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Longtime Delmar Loop Icon, Cicero’s is Closing

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Final Concert at Cicero’s is this Weekend

University City, MO/June 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – A special era in St. Louis’ vibrant nightlife is about to come to an end. Cicero’s at 6691 Delmar in the University City Loop is closing this weekend.  Cicero’s music venue manager and talent buyer Jay Mumma had announced yesterday on Facebook that this Saturday’s performance by The Weekend Routine would be the last concert event at the iconic venue.  Today, the Jacobs family which owns the iconic restaurant and bar, announced that Cicero’s will close permanently on Sunday, June 25, 2017.  The announcement comes a year after the death of Jacobs patriarch and Cicero’s founder Shawn Jacobs death in June 2016.  Cicero’s is currently owned by Chad and Trisha Jacobs, who took over after their father’s death. (Their mother Alice passed away in 2012.)

On the official Cicero’s Facebook page the Jacob’s posted the notice:

Dear friends and patrons,

It’s with an extremely heavy heart that I inform you all that our last day of business will be Sunday, June 25th.  After nearly forty years of serving up some of St. Louis’ best pizza, and beer, among other things, we’ve determined it no longer makes sense to continue.  Our father, Shawn, put his heart and soul into a place that has become a St. Louis institution.  He, and our mom, Alice, sacrificed everything our family had, and took a huge risk, to open Cicero’s.  We couldn’t be prouder of them for their accomplishments.

We want to thank everyone who has patronized Cicero’s over the years.  You all have played an integral role in making the restaurant a St. Louis landmark.  We would also like to thank all of our employees who made our successes possible.  Everyone connected to Cicero’s has had some amazing times; some good, and some bad.  We hope that you can appreciate all of those times, and recognize the influence our family had in your life.  That would mean the world to us.

If you are interested in continuing the Cicero’s legacy, we are looking for prospective buyers.  Please contact Ron Kramer at Kramer Commercial Realty. He can be reached at 314-221-6276.

Until we see you again.
Cheers,
The Jacobs Family

The late Shawn Jacobs opened Cicero’s in 1977 at 6510 Delmar Blvd. in the corner of the building now occupied by Blueberry Hill.  Cicero’s offered pizza, toasted ravioli, and other Italian fare, along with independent label beers like Heineken and St. Pauli Girl, that were harder to find in St. Louis at that time than the locally made AB products.

Cicero’s began hosting concerts in their basement bar in 1984.  In his Facebook post, Mumma wrote about the history of live performances at Cicero’s, including that first performance by guitarist Buddy Guy that kicked off the basement bar as a performance venue.  Since then Cicero’s stage has served as a launching pad for many nationally and internationally famous acts. Mumma credits the bar with making the Loop important to the music industry and fans alike.  “The old Basement Bar was an iconic room, introducing many groundbreaking artists in the music industry to the St Louis market and putting the UCity Loop on the musical map,” Mumma said.  Some of the acts who’ve performed there over the years include Beck, Ani DiFranco, The Cranberries, The Indigo Girls, They Might Be Giants, and more recently Umphrey’s McGee and Bowling for Soup.

A clip from a 2014 performance by Slow Down Scarlett on the Cicero’s stage.

In 1997 Cicero’s moved a few blocks west from its original location at Delmar Blvd. and Melville Ave. to its current location at 6691 Delmar Blvd (at Kingsland).  The new space offered more space for both restaurant and music venue.  In the new space, a dessert case was added that became quite popular with Loop visitors.  They also built a 50-tap bar (later expanded to 55-taps) and the focus shifted to beer, including the creation of a “beer school” aimed at educating patrons about the art and craft of beer making, and introducing them to new brews.

On a personal note: I have very fond memories of Cicero’s in the 1980s and 90s.  It was a favorite dinner stop before the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Varsity Theater (now Vintage Vinyl), and one of the best places in St. Louis to see a jam band performance.  Both the original location and the current spot are thick with memories for many music fans in St. Louis, myself included.  This is a real loss to the community.

