It's been a turbulent year for the St. Louis restaurant scene, and the final month of the year was no different. Several iconic spots closed their doors for good this month, including the famous Eat-Rite Diner,
known for its slinger and sliders, venerable downtown watering hole Missouri Bar & Grille and late-night hot spot Mangia Italiano on South Grand, among others. A few restaurants, including the excellent Holly Hills barbecue spot Stellar Hog, announced plans to close indefinitely for the winter, but we hope to see them back open this spring.
Speaking of openings, a few new restaurants did debut before the new year, including a brick-and-mortar location for Korean food truck K-Bop, a third restaurant for the BEAST barbecue empire and the return of Lulu's Local Eatery, which reopened under new ownership after a brief closure.
St. Louis restaurant openings: December 2020
BEAST Southern Kitchen & BBQ
The third restaurant from BEAST owners David and Meggan Sandusky features some of the brand's popular barbecue dishes (think sauced snoots and pork steaks) alongside southern classics including buttermilk fried chicken, pimento cheeseburgers and boudin balls.
BEAST Southern Kitchen & BBQ, 1280 Columbia Center, Columbia, Illinois, 618.719.2384, beastsouthern.com
K-Bop has finally put down roots. The food truck, which specializes in loaded Korean rice bowls topped with bulgogi, spicy tofu, teriyaki chicken and more, now has a storefront in the Delmar Loop.
K-Bop, 6120 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.296.3001, kbopstl.square.site, kbopstl.com
Lulu’s Local Eatery
a brief closure earlier this year, vegan favorite Lulu's Local Eatery has reopened under new ownership on South Grand, dishing up favorites like the sweet potato-black bean burger and Buffalo cauliflower bites alongside a few new items.
(reopened) Lulu's Local Eatery, 3201 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri, luluslocaleatery.com
Café Napoli has debuted its third location, aptly named Napoli III, in the Streets of St. Charles. Look for a mix of dishes from the other two locations, including fresh seafood and pasta, as well as favorite Café Napoli dishes like the veal chop and the penne al a vodka.
Napoli III, 1450 Beale St., St. Charles, Missouri, cafenapoli.com
A sister restaurant to Twisted Tree steakhouse, the newest concept from the Syberg's family of restaurants specializes in burgers and bourbon.
Twisted Tavern, 3606 W. Outer Road, Arnold, Missouri, 314.900.1331, twistedtavernstl.com
St. Louis restaurant closings: December 2020
, the venerable Eat-Rite Diner has served its last slingers and sliders near Downtown St. Louis. After reopening under new ownership in 2018
Eat-Rite Diner, 622 Chouteau Ave., LaSalle Park, St. Louis, Missouri
Beloved South Grand watering hole Mangia Italiano closed its doors at the end of December. The 37-year staple
writing that "w announced the news on Facebook, hile we have fought hard to weather this storm that is affecting us all, unfortunately we are unable to go on."
Mangia Italiano, 3145 S. Grand Blvd., Tower Grove East, St. Louis, Missouri
Mango Peruvian Cuisine
After 16 years in St. Louis, Mango Peruvian Cuisine
last month. Known for introducing the city to Peruvian specialties including announced plans to close its doors for good ceviche, a nticuchos and lomo saltado, the restaurant cited " the ongoing issues surrounding the pandemic such as a lack of convention and hotel business in Downtown St. Louis, as well as capacity restrictions" for the closure.
Mango Peruvian Cuisine, 1001 Washington Ave., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri
Missouri Bar & Grille
Missouri Bar & Grille, a popular Downtown watering hole affectionately known as "MoBar" by regulars, closed its doors in early December.
Missouri Bar & Grille, 701 N. Tucker, Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri
New Day Gluten Free
Gluten-free diners have one last spot to indulge in St. Louis. New Day Gluten Free, a gluten-free, peanut-free café and bakery in Clayton, closed up shop in early December.
New Day Gluten Free, 7807 Clayton Road, Clayton, Missouri
Stellar Hog, the popular Holly Hills barbecue joint located in the former home of Super's Bungalow,
with hopes to be back open this spring. A new location slated for Chesterfield is still on track for an opening soon. recently announced plans to close for the winter
Stellar Hog, 5623 Leona St., Holly Hills, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.481,8448, thestellarhog.com (indefinite closure)
SymBowl, which specialized in health-conscious build-your-own salads, wraps and bowls, has closed its flagship location in Kirkwood.
SymBowl, 11215 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, Missouri