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From Private Homes To Rented Spaces, Pop-Up Restaurants Make Their Mark On St. Louis Food Scene

2 hours 27 minutes ago
The underground pop-up restaurant scene is growing, and St. Louis is no exception . Pop-ups are a way for amateur chefs to experiment with selling their cuisine without the commitment of daily catering and operating from a brick-and-mortar shop. They also help talented newcomers build a following and give diners a chance to taste the latest and greatest. They are set up in the kitchens of established restaurants, held in a private homes and can even be found on a downtown roof. They provide a chance for chefs to test the waters. Established local chefs like Gerard Craft, Michael Gallina and