Street.

The Latest – Restaurant news, events and specials in St. Louis, MO

Restaurant news

Restaurant news, events and specials at St. Louis restaurants

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Restaurant news – There are thousands of restaurants in the St. Louis metro area.  It is impossible to keep you updated about all of their announcements, but we are happy to share what we do know.  If you are a restaurant owner or manager please feel free to share our information with us.  Please email [email protected].

Restaurant Announcements

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar, located at 100 Holloway Road, Ballwin, MO is offering a Super Bowl special.  One pizza and wings for $15.00, which is available for dine-in only and limited to game hours.  For more information please call 636-220-8989.  Candicci’s has been in business for more than 35 years.  They offer online ordering and delivery.

Diablitos Cantina, located at 3761 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108 has announced on Facebook that they will be closing the business permanently February 14, 2017.

Krieger’s Hometown Sports Grill, located at 1356 Big Bend Road, Ballwin, MO is offering a Super Bowl Special.  Buy 50 wings and get 10 for FREE.  They also offer more than 40 televisions and offer 33 craft beers on tap.  Perfect environment for the sports enthusiast.  Under new ownership!  Menu is news and everything is made using fresh ingredients in-house.  They offer online ordering and delivery now to enhance customer service.

TGI Fridays has announced a Super Bowl special: they will be accepting orders on Twitter.  Additionally, they are offering appetizers for a penny on Super Bowl Sunday to anyone that tweets a football emoji @TGIFridays.  Yes, $.01 – a penny!  Can’t beat that deal!

Talayna’s Italian Restaurant, located at 68 Four Seasons Shopping Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017 has announced their new “3 Person Special” – one 16″ pizza, salad and a half order of Toasted Ravioli for $24.95.  This is not a Super Bowl special.  It is available until it is withdrawn.  Talayna’s has been in business for more than 50 years.  They offer online ordering and delivery.

Wasabi Sushi Bar, located in the downtown St. Louis reopened for business after being closed for renovations.

We will be announcing Valentine’s Day specials in the next few days.  Please feel free to email us at [email protected] for specials that you want published.

The Top 10 Brunch Spots Around St. Louis

Brunch Spots

Find the Perfect Place for that Perfect Meal – Brunch Spots

St. Louis, MO/December 26, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Brunch Spots – Many consider it the best meal of the day: brunch. St. Louis loves brunch and there are terrific places to get this old English “hangover cure” all over the metro area.  The choices run from simple bakery cafes and coffee shops to fine dining establishments.  There are scores of restaurants around town that offer brunch every weekend.  Some even offer it every day.  We wanted to know who does it best, so we did what we always do to find the best: we turned to customer reviews.

According to the folks who brunch around St. Louis, the best can be found in the city’s historic Benton Park neighborhood at The Mud House, 2101 Cherokee Street, St. Louis.  That didn’t come as a big surprise, since they’re already known as a great place for coffee, and for breakfast or lunch.  In fact, The Mud House topped our list of the best Internet cafes in St. Louis.

The Mud House’s casual, but sophisticated menu was created by Chef Chris Bork, and it has brunch written all over it.  They offer some of the most delicious breakfast sandwiches in town, all served on fresh ciabatta with a side of dressed greens.  Their English Breakfast may be the ultimate brunch choice.  It’s two sunny eggs with sautéed mushrooms and greens, baked beans, bacon, toast and jam.  You can make that vegan by subbing Match Soy Chorizo if you like.  Of course their famous Mud Slinger is a great brunch option too.  It’s roasted potatoes smothered with vegetarian black bean chili, cheddar, and red onion topped with two sunny eggs.  It comes with toast.  You can add bacon or ham, or truffled French onion dip if you like.  They also offer a Vegan Slinger made with tofu scramble and olive oil toast.  There’s also French toast with apple compote & spiced mascarpone, biscuits & gravy, grits, grilled cheese, daily quiche specials and “Dat Hash” topped with poached eggs.

Owners Casey and Jeremy Miller have kept the focus on locally sourced ingredients, expertly prepared and served in relaxing environment.  That includes the coffee.  There are cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, and cold brews.  You’ll also find some thoughtful, surprising combinations like the Rosemary & Honey Latte.  Make yours vegan by choosing almond, hemp, or soy milks.  They also offer some nice selections from St. Louis’ Retrailer Tea Company, and from Kilogram Tea of Chicago.  All that, plus free Wi-Fi! Bonus: The Mud House will be open and serving brunch on New Year’s Day starting at 10:00 a.m!