Contact Information:

Cicero’s
Owners: Chad Jacobs and Trisha Jacobs
University City Loop
6691 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
(314) 862-0009
chad@ciceros-stl.com
http://www.ciceros-stl.com/

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06/20/2017 |

The Top 10 Wineries Near St. Louis

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Great Wineries on St. Louis’ Doorstep

St. Louis, MO/June 18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Missouri has always been wine country.  The rich, fertile soil, abundant sunshine, and crisp, cold winters make it ideal for growing grapes.  German immigrants began growing grapes and producing wines here in the early 1800s.  By the middle of the century, so much wine was being made that the region was nicknamed the “Missouri Rhineland.”  Later in the 19th century, Italians came, bringing their own winemaking techniques.  By the time Prohibition banned wine-making in the U.S., Missouri was the second-largest producer of wine in America.  Fortunately, Prohibition was repealed.  In the 1960s and early 1970s, Missouri’s winemaking tradition was beginning to come back.  So it’s no real surprise that in 1980 the August Wine region along the Missouri River in St. Charles County was the first federally designated as an American Viticultural Area.  That means there’s some really fine wine right on St. Louis’ doorstep.

We wanted to know where to find the best winery experience closed to home.  So we checked customer reviews to find out where St. Louisans go for great wine and a beautiful place to drink it.  We limited the results to wineries situated within an hour’s drive of the city center.  That way, we knew these would be great daytrip destinations—no luggage required.  That did leave out a lot of great wineries in places like St. Genevieve and Hermann, but what we found was a list of classic Missouri wineries along the Augusta Wine Trail, and a burgeoning selection of vintners in Jefferson County!

These wineries to the south of the city may be the best “unkept” secret in St. Louis, as is evidenced by this top 10!  Leading the list is Wild Sun Winery in Hillsboro.  Open since 2015, Wild Sun is one of the newest wineries on our list.  The winery sits on an old country estate that dates to the 1870s.  The winery is the collaboration of two experienced beverage professionals—former Anheuser Busch Marketing Manager Ed Wagner and veteran wine-maker Mark Baehmann (Montelle, Mount Pleasant, Chaumette).  They don’t grow their own grapes like some wineries, but instead source their grapes from other Missouri growers to create a portfolio of wines that include an array of whites and reds that run from sweet to dry, and include a barrel-aged Chardonel, a well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon, and a port-style dessert wine.

Enjoy Wild Sun wines in their tasting room (inside the nearly 150-year old mansion), at an umbrellaed table on one of the spacious patios, or under the pavilion.  The 10 acres of rolling hills and lush, green lawns make for great picnicking, and you’re welcome to bring a basket, blankets, and lawn chairs, but no outside beverages.  They do offer a limited menu of light fare to accompany their wines, including pizza, soup, sausage, cheese and bread.  There’s live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Friday evenings too.  Wild Sun is one of the newer wineries in the St. Louis area and it’s only 25-minutes south of the city.

We found lots of great wineries just a stone’s throw from St. Louis.  It seems any direction you head from the city, and you’ll find a unique winery waiting for you.  Here are the top 10 wineries within an hour’s drive of St. Louis:

1. Wild Sun Winery (4.82 stars/28 reviews) Jefferson County, 4830 Pioneer Road, Hillsboro, MO 63050, (636) 797-8686.
2. Lake Creek Winery (4.72 stars/27 reviews) Warren County, 15088 Boone Monument Road, Marthasville, MO 63357, (636) 242-2036.
3. The Terrace at French Village (4.68 stars/28 reviews) Sainte Francois County, 6188 Hwy Y, French Village, MO 63036, (573) 358-7177
4. Augusta Winery (4.32 stars/36 reviews) St. Charles County, 5601 High Street, Augusta, MO 63332, (636) 228-4301.
5. The Weingarten (4.26 stars/28 reviews) St. Clair County, 1780 East State Rt 15, Belleville, IL 62221, (618) 257-9463.
6. Villa Antonio Winery (4.25 stars/48 reviews) Jefferson County, 3660 Linhorst Road, Hillsboro, MO 63050, (636) 475-5008.
7. Balducci Vineyards (4.24 stars/56 reviews) St. Charles County, 6601 South Hwy 94, Augusta, MO 63332, (636) 482-8466.
8. Noboleis Vineyards (4.23 stars/44 reviews) St. Charles County, 100 Hemsath Road, Augusta, MO 63332, (636) 482-4500.
9. Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery (4.23 stars/48 reviews) Warren County, 13699 South Hwy 94, Dutzow, MO 63342, (800) 419-2245.
10. EdgeWild Restaurant and Winery (4.02 stars/330 reviews) St. Louis County, 550 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017, (636) 532-0550.

