This month was marked by frequent openings, closings and reopenings in St. Louis. Several restaurants closed their doors temporarily due to employee exposure to COVID-19, reopening weeks later after rigorous sanitation.
But as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the area, many St. Louis restaurants have decided to close their dining rooms for the foreseeable future, including Elmwood, Juniper and Salt + Smoke. This month also marked both the opening and closing of the city's first food truck park, as the brand-new 9 Mile Garden in Affton elected to close temporarily to help slow the spread of the virus.
Starting today, Fri., July 31, the food truck park will be closed for the next four weeks to comply with new restrictions in St. Louis County limiting gatherings to 50 or fewer people. Managing partner Brian Hardesty says they hope to reopen 9 Mile Garden to the public later this summer, but they'll be keeping a close eye on COVID-19 cases in order to make a safe decision for guests.
On a similar note, four St. Louis bars and restaurants, including Start Bar and The Wheelhouse, were ordered by the city of St. Louis to close for 2 weeks due to violating social distancing guidelines aimed at combating the spread of the virus.
In happier news, though, several new concepts debuted this month, including another location of the wildly popular Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery in Lake St. Louis, a reimagined version of the iconic Parkmoor Drive-In and an expanded version of Olive + Oak, located just down the street from the original, which also features a second tasting room for Perennial Artisan Ales.
Here, we've recapped this month's new restaurant openings and permanent closures.
Bijoux Handcrafted Chocolates, 13014 Manchester Road, Des Peres, Missouri, 314.307.7303, bijouxchocolates.com
Freddie G's Chicken and Waffles, 1435 Salisbury St., Hyde Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.354.6515, facebook.com/Freddie-Gs-Chicken-Waffles-100964348359166
Olive + Oak/Perennial on Lockwood, 216 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri, 314.736.1370, oliveandoakstl.com
Upshot Coffee, 816 N. Kingshighway St., St. Charles, Missouri, 636.209.4331,weareupshotcoffee.com
Vegan Deli and Butcher, 524 S. Main St., St. Charles, Missouri, 636.757.3349, facebook.com/chefchrisbertke