This week in Cafe Society, Mark Antonation previewed pastry whiz Keegan Gerhard's reincarnation of D Bar, which opens today with an expanded dinner menu -- as well as those killer desserts -- in its new digs in Uptown. Gretchen Kurtz thinks the kitchen at the Squeaky Bean might be having a little too much fun, and she also dished up fifteen great places to take your parents for dinner over the holidays.
We learned of some surprising closings this week, including Country Time BBQ (one of our favorite smokehouses), Silvi's Kitchen (formerly Udi's Pizza Cafe) in the Lowenstein Complex, and all three locations of Arch Pizza, which couldn't seem to lure in St. Louis ex-pats with its version of processed-cheese and cracker-crust pizza (not one of Missouri's finer exports). Better news came from East Alameda Avenue, where Blackbird took flight and Cafe|Bar owner Dane Huguley was able to make a quick turnaround of that eatery's closure to his new taco concept, Grey Cactus Cocina Bar.
OPENING THIS WEEK* Blackbird, 305 South Downing Street Grey Cactus Cocina Bar, 295 South Pennsylvania Street Hasu Asian Bistro, 250 Steele Street Raw Roots Juice Bar & Cafe, 200 Quebec Street, Unit 117 RT Cafe, 988 Lincoln Street
REOPENING THIS WEEK* D Bar Restaurant (moved from 1475 East 17th Avenue), 494 East 19th Avenue
MOVING THIS WEEK* Illegal Pete's (from 1320 College Avenue), 1124 13th Street, Boulder
CLOSING THIS WEEK* Arch Pizza, 10101 East Hampden Avenue, 8854 East Maximus Drive, Lone Tree, 6110 East Colfax Avenue Country Time BBQ, 2504 West Hampden Avenue, Englewood Silvi's Kitchen, 2550 East Colfax Avenue Snow Thai, 406 East Colfax Avenue
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* or earlier, and not mentioned in a previous Second Helping.