Dining

Quick Bites: 12.4.19

ballpark eats
Cardinals fans can look forward to enjoying much more than just peanuts and Cracker Jacks. As part of a $260 million expansion, Ballpark Village will add two new restaurants. Sports & Social St. Louis will offer a full bar and restaurant menu, plus a variety of interactive games like foosball, ping-pong and Skee-Ball. Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse will bring chef-owner Steve DiFillippo’s Boston-based restaurant to the StL, one of 12 locations across the country. Both restaurants are slated to open in 2020.

a fresh start
In November, restaurateur Beth Williams ended a successful 10-year run at Table Three in Wildwood, but her next venture is set to open soon. Located at The Inns at St. Albans, The Old Barn will feature a seasonal, farm-to-fork menu that changes every six weeks. The new dining concept occupies an actual barn, originally constructed in 1843 and expanded into a restaurant in 1928. The space previously was home to Malmaison. Williams also has plans to open a cafe in the historic Head’s Store in April 2020.

a delicious decade 
Bon anniversaire to Brasserie! (That’s ‘happy birthday’ for any non-Francophiles.) The popular Gerard Craft restaurant in the CWE has been providing locals with exceptional French cuisine for 10 years. A toast is in order as well for its sister restaurant, Taste, next door, which also is celebrating a decade of serving craft cocktail

keep on truckin’
Brian Hardesty of Guerrilla Street Food has partnered with Seneca Commercial Real Estate for a new food truck concept, 9 Mile Garden. It will feature a covered area for trucks to sell their wares as well as live music, games, and an outdoor screen to show movies and sporting events. Food trucks will pay a membership fee to be included in the venue’s rotating schedule, and Hardesty says he’ll have a roster of at least 30 to start. Expected to open in Affton next spring, the venue is inspired by old-fashioned truck gardens where farmers would gather to sell produce in the area.

opens & closes
The Colorado-based Rush Bowls is expanding its presence in the StL! The fast casual chain opened its first local spot in the Central West End last year, and now, it’s bringing its healthy fruit and veggie bowls to Kirkwood at 343 S. Kirkwood Road. … Café Ventana (3919 W. Pine Blvd.) closed with hopes that a new incarnation will be announced soon. The coffee shop opened in 2008. … After less than a year in business, Oaked has closed up shop at 1031 Lynch St. in Soulard. 

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