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RFT Restaurant Guide: Old Gems and New Spots in University CityU City in The News
July 22, 2022

RFT Restaurant Guide: Old Gems and New Spots in University City

By Riverfront Times Staff | July 22, 2022We're kicking off our Restaurant Guide. Here's a look at one of the areas we're covering. Stay tuned for the rest. If you want authentic Asian cuisine, options abound in and around University City. Grab steamed barbecue pork buns or beef tripe at…
Bonito Bar, from the owner of Frida's and Diego's, coming to University CityU City in The News
April 14, 2022

Bonito Bar, from the owner of Frida’s and Diego’s, coming to University City

GEORGE MAHE | April 14, 2022Frida’s and Diego’s Cantina will soon be united—perhaps fitting, given the restaurants' namesakes.Bonito Bar, named after artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s pet parrot, will soon fill the space between Natasha Kwan and Rick Roloff's two University City restaurants, which previously housed an alterations business.…
Diego's & Frida'sU City in The News
April 13, 2022

Owners of Frida’s and Diego’s will open Bonito Bar this summer in University City

ADAM ROTHBARTH | April 13, 2022Later this year, fans of Frida’s will get to enjoy a whole new experience when Bonito Bar opens inside the restaurant. “It’s really Frida’s bar,” explained co-owner Natasha Kwan. “We’ve been serving liquor for almost 10 years. Still, no one knows we have alcohol! Oh…
21 businesses in University City support UkraineU City in The News
March 11, 2022

21 businesses in University City support Ukraine

Joshua Robinson | Mar 11, 2022ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - University businesses are hosting a dine-out to support Ukraine from March 10-14. 21 businesses in the area will help to support Ukraine’s people. A portion of their proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen. WCK is has been serving…
Kara Flaherty - FOX 2 NOWU City in The News
January 19, 2022

Dry January never tasted so good with the non-alcoholic drinks at Winslow’s Table and Vicia

Chelsea Haynes | Jan 19, 2022ST. LOUIS – Two trends are happening this winter. People are looking to date non-drinkers, and more people are doing dry January. So why not have a date at Winslow’s table or Vicia. Kara Flaherty stopped by to mix it up a bit with her…
Missouri’s tallest menorah will be lit tonight in University CityU City in The News
November 29, 2021

Missouri’s tallest menorah will be lit tonight in University City

James Boeckmann | Jan 26, 2021ST. LOUIS – Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights began at sundown Sunday night. To celebrate, Missouri’s tallest menorah will be lit at 6 p.m. Monday at the Chabad Center along Delmar Boulevard in University City. Additional candles will be lit over the eight nights…
Free Parking - University CityU City in The News
June 23, 2021

University City waiving parking meter fees to help small businesses

Monica Ryan | June 23, 2021ST. LOUIS – University City is waiving parking meter fees for up to six months in an effort to help small businesses. The Post-Dispatch reported the city manager says the move will take effect immediately to assist small businesses in recovering from the pandemic. The…
Diego's CafeU City in The News
June 17, 2021

Dining at Diego’s Is Transcendent

Cheryl Baehr | June 17, 2021Natasha Kwan was utterly shocked when she heard the news of her friend Chuck Pener's passing. Even before she opened her debut restaurant, Frida's, just a couple of storefronts down from Pener's Mediterranean gathering place, Momo's Taverna, Kwan considered Pener a pal. That friendship only…
Winslow's TableU City in The News
February 4, 2021

In University City, Winslow’s Table has pivoted from a sit-down restaurant to a neighborhood market

Kasey Carlson | Feb 4, 2021One of St. Louis' most popular restaurants might look a little different if you haven't stepped inside recently. Winslow's Table, which Tara and Michael Gallina own alongside the much-acclaimed Vicia, has transformed from a sit-down spot for brunch and dinner into a neighborhood market with…
Sasha Sander (KSDK)U City in The News
February 2, 2021

Delmar Loop restaurants offering chef-curated kits at local grocery store

Sasha Sander | Feb 2, 2021The Chef-Curated Cooking Kits will be available through Sunday, Feb. 28 for $25 A popular St. Louis international grocer is offering Chef-Curated Cooking Kits from some of the city’s favorite Delmar Loop restaurants. United Provisions is now selling kits which include hand-picked ingredients from its…
birria tacosU City in The News
January 26, 2021

Where to get birria tacos in St. Louis

James Boeckmann | Jan 26, 2021Hailing from the state of Jalisco in Mexico and a bona fide institution in its capital Guadalajara, birria tacos are having a moment. Sometimes called “wet tacos,” they are traditionally served with a cup of consommé (for dunking, dipping and even drinking) made primarily with…
Diego'sU City in The News
January 5, 2021

