Quick Bites: 9.19.18

finally here
After much anticipation, chef Gerard Craft’s Cinder House has opened on the eighth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel. The restaurant space underwent a complete renovation and now features an outdoor bar area as well. The owner of Niche Food Group is basing his latest venture on wood-fired foods with a South American flair as a nod to his beloved childhood nanny, Dia. Tasty menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner include a kimchi farro bowl, grilled chicken croquettes with Catupiry cheese and aji Amarillo sauce, and Dia’s cheese bread. Yum!

open & shut
Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods in The Grove is expected to close by the end of this month after almost two years in business. The store at 4180 Manchester Ave. sells cooking supplies, equipment and artisanal goods. Snax Gastrobar at 3500 Watson Road closed its doors recently. Owners Stanley and Arlene Browne (who also own Robust in Webster Groves) cited a lack of business.

the pie has arrived
Mitch Frost and Joseph Faul just opened a New York-style, late-night pizza joint called Pie Guy Pizza at 4189 Manchester Ave. The new dining spot is connected to Gezellig Tap House & Bottleshop and offers seating in both areas. Besides pizza by the slice (or just go for the whole thing!), the menu features salads and specialty items like pizza nachos and cheesy breadsticks.

a happy marriage
The St. Louis Repertory Theatre has a new dining partner in the wings. Café at The Rep is now home to Llywelyn’s Catering—aka Llywelyn’s Pub—joining nine other Llywelyn’s locations in St. Louis and Kansas City. The new venue will offer entrees, salads and sandwiches before shows. Reservations can be made at cafeattherep.llywelynscatering.com.

reasons to celebrate
A couple of St. Louis venues are celebrating anniversaries! Hacienda Mexican Restaurant at 9748 Manchester Road just turned 50, and in honor of the milestone, it will host a 50-Year Fiesta Oct. 6 starting at 11 a.m., with all-day food and drink specials and live music. Meanwhile, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Town & Country just marked its first year in business.