St. Louis Restaurant Openings and Closings: April 2021

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  • SPENCER PERNIKOFF

  • Honeybee Edibles, a medical marijuana confection line from Proper Brands, debuted this month.

Given the crisis in the restaurant industry due to a major staff shortage, it is a small miracle that new activities started in April. However, if the last fifteen months have taught us something, the hotel professionals will find a way. An example of this is the few exciting new additions to the city’s dining scene this month, which, courtesy of the Golden Hoosier, are causing the biggest buzz. This new tavern owned by real estate brothers Ivan and Berto Garcia is said to be the anchor of the newly embossed Crown District at the intersection of Chippewa and Kingshighway. The Garcias have a mission to rename the area a bustling business district and the Golden Hoosier is at the center of that effort.

Another exciting development was the introduction of Honeybee Edibles, Proper Brands’ line of medical marijuana confectionery. Honeybee is led by veteran chocolatier Dave Owens, formerly Bissinger, who aims to redefine and promote the best food business. It’s on a mission to serve the best of confectionery, THC or no THC.

In April we said goodbye to two long-standing places. Ernesto’s wine bar finally closed its doors earlier this month, hoping the temporary closure this winter would result in a spring awakening. Closing the Wildflower Central West End mainstay was another difficult task as it had illuminated the prominent corner of Euclid and Laclede for 26 years. Fortunately, some of his popular dishes will live on in his sister restaurant, the BBQ Saloon, across the street.

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Closings
Ernesto’s Wine Bar, Benton Park
Wildflower, Central West End

openings
The Golden Hoosier, the Crown District
Global Quesadilla, Central West End
Honeybee Edibles, Multiple Locations Including South County
Lefty’s Bagels (at Baker’s Hub), Chesterfield
Sister Sandwich Shop, Southampton
Takashima Record Bar (reopened under new management), The Grove


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