St. Louis’ Top Restaurants from a Summer of Top 10s

St. Louis’ Top Restaurants from a Summer of Top 10s

The Best of St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants this Summer

St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Following the trends in St. Louis’ restaurant industry is what we do.  We track the tastes of St. Louis diners too.  Each week we examined thousands of customer reviews to bring you a list of the Top 10 restaurants in any number of categories.  This summer was no exception. Over twelve weeks of summer we have spotlighted St. Louis diners’ favorite restaurants in twelve delicious categories.

So, this week, instead of bringing you a new Top 10 list, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight the restaurants that took top honors on our restaurant top 10 lists all summer.  These restaurants are the very best at what they do.  They’re each ranked #1 on the top ten list for their niche.  These rankings, like the top 10 lists we publish regularly, are based on customer reviews, making them the favorites of St. Louis diners.  So, here are the number one restaurants in their respective Top 10 categories for summer 2017:


Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice (4.71 stars/62 reviews) Central West End, 3906 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 696-8388.  This slushy bar for grown-ups opened in October 2016 near St. Louis University.  Unlike the sugar-laden, artificially colored slushies of childhood, this nautically themed bar offers frozen alcoholic beverages flavored with infusions and purees scratch-made from real fruit and herbs.  These frozen drinks drawn from slushy machines were St. Louis favorite way to enjoy cocktails this summer.

Tapas & Small Plates

Taste Bar (4.76 stars/469 reviews) Central West End, 4584 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1200.  This Central West End hangout offers New American tapas and highly acclaimed signature cocktails.  The small plates are full flavored bites that blend local produce with global flavors.  Everything on the menu is thoughtfully prepared and served with care, making Taste St. Louis’ favorite place for small plates.


Maeva’s Coffee (4.74 stars/73 reviews) Alton, 1320 Milton Road, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 581-7510.  Alton’s only independent coffee shop, Maeva’s Coffee, is a 100% crowd-sourced and independently funded community project.  Maeva’s features fair-trade coffee and a signature espresso blend created especially for them by Goshen Coffee in Edwardsville.  They’re also well-loved for their internationally inspired quiche menu, and their seasonal beverage menu.


Thai House (4.70 stars/149 reviews) Monroe County, 109 South Main Street, Columbia, IL 62236, (618) 281-2777.  This authentic Thai restaurant has a spiced-to-order menu.  Customers can choose their heat on a 1–5 scale.  The restaurant also offers a warm, hospitable environment, and they have a kid’s menu, making this a great place to introduce young palates to the balanced flavors of Thai cuisine.


The Greek Kitchen (4.87 stars/82 reviews) Ellisville, 15939 Manchester Road, Ellisville, MO 63021, (636) 686-7200.  This bright, cheerful, casual restaurant specializes in Greek classics that are prepared fresh in the semi-open kitchen.  Here you will find traditional dishes like stuffed grape leaves and fried cheese, as well as excellent gyros and souvlaki (chicken kebabs), fresh hummus, falafel, and tzatziki.  There’s also a nice variety of Greek pastries, including baklava.


Kruta Bakery (4.75 stars/169 reviews) Collinsville, 300 Saint Louis Road, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 344-1115.  This fourth-generation family-owned bakery has been making delicious baked goods since 1919.  This is a full-service traditional bakery, offering everything from bread and rolls to custom cakes, pastries, seasonal treats, and old-fashioned cheesecake.  The neighborhood vibe goes well with the friendly, efficient service.


Melo’s Pizzeria (4.84 stars/61 reviews) Benton Park, 2438 McNair Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-4489.  This is the little pizzeria that Blues City Deli owner Vince Valenza and his son Joey Valenza built into the garage behind the sandwich shop.  The Valenzas create their own special interpretations of classic Neapolitan-style pizza in a beautiful wood-fired oven they had custom built and imported from Naples.  In summer, dine on the patio.  When it gets colder, Melo’s is more of a take-out joint, since they have almost no indoor dining space.

Bonus: Topping our list of the best chain pizzerias (establishments with three or more locations) is Papa Vito’s (4.51 stars/176 reviews) Belleville, 318 East Washington, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 277-6200.  This small, family-owned chain of pizzerias uses fresh ingredients and family recipes to create delicious pizza, apps, salads, and sandwiches.  They’re known for great food and warm hospitality.

