Some St. Louis-area restaurants temporarily close to stave off COVID-19
Editor’s Note: This article will be updated as more restaurants announce complete temporary shutdowns in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. For more information about how other area food and beverage establishments are adapting their businesses to the challenges of COVID-19, including curbside carryout and delivery services, join our public Facebook Group.
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Niche Food Group co-owner Gerard Craft has announced that he will close NFG restaurants except Cinder House for the foreseeable future. This includes Sardella, Pastaria, Brasserie, Taste and Brasswell inside Rockwell Beer Co.
Savage Restaurant chef-owner Logan Ely has closed his Fox Park restaurant until early April. The restaurant will reach out to current reservation holders to reschedule.
View this post on InstagramThe Savage team cares greatly for the health and safety of its employees and its guests. Because of that, we've decided to close until the beginning of April, at the earliest, as part of our ongoing effort to slow the spreading of COVID-19. If you have a reservation, our team will be reaching out to you over the next few hours. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. It might takes us a bit to respond as we navigate our way through this, but we will. We appreciate all your support and look forward to seeing you in the near future. -The Savage team
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Rise Coffee is also temporarily closing its doors beginning Tuesday, March 17.
View this post on InstagramA Message from Our Team: It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to temporarily close the cafe, starting Tuesday, March 17. This decision was made with much discernment and consideration for our team, our community, and the viability of our business moving forward. Rise Coffee was created with the mission of placing people at the center of all that we do; and for us, that includes an effort to support our community in social distancing during this critical period of time. We will never know if we overreacted, but we will surely know if we didn’t do enough. We deeply appreciate your support during this challenging time. And we hope that each of you will continue to do what you can to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well. We look forward to seeing you as soon as we return. And for the opportunity to continue building this magical place in our city.
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Updated Monday, March 16 at 4:10 p.m.
SqWires owner Bethany Budde-Cohen will close for at least two weeks.
Bengelina Hospitality co-owner Ben Poremba has closed all his restaurants (Olio, Elaia, Nixta and The Benevolent King); his specialty shop, AO&Co. will offer online ordering for prepared meals that can be picked up curbside.
View this post on InstagramDear Friends, I'm following up on a post I wrote a couple of days ago in which I pleaded for guidance and transparency. In that post I asked three simple questions: Is it safe to keep our restaurants open? The answer is no. Effective immediately, Bengelina family of restaurants will be closed. We're keeping our market (AO&Co.) open and we plan to have prepared meals ready for pick up (curbside delivery is available). Online ordering will be live at 5pm today. Visit Bengelina.com/online-store What resources can we rely on to mitigate our and our employees loss of income? I want to illustrate to you what this means, not out of self-pity or need for empathy. But rather to implore our leaders into acting effectively and quickly. We're laying off 100 people. Loyal, hardworking, committed individuals who need to provide for their families. Small businesses don't have the kind of funds to continue to operate and wait for some future tax credit. Small businesses need immediate relief in order to continue to support their employees and their families. How can we contribute to our community's efforts? We're in the process of working with local charities to determine how we can best use our skills and resources to assist those who are have greater needs. We urge you to your time and resources to do the same. Thank you for your continued support and we hope to serve you again soon. Ben Poremba
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The HandleBar owner Tatyana Telnikova announced she will close her Grove bar after service Monday, March 16.
Newcomers Little Fox and Takashima Records have also temporarily closed doors in Fox Park and The Grove, respectively.
View this post on InstagramAt this time we feel it is our responsibility to close down until this situation blows over. No profit is worth the risk of a single life being lost. To our customers and friends please stay informed. We will see you all on the other side of this. In the meantime please click the link in bio to enjoy our sounds while we all take this well deserved break from society. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
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Updated Monday, March 16 at 6 p.m.
Southwest Diner co-owners Jonathan Jones and Anna Sidel announced they would close their popular breakfast and lunch spot.
View this post on InstagramThe bleak reality of Covid-19 begins to reveal itself- hospitals without beds, cities, states and countries in lockdown. We are all facing tough decisions. Who do we see, where do we go, what do we do? As a business and gathering place, we find ourselves with no choice any longer but the one that's right in front of us. Effective immediately, we are closing our doors to regular service. Not sure what comes next, but we are working on it. Be safe out there. We hope to see your smiling faces soon. Love, Anna, Jonathan and the Southwest Diner Crew
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View this post on InstagramSorry to say, we’re closing up shop for now. Until we meet again, stay safe!