Honorable Mentions:

Montelle Winery (3.74 stars/193 reviews) St. Charles County, 201 Montelle Drive, Augusta, MO 63332, (636) 228-4464.  This is the classic Augusta Wine Trail winery experience.  Montelle Winery offers some of the best views of the Missouri River valley from its perch atop the Osage ridge.  Montelle is known for making comfortable wines that people like to drink.  Their Dry Vignoles won the 2008 Missouri Governor’s Cup (best overall wine), and Montell was the first winery in Missouri with a distillery that produces four kinds of brandy: apple, peach, cherry and grape (grappa).

LaChance Vineyards (4.32 stars/20 reviews) Jefferson County, 12237 Peter Moore Lane, De Soto, MO 63020, (636) 586-2777.  Located just 45 minutes south of St. Louis, you will find this elegant, family-owned vineyard nestled amidst the picturesque, rolling hills of southern Jefferson County.  The LaChance wines are distinctive, with a well-balanced menu of sweets (both red and white), blushes, dry wines and a very fine Norton.  Enjoy the splendid views of the vineyards while you sip wine and nibble local sausage and cheeses, or bring a picnic basket to enjoy.

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06/18/2017 |

Buffalo Wild Wings Community Day Raises Record-Breaking Amount for Local Boys & Girls Clubs

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More than 950 Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants have donated over $760,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation as part of Team Up for Kids™ initiative

ATLANTA/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced today that Buffalo Wild Wings has donated over $760,000 to their local Boys & Girls Clubs following the 2017 Community Day fundraiser.  On April 19, more than 950 restaurants participated by collecting Guest donations and contributing at least 10 percent of restaurant sales to support youth sports opportunities at Boys & Girls Clubs.  The 2017 Community Day donation is the largest to-date since the annual fundraiser began in 2014.

As part of the Team Up for Kids™ mission, Buffalo Wild Wings has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to help thousands of kids play team sports each year.  The Community Day donations will help Clubs provide uniforms and equipment to young athletes and give them the opportunity to play team sports and learn skills that will help them grow into productive, caring and responsible citizens.

“At Buffalo Wild Wings, we greatly look forward to Community Day each year as a way for our local restaurants and Guests to get involved in Team Up for Kids and give back to their local Clubs,” said Emily Decker, senior vice-president and general counsel of Buffalo Wild Wings.  “We’d like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to all who participated in making this year’s event the most successful to-date, helping us create opportunities for kids and teens, and supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America and their effective youth programming.”

In 2016, Buffalo Wild Wings and their Guests raised and donated over $4.1 million to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  BGCA was able to fund 325 ALL STARS sports grants to local Clubs, and provided training and resources for Clubs to offer more than 88,000 youth and teens the opportunity to participate on high-quality ALL STARS football, basketball, cheer-leading, dance, step and soccer teams.

“With the support of Buffalo Wild Wings and their Guests, our youth and teens across the country are receiving uniforms, equipment and the opportunity to participate in organized teams that help them build confidence and social skills,” Boys & Girls Clubs of America President and CEO, Jim Clark.  “We are thankful to have partners like Buffalo Wild Wings who are dedicated to getting youth physically active and making communities a better place.”

Buffalo Wild Wings will donate at least $2 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America each year, and is committed to raising and donating $18 million by 2020.  Since the partnership began in 2013, Buffalo Wild Wings has donated over $10 million to support sports programs at local Clubs.  Buffalo Wild Wings Guests can support the Team Up for Kids initiative by donating at www.buffalowildwings.com/giving and BGCA online.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

About Buffalo Wild Wings and Team Up for Kids

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 21 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin’®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of “Best Wings” and “Best Sports Bar” awards from across the country. There are currently more than 1,200 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across the world.

