Quick Bites: 8.14.19

end of the line 
The William K. Busch Brewing Company has ceased all operations. The company was started in 2011 by Billy Busch, great-grandson of AnheuserBusch co-founder Adolphus Busch, and was known for its award-winning Kräftig and Kräftig Light beers. Products will continue to be available at retailers while supplies last, which the company estimates will be through September.

A staple of the St. Louis dining scene is returning to its original stomping grounds. Balaban’s is moving back to the Central West End after almost 10 years in Chesterfield. Partners Brian Underwood and Steve McIntyre have sold the restaurant to local business owner Karen Helper, who plans to open up shop on Euclid Avenue—right across the street from where the original Cafe Balaban opened in 1972! Balaban’s on Clarkson Road closed its doors earlier this month.

branching out
Local chef extraordinaire Bill Cardwell is starting the next chapter of his culinary career. Cardwell’s at the Plaza closed last fall, and now, after a short break, the master is launching a new business focused on more intimate dining experiences. Along with hosting interactive events, providing consulting services and serving as a private chef, he will offer customized cooking and mixology classes in homes and at local venues.

what’s poppin’
Beat the late summer heat with frozen treats from Poptimism, the new ice pop truck from Karen Wissenger, owner of Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop. The truck (aka Toto) is hitting the road with icy creations made with seasonal, hyper-local ingredients. The ice pops also are available at the Whisk storefront on Cherokee Street, and Toto will make regular visits to the Tower Grove and Boulevard farmers’ markets. The truck is available for weddings, parties and other events.

opens & closes
The Grove is getting a new VIP party destination. Ember, a Las Vegas-style club, will open at 4121 Manchester Ave. … Just down the street at 4156 Manchester Ave., BEAST Butcher & Block has opened. The BBQ spot comes from pitmaster David Sandusky of the popular BEAST Craft BBQ in Belleville. … That’s not the end of new offerings in The Grove. Chao Baan is serving up unique Thai dishes at 4089 Chouteau Ave. The restaurant is run by the Prapaisilp family, who also are behind King and I, Oishi Sushi and Global Foods Market. … Soon, you’ll be able to belly up to the bar at a new First Watch in Brentwood Square. It will be the first location of the popular brunch spot to include a beverage counter with cocktails and coffee drinks. … The Loop has lost a popular destination for sweet treats. After seven years, Piccione Pastry will close up shop at 6197 Delmar Blvd Sept. 22. The bakery is celebrating with a ‘Farewell Tour’ of deals on popular menu items through September.