Whiskey Bars

Fox & Hounds Tavern (4.74 stars/209 reviews) Hi-Pointe, 6300 Clayton Road, Saint Louis, MO 63117, (314) 647-7300.  Stepping into this cozy tavern at the Cheshire Inn is like stepping into a different world.  It’s modeled after an English stag parlor, with plush leather chairs, lots of dark wood, and a big stone fireplace.  They offer dozens of varieties of Irish, Scotch, and American whiskey along with a nice small plate menu. Friday and Saturday nights add live music to the mix, making the Fox & Hound Tavern a terrific destination for a night out.


Spencer’s Grill (4.42 stars/156 reviews) Kirkwood, 223 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122, (314) 821-2601.  This old-fashioned diner has been serving comfort food to locals since 1947.  Spencer’s is especially well-loved for their breakfasts—fresh omelets, waffles, French toast, buttery pancakes with crispy edges, and scrapple.  In classic diner fashion, this is the kind of place where you can go for a whole meal, or just a slice of pie with a side of neighborhood gossip.  It’s the kind of place where they dish out comfort food and company.


Asian Cafe Bar & Grill (4.31 stars/122 reviews) O’Fallon, 1260 Bryan Rd (Hillman Farm Plaza), O’Fallon, MO 63366, (636) 272-4429.  Open since 2010, the Asian Cafe Bar & Grill offers authentic Vietnamese and Chinese food, spiced to order.  Their menu goes way beyond pho and bánh mì, although they offer a variety of delicious takes on both.  They also have a full bar, which gives them an edge over many of the other Vietnamese restaurants in the St. Louis area.

Cheap Happy Hours

Tick Tock Tavern (4.61 star/80 reviews) Tower Grove East, 3459 Magnolia Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63118. This cash-only neighborhood bar offers kitschy decor (owls, clocks, bric-a-brac), plenty of draft and canned craft brews, and sometimes free live performances.  This late 20th century watering hole had closed for a few decades before new owners reopened it in 2014.  The old corner bar still offers the comfortable vibe of a neighborhood bar, but now instead of two-taps offering Busch beer, they have a rotating set of taps offering a host of locally made beers, ciders, and meads, along with a full bar.

Iced Coffee

Coma Coffee Roasters (4.70 stars/56 reviews) Richmond Heights, 1034 South Brentwood Blvd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117, (314) 250-1042.  The cafe inside the University Club Tower draws in caffeine-craving customers who rave about all of the coffee and espresso drinks, but most especially, their cold brews.  Coma Coffee is serious about cold brew, winning national accolades for their efforts.  This is extremely good iced coffee, and a nice spot to chill.


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host September Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting Project, Inc.

Katie's Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host September Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting Project, Inc.

ROCK HILL, MO, September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit Project, Inc.  The event is slated for Tues., September 26.

Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity.  Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included.  So far, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria has donated more than $120,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will go toward supporting the charity’s general operating expenses that are incurred as they fulfill their mission of providing dignified long-term employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Project, Inc. is the oldest of the 89 sheltered workshops in the region and has been serving St. Louis since 1958.  Located near The Hill, Project, Inc.’s entire workforce of 92 adults is comprised of disabled individuals.  These individuals are given meaningful, long-term jobs through custom packaging, assembly work, and quality inspection for local businesses in a positive, fostering, social environment.  Project, Inc. even offers a choir for those who like to sing, and the workers who enjoy drawing have created drawings to use in adult coloring books, along with stationery, gift tags, and holiday cards.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day at 11 a.m. an features Happy Hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m.  Carry-outs are also available.

For more information or to make reservations, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit

For more information about Project, Inc., please visit


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Soulard’s Pizzeoli Under New Ownership

Soulard’s Pizzeoli Under New Ownership - STLRestaurant.News

Acclaimed Vegetarian Pizzeria Sold to First Time Restaurateur

St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Sold is better than closed.  That’s the new mantra for St. Louis’ vegetarian pizza lovers in the wake of news that Scott Sandler has sold Pizzeoli, his popular vegetarian and vegan-friendly pizzeria in Soulard.  Sandler had opened the wood-fired pizza restaurant at 1928 S. 12th Street in 2014.  The petite eatery features a simple menu of authentic Neapolitan-style pizza with a twist—everything is vegetarian and vegan.

