A few of the year's most anticipated restaurants debuted this month, including Indo, from James Beard Rising Star nominee Nick Bognar in the former home of Good Fortune; Chao Baan, from the family behind longtime South Grand staple King & I; a second location of BEAST Craft Barbecue in The Grove and the long-delayed Up-Down Arcade Bar in the former home of Herbie's in the Central West End. Ben Poremba also opened a bodega-style market in Botanical Heights, and Sugarfire Smoke House expanded yet again with a new location in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Fortunately, there weren't too many closings this month, but Cork & Barrel shuttered in St. Peters, Missouri; the newly opened Fried closed up shop Downtown and the plant-based Fred & Ricky's, which operated two brick-and-mortar locations and sold grab-and-go items at retail, shut down operations. The acclaimed Reeds American Table also announced it would close its doors in early July.

Openings

Akar, 7641 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, Missouri, 314.553.9914

AO&Co., 1641 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, bengelina.com

BEAST Butcher & Block, 4156 Manchester Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.944.6003, beastbbqstl.com

Chao Baan, 4087 Chouteau Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, Missouri, chaobaanstl.com

Indo, 1641 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, St. Louis, Missouri

Iron and Rye, 4353 Manchester Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, Missouri, facebook.com/ironandryerestaurant

La Bamba, 1101 Lucas Ave., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri

Melvin Brewing, 110 Hilltop Village Center, Eureka, Missouri, 307.654.0427, melvinbrewing.com/locate/eureka-brewpub

Rock Star Taco Shack, 3242-I Rue Royale, New Town, St. Charles, Missouri, facebook.com/rockstartacoshack

Sllyce Republic Pizza, 2490 Taylor Road, Wildwood, Missouri, 636.821.3000, facebook.com/pages/category/Pizza-Place/Sllyce-Republic-Pizza-401207800718922/

Sugarfire Smoke House, 2323 Plum St., Edwardsville, Illinois, 618.650.9150, sugarfiresmokehouse.com/locations/il-edwardsville (additional location)

Tompkins by The Rack House, 500 Main St., St. Charles, Missouri, tompkinsrh.com

Up-Down Arcade Bar, 405 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.449.1742, updownarcadebar.com/st-louis

Closings

Cork & Barrel Chop House, 7337 Mexico Road, St. Peters, Missouri, 636.387.7030, corkandbarrel.com

Fred and Ricky's, multiple locations, fredricky.com

Fried, 1330 Washington Ave., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.339.5070, stayfried.com

Reeds American Table, 7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood, Missouri, 314.899.9821, reedsamericantable.com (announced; closing July 3)

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