Since some of us don’t think it’s brunch without a Mimosa or Bloody Mary on the menu, we’ve noted which of the restaurants on our list serve alcohol, and which don’t.  Not all are open New Year’s Day, but they all do offer brunch on a regular basis.  So here are the best places to get brunch in St. Louis according to customers:

1. The Mud House (4.5 stars/631 reviews) Benton Park, 2101 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 776-6599. (Coffee, Tea, Juice)
2. Southwest Diner (4.5 stars/364 reviews) Ellendale, 6803 Southwest Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63143, (314) 260-7244. (Coffee, Tea, Juice)
3. Russell’s on Macklind (4.5 stars/299 reviews) Southampton, 5400 Murdoch Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 553-9994. (Full bar)
4. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (4.5 stars/136 reviews) Frontenac, 1855 South Lindbergh Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63131, (314) 567-7610. (Full bar)
5. Picasso’s Coffee House (4.5 stars/135 reviews) St. Charles, 101 N Main Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (636) 925-2911 (Coffee, Tea, Juice, Beer & Wine)
6. 2Schae Cafe (4.5 starS/134 reviews) DeBaliviere Place, 275 Union Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-5333. (Coffee, Tea, Juice)
7. Egg (4.5 stars/126 reviews) Benton Park, 2200 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 202-8244. (Full bar)
8. Caruso’s Deli (4.5 stars/108 reviews) Downtown, 1312 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 588-1096 (Coffee, Tea, Juice, Beer & Wine)
9. Bike Stop Cafe (4.5 stars/105 reviews) St. Charles, 701 South Riverside Drive, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (636) 724-9900. (Coffee, Tea, Juice, Beer & Wine)
10. The Living Room (4.5 stars/60 reviews) Maplewood, 2808 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 899-0173. (Coffee, Tea, Juice)

Since we love brunch, here are some other choices across the metro area that are worth checking out.  Honorable Mentions go to:

The Tavern Kitchen And Bar (4.5 stars/55 reviews) Central West End, 392 North Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 696-8400. (Full Bar)
Cafe Madeleine (4.5 stars/29 reviews) Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 575-5658. (Full Bar)
Milque Toast Bar in McKinley Heights, 2212 South Jefferson Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-0085. (Coffee, Tea, Juice)
The Egg & I in the Metro-East, 455D Regency Park, O’Fallon, IL 62269, (618) 624-3440. (Coffee, Tea, Juice)

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DON’T FORGET ABOUT BUDWEISER TASTE OF ST LOUIS

Taste of St Louis

Taste of St Louis @ Chesterfield Amphitheater

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News)  Budweiser Taste of St Louis began yesterday.  Don’t worry you haven’t missed the best part of it.  While events were cancelled last night, events are scheduled to resume today, Saturday, September 17th at 11 am until 10 pm.  Hours for tomorrow, Sunday September 18th begin at 11 am until 7 pm.

The Taste of St Louis is the food event of the year.  This event has been voted St. Louis’ Best Food Event by St. Louis Magazine’s A-List Readers Choice Poll for three years running.  Additionally, this event supports a number of various charities.  Over the years this event has raised more than $380,000 in donations to benefit worthy missions such as Food Outreach, St. Patrick Center, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Blues Society, Benton Park Neighborhood Association and Soulard Restoration Group to name a few.

While we are not comfortable suggesting that you attend this event rather than visiting your favorite restaurant, it is a highly recommended event to attend.  You will more than likely find your next new favorite restaurants that will enhance your dining experience.  We obviously love restaurants!  The best restaurants deserve the support of its community.  Restaurants are an important part of our social system.

314 Hot Sauce Restaurant Row participants are – Mission Taco Joint, Steve’s Hot Dogs, Sugarfire, Strange Donuts, Ices Plain Fancy, Edge Wild, Twisted Ranch, Locoz Tacoz, Prsino, The Dam (Slow Food Fast), drunken fish, aya sofia, Pica-Di-Yo, LuLu Chinese Express, Walnut Grill, Oberweis, Cafe Blue, naked bacon, The Rice House, Dalie’s SmokeHouse, Hot Wok, Sheridan’s, Hank’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Anis, Joe Barcardi’s, Riverbend, Rearn Thai Restaurant, Michael’s Bar & Grill, Ruth’s Chris, burger809, Bayou Seasoning & Catering, tazé, Tivanov Catering Company, Tuscanos Brazilian Grill and Volpi American Crafted along with many other events, live music and more.

Contact information:

Budweiser Taste of St. Louis