This month, several long-awaited restaurants finally opened their doors in St. Louis. In the Central West End, Edera Italian Eatery has opened with a menu designed by consulting chef Mike Randolph (Half & Half, Original J's, the late, great Privado and Público), while over in U City, chef Natasha Kwan has opened Diego's, serving Mexican food right next door to her popular Frida's. In The Grove, chef Ben Grupe opened his much-anticipated Tempus, which is currently exclusively offering takeout service. Other notable openings include a second location of the venerable Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Peters, a new pop-up concept that's making waves with its Japanese sandos and another ghost kitchen from the Baileys' Restaurants team.

Sadly, a few restaurants did close their doors this month, including the beloved Café Osage in the Central West End, which was known for its stellar seasonal brunch fare driven by locally sourced, organic ingredients. As colder weather starts to creep in and patio dining becomes less feasible, many restaurateurs worry that winter will bring an onslaught of closures of restaurants that have been hanging on by a thread throughout the pandemic. Make an effort to support your local restaurants in whatever way you feel comfortable – dining out, ordering takeout or even just buying a gift card – to ensure that they're here to stay.

Openings

The Annex Coffee and Foods, 8122 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, Missouri, 314.731.6329, theannexstl.com

Café La Vie (inside Le Méridien St. Louis Clayton), 7730 Bonhomme Ave., Clayton, Missouri, marriott.com/hotels/travel/stlmy-le-meridien-st-louis-clayton

Curry Club Expresscurryclubexpress.com (food truck)

Diego’s, 630 North and South Road, University City, Missouri, 314.553.9906, diegosstl.com

Edera Italian Eatery, 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.361.7227, ederastl.com

Izumiizumistlouis.com (pop-up concept)

Pappy's Smokehouse, 5246 N. Service Road, St. Peters, Missouri, pappyssmokehouse.com (additional location)

Pi Pizzeria & ¡RICO! Mexican, 900 Manchester Road, Glendale, Missouri, pi-pizza.com/rico

The Pioneer Bakery Café, 210 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, Missouri

Playing Ketchupplayingketchupstl.com (ghost kitchen)

Pop Pop Hurray, 256 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, Missouri, 314.733.5350, poppophurray.com

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 4071 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, Missouri. 314.282.0902, sweetwaterscafe.com

Tempus, 4370 Manchester Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, 314.349.2878, Missouri, tempusstl.com

Closings

Café Osage, 4605 Olive St., Central West End, St. Louis, Missouri

Great Grizzly Bear, 1027 Geyer, Soulard, St. Louis, Missouri

The Monocle, 4510 Manchester Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, Missouri

Pueblo Nuevo, 7401 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Hazelwood, Missouri