If we had to sum up the past month on the St. Louis dining scene in two words, we might say "ghost kitchen." As restaurants begin to rethink their operations and pivot to more carryout-friendly fare amid COVID-19, several have opened ghost kitchens, or entirely new concepts housed under the same roof that offer a different menu that's only available for carryout and/or delivery. The team behind Polite Society and The Bellwether has launched Sub Division Sandwich Co., BEAST Craft BBQ's owners have opened Wing Runner out of their popular barbecue joint in The Grove, and Revel Kitchen is now serving up Detroit-style pies under the moniker Motor Town Pizza in Brentwood.
This month also saw several reopenings, including the return of 9 Mile Garden in Affton, an expanded space for Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream in Maplewood and a new concept from the owner of Kiin Essentially Thai located in the same space downtown.
Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to take its toll on the restaurant industry, and a few spots did shutter for good this month, including The Grove mainstay Attitudes, two locations of Guerrilla Street Food and the storied Cusanelli's in Lemay. Byrd & Barrel owner Bob Brazell also announced a few shakeups: the original Byrd location on Jefferson has closed while a new (much larger) location is built out in Southwest Garden, and The Tenderloin Room has closed indefinitely in the Central West End.
Aubergine Cafe, 550 N. 7th St. St. Louis, Missouri, 314.241.1989 (formerly Kiin Essentially Thai)
Doggie Mac's, 5622 S. Grand Blvd, Holly Hills, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.626.4221, doggiemacsfoodtruck.com
Dogwood Social House, 15682 Manchester Road, Ellisville, Missouri, 636.323.4227, dogwoodsocialhouse.com
Fire Chicken, 10200 Page Ave., Overland, Missouri, 314.551.2123
Hangar Kitchen + Bar, 9528 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, Missouri, 314.473.1221, hangarkitchenandbarstl.com
Motor Town Pizza, motortownpizza.appfront.ai (ghost kitchen)
Attitudes Nightclub, 4100 Manchester Ave., The Grove, St. Louis
Byrd & Barrel, 3422 South Jefferson Ave., Cherokee Business District, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.875.9998, facebook.com/byrdandbarrel (relocating)
Cusanelli's, 705 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, Missouri
Guerrilla Street Food, 6120 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop, St. Louis, Missouri, guerrillastreetfood.com
Guerrilla Street Food, 1601 Sublette Ave. (inside 2nd Shift Brewing), The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, guerrillastreetfood.com
Paul Minneo's Trattoria, 333 Westport Plaza Dr., Maryland Heights, Missouri
Start Bar, 1000 Spruce St., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, startbarstl.com (indefinite)
The Tenderloin Room, 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd. (inside the Chase Park Plaza), Central West End, 314.361.0900, tenderloinroom.com (indefinite)