Buffalo Wild Wings’ charitable giving initiative – TEAM UP FOR KIDS®– centers on the vision: There is a champion in every child. We are committed to helping build communities where all kids can thrive, compete, and belong to a team. As part of this mission, Buffalo Wild Wings has teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to help thousands of kids play on sports teams each year. Buffalo Wild Wings is committed to donating and raising at least $18 million for BGCA by 2020. Guests can join the effort through donations from sauce and seasoning bottle purchases and in-restaurant fundraising events. For more information, visit www.buffalowildwings.com/giving.

Buffalo Wild Wings has multiple locations throughout the St. Louis metro area.

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06/17/2017 |

PuraVegan Is a Healthy and Tasty Experience

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Plant-Based Menu Is a Healthy Treat at PuraVegan

St. Louis, MO/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Summer is the season of fresh fruit and vegetables.  It’s also a great time to try new things.  A lot of people use summer to try to eat healthier or try a new workout routine.  If all or any of these things interest you, PuraVegan at 307 Belt Ave. in St. Louis might be your new favorite summer restaurant—and it’s more than your typical restaurant.  PuraVegan is an organic cafe with a strictly vegan menu, but it is also a yoga studio which offers different classes every day of the week.  If you value a healthy vegan menu which contains fresh fruit and veggies, or a fun way to get fit this summer, they’re worth checking out.

PuraVegan has a lot more to offer than just their food. On their website, PuraVegan is described as “a community resource for healthy living offering juice & smoothie bar, vegan cafe, coaching, yoga, detox programs, workshops and more!  You decide how [PuraVegan] can help you”.  PuraVegan owner, Monica Stoutenborough is focused on helping her customers achieve their healthy lifestyle goals in any way they can, whether that’s a quick, animal cruelty free bite to eat, a yoga session, or advice on healthy eating.  Along with yoga classes (many of which just have dotation options to take them, so they’re basically free!), PuraVegan also offers a cleanse/detox program for customers looking to get healthy through a three-day juice cleanse which, according to Stoutenborough, is designed to be relatively easy even for those new to juice cleanses.  PuraVegan also has a partnership with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit 501c3 organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. which promotes nutritional medicine and healthy diet as primary methods for the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer.

Monica Stoutenborough talks about the detox programs offered at PuraVegan.

PuraVegan’s rotating menu of cooked and raw plant-based dishes make them a great choice if you’re looking to try raw food, such as juices and smoothies, but that’s not all their menu has to offer.  They would also make a great place to have lunch if you want to eat healthy, but you’re just not sure if a fruit smoothie alone will satisfy your hunger.  PuraVegan’s menu has some really fun options if you’re looking to eat a tasty vegan meal.  Some especially yummy options include their carrot cake smoothie, a healthy smoothie version of a classic dessert made with freshly juiced organic carrots and blended with banana, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and dates.  Their creamy “Makincheese” (That’s right! Vegans eat mac-n-cheese too!) would satisfy anyone looking for a hearty meal.  It’s brown rice noodles with house-made pepita cheddar and Brazil nut parmesan, along with smoky pea and tempeh bacon.  It’s so creamy you won’t miss the milk. Introducing a carnivore to vegan fare?  The Jackfruit Reuben is a great place to start.  It’s perfectly meaty tasting jackfruit layered with sauerkraut, house made Swiss sauce, and Thousand Island dressing on Ezekiel bread.  They also offer several organic cookies on their dessert menu, in case you want a tasty treat after your meal.

Located in the DeBaliviere Place neighborhood, at 307 Belt Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63112, PuraVegan is within close walking distance from Forest Park, but there is also a free parking lot right across the street if you’re driving.  They are open Monday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays – Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  To learn more about the nutritional services and classes offered at PuraVegan, including their yoga schedule, check out their website: http://www.puravegan.com/.

You don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to visit PuraVegan.  Maybe you’re just someone looking for a healthy alternative to fast food, or you want to try something new.  If so, this cafe might be just your place.

