St. Louis restaurants reopening after COVID winter closures

Bogart’s smokehouse reopened Tuesday after it closed late last year. The southern chicken is embellishing his restaurant and the Venice Cafe is about to reopen

ST. LOUIS – The smokers re-lit one of the most popular BBQ places in St. Louis. Bogart’s smokehouse reopened Tuesday after it closed late last year.

“Lafayette and 9th Street are the place today! Let’s get this reopening party started! “The restaurant was shared on Instagram with a picture of an“ Open ”sign outside.

The location, operated by the Pappy family of restaurants, was temporarily closed last October as COVID-19 restrictions tightened and temperatures began to drop.

Southern, the fried chicken shop next to Pappy’s in Midtown, was also temporarily closed last October. The restaurant shared an update on social media back in February showing how the interior is being upgraded for a spring reopening.

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Another company that chose to “hibernate” for the winter was Venice Café, a quirky bar and live performance venue in Benton Park. The site posted on Facebook that it plans to reopen its garden in late April or early May. 5 On Your Side contacted Venice Café for further details. A spokesman said the wheels were moving to welcome guests again, but an official reopening date has not yet been set.

The companies, all of which are located in the city of St. Louis, are reopening to COVID-19 restrictions, which are similar to those when they closed. The city continues to have a 50% capacity limit for indoor meals. St. Louis County reverted to an indoor dining ban last November before slowly returning to its current 50% limit.

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