December is typically one of the busiest months on the restaurant scene, and this year was no different. Several new spots opened their doors this month, including a pop-up bar with large-scale games in The Grove, a "literary café" and a revamped version of the legendary Tenderloin Room inside the Chase Park Plaza. In Fox Park, the highly awaited Little Fox opened its doors, serving seasonally inspired small plates and natural wines.

Unfortunately, a few beloved spots did close their doors, including the venerable Schneithorst Restaurant & Bar in Frontenac and Culpeppers in the Central West End. The latter closed to make way for an expansion of the Saint Louis Chess Club, which will also cause Brennan's to close next spring. In Maplewood, artisan shop Larder & Cupboard also closed just before the new year, but it's not all bad news: owner Cindy Higgerson plans to continue production of her award-winning jams and preserves.

Openings

Colino's Cafe & Bakery, 5141 Wilson Ave., The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.776.3126, colinoscafe.com

EXO Lounge and EXO Nail Bar, 2 157 Center, Edwardsville, Illinois, visitexo.com

The Get Down, 1449 S. Vandeventer Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, Missouri, the-get-down.business.site/

Jack Nolen's, 2501 S. Ninth St., St. Louis, Missouri, jacknolens.com

Little Fox, 2800 Shenandoah Ave., Fox Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.553.9456, littlefoxstl.com

Protagonist Cafe, 1700 S. Ninth St., Soulard, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.833.3085, protagonistcafe.com

Recess STL, 4500 Swan Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.818.9112, recessstl.com (pop-up location)

The Tenderloin Room, 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd. (inside the Chase Park Plaza), Central West End, 314.361.0900, tenderloinroom.com

Closings

Culpeppers, 300 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, St. Louis, Missouri

Iron & Rye, 4353 Manchester Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.449.6005, ironrye.com

Foam, 3359 S. Jefferson St., Cherokee Business District, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.772.2100, foamvenue.com

Larder & Cupboard, 7310 Manchester Road, Maplewood, Missouri, 314.300.8995, larderandcupboard.com

Maya Cafe, 2726 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, Missouri, 314.781.4774, mayacafestl.com

Schneithorst Restaurant & Bar, 1600 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, Missouri

Yo! Salsa Modern Latin Taqueria & Cantina, 2 West Pearce Blvd., Wentzville, Missouri, 636.856.8444, yolosmex.com/home

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