St. Louis Restaurant Openings and Closings October 2020


  • The opening of Tempus, renowned chef Ben Grupe’s debut restaurant, was one of the bright spots on the dining scene this month.

Last year at this time – or on every autumn day for the past twelve years – there was nothing better than enjoying a long breakfast in the light-flooded dining room of Cafe Osage. Surrounded by the green of Bowood Farms with a warm cup of coffee, the experience was downright joyful. It was the perfect place for lazy daytime meals and lunches with friends – in other words, the kind of place COVID-19 has taken from our lives.

Cafe Osage was just one of the hangouts this month that has permanently closed its doors and failed to cope with the challenges of the pandemic. The Great Grizzly Bear, Soulard Waterhole, and Monocle, an entertainment venue in the Grove neighborhood, all closed their doors this month. Depending on personal experience, the two spots were simply not existentially able to switch to a different model.

All of the news wasn’t bad, however. Two high profile openings were opened this month in the form of Ben Gruppe’s long-awaited Tempus restaurant and Edera Italian Eatery, whose consultant chef is Mike Randolph. Both restaurants were conceived before COVID-19 turned the industry upside down and may not be what they originally wanted (Tempus is takeaway only; Edera makes more casual pizzas, pastas, and salads than originally intended while keeping these stunning Terrace). But they are the bright spots that we need to get to the other side.

Cafe Osage, central West End
Great grizzly bear, Soulard
The monocle, the grove
New Town, Hazelwood

The Appendix Coffee and Groceries, Webster Groves
Cafe La Vie (in the La Méridien Hotel), Clayton
Curry Club Express, food truck
Diego’s, university town
Edera Italian Eatery, central West End
Izumi, pop up
Pappy’s Smokehouse (additional location), St. Peters
Pi Pizzeria and ¡RICO !, Glendale
The Pioneer Bakery Cafe in Kirkwood
Playing ketchup (ghost kitchen in Bailey’s Range) downtown
Pretzel Brezel (additional location), South County
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