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The Grove bar Parlor has also closed up shop until further notice.
View this post on InstagramAs we see other states make the decision to close bars etc. we feel it’s time we do the same. Once this is over we will celebrate our new reality. Until then stay safe and go take this time you have been waiting for to disconnect from society. We love y’all. Stay UP!!
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Felix's Pizza Pub in Dogtown has canceled its St. Patrick's Day plans and is selling its remaining pizza and wings today, March 16, before closing doors until further notice. All the proceeds from sales tonight will go to Felix's employees.
Florissant staple Hendel's Restaurant will temporarily close doors, too.
View this post on InstagramIn light of the recent recommendations of social distancing and while using an abundance of caution, and according to CDC recommended guidelines, we have decided to temporarily close our doors starting Tuesday, March 17th. We will miss all of our wonderful customers during that time, but we want everyone to stay healthy and safe. We are incredibly thankful for all of the love and support from all of you and we look forward to reopening our doors in a couple of weeks!
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Updated Tuesday, March 13 at 2:15 p.m.
Frozen cocktail bar Narwhal's is suspending business until further notice, as is Cherokee Street spot The Fortune Teller Bar.
View this post on InstagramStay healthy friends! Thanks for all the support #314TOGETHER
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View this post on InstagramWe have decided to join our colleagues in playing it safe and closing for the time being. The symbol in the picture is a triquerta, also known as the trinity knot/Celtic triangle. When used with a circle around it, it represents “unity in spirit” and is meant to provide protection to ensure the spirit does not get broken. Hang tough homies. Keep following us here. We plan on spreading some virtual love and good tidings on our fellow #cherokeestreet neighbors this week and we’ll need audience participation for that. Much from all of us at The Fortune Teller Bar!
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Maplewood bar The Crow's Nest will also close doors.
View this post on InstagramIt is with a heavy heart that The Crow’s Nest has decided to close it doors, effective immediately, for the health and safety of our patrons and staff. During the shutdown, we will be providing our staff with whatever food we have to offer them. We are committed to doing whatever we can to see them through this thoroughly frightening time. We encourage anyone who is capable to do the same for their corner of the world. Please stay tuned to our social media for information on our re-opening, as of right now it is unknown. WHEN WE RE-OPEN WE WILL NEED YOUR SUPPORT! We look forward to serving you once this crisis is over. -Eliza Coriell & Kenny Snarzyk
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Fiddlehead Fern and Blue Strawberry are also closed until further notice.
Updated March 19 at 3 p.m.
Boogaloo temporarily closed doors March 18.
Lucas Park Grille will close until April.
The Civil Life Brewing Co. is closing its taproom and is considering adding carryout service.
Brennan's will reopen in its new location on Euclid Avenue.
View this post on InstagramIt is sad to say but we have closed alongside other St. Louis area restaurants and bars. This last week, we raised our glasses and said goodbye to the original Brennan’s location at 4659 Maryland Ave after 17 years. Through the years our little wine and cigar shop turned into a neighborhood bar that grew to be some kind of fun house (with ping pong, lounge areas, private cigar club & the BHIVE office and event space). We had plans to ride it out til May, and celebrate the last days of this location before moving to a new spot in the CWE this summer, but it’s important we all value the greater health of many over the drinks and good times of a few. Cheers to everyone who has been with us for this unbelievable ride. We hope you stay tuned for new beginnings. Photo 1: @babyzachribs All the rest: @rjhartbeck
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Vegan eatery Utah Station announced it would be closed until further notice.
Yellowbelly announced it would shutter temporarily and encouraged people to order takeout and pickup from its sister restaurant, Retreat Gastropub.
View this post on Instagram— CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE — . We have made the incredibly painful decision to shut down all operations at Yellowbelly effective immediately. When we know more about this virus and are allowed to re-open, we will be back and ready to serve you the best food and drink possible. . Our big sister @retreatgastro will continue to offer takeout and is working on an in-house delivery system for this weekend. . Please have our amazing team in your thoughts as we all scramble to figure out how to brave this storm. . All love, -YB
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