Contact Information:

PuraVegan Cafe & Yoga

Owner: Monica Stoutenborough

307 Belt Avenue

Debaliviere Place

Saint Louis, MO 63112

Phone: (314) 932-5144

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Contributing Editor: Katie Smith

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06/17/2017 |

Einstein Bros.® Bagels Celebrates ‘Take Your Pet to Work Week’ with New Dogs Eat Free Offer

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Free Doggie Bagel with Purchase Gives Dogs Everywhere Something to Wag their Tails About Einstein Bros Bagels

LAKEWOOD, CO/June 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Don’t let the dog days of summer get the best of you or your four-legged friend! Einstein Bros.® Bagels, the nation’s leading bagel retailer with over 700 locations across the US, today announced the launch of Dogs Eat Free in celebration of Take Your Pet to Work Week. Beginning Monday, June 19 and extending through Friday, June 23, pet parents can bring their dogs to any Einstein Bros.®  Bagels company-owned or franchise locations nationwide to receive a free doggie bagel with purchase.

Dogs Eat Free at Einstein Bros.® Bagels is aimed at providing pets with the same satisfaction their parents get while eating a freshly baked bagel from their favorite neighborhood bagel shop.  Following Take Your Pet to Work Week, dog parents will be able to continue to take advantage of the Dogs Eat Free offer and treat their companion to a free doggie bagel every Tuesday thereafter throughout the summer.

“Americans are investing more time and attention on their pets than ever before,” says Kerry Coyne, SVP of Marketing, R&D, and Catering at Einstein Bros.® Bagels, where doggie bagels have been a staple on the menu for over a decade.  “We recognize the unconditional love that our pet-loving customers have for their furry friends, and with free doggie bagels at stake, we’re sure Tuesdays will become a day to bark about!”

As part of the Dogs Eat Free offer, Einstein Bros.® Bagels is also encouraging guests to share pictures of themselves with their dogs enjoying bagels on their social media channels by using the hashtag #BarkForBagels.  Guests will need to visit www.EinsteinBros.com/DogsEatFree to print a copy of the coupon or simply show it on their mobile device at the register to qualify for the Dogs Eat Free offer.  FDA guidelines limiting non-service dogs to restaurant patios remain in effect.

For additional information on Einstein Bros.® Bagels or to find a restaurant near you, please visit www.EinsteinBros.com, or follow Einstein Bros.  Bagels on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

About Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc.

Einstein Bros.® Bagels is part of the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. family, a leading quick-casual company also known for the Noah’s New York Bagels® and Manhattan Bagel® brands. Einstein Bros.® Bagels is a neighborhood bagelry that’s always cooking up a new way to bagel.  Known for its fresh-baked bagels available in a variety of flavors and signature double-whipped shmears, Einstein Bros.® Bagels also serves gourmet bagel sandwiches, coffee, espresso, sweets and snacks.  Einstein Bros.® Bagels is proud to be the largest bagel retail company in America with more than 700 locations in 40 states and the District of Columbia. To learn more, visit www.EinsteinBros.com.

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06/17/2017 |

Dave & Buster’s to Debut Exclusive Spider-Man Arcade Game Nationwide

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Tremendous Year for Spider-Man Franchise Continues with New Arcade Game at Dave & Buster’s

DALLAS/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – In anticipation of the worldwide release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, in theaters July 7, Dave & Buster’s, the ultimate destination for fun, food, friends and games introduces a brand new Spider-Man arcade game created exclusively for the concept.

The new game, based on Spider-Man: Homecoming, is part of Dave & Buster’s new sourcing strategy that builds partnerships with some of the biggest brands in popular culture and supports the collaborations with world-class games and entertainment for our guests.  Developed by Adrenaline Amusements, the new game is a custom arcade conversion of Spider-Man Unlimited, created by Gameloft SE under license from Marvel, and utilizes assets specific to Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Only available at Dave & Buster’s, the game lets players swing through the streets of New York, and if successful, battle the evil super-villain, the Vulture.  It is everyone’s chance to be their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!

To celebrate, Dave & Buster’s will be offering guests the opportunity to play three games free, including the new Spider-Man: Homecoming – and others like World’s Largest Pac-Man and Space Invaders Frenzy – with each $10 Power Card purchase or reload!

