A few months ago, food-lovers around town were incensed thanks to a secret sign on the door of the overland under-the-radar gem Chef Ma’s Chinese Gourmet (10440 Page Ave., Overland; 314-395-8797). Signs indicated that the restaurant was closed, and although it was teased that there might be a new iteration at some point in the future, rumors and fears spread that this wonderful bastion of Chinese cuisine was yet another casualty of the pandemic.
My how times have changed. Just a few months later, May brought us the good news that Chef Ma was not only reopening, but that he was doing so in extended digs – bigger and better than ever. But it wasn’t just Chef Ma’s news that made this past month more optimistic than any other since February 2020. Many new restaurants came online, while temporarily closed reopenings – a sign that, despite all the rest of the challenges for the industry, things may be taking a steady turn towards the new normal.
Unfortunately, though, this month brought with it some important closures. News that Boogie’s Donuts — arguably the best donuts in a city flush with great donuts — landed like an unexpected gut punch. Considering how popular the University City shop was, it’s hard to imagine that this is the end of its excellent wares. We will live on that hope indefinitely.
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boogie’s donuts, University City
Doggy Mac (brick and mortar), carondelet
F&B’s Restaurant, northampton
Filippo’s Italian Kitchen and Bar, chestfield
Malone’s Bar & Grill, crestwood
Mary Ann’s Tea Room, Central West End
Amy’s Cake Pop Shop and Boozy Bites, webster groves
Bollard’s meat and provisions (transferred), Maple wood
Bubblecup Tea Zone (inside Pan-Asia Supermarket), manchester
Chef Ma’s Chinese Gourmet (transferred), overland
coma coffee (transferred), richmond heights
crab landing, City
Creole with a splash of soul, key
Gather Cafe, McKinley Heights
Golden Hoosier, Northampton/Crown District
Good News Brewing Company (additional space), Augusta
Nubby’s BBQ (extra space), oakville
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