3 new St. Louis restaurants to try this month – Diego’s

SAUCE Staff | Jan 05, 2021We’re happy to report that Diego’s, the long-anticipated Mexican cantina from the team behind neighboring Frida’s, was worth the wait. Co-owner and chef Natasha Kwan won us over with well-executed classics like creamy esquites (Mexican corn salad) and an incredible shrimp tostada with avocado mash,…
Winslow's TableU City in The News
December 23, 2020

2020 Best New Restaurants // No. 6 Winslow’s Table

Adam Rothbarth | Dec 23, 2020When Tara and Michael Gallina took over cherished University City brunch mecca Winslow’s Home last November, relaunching it as Winslow’s Table, they infused the beloved spot’s old vibes with the vegetable-forward, farm-to-table style they’ve found so successful at their first restaurant, Vicia. “Winslow’s Home was a place, for Michael and me,…
STL MagU City in The News
November 12, 2020

The co-owner of University City’s EyeSeeMe bookstore shares antiracism literature picks for kids

Courtney Scott | Nov 12, 2020Having conversations with children about race has never been more important. EyeSeeMe, a bookstore in University City, holds one of the largest collections of African-American–focused children’s literature in the United States. Owners Jeffrey and Pamela Blair, who are parents themselves, provide educators and organizations with…
Mohammed Qadadeh - American FalafelU City in The News
November 10, 2020

Mohammed Qadadeh of American Falafel Made a Delicious Career Change

Cheryl Baehr | Nov 10, 2020 riverfronttimes.comBefore opening American Falafel (6314 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-553-9353) in June of this year, Mohammed Qadadeh enjoyed great success in IT, sales and management with Mastercard. A computer scientist by training, Qadadeh spent fifteen years with the company, working in both its St.…
Phillies StaffU City in The News
November 9, 2020

Phillies Cheesesteaks & More now open in University City

Holly Fann | Nov 9, 2020Phillies Cheesesteaks & More recently opened at 6800 Olive, in a small shopping plaza in University City that's less than a two-minute drive from the Delmar Loop. Those expecting a traditional “steak wit” Philly-style cheesesteak may be surprised by the construction of Phillies' sandwiches, though all of the classic elements and flavors are…
Eyeseemee - CBS Sunday Morning FeatureU City in The News
November 8, 2020

Independent booksellers write a new chapter during COVID-19

CBS Sunday Morning | Nov 8, 2020 The Strand Book Store is a New York institution, with four floors of books, and 93 years of tradition. But while it survived a Great Depression, World War II, 9/11 and Amazon, it has struggled during the era of COVID-19. New Yorker contributor…
Diego'sU City in The News
October 30, 2020

Diego’s, From the Team Behind Frida’s, Now Serving Mexican Fare in University City

Mabel Suen | Oct 28, 2020A new Mexican cantina recently debuted in University City. Diego’s, from the owners of Frida’s, opened on October 13, featuring elevated street food with an emphasis on small plates and craft cocktails. The concept comes from Frida’s owners Natasha Kwan and Rick Roloff. As previously reported by Feast, the…
Boogyz DonutsU City in The News
October 15, 2020

Boogyz Donuts owner modifies bagel aspirations for doughnut-obsessed St. Louis

Ian Froeb | Oct 15, 2020 Maybe someday St. Louis will be a bagel town. Not necessarily a great bagel town like New York or Montreal — I’m not delusional — but a better bagel town than it is now. (Wipe away that towering schmear of cream cheese and stare…
Diego'sU City in The News
October 12, 2020

Diego’s, a husband restaurant to Frida’s, opens tomorrow in University City

George Mahe | Oct 12, 2020“The day has finally come,” quips Natasha Kwan, co-owner of Diego’s Mexican restaurant which opens tomorrow, “It only took 22 months.”Planning a restaurant, especially retrofitting an exciting one, is never easy because of the unknowns, “and there were a lot of them,” says Kwan regarding…
University City Schools Superintendent Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley is the St. Louis American Foundation’s 2020 Stellar Performer.U City in The News
September 23, 2020

Disrupter in chief Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley is 2020 Stellar Performer in Education

Rebecca Rivas of The St. Louis American | Sep 23, 2020University City Schools Superintendent Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley is a status-quo disrupter. “The bravery she shows is unparalleled,” said Christina Groves, middle-school teacher and parent in the district. “It is very clear to those of us who care about the education…
Boogyz DonutsU City in The News
September 10, 2020

Boogyz Donuts Finds Wide Success With Vegan Options in University City

Cheryl Baehr | Thu, Sep 10, 2020 For the last couple of years, Jamil Jabbar has been planning to open a bagel and doughnut shop with the idea of having both a storefront and robust distribution business. Now that it's happened, he can't do anything but laugh at his timing."I…
Sauce Fave - House of IndiaU City in The News
August 21, 2020

House of India is this year’s Sauce Magazine Readers’ Choice Favorite Indian

BY HEATHER HUGHES HUFF // AUGUST 21, 2020The local institutions many regulars might be surprised to hear that owner Satish Kumar never wanted to open a restaurant. Both his father and grandfather ran restaurants in India, but when Kumar left everything and moved alone to the U.S. at age 24,…
Taylor Swift Sends Signed Copies of New Album to Vintage VinylU City in The News
August 20, 2020

Taylor Swift Sends Signed Copies of New Album to Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis

Jaime Lees | Thu, Aug 20, 2020Always one to go way (way) out of her way to spend time with her fans and find special ways to make them feel included, she’s also been surprising us all lately with sudden album releases. And now this: connection to her fans through…
Business Owner SpotlightU City in The News
August 6, 2020

Papa Ray’s Vintage Vinyl Roadshow

Papa Ray's Vintage Vinyl Roadshow Sound the trumpets, blow the horns. The pilot of Papa Ray's Vintage Vinyl Roadshow is now complete. The first episode will air on September 3 on KETC Channel 9 at 8 p.m. CST and Papa Ray and the Vintage Vinyl staff will share the story…
The Banh Mi ShopU City in The News
August 3, 2020

Jimmy Trinh of The Banh Mi Shop on Crispy Fried Shallots, Food Processors and a Lemongrass Chicken Recipe

Mabel Suen | Aug 3, 2020While doing their part to maintain social distance, home cooks everywhere are honing their skills in the kitchen. Feast consulted with some of St. Louis' finest chefs and business owners for their best advice on how to make easy, wholesome meals using simple pantry staples. Find out…
U City in The News
July 14, 2020

Winslow’s Table Featured in Riverfront Times

Service in the Pandemic: From Wine Guy to Working Winslow's Table's Window Posted By Cheryl Baehr on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 6:15 am Nick Denietolis began his food career working at Schnuck's when he was a teenager. Eventually, he moved up to the meat department, gaining valuable food prep experience that helped him transition to…
U City in The News
June 17, 2020

Black-Owned Businesses like Eyeseeme Bookstore Seeing an Increase in Sales

As interest in books on anti-racism has skyrocketed over the last couple of weeks, Eyeseeme African American Children’s Bookstore has seen a huge increase in online sales, said owner Jeffrey Blair. “We were very well-positioned in order to help fulfill that need.” As millions of people have taken to the…
U City in The News
June 10, 2020

In University City, Artists Spend Hours Painting Portrait of George Floyd

by: Michelle Madaras Posted: Jun 10, 2020 / 06:50 PM CDT / Updated: Jun 10, 2020 / 05:51 PM CDT UNIVERSITY CITY, MO – Businesses here in the Delmar Loop are now covered with colorful pictures and messages, but one done all in black-and-white stands out amongst them all. A portrait of George Floyd now…
American Falafel University City LoopBusiness Owner SpotlightU City in The News
June 5, 2020

American Falafel: University City’s Newest Restaurant

American Falafel opened last weekend at 6134 Delmar on the Delmar Loop. Owner Moh Qadadeh, whose family roots are in Jordan, serves up fresh Mediterranean fare created from family recipes and prepared by a chef who previously worked at a high-end hotel in Amman, Jordan’s capital. Besides the namesake dish (served as a sandwich or appetizer-size bites),…
Lulu'sU City in The News
June 1, 2020

2020 Feast 50 Awards: St. Louis

Rachel Huffman, Heather Riske | Jun 01, 2020The votes are in! In our ninth-annual Feast 50 issue, we’re highlighting the St. Louis winners and runners-up across 50 categories in the Feast 50 Awards, as voted by you in our readers’ choice poll. Editor's Note: Past year's winners were not up for…
U City in The News
April 10, 2020

EyeSeeMe Bookstore Featured in USA Today

EyeSeeMe bookstore teaches children the value of African-American history Tanisha Sykes Special to USA TODAY Published 7:00 a.m. ET Apr. 10, 2019 As African American parents, Pamela and Jeffrey Blair of St. Louis, Missouri, always taught their four children about their history and helped them to develop a positive self-image. They told stories about…