little lager in princeton heights photo by michelle volansky

4 First Looks of recent restaurant and bar openings in the St. Louis area

First Looks are one of our favorite ways to showcase new foodie businesses in the St. Louis area. In addition to a full-length article detailing the new restaurant, bar or shop, we also include about a dozen original photos of the space and its offerings. Here, you'll find four recent First Looks that were featured on our website and social media.

Little Lager in Princeton Heights 
Little Lager, a beer bar promoting all things lager, opened at 5848 Hampton Ave. in Princeton Heights on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The bar will offer a constantly rotating draft list of lagers on side-pour taps, with a selection of canned beers available for purchase. // Click here for the First Look.

dishes from madrina in webster groves // photo by michelle volansky

Madrina in Webster Groves 
Madrina, the Italian-American eatery from the ownership team of Stanley Browne and Arlene Maminta Browne, owners of Robust Bistro & Wine Bar, and Frank Romano and Laura Burns, owners of The Parkmoor Drive-In, opened on Friday, Nov. 24, at 101 W. Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves. // Click here for the First Look.

the champ burger at burger champ in maplewood // photo by michelle volansky

Burger Champ in Maplewood 
Burger Champ, the latest concept from restaurateur Chris Kelling, opened Friday, Nov. 3, at 2704 Sutton Blvd. in downtown Maplewood in the former home of Elmwood. The sister restaurant to Pizza Champ, which opened just down the road in 2022, the new eatery focuses on all manner of burgers, along with an array of milkshakes and assorted other eats and drinks.  // Click here for the First Look.

videria wine shop & bar // photo by michelle volansky

Videira Wine Shop & Bar in Midtown
The St. Louis area has recently experienced a welcome uptick in new wine bars, bringing an even wider variety of vino to the thirsty metro population. Videira Wine Shop & Bar is the latest of these, opening its doors at 2702 Locust St. in the JCMidtown development earlier this fall. // Click here for the First Look.