“The new Spider-Man: Homecoming game is a milestone for the Dave & Buster’s brand as it is a game-changer in the way we source and deliver games to our guests,” says Kevin Bachus, SVP of Entertainment and Games Strategy at Dave & Buster’s “We are passionate about offering our guests a unique experience they can’t get anywhere else, and now fans of the iconic Spider-Man franchise will have another way to celebrate their favorite Super Hero with a game that is as fun and exhilarating as the films and comics.  This game was made exclusively for Dave & Buster’s, and will be the only place to play it – ever!”

About Dave & Buster’s:

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, operates 99 large-venue, high-volume Dave & Buster’s restaurant/entertainment complexes throughout North America.  Each Dave & Buster’s offers an impressive selection of high-quality food and beverage items, combined with the latest games and attractions.  Guests can play state-of-the-art simulators and games of skill they can’t play anywhere else.  Dave & Buster’s also provides a vibrant sports bar filled with massive screens, creating an ideal sports watching experience.  For more information, visit www.daveandbusters.com.  The exciting environment of the Dave & Buster’s complex also provides the perfect setting for corporate and group events.

About Spider-Man: Homecoming

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).  Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Directed by Jon Watts.  Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal.  Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Screen Story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.  For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

Dave & Buster’s – St. Louis

13857 Riverport Drive

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Phone: (314) 209-8015

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06/17/2017 |

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host June Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting World’s Fair Park St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit World’s Fair Park St. Louis.  The event is slated for Tues., June 27, 2017.

Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity.  Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included.  So far, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria has donated more than $100,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will go directly toward the completion of the organization’s feasibility and economic study, which will serve as a launching point for their special park to be created.

“Once the study is conducted, we will not only have a location for the park, but we will also have the hard numbers and information that businesses are seeking, which we can present to government officials and independent contributors,” said Tim Buening of World’s Fair Park St. Louis.  “Currently, our Board of Directors is performing the majority of the fundraising work, along with networking and building awareness for this park.”

Established in 2016, World’s Fair Park St. Louis is aiming to create a special park that will serve thousands of diverse people.

“Our park will serve eight neighboring states within driving distance with a 1005 accessible playground, rides, attractions, amphitheater, ice rink, and greenhouse,” Buening continued.  “We will also be providing our wounded veterans and high-level persons with disabilities job placement and expansion phases.  Overall, our goal is to make sure that this park is 100 percent inclusive to every single person, no matter what their physical or mental needs are.”

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06/17/2017 |

Gelato Di Riso is the Classic Italian Treat

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Italian Decadence on the Hill at Gelato Di Riso

St. Louis, MO/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Many people think of gelato as just the Italian word for ice cream, when it’s actually Italian-style ice cream.  The difference is significant.  American-style ice cream is made with heavy cream, a little whole milk, sugar, eggs, and flavorings like vanilla or strawberries.  It’s then churned during the freezing process to aerate it and prevent large ice crystals from forming.  American-style ice cream is delicious, yes, but it’s not gelato.  This Italian-style confection is made with a lot less cream, yet it’s more silky than ice cream.  That’s because it’s churned at a much slower rate, which still prevents ice crystals, but adds less air, so the gelato is denser and richer than ice cream.  It’s traditionally stored and served at a slightly warmer temperature too, meaning the flavors shine through.  Some of the very best gelato in St. Louis can be found at Gelato Di Riso, 5204 Wilson Ave. in the city’s historically Italian Hill neighborhood.

Gelato Di Riso is a charming gelateria offering classic Italian gelato, coffee drinks, and other sweet treats.  The gelato is made fresh daily right on the premises, and there are dozens to choose from.  There are dolce gelatos, which are made with milk, instead of high-fat cream, for a guiltless, ultra-creamy indulgence.  The dolce flavors range from simple chocolate and strawberry to classic Italian pistachio and stracciatella (chocolate chip), and modern twists like salted caramel and chili chocolate.  The water-based frutta gelatos are made with real fruit and come in luscious flavors like blackberry, peach, and green apple, plus seasonal specialties like strawberry chip watermelon.  They’re so creamy, it’s hard to tell there’s no milk in them!

