As we gear up for the holidays, St. Louis diners have plenty of new spots to explore. Two of the city's most renowned restaurant couples – Mike and Liz Randolph (Half & Half, plus the now-shuttered Público and Randolfi's Italian Kitchen) and Michael and Tara Gallina (Vicia) – opened new concepts, both in U City. From the Randolphs, Original J's Tex-Mex & Barbecue is serving up central Texas-style 'cue, including plenty of smoked meats and tacos, while the Gallinas have revamped the much-loved Winslow's Home into Winslow's Table, offering the same seasonally inspired, vegetable-forward fare that won them acclaim at Vicia. The second restaurant at the much-anticipated St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, Train Shed, also opened this month, as well as a coffee shop featuring food from acclaimed chef Rob Connoley of Bulrush and a new wine shop in the Shaw neighborhood.

Although openings were, thankfully, slim this month, a few restaurants did close up shop, including Guerrilla Street Food's outpost inside Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade in St. Charles and brunch favorite Café Madeleine at the Piper Palm House, which plans to reopen with a new concept in the spring. 

Openings

1798 BBQ, 5210 Highway N, Cottleville, Missouri, facebook.com/1798BBQ

Britt's Bakehouse, 137 W. Jefferson Ave., Kirkwood, Missouri, 314.440.4794, brittsbakehouse.com

Destination Café, 3182 Morganford Road, Tower Grove South, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.899.0413, destinationcafe.org

High Low, 3301 Washington Ave., Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.549.9990, kranzbergartsfoundation.org/high-low

J’s Pitaria Mediterranean Cuisine, 91 Concord Plaza Shopping Center, Sappington, Missouri, 314.270.8005, jspitaria.com (second location)

J.P. Fields West, 11656 Manchester Road, Des Peres, Missouri, 314.426.0127, facebook.com/jpfieldswest

Original J's Tex-Mex & Barbecue, 7359 Forsyth Blvd., University City, Missouri, 314.202.8335, originaljs.com

The Train Shed, 201 S. 18th St., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.923.3949, trainshed-stl.com

Wild Olive Provisions, 2201 S. 39th St., Shaw, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.300.8089, facebook.com/WildOliveProvisions

Winslow's Table, 7213 Delmar Blvd., University City, Missouri, 314.725.7559, winslowstable.com

Closings

Café Madeleine, 4256 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.575.5658, cafemadeleinestl.com

Guerrilla Street Food (located inside Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade), 2236 1st Capitol Dr., St. Charles, Missouri, 636.224.8626, twoplumbers.com

Table Three, 3519 St. Albans Road, Wildwood, Missouri, 636.458.0131, table-three.com

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