In May of this year, Sandler opened Pizza Head (3196 S. Grand Blvd.) in the South Grand Restaurant District near Tower Grove Park.  At that time, Sandler had said he was considering the possibility of opening more Pizza Head branded locations.  Now that he’s sold Pizzeoli, his focus will be on his newer, punk-influenced, New York-style pizza joint.  Sandler told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was stretched too thin to comfortably run both restaurants.  He called selling Pizzeoli a “quality of life” decision.

The new owner, Collinsville native Kyle Weber officially took over the 900-degree Pizzeoli oven this week (9/5/17).  He is a first-time restaurateur with a background in marketing.  After working in Tennessee, he returned to St. Louis where his father (who has a background in the restaurant industry) told him about the opportunity to buy Pizzeoli. As a self-described “foodie,” it was an opportunity that was too good to pass up.  Weber got his pizza-making training from the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana’s VPN Americas—the same training as Sandler—meaning Pizzeoli will continue to offer authentic Naples-style pizza.

On Pizzeoli’s Facebook page, Sandler wrote that Weber will make Pizzeoli special “in his own way.”  He added that Weber will be keeping all the vegan options that made the pizzeria popular.  For his part, Weber has said he is looking to increase Pizzeoli’s small menu by adding appetizers, more salads, and some meat toppings.  He also plans to expand the pizzeria’s craft beer and wine selection and introduce craft cocktails to the mix.  He says these will be additions to Pizzeoli’s current offerings, rather than changes to menu.  His goal is to make Pizzeoli more appealing to Soulard residents and visitors, while maintaining the restaurant’s vegetarian and vegan customer base.

Pizzeoli is open evenings, 5–9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5–9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  So, another addition Weber says he will make is bringing back lunch service.  He’s also looking for local sources who can supply him with organic, antibiotic-free ingredients as he adds items to Pizzeoli’s already popular menu.

Contact information:

Owner: Kyle Weber
1928 S. 12th Street
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: (314) 449-1111


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Cemetery Beer Barons Tour Offers Taste of Local History and Beer

Cemetery Beer Barons Tour Offers Taste of Local History and Beer

Tickets Available for Bellefontaine Cemetery’s 6th Annual Beer Barons Tour

St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – In St. Louis, we celebrate beer and our beermaking heritage in many ways.  There are beer bars, brewhouses, tap rooms, brewery tours, and home brewing groups.  We love beer in cans, in bottles, on tap and in growlers.  Beer is part of many of our celebrations and favorite holiday fetes.  One local cemetery has come up with a clever way to celebrate St. Louis’ beer heritage and the fall season.  Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum at 4947 W. Florissant Ave. (North Riverfront neighborhood) is offering their 6th Annual Beer Barons Tour Saturday and Sunday, October 14–15.  The 45-minute and 60-minute tours take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day.

The beautifully landscaped Bellefontaine Cemetery dates back to 1849.  It was, and remains, a non-denominational final resting place for some of St. Louis’ elite and historical families.  That includes some of the most influential brewers and brewery owners who helped shape St. Louis’ beer industry.  Visitors will find the names Uhrig (Camp Springs/Uhrig Brewery 1840–1870), Lemp (Lemp Brewery 1838–1920), Wainwright (Samuel Wainwright Brewery 1848–1919), Griesedieck (Griesedieck Brothers/Falstaff Brewery 1903–1975), Anheuser, and Busch among the grave markers and mausoleum plaques.

Master tour guides will lead groups through the cemetery and tell the stories of family fortunes won and lost, how legacies intertwined as breweries were built, merged, burned, closed, and reopened—with Prohibition playing a pivotal role in some successes and failures.  This is the sixth year for Bellefontaine Cemetery’s Annual Historic Beer Barons Tour.  As in the past, this year’s event includes an afternoon trolley tour, along with beer and food tastings in Bellefontaine’s Wildwood Valley Gardens.  Some of St. Louis’ more popular local brewers and restaurants will participate, including Alpha Brewing, Ferguson Brewing, Heavy Riff Brewing, and Public House Brewing Co.

Bellefontaine Cemetery is also an arboretum.  The cemetery’s gardens were designed by award winning landscape architect Herb Schaal and the gardens themselves were designed by Coastal Maine Botanical Garden’s William Cullina.  Visitors can stroll along the curving walls and grassy terraces and enjoy two lakes and the fountains along the stream.  Proceeds from the Beer Barons Tour benefit the cemetery and arboretum’s efforts in conservation, education and community programing.