This is seriously good stuff. Gelato Di Riso is one of St. Louis’ favorite stops for a cold, creamy treat.  Last July, they were #8 on our Top 10 Dessert Spots list, and earlier this month (June 4), they ranked 5th on our customer review-based Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in St. Louis.  With a 4.60 rating and 140 reviews, they were the top ranking gelateria in the St. Louis area!  Local restaurant critics have long sung their praises, and they’re not alone.  In a travel article about St. Louis published last summer, The Tennessean recommended Gelato Di Riso for a delicious treat the whole family will love.

Gelato Di Riso offers their frozen confections in sizes ranging from piccolo (a double scoop of 1-2 flavors) to grande (a double-double scoop with 1-4 flavors).  You can also get a shake in your favorite gelato flavor, as well as classic root beer floats and Italian sodas.  Or try a classic Italian dessert by ordering an affogato.  It’s a scoop of their creamy gelato “drowned” with a shot of espresso—è delizioso!  Since the shop is open early, it’s a great place to stop for a coffee and pastry too.  Indulge in a cinnamon roll or buttery scone (cinnamon, cheddar, cranberry-walnut) and an iced coffee or chai tea latte.  Be sure to pick up some authentic cannolis, biscotti, or fudge brownies to go.

You don’t necessarily have to visit Gelato Di Riso to enjoy their rich, creamy gelato.  You’ll find the Gelato Di Riso cart at fairs and festivals all over St. Louis.  It’s also at the Taubman Prestige Outlets’ Courtyard Eats & Treats every weekend this summer.  Gelato Di Riso is also available at several local restaurants, including Concetta’s Italian Restaurant (St. Charles), Napoli 2 (Town and Country), The Zodiac at Neiman Marcus (Frontenac) and Winslow’s Home (University City), along with several restaurants on the Hill. It’s also a great movie night treat offered at Landmark Theatres at Plaza Frontenac and the Tivoli Landmark Theatre in The Loop. Quarts and Pints can be found at the following local retail stores: Global Foods and Hanneke’s Westwood Grocery (Kirkwood), Ladue Market (Ladue), Local Harvest (Tower Grove South), Sweetheart Chocolates (Farmington), and Viviano’s Festa Italiano (Chesterfield and Fenton).  The Gelato Di Riso cart is available for special event (corporate or school picnic, wedding, bar- or bat- mitzvah, etc,) too.

Gelato Di Riso shuts down for two months each winter, January and February.  The rest of the year they are open daily: Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  With 20+ fresh flavors available inside the Gelato Di Riso shop on the Hill daily, every day is a great day to indulge in this classic Italian treat.

Contact Information:

Gelato Di Riso
Owner: Larry Fuse
5204 Wilson Avenue
The Hill
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 664-8488

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06/17/2017 |

Father’s Day Weekend Wine Country Fest & Car Show

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Wine Country Fest is Father’s Day Weekend Destination

Defiance, MO/June 16, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Summer weekends in Missouri are made for festivals, and Father’s Day Weekend is no exception. The second annual Wine Country Fest in Defiance is offering the best of Missouri’s historic wine country, plus music, food, car and truck shows, and other fun for dad and the whole family. Defiance is in the heart of St. Charles County’s wine country, at the head of the Augusta Wine Trail. The region was the first to be designated as an American Viticultural Area in the United States. The lush, rolling hills and scenic views of the Missouri River and its bluffs makes this a great “drive in the country” with dad.

This is the second year the Defiance Merchants Association has sponsored the annual Wine Country Fest. This year’s event is expected to be even bigger and better than last year’s. The three-day festival runs Friday – Sunday, June 16-18, 2017. There are activities planned for the whole weekend spread across three venues, with a free shuttle running between locations (and parking).

On Friday, June 16 the festival kicks off with Dancing in Defiance at Yellow Farmhouse Winery.

There will be great food and a great dance band, the Motown-inspired “HoneyVox.”  The dance is from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and reservations are required and can be made by calling 314-409-6139.

