zoo brew | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC) has released the new STL Zoo Bier for 2024: Lemur Light Lager. The brew celebrates the endangered ring-tailed lemur, a native species of southwestern Madagascar. The Saint Louis Zoo is home to three ring-tailed lemurs. Since 2019, proceeds from the STL Zoo Bier have gone to support animal welfare conservation. “As an animal lover and life-long advocate of the St. Louis region, this partnership means a lot to me and to the team at UCBC as well,” co-founder David Wolfe says. “The Saint Louis Zoo is such a significant organization, both locally and globally, and we’re thrilled to continue this partnership, especially at this point in time when it’s more important than ever to support our community.”

ramsay in the stl
St. Louis will soon be home to a new restaurant from Gordon Ramsay—the first in the region for the multi-Michelin starred celebrity chef. Ramsay’s Kitchen will open at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. The restaurant will be inspired by the chef’s travels abroad. “St. Louis is an incredible foodie destination, with its own vibrant Midwest flavors and influences,” Ramsay says. “I’m delighted to open Ramsay’s Kitchen at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, a stunning restaurant with amazing views of the Gateway Arch and famed Mississippi River. It really is the perfect location for family celebrations, date nights and breaking bread with friends.”

on wheels
Foodies and bibliophiles won’t want to miss Vanchovy, a new mobile cookbook store zipping around the StL. Created by Stephanie McKinney, it debuted at May’s Night Market and Clements Lock & Security last month, and the 1992 Honda Acty Kei van will be appearing at more events throughout the metro. McKinney has plans to offer new cookbooks in the future, but for now, vintage and used volumes are available—she’s also accepting donations. Follow Vanchovy on Instagram or Facebook for the latest information on appearances.

opens + closes
If you’re itching for a ramen fix, head to Oakville. Ichiro Ramen is now open at 5638 Telegraph Road. … Tower Grove Farmers Market fave Damn Fine Hand Pies has opened a brick-and-mortar. You can check out the bakery at 4000 Shaw Blvd. … In more sweet news, Prioritized Pastries is moving into the former home of Pie Oh My in Maplewood at 2719 Sutton Blvd. The bakery is known for its gluten-free, vegan and allergy-friendly offerings. … Here’s a twist: Pretzel Boy now has a fourth location in O’Fallon at 2699 Highway K. … Dao Tien has closed downtown, but fans of the popular Vietnamese restaurant can still visit its second location, Dao Tien Express, which opened in Florissant in December.