Tickets for the Beer Barons Tour are available at two levels.  There’s the Taster Level ($35), which includes a 45-minute trolley tour, plus beer and food samples along with a commemorative tasting glass.  There’s also the Barons Level ($60), which includes a 60-minute trolley and tomb tour, beer and food samples along with that commemorative tasting glass, plus a T-shirt and a pint glass.  Tickets for the Historic Beer Barons Tour are available online at: About 500 people took the tours last year.

Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum offers various other botanical and historical tours throughout the year.  March through November the cemetery offers free bus/trolley tours, as well as free master guide-led walking tours.  More information about the tours is available online at and on the cemetery’s Facebook Page:

Contact information:

Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum
4947 W. Florissant Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63115
Phone: (314) 381-0750


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Return Of “Pats Win, You Win” Coffee Offer For DD Perks® Members

Dunkin' Donuts Announces Return Of "Pats Win, You Win" Coffee Offer For DD Perks® Members

After each Patriots win during the regular season, DD Perks® Members will receive an 87 cent Medium Hot or Iced Coffee in honor of #87 Rob Gronkowski

CANTON, MA/September 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Dunkin’ Donuts, the official coffee and breakfast sandwich of the New England Patriots, is excited to announce the return of its “Pats Win, You Win” promotion to help keep DD Perks® members and New England Patriots fans running throughout the regular season. Beginning with Thursday’s season opener and continuing throughout the regular season, the day after a Patriots win, DD Perks® members will receive one 87 cent Medium Hot or Iced coffee when they pay with an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts card.* The offer will be valid at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County), Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Essex and Clinton counties in New York.

“We’re paying special tribute to one of Dunkin’ Donuts’ biggest fans, #87 Rob Gronkowski again this year,” said Dana Reid, Field Marketing Director for the New England Region at Dunkin’ Brands. “After the epic Super Bowl win last year, we’re excited to keep our loyal Dunkin’ Donuts guests running and cheering loudly throughout the regular season with 87 cent Medium Hot or Iced coffee the day after a Patriots win in honor of Gronk’s jersey number.”

The DD Perks Rewards Program rewards guests nationwide with points toward free Dunkin’ Donuts beverages for every visit they make at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations. With DD Perks, guests earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when they pay using an enrolled DD Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin’ Mobile App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. To enroll in DD Perks and for complete details about the program, visit

Dunkin’ Donuts gives DD Perks members the exclusive opportunity to order ahead and skip the wait in store through On-the-Go Mobile Ordering. DD Perks members can place a mobile order up to 24 hours in advance, select their desired location, and then simply confirm via the Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile® App when they are ready to pick up their order inside the restaurant, or at the drive-thru. The order is automatically paid for using their Dunkin’ Donuts Card within the App. In the restaurant, DD Perks Members can skip the wait in store and go straight to pick up their items at a designated area. They also have the ability to save their recent orders as a favorite to speed up their next Dunkin’ run.

To learn more about the Pats Win, You Win program follow Dunkin’ Donuts locally on Twitter @DunkinBoston.

*Offer valid for DD Perks members the day after a Patriots win beginning September 7, 2017 and continuing through the Patriots regular season. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,300 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit


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Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria Opens Second Location in Town & Country

Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria Opens Second Location in Town & Country

Katie’s Pizza new location in Town & Country opened its doors on August 16

TOWN & COUNTRY, MO/September 08, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie and Ted Collier, co-owners of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill, are proud to announce that they have opened their second location in Town & Country on Wed., August 16.

The second location is situated in the Clayton Village Shopping Center at 14173 Clayton Road, which used to be home to Einstein’s Bagels.

The news comes on the heels of the Colliers’ recent launch of Vero Pizza and Pasta, an online, build-your-own pizza and pasta business, which ships fresh ingredients and recipes directly to the doors of home cooks. In September, Vero Pizza and Pasta will go national.

The new restaurant features an open kitchen, complete with a wood-fire oven and a large patio and garden, which features edible herbs and flowers that are used to garnish many dishes at Katie’s. There is also a dough room in which diners can watch the pizza and pasta dough being made as they savor the same delicious items that are featured at the Rock Hill location. Additionally, the restaurant features beautiful modern decor in golden hues, complemented by Ted Collier’s stunning artwork.

“We are incredibly excited and humbled to be opening our second location in Town & Country,” said Katie Collier. “We are eager to bring our food and an interactive atmosphere to a new community and hope that our fans here will come out to savor the same food that they’ve come to know and love at our primary location.”

