Sometimes change is a good thing. New beginnings offer hope and a chance to sample new tastes in inviting, fresh and re-energized settings. Enjoy a brand new start to your local dining. Experience something new for dinner at exciting and emerging eateries in the area. Discover the top new restaurants that opened in St. Louis in 2012.
7734 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63105
Step into a casual Italian atmosphere and get your your taste buds ready for nothing but pasta. “Yum” is the word owner Chef Gerard Craft uses to describe his newest restaurant in the heart of Clayton. Although there are antipasti dishes available, Gerard Craft’s vision for Pastaria is to offer Italian pasta dishes that compare to those in Italy. One bite of the gelato and you might agree that he met his goal. This is Craft’s newest St. Louis-area restaurant and it opened in September. Other namesake restaurants of Craft’s are Niche, Brasserie by Niche and Taste.
6525 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Enjoy Mediterranean and Spanish flavors that satisfy with a flare of French cuisine in an environment you’ll want to visit time and time again. Nico moved into the Delmar Loop location and opened for business in February. Owner Tom Schmidt named the restaurant after one of his nephews. Schmidt also owns a Soulard neighborhood restaurant named Franco, which is named after the older brother to nephew Nico. Stop in to see how these siblings match up.
House of Thai
12967 Olive St.
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Taste an amazing mix of Japanese and Thai foods in St. Louis as this former Japanese restaurant, Tachibana, transforms into eventually offering only Thai cuisine. New owner Megan Kusonlawan is no stranger to Thai menu offerings. For more than 10 years, she and her family have owned several other Thai restaurants in the St. Louis area. Kusonlawan purchased the Japenese restaurant in May with the plan to gradually move toward offering only Thai cuisine such as that served at other family member’s restaurants in the area before the end of the year.
1928 S. 12th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
Arcelia’s officially made its re-entry onto the St. Louis Mexican restaurant scene in October. The original Arcelia’s closed after serving the community for 20 years. New owner Pat Shelton and her husband had a desire after seeing a need to infuse new life into the once hopping restaurant. She not only reopened under the original name, but kept many of the signature dishes and much-loved employees as well.
The Restaurant at the Cheshire
7036 Clayton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63117
For more than 80 years, St. Louis locals enjoyed eating at The Cheshire until the doors were closed two years ago. Husband-and-wife team, executive chef Wilfrin and pastry chef Lisa Fernandez-Cruz, prepare delicious foods that help reinvent this historic location. The grand re-opening brings a new experience to diners. Eat local food with an accent on wood-smoked meats.
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