Saturday will open the Wine Country Market at Mason’s Park in downtown Defiance.  The market events will run through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   There will be a farmer’s market and a variety of artisans on hand, along with food trucks, beverage tent, activity area, and live music (noon – 3:00 p.m.) each day.

Also on Saturday, the public is invited to the King of the Trail BBQ Competition at the Trail Smokehouse, 2886 South Missouri Hwy 94 in Defiance.  This competition will pit some of the best amateur pit-masters in the region against each other.  There’s a $50 entry fee to compete for prizes in chicken, pork ribs, and wings.  The event is open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (free admission for spectators).

Sunday will bring the Second Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show to Defiance from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The free (for spectators) event is spread across three venues. Catch the free shuttle from the parking lots at Wine Country Gardens for all the events.

The Truck Show at Trail Smokehouse will feature big 4-wheel drives to classic trucks.  Spectators can check out the trucks and enjoy smoked BBQ, bourbons, beers, a great new deck, and live music.

If motorcycles are more dad’s speed, then head over to the Motorcycle Show at Defiance Roadhouse, 2999 South Missouri Hwy 94.  This event is also free for spectators.  There will be live music from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Food and cold drinks will be available to purchase.

The Car Show at Wine Country Gardens, 2711 South Missouri Hwy 94, will offer beautiful views of rolling hills (42 acres) and the Missouri River Valley.  Sip wine, cocktails or craft beer on the patio and take in the lawn spread with more than 200 classic, antique, and luxury cars.  There will be music and dancing with the band Garden Party from 1-4 pm.  Proceeds will benefit Ride On St. Louis – Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.

Father’s Day Weekend is a great time for a drive in the country with dad.  Whether it’s wine, craft beer, barbecue, farmer’s and artisan markets, beautiful Missouri River vistas, or classic motor transport your dad loves, there’s something for everyone at the Second Annual Wine Country Fest this weekend.  More information, including event times and a map of event venues can be found at www.winecountryfest.com/.

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06/17/2017 |

Long John Silver’s Has Sweet Summer Treat for St. Louis

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St. Louis Gets First Taste of Long John Silver’s Fried Twinkie – a Sweet Summer Treat

St. Louis, MO/June 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Sweet Summer Treat – Just when you thought summer couldn’t get any sweeter, St. Louis is getting a special treat at local Long John Silver’s restaurants—Deep Fried Twinkies!  Last spring, as part of a test marketing trial period, Long John Silver’s introduced America’s favorite yellow sponge cake in its best form, lightly battered and deep fried!  Only two cities were selected as test markets, and ours was one of them!

Right now, Deep Fried Twinkies are on a limited run.  The golden, fried cakes are available for 99 cents at select Long John Silver’s restaurants in St. Louis and Pittsburgh until July 23rd.  The tasty morsels are also the included dessert with the new Fisherman’s Feast meal, again only until July 23.  Long John Silver’s Vice President of Brand Marketing Katie Rooprai calls the new dessert offering a terrific addition to Long John Silver’s “crave-able” menu.  “We know from decades of experience that people crave our food.  They will pass several other restaurants to satisfy their Long John Silver’s craving,” she said.  “We think the Deep Fried Twinkie will be the perfect sweet ending for those making the trip.”

Never had a Deep Fried Twinkie?  Curious diners in St. Louis will get the chance to sample these golden treats.  On June 21, all guests at select Long John Silver’s will receive a free Deep Fried Twinkie.  According to Long John Silver’s, there will be a one-Twinkie-per-guest limit, but no other purchases are required to receive the free treat.  The seafood chain expects to launch Deep Fried Twinkies to customers nationwide in the coming months.

Founded in 1969, Long John Silver’s began in Lexington, Kentucky after founder Jim Patterson took a trip to the New England coast, experienced the unique battered, fried fish filets he found in Cape Cod.  Patterson was inspired to share it with his Kentucky neighbors by opening a restaurant.  Now, Long John Silver’s is the largest quick-service seafood chain in the country, with nearly 1,000 franchised and company-owned restaurants nationwide, and nine in the St. Louis area.

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06/15/2017 |
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