For more information, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit


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Popular Belleville Seafood Restaurant Heading West to St. Louis

Popular Belleville Seafood Restaurant Heading West to St. Louis

Seafood by Crushed Velvet Moving from Belleville to Washington Avenue

St. Louis, MO/September 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When Chef Jasmine Brooks opened a seafood restaurant in the heart of Belleville, local seafood lovers rejoiced!  So naturally, many metro-east diners were saddened to learn that Brooks is moving her restaurant, Seafood by Crushed Velvet, to the St. Louis side of the Mississippi.  The restaurant has already closed in preparation of the move. Belleville’s loss is St. Louis’ gain.

Seafood by Crushed Velvet opened at 121 East Main Street in Belleville in mid-May 2016, following a very successful stint as a vendor at Belleville’s Art on the Square.  Brooks had actually rented the storefront on East Main just for the weekend of the fair, but was so well received she kept coming back weekend-after-weekend.  The restaurant quickly gained a following for its fresh steamed crab, shrimp, and lobster tail, served in half and whole platters with corn on the cob, a boiled potato, sausage and a hard-boiled egg—all drizzled with a decadent garlic butter sauce.  Another popular version of her platters adds a spicy kick with a generous sprinkling of Old Vienna Red Hot Riplets Seasoning.  Brooks describes her food as a cross between Florida seafood and New Orleans style.

Over the past year or so, Brooks has been creating sumptuous seafood platters in the tiny kitchen of her restaurant.  Every day, she made fresh crab cakes, gumbo and her signature garlic butter sauce from scratch in a prep area the size of a small home kitchen.  The restaurant struggled with building maintenance issues since opening in the space.  Some of the issues even forced Brooks to close her doors for a few days at a time, or offer only takeout orders.  She cited those facility issues as one of the primary reasons she’s moving to a new location along Washington Avenue.

Brooks made the announcement on Facebook August 31st.  She addressed her message to the customers and neighbors who’ve supported her Belleville endeavor:

“I’d like to take the time to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support in making Crushed Velvet a success over the past year and a half.  I’m sad to announce that our Belleville location will be closing due to the building not being very accommodating for our setup.”

Brooks hasn’t given a specific address on Washington Avenue for the location of the new Seafood by Crushed Velvet, but she has indicated the new restaurant will have a larger kitchen, allowing her to expand the menu, and it will also feature a full bar.  The Belleville location didn’t have a liquor license. Brooks said she anticipates opening the new restaurant in October.  In the meantime, she plans to continue catering and will also do some pop up dinners on both sides of the river.

Brooks isn’t leaving Belleville entirely. She co-owns Scoops Ice Cream at 8205 West Main Street in Belleville (with business partner, Rayneshia Garrett) which opened earlier this summer offering a unique take on ice cream sundaes and milkshakes with mix ins and toppings from the cereal aisle.

In announcing Crushed Velvet’s move, Brooks also took the opportunity to thank those who supported her restaurant and to hint that she may be back.  “I’d like to say a special thanks you (sic) to the city of Belleville and it’s residents for being so welcoming to us.,” she wrote.  “We look forward to returning home to Belleville in the near future.”  For now, metro east seafood lovers will have to watch the Seafood by Crushed Velvet Facebook page for pop up dinner announcements, and plan to drive into St. Louis for that signature Crushed Velvet seafood platter come October.


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host September Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting The Oasis Institute

ST. LOUIS, MO/September 07, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Town and Country is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit The Oasis Institute.  The event is slated for Tuesday, September 26.

Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity.  Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included.  So far, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria has donated more than $120,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will help support the organization’s Intergenerational Tutoring Program, which is the largest tutoring program in the nation.  The funds will help purchase books, create more session plans, and initiate recruitment efforts for new tutors.

“We have 1,997 tutors in St. Louis in 213 schools in 23 school districts,” said Greg Lukeman, National Development Director at The Oasis Institute.  “For some students, their tutor is the only consistent adult role model in their lives.”

Founded by Marylen Mann and a group of educators and volunteers in 1982, Oasis combines mentoring with literacy interventions.  Their tutors work with academically at-risk K-3 grade students who are not reading at their grade level.

In St. Louis alone, The Oasis Institute’s tutors have reached 4,307 students who are academically at-risk.

