Dining

Quick Bites: 8.8.18

open & shut
Meow! A new craft beer bar with an outdoor beer garden, HopCat has opened at 6315 Delmar Blvd. Signature menu items include cheese-stuffed burgers, deep-dish pizza, customizable mac ‘n’ cheese and more. Speaking of tasty brews, Craft Beer Cellar has a new location in South City at 5760 Chippewa St. in partnership with Living Room Coffee & Kitchen. Customers can grab coffee in the morning and beer in the evening—and either in between! … Paul and Wendy Hamilton continue to make their mark on the local dining scene with their latest, Hamilton’s Urban Steakhouse & Bourbon Bar, now open inside Charleville Brewing Company & Tavern at 2101 Chouteau Ave. in Lafayette Square. The restaurant offers a true farm to table experience, serving only produce from the on-site hydroponic greenhouse. … Gringo is making a comeback! The Mexican restaurant, which closed in the Central West End in 2016, is expected to reopen this fall at 635 Washington Ave., the space formerly occupied by Robust Wine Bar.

coming soon
Masala, a new Indian and Pakistani restaurant, is slated to open at 6170 Delmar in The Loop. Owned by Zahid and Shaneena Khan, the eatery will be cheek-and-jowl with a new 18-hole miniature golf course being developed by Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill, the Moonrise Hotel and other Loop businesses.

minor adjustments
Porano Pasta has become Porano by Pastaria. Not only has the name been tweaked, but there is new counter service, silverware for dine-in guests and an updated menu, including pasta and salad favorites from Pastaria in Clayton. The restaurant is owned by James Beard winner Gerard Craft, chef and owner of Niche Food Group.

the time has come
As reported last summer, Juniper is moving from its North Boyle location to anchor a new, mixed-use condo development at 4101 Laclede Ave. later this month. The last day of service on Boyle is Aug. 18. Serving traditional Southern cuisine and cocktails, the eatery first opened in 2013 in the Central West End. In other Juniper news, the restaurant has started a partnership with the free mobile app GiftAMeal. When users post a photo of their dining experience, a free meal will be given to someone in need through Operation Food Search.

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