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The Dark Room at The Grandel Names New Chef/ General Manager

The Dark Room at The Grandel Names New Chef/General Manager

New Chef/ General Manager at the Dark Room inside the Historic Grandel Theatre

ST. LOUIS, MO/July 23, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) There’s a welcome addition to The Dark Room, which recently relocated to its new home inside the renovated historic Grandel Theatre located at 3610 Grandel Square. The Dark Room was created to “help bring life” to the Grand Center and north of Washington Avenue during slow seasons and has been very successful at that.

This popular hangout that resides in the heart of the popular Grand Center Arts District now has a new General Manager.

Local chef and marketing veteran, Brett Singleton, slips into the new role. Singleton has been working with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation for many years in a marketing capacity, responsible for helping to communicate and further the Foundation’s main mission which is to provide opportunity and infrastructure to St. Louis artists.

“We are very excited to have Brett on board in this new capacity,” said Chris Hansen, Executive Director of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. “He has been deeply engaged in all aspects of the Foundation and truly understands how The Dark Room enhances the arts patron experience and engagement through offering exceptional food, beverage and hospitality.”

Singleton also spent much of his time in The Dark Room’s kitchen preparing food for the restaurants fresh and exceedingly popular Sunday Brunch, as well as, performing as a chef in catering with Hanon Management Group Culinary. Before that, Singleton served as Director of Marketing for Ballpark Village and had a 17-year career covering multiple field and corporate marketing and sales positions at Anheuser-Busch.

When The Dark Room recently relocated to its new home inside the Grandel Theatre it enlarged its space, hours and menus. The restaurant operates under the umbrella of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, which is known for looking out for the neighborhood. Every dollar spent goes directly back into the local arts community.

Operating Wednesday through Sunday, The Dark Room offers a “petite lunch” menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a full dinner menu from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and a limited late-night menu from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. They also offer fun daily happy hours from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. During operational hours, you will find The Dark Room photo gallery and live music stage open and electrified. Don’t miss out on the Sunday live music brunch program, “Dark Room Brunch Sessions.” It’s presented every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features gospel, soul, jazz and Americana acts. Dinner is available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays as well.

The Dark Room at The Grandel

3610 Grandel Square

St. Louis, MO 63108

Phone: (314) 776-9550

For more information and continued updates, visit:

Twitter: @TheDarkRoomSTL
Instagram: @TheDarkRoomSTL

Last Hurrah for Iconic Bailey’s Chocolate Bar

Last Hurrah for Iconic Bailey’s Chocolate Bar

Bailey’s Chocolate Bar to Close Saturday for “Refresh”

St. Louis, MO/July 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – One of St. Louis’ favorite dessert restaurants is closing this weekend to make way for major changes in concept. Restaurateur Dave Bailey announced last week that Bailey’s Chocolate Bar at 1915 Park Avenue in Lafayette Square will close at the end of service on Saturday, July 8th.  On Facebook, June 28, 2017 Bailey wrote:

“It’s a bittersweet moment for us as we share the news of our upcoming refresh.  While it’s hard to say goodbye, our BCB family is excited for the updated space & menu.

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to all our loyal customers who have shared memorable nights with us over the past decade, from first dates to engagements, graduations to bachelorette parties.  We would not be the restaurant family that we are today with you or our dedicated staff!

Come see us on our last day of service on Saturday July 8th before we begin renovations.  Because celebrations are always better with dessert, right?!”

Bailey has said fans of his iconic restaurant won’t have to suffer too long without their beloved chocolate martinis.  His plans call for turning the current restaurant site into two establishments, including a new concept restaurant on the first floor, and a “refreshed” Chocolate Bar on the second floor.  Bailey is keeping tight-lipped about his concept for the first floor eatery, only promising it will be different than any of his other restaurants, and saying he hopes to open some time in August.  But he says the updated Chocolate Bar could be reopened in as little as two weeks.  Chocolate Bar fans will find a the new menu includes some fresh dessert offerings, cheese plates, and cocktails, along with some of the original restaurant’s most popular desserts.

Bailey’s Chocolate bar opened in 2004, as a full service restaurant specializing in house-made gourmet desserts, as well as savory pizzas and cheeses, with a full bar.  The southside establishment quickly became known for their signature Chocolate Martinis (available in more than two-dozen variations), fabulously decadent desserts (including homemade ice cream and flourless molten chocolate cake), their sophisticated decor, and relaxing patio.

Other restaurants in Bailey’s family include Baileys’ Range, Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar, Rooster, Small Batch, Shift Test Kitchen, and The Fifth Wheel (inside 4 Hands Brewing).  This reboot is just one of several projects in the works for Bailey.  Other projects include this summer’s opening of Hugo’s Pizzeria at 3135 Olive Street in midtown, and next year’s planned opening of a second Baileys’ Range in the Shaw neighborhood in South St. Louis.

Bailey’s Chocolate Bar will be open Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. for the final time in its current presentation.  This will be the last chance diners have to soak in the iconic, trend-setting restaurant and bar.  The next time it opens, in about two weeks, it promises to be a different experience.

The Best Cheap Happy Hours in St. Louis

The Best Cheap Happy Hours in St. Louis

The Top 10 Happy Hours in St. Louis — that Won’t Break the Bank

St. Louis, MO/June 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Happy Hours – Happy Hour is that special time of day when restaurants and bars offer discounted drinks, appetizers, and entertainment in order to lure in customers.  Although the term dates back to Shakespeare’s King Henry V, and was also used to describe organized entertainment for U.S. sailors during World War II, Prohibition brought us the modern definition of the term.  “Happy hour” was code for meeting friends for a secret drink before going out to dinner in an alcohol-free restaurant.  So, it’s speakeasies that popularized having drinks before dinner.  Today’s happy hour is usually several hours long and takes place in late afternoon or early evening, just as people are getting out of work.  So it’s not surprising that a bar or restaurant offering a great happy hour is a terrific place to meet up with coworkers and friends before heading home.

St. Louis’s rich and diverse restaurant/bar scene includes happy hour.  There are literally thousands of places in the metro area to enjoy discounted apps and drink specials with friends.  Even with the discounts, too much after work reveling can put a real strain on the pocketbook.  So, we wanted to know where to go for a great happy hour that wouldn’t break the bank.  We checked the customer reviews and found St. Louis’ favorite bars, pubs, taverns, and restaurants offering cheap drinks and eats during happy hour.

Topping our list of the best, cheap happy hours is the Tick Tock Tavern at 3459 Magnolia Ave. in Tower Grove East.  This cash-only neighborhood bar offers kitschy decor (owls, clocks, bric-a-brac), plenty of craft brews on tap and packaged, and sometimes free live entertainment.  Tick Tock Tavern had been a neighborhood watering hole from the 1970s to the mid-1990s, but closed for a few decades.  New owners reopened Tick Tock 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 Schlafly, Civil Life, and a host of locally made beers, ciders and meads, along with a full bar.  This isn’t a ritzy, flashy place, but it is St. Louis’ favorite cheap happy hour.

Our Top 10 list of the best cheap happy hours in St. Louis is an eclectic assortment of establishments that include taverns, neighborhood bars, and nightclubs.  There’s a bowling alley, a pinball lounge, and an art bar with one of the best patios in St. Louis.  Here are St. Louis’ favorite spots for fun, cheap happy hours:

1. Tick Tock Tavern (4.61 star/80 reviews) Tower Grove East, 3459 Magnolia Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63118.
2. The Heavy Anchor (4.54 stars/97 reviews) Bevo, 5226 Gravois Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 352-5226.
3. Shady Jack’s Saloon (4.50 stars/90 reviews) Near North Riverfront, 1432 North Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 241-4644.
4. Colorado Bob’s Ship of Fools (4.48 stars/60 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3457 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 772-7564.
5. Amsterdam Tavern (4.45 stars/85 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3175 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 772-8224.
6. Venice Cafe (4.42 stars/157 reviews) Benton Park, 1903 Pestalozzi Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 772-5994. Goes until 8p.!
7. Crack Fox (4.39 stars/110 reviews) Downtown, 1114 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 621-6900.
8. Saratoga Lanes (4.32 stars/73 reviews) Maplewood, 2725 Sutton Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63143, (314) 645-5308.
9. The Silver Ballroom (4.32 stars/74 reviews) Bevo, 4701 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 832-9223.
10. The Clubhouse (4.27 stars/55 reviews) Affton, 9420 Gravois Road, Affton, MO 63123, (314) 696-2285.

With thousands of happy hours to choose from, it’s not surprising that there are several popular joints that just haven’t had enough reviews (minimum 50) to make our top 10 list.  These places also offer terrific and cheap happy hours and received high marks from customers, so we give them Honorable Mentions:

The Waiting Room Bar & Venue (4.75 stars/49 reviews) St Ann, 10419 St. Charles Rock Road, Saint Ann, MO 63074, (314) 890-8333.
SuWaller’s Bar & Grill (4.55 stars/29 reviews) Maryland Heights, 2101 Warson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63114, (314) 426-2600.
The Cue (4.42 stars/36 reviews) Maplewood, 3632 South Big Bend Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 781-3501.


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W Karaoke Will Bring Something Totally New to The Loop

W Karaoke Will Bring Something Totally New to The Loop

Asian Karaoke to fill Vacant Social Club II

University City, MO/June 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – One of St. Louis’ premiere entertainment districts is about to get something totally new to the area, an Asian-style Karaoke lounge.  St. Louis restaurateur Ivan Wei plans to open W Karaoke in October, right next door to his Corner 17 and Joy Luck Express restaurants.  We profiled Wei’s University City eateries last July.  Wei is working with Tao+Lee Associates to renovate the old Social House II at 6655 Delmar Blvd.  This is the same design firm he tapped for last year’s expansion of Corner 17 and creation of his Asian express takeout, Joy Luck Express.

The site of his new venture has a history of cutting edge entertainment and controversy.  Social House II closed last June after just four-months in business.  The controversial nightclub had drawn protests from the community and members of the University City government over the scantily clad servers (who wore only pasties and body paint from the waist up).  Wei’s planned karaoke lounge has already won approval from the University City council.  Wei won approval of his conditional use permit for the karaoke bar at the May 8th city council meeting.

Renovations are underway, including a gut rehab of the building and installation of an elaborate sound system that will allow karaoke performances in multiple locations inside the 4,000-square foot lounge.  W Karaoke will feature 11 private rooms that can accommodate five-six people, and an open common area with a bar.  Each room will have it’s own karaoke setup, allowing customers to sing for just their friends, or belt out a tune in the larger, and more public bar space.  The multiple private rooms allowing performers to sing for just the audience they want is the crux of the difference between traditional American-style karaoke and Asian-style.

Asian-style karaoke lounges have been very popular, especially with college students, in China, Korea, and Japan for several years.  They’re also hot right now in major U.S. cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.  While there are a few spots offering Chinese karaoke and Korean karaoke in the St. Louis area, Wei’s new place will be different.  He says customers won’t find just another bar when they walk into his lounge.  W Karaoke will feel be glitzy and more glamorous.

W Karaoke Lounge will offer a full bar along with simple, limited menu of American eats and Pan-Asian cuisine.  Although food won’t be the main draw, the popularity of Wei’s restaurants, especially the noodles at Corner 17, it’s sure to be a nice addition to the karaoke lounge.  The plan is for W Karaoke to be open Sunday – Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to midnight, and Friday – Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  The new lounge is slated to open in October.

1860 Saloon Building History

1860 Saloon Building History

1858 – 1860 South Ninth Street in the Soulard neighborhood

St. Louis, MO/April 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The original building was built in the late 1800’s as a two-family town house with two separate entrances (1858 – 1860 S. 9th St.).  In the early 1900’s the south side residence was converted to commercial space with the north side preserved as the living quarters for the commercial space proprietors.

Over the years the commercial side of the building has been a bakery, butcher shop, confectionery, and, in the 1960’s, a storefront church.  The two spaces were eventually made into one space and became a tavern.  The attached picture was during this time period.

In early 1980’s Richard Marion bought the building for $15,000; changed the front entrance to one door and the name to Marion’s 1860’s Tavern.  The inside remodel included the addition of a stairway to the second floor (the opening in the ceiling when you walk in the 1860’s Saloon front door is where the stairway was located), the historic back bar and the vintage Budweiser neon sign.  The tavern did not have food at this time.

In 1989, what is currently the Game Room was added with a full kitchen.  The exposed beams are from old railroad tresses, which were dismantled in the 1970’s and 80’s when the railroads were in decline.  When this room was finished the tavern’s name was changed to 1860’s Hardshell Café & Bar.

In 1992 construction began on what was to be a garden area on the east end of the building.  Original plans called for an open-air building without a roof.  By the time the project was finished there was a plastic roof along with weather-proof doors and windows.  A unique feature is that the concrete floor was installed with heat pipes underneath so the snow and ice would melt off when bad weather prevailed.  The system is still used today on cold winter nights to heat the floor.  The plastic roof let in a lot of light, but never seemed to keep the rain out.  The roof was replaced in 2013 with beautiful reclaimed wood from an old warehouse in north county.  This space is now called 1860’s Hardshell Café, but the locals still call it “60’s Patio”.

Stay tuned for:

1860’s Parking Lot Miracle
(Installment Two)

1860’s Ghosts, Legends and Myths
(Installment Three)


1860’s Saloon

Author: Tom Gullickson

Popular Watering Hole Going Strong – Missouri Bar and Grille

Missouri Bar and Grille, St. Louis, MO

Missouri Bar and Grille

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Missouri Bar and Grille – You might call it “home away from home.”  Missouri Bar & Grille, fondly referred to by regulars as “MoBar,” has been a pillar in St. Louis for over 50 years.  Because of its close proximity to the Post-Dispatch and other thriving businesses, it quickly became a popular watering hole for reporters, newsmen, movers and shakers, and local major sports players, as well as, your average working man.

Owner, Trifon Panopoulos, came over from Greece in 1966 with his parents and two brothers, Louis 10, and Jim 3.  Like many at that time, they were searching for a new life.  He eventually became the manager of a restaurant and years later in 1983, along with then partner, Chris Dubis, opened his own place, Missouri Bar and Grille.  He became sole owner a few years later and updated the name to “The NEW Missouri Bar & Grille”.

To the disappointment of many the pub closed down for a time after Trifon passed away in 2013, but thanks to Co-Owners/ Brothers, Louis and Jim Panopoulos, the popular haunt is back open for business and going strong.  The two made the decision to honor their brother and keep his legacy alive.  Now they are spending their days treating every person that walks through the door as though they were part of his family…just like Trifon did.

After more than a year-long closure, “MoBar” reopened for business with a revamped new look and a brand new concept.  The old familiar drinking hole now has a refined, modernized interior and some fun new menu items.  What used to be a cafeteria style restaurant is now a sports bar with delicious food.

Besides the updated kitchen and remodeled bar, the bar now has higher ceilings, new lighting and some enjoyable entertainment items like darts, a shuffleboard and a lively jukebox.  The popular core items loved by so many from the previous menu, including the Trashed Wings, Steak Sandwiches, Gyros and House-Made Toasted Ravioli are still being served.

However, they’ve got some great new additions like the crispy, customizable Thin-Crust Pizzas sold in two sizes, 12 and 16-inch options.  Each Pizza is offered in new combinations like the MoBar deluxe with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and black olives.

They also now serve a new item called “Jim’s Firehouse Burger”.  This yummy sandwich features charbroiled Angus beef with BBQ sauce, mild Cheddar, Apple wood bacon and a fried onion ring.  You can also expect to find tasty new appetizers, like Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Feta cheese served with Pita bread, and awesome Chili-Cheese Nachos.

The 3,500-square-feet of room accommodate 97 seats leaving plenty of room for all of the old time regulars and the new younger crowd they’re hoping to entice.  And what better way than by offering fun happy hours with great discounted food and drinks?  Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy specials on draft and canned beer, buckets, well drinks, wine, appetizers and pizza.  Pitcher specials are also available during all Cardinal and Blues games.

On Thursday nights between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. you can come in for a fun night of Trivia. So, whether you’re wanting a great meal, or are looking for a fun happy hour with good discounted food and drinks, Missouri Bar & Grille at 701 N. Tucker is where you might want to head.

Missouri Bar & Grille
701 N. Tucker
Phone: (314) 202-8791


Sunday thru Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Thursday thru Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3:30 a.m.

Ring in The New Year at Nick’s Pub

Nick’s Pub

101 Beers and Great Fun on Tap at Nick’s Pub

St. Louis, MO/December 27, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – There are literally thousands of places to celebrate the New Year in St. Louis this year.  Some will seek out a glitzy party with bright lights, expensive food and fizzy drinks.  Others will settle for frozen pizza and a tape-delayed ball drop on TV.  But why not have some real fun and celebrate with your friends at Nick’s Irish Pub, 6001 Manchester Ave. in Dogtown.  Nick’s is your friendly neighborhood bar, no matter where you live.  And like a good friend, they’ve got your New Year’s Eve party covered!

Nick’s has a New Year’s Eve deal that takes care of everything.  The party starts at 9:00 p.m. and runs until 12:20 a.m. (but the bar is open until 3 a.m. like always)!  For $15 at the door you get a dinner buffet (9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) and $2 “You Call It” premium drafts (over 70 to choose from), and premium liquors.  The band You, Me and Dougie will play from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.  And there’s a free champagne toast at midnight!

Anthony Doria and Roy Butler of You, Me and Dougie performing their original song “I Wish” live on Face the Music STL 2014.

That’s great food, a huge beer selection (101 on tap!), music and fun at everybody’s favorite neighborhood bar, Nick’s Irish Pub!  Just call 314-781-7806 or email nicksIrishpub@yahoo.com to reserve your table for the friendliest New Year’s Eve party in town.

If you need a little more space to celebrate, Nick’s has you covered.  You can reserve a private party room upstairs and throw your own bash for 50 of your closest friends!  It’s available for New Year’s Eve, or any special event!
Contact Information:

Nick’s Irish Pub
6001 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110


Contributing Editors: Susan Smith-Harmon and Kara Savio


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Rock and Brews to Open

Rock and Brews to open November 7th

CHESTERFIELD, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Good news!  Rock and Brews to Open – We were contacted by two nice people at Rock and Brews Headquarters, Brittany Levine called and Andrea Tadlock reached out to us via email with some great news.  It’s Confirmed, Rock and Brews in Chesterfield, MO, will open to the public November 7, 2016.  The Grand Opening is tentatively scheduled for January 11, 2017, which, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley is scheduled to be present.

Gene and Paul are two of the most recognized personalities and co-founders of the legendary rock band Kiss, selling more than 100 million CD’s and DVD’s, continue selling out stadiums and arenas around the world and breaking records established by Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

We have published two articles about the opening of Rock and Brews that have received a lot of attention.  The long awaited opening will certainly be a success if our reception is any indication of what’s to come.

Rock and Brews will be located at 17258 Chesterfield Airport Rd, Chesterfield, MO.  The property is currently being renovated and designed for use by Rock and Brews.  After months of construction the date is set and the community is excited.

Rock and Brews has locations in Albuquerque, NM – Buena Park, CA – Cabo, Mexico – The Colony, TX – Corona, CA – El Segundo, CA – LAX Delta Terminal 5, CA – LAX Southwest Terminal 1, CA – Los Cabos, Mexico – Oklahoma City, OK – Overland Park, KS – Oviedo, FL – Paia, Maui, HI – Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Redondo Beach, CA – San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino and now, St. Louis, MO.

Rock and Brews is known for their high quality comfort food including pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, salads, wings and craft beers from around the world and paying special tribute to local breweries.

Furthermore, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for the information and kind words provided and offered by Brittany Levine, Andrea Tadlock and/or Kyle O’Neal.  STLRestaurant.News welcomes Rock and Brews!

Franchises are available.

Contact information:

Rock and Brews – Corporate Headquarters

321 12th Street #200

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Phone: (310) 545-9977

Email: info@RockandBrews.com

Previous published articles about Rock and Brews


J Greene’s Pub

J Greene’s Pub Launches New Website

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) J Greene’s Pub recently launched a new website that offers state-of-the-art online ordering.  J Greene’s promotes their Irish traditions, family recipes and local sports while providing an upscale pub atmosphere with a unique menu.  Additionally, J Greene’s offers multiple television screens for sports fans, a patio and a meeting room for the business minded in addition to a large selection of craft beers.

J Greene’s wanted a state-of-the-art website with online ordering that makes it easy for their customers to order for pickup.  They hired the services of St. Louis Media, LLC d.b.a. KickAss.Domains, located in Ellisville, MO, to provide the design and optimization services necessary for J Greene’s to compete in the competitive restaurant industry.

Restaurant online ordering systems and mobile apps are increasingly popular with restaurants as they race to offer the best technology that benefits their customers and helps to drive traffic to their establishment.  J Greene’s Pub is accomplishing that and apparently their customers are embracing it.

Contact information:

J Greene’s Pub

100017 Manchester Drive

St. Louis, MO

Phone: (314) 394-2330

Website: http://jgreenespub.com/


Vin de Set Rooftop Bar

Vin de Set Rooftop Bar Makes 100 Best Patios in America List

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – There’s some extremely exciting news for one of St. Louis’ premier dining spots. Vin de Set Rooftop Bar and Bistro, located at 2017 Chouteau Ave, has been ranked as one of the top 100 Best Patios in America by OpenTable diners. OpenTable is an online real-time restaurant-reservation service that provides online reservations for close to 31,000 restaurants around the world. The website boasts of seating around 15 million diners per month.

The 100 Best Al Fresco Dining in America list for 2016 features restaurants that offer incredible views, regional cuisine and, more than anything else, the most amazing outdoor dining experiences. The list of honorees is created from more than 5 million restaurant reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the U.S. Qualifying restaurants are then scored according to the number of verified “great for outdoor dining” reviews they receive.

Vin de Set opened its doors in the summer of 2006 on the roof of the historic, refurbished Centennial Malt House. The chic, laid-back bistro with several dining areas, the spacious open-air deck with the breathtaking view being, of course, the favorite, offers seasonal classic cuisine of southern France.

Contributing Editor: Kara Savio