“Before third grade, students are learning to read, and after third grade, they read to learn,” Lukeman continued.  “If there isn’t an intervention by third grade, the students will continue to struggle and will more than likely never catch up academically with their peers.  There is a higher chance that they will also drop out of school.”

In November 2012, The Oasis Institute was named to the Social Impact 100 Index, a list of the top 100 nonprofit organizations that have broad social impact in the United States.  The organization has also received recognition from the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Council on Aging.

Additionally, The Oasis Institute partnered with Generation to Generation, powered by through Next Avenue/ in November 2016 in order to mobilize older adults to help children thrive.  The campaign aims to engage one million people ages 50 and over to stand up and show up for kids.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day at 11 a.m. and features Happy Hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Carry-outs are also available.

For more information or to make reservations, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit

Katie’s new restaurant located in Town & Country at 141 & Clayton Rd


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STL Restaurants Band Together to Help Harvey Victims

STL Restaurants Band Together to Help Harvey Victims

Babies & Fur Babies Hurricane Supply Drive

St. Louis, MO/September 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – We are accustomed to St. Louis restaurants feeding our hungry appetites.  Now several have banded together to feed our collective souls, by enabling us to help those in dire need after Hurricane Harvey.  The Babies & Fur Babies Hurricane Supply Drive was the brainchild of three restaurateurs and a Missouri state rep. Tom Halaska (Demun Oyster Bar), Bob Brazell (Byrd & Barrel), and Max Crask (Ices Plain & Fancy) were looking for a way to help the most vulnerable victims of last month’s devastating Gulf Coast hurricane.  They teamed up with State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., whose 78th district covers a large swath of the city including Old North St. Louis, downtown, Soulard, Benton Park, and the Cherokee Street restaurant district.

The group formed the Babies & Fur Babies Supply Drive to collect supplies needed for babies, and pets struggling to survive in the storm’s aftermath.  The team will drive the supplies to Houston on Sunday, Sept. 10th.  Hurricane Harvey is one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history, with at least 31 people killed, and more than 40,000 homes destroyed.  The human need is staggering. Animal rescue groups estimate the number of displaced pets in the thousands, with tens of thousands in need of food and supplies in the Houston area.

Once this coalition of St. Louis restaurateurs formed, it wasn’t long before word spread across the local restaurant community and beyond.  Soon dozens of other restaurants and local businesses signed up to serve as donation drop-off centers.  The group is looking for very specific items most needed, so they’ve provided a list, and ask donors to fill up their truck(s) with the following:

For Babies:
baby wipes
hand sanitizer
single serve formula
Pedialyte (single serve powder & bottle)
baby bottles

For Fur-babies:
dog food (wet/dry)
cat food (wet/dry)
first aid supplies
kitty litter
non-latex gloves
Dial soap
foldable wire crates

Donations can be dropped off at more than four-dozen locations across the St. Louis area, including dozens of restaurants, retailers, pet supply stores, and other businesses.  The list of drop-off locations on their Facebook page is updated as new establishments join the effort.  The list includes:

Pets in the City, 1919 S Grand Blvd #100, St. Louis
Demun Oyster Bar, 740 De Mun Ave, Clayton
Sasha’s Wine Bar, 706 De Mun Ave, St. Louis
Ices Plain & Fancy, 2256 S 39th St, St. Louis
Byrd & Barrel, 3422 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis
Tamm Avenue Bar, 1227 Tamm Ave, St. Louis
Vicia, 4260 Forest Park Ave, Cortex, St. Louis
5 Star Burgers, 8125 Maryland Ave, Clayton
The Crack Fox, 1114 Olive St, St. Louis
Sasha’s On Shaw, 4069 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis
Bootleggin’ BBQ Tavern, 1933 Washington Ave, St. Louis
The Monocle, 4510 Manchester Ave, St. Louis
Nudo House STL, 11423 Olive Blvd, St. Louis
Earthbound Beer, 2710 Cherokee St, St. Louis
Red Guitar Bread, 3215 Cherokee St, St. Louis
Shameless Grounds, 1901 Withnell Ave, St. Louis
Guerrilla Street Food, 3559 Arsenal St, St. Louis
Layla, 4317 Manchester Ave, St. Louis
Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, 4103 Shenandoah Ave, St. Louis
The Parlor on Wydown, 7614 Wydown Blvd, St. Louis
4 Hands Brewing Company, 1220 S 8th St, St. Louis
Civil Life Brewing Company, 3714 Holt Ave, St. Louis
Scarlett’s Wine Bar, 4253 Laclede Ave, St. Louis
Maggie O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 2000 Market St, St. Louis
The Royale, 3132 S Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis
The Hideaway, 5900 Arsenal St, St. Louis
The Modern Brewery, 5231 Manchester Ave, St. Louis
CJ Muggs, 101 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves
Milque Toast Bar, 2212 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis
The Cut, 2635 Cherokee St, St. Louis
Fallon’s Bar & Grill, 9200 Olive Blvd #116, Olivette
McGurk’s Public House,108 S Main St, O’Fallon
The Fortune Teller Bar, 2635 Cherokee St, St. Louis
Bentley’s Pet Stuff, 1048 S. Kirkwood Rd, Suite 110, Kirkwood
Cut N’ Dye Salon, 1051 S Big Bend Blvd, Richmond Heights
Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions, 2810 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood
Frazer’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1811 Pestalozzi St, St. Louis
Trainwreck Saloon Rockhill, 9243 Manchester Rd, St. Louis
Shamrocks Pub and Grill, 4177 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, St Peters
Lularoe Lori Ventimiglia – pm via Facebook
Ferguson Brewing Company, 418 S Florissant Rd, Ferguson
The Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co, 1831 Sidney St, St. Louis
Holy Crepe – accepting donations at all food truck stops
Nebula, 3407 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis
Yaquis on Cherokee, 2728 Cherokee St, St. Louis
Robust® Wine Bar, 227 W Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves
The Block Restaurant CWE, 33 N Sarah St, St. Louis
The Block Restaurant and Butcher Shop, 146 W Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves
Thurman’s in Shaw, 4069 Shenandoah Ave, St. Louis
Salam Market, 14063 Manchester Rd, Ballwin

To make giving as easy as possible for those who can’t get to a drop-off center before Sunday, you can also purchase products from and have them sent straight to Demun Oyster Bar.  The group has created a Babies & Fur-babies wish list that makes helping out easy, no matter where you live.  For more information about the relief effort, visit the group’s Facebook page:


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Mona’s Italian-American Joint Shuttered, Now for Sale

Mona’s Italian-American Joint Shuttered, Now for Sale

Popular Hill Restaurant Closes a Day Earlier than Planned

St. Louis, MO/September 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s always a little sad when a favorite restaurant or bistro closes its doors.  Customers of Mona’s Italian-American Joint at 5257 Shaw in St. Louis met the announcement that the restaurant was closing after less than a year on the Hill by taking the opportunity to dine there one last time.  So many customers did this that owner Brendan Marsden had to move up the closing date from September 3rd to Saturday, September 2nd because of low supplies.

Mona’s might have had the classic checkered tableclothed look of some of the traditional Italian restaurants on the Hill, but not the classic Italian menu.  With so many authentic Hill eateries offering grandma’s handmade ravioli, Marsden knew his place would need to be a little different.  So, Mona’s served his unique take on Italian-American cuisine.  The menu was casual, with great pops of flavor and influences from Italy, Spain, and New Orleans.  From the crispy Roman-style pizzas (available in red or white) to the spaghetti with sundried tomatoes and bacon, the menu was unique for the Hill and for St. Louis.  It’s not surprising customers flocked to Mona’s for another plate of those warm garlic knots with provolone fondue and tomato confit, or for one last Muffaletta pizza.  Marsden says the restaurant was doing well when he decided to close.

The restaurateur had announced his plans to close Mona’s just last Friday.  In a release first reported by St. Louis Magazine, Marsden called the decision to close the restaurant a difficult one.  He said juggling the needs of his young family and his growing Clayton restaurant and catering business, Whitebox Eatery, necessitated the change.  “Balancing everything can be stressful,” he said.  “I’ve chosen to lighten my load and focus my attention on what’s most important to me.”

Mona’s Italian-American Joint had opened last October in the space that had been Marsden’s Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant.  He had operated the Spanish-influenced restaurant on the Hill for about 15 years before closing it last year to open Mona’s.  This time, he won’t be opening a new eatery in the space.  Marsden has already listed the business for sale with broker Ray LaBlanc of Murphy Business & Financial Corporation.  Those interested in buying the turnkey restaurant should call (636) 728-0688.

According to the restaurant’s website, Mona’s guests who have an unredeemed gift card should email to receive a refund.  Those with unredeemed Groupon certificates should contact Groupon directly to get their money back.


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC