Even as the busy holiday season began, St. Louis saw no shortage of concepts new and old opening locations throughout the metro area.
The Grove neighborhood added two animal-inspired spots, one in spirit and one in practice. Platypus, the cocktail bar from industry veterans Tony Saputo and Meredith Barry, is now slinging a small menu of crafted cocktails with a food menu from DuckBill, the moniker for the kitchen. A little further south, you'll now find the massive Bar K, a bar, restaurant and indoor-outdoor dog park. You can now head their with – or without – your pup to enjoy three bars, 10,000 square feet of indoor dog park space and two acres of outdoor dog park space.
Plenty of other highly-anticipated spots also made their debut this month. In the Central West End, the newest Niche Food Group restaurant, Bowood by Niche, opened inside of the beloved Bowood Farms serving a brunch and lunch menu featuring sandwiches, salads and more. And in Kirkwood, Pi Pizzeria + ¡Rico! Mexican left its takeout-only spot for a full-blown restaurant on Manchester Road.
Sadly, St. Louis had to say goodbye to a couple of longtime favorites, and the restaurant scene is taking a serious hit when it comes to tacos. Both Kirkwood's Club Taco and The Hill's Taco Circus bid adieu in the month of November.
Catch up on all of this month's openings and closings below.
AJ's Smashed and Smoked, 6980 W. Main St., Belleville, Illinois, smashedandsmoked.com
Beets & Bones, 8401 Maryland Ave., Clayton, Missouri, 314.925.8722, beets-bones.business.site
The Benevolent King, 7268 Manchester Road, Maplewood, Missouri, thebenevolentking.com (reopening)
Black Sheep Whiskey + Wine, 3153 Morganford Road, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.772.9800, blacksheepstl.com
Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery, 140 W. Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, Missouri. 314.530.7600, clementinescreamery.com/locations/missouri/kirkwood
Grand Spirits Bottle Co., 3194 S. Grand Blvd., Tower Grove South, St. Louis, Missouri, grandspiritsco.com
Mac's Local Eats, 5656 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.393.7713, macslocaleats.com
Maize & Wheat, 1912 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, Missouri, 314.749.4778, maizeandwheat.com
Park Avenue Coffee, 521 Olive St., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, parkavenuecoffee.com (additional location)
Pi Pizzeria + ¡Rico! Mexican, 10312 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, 314.671.4016, pi-pizza.com/rico
PokeDoke, 130 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, Missouri, pokedokestl.com (additional location)
Silver Pancake House, 9983 Manchester Road, Warson Woods, Missouri, 314.858.9091
Tacos 4 Life, 2998 Highway K, O'Fallon, Missouri, 636.614.4683, tacos4life.com/locations/ofallon
Club Taco, 200 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, Missouri, 314.858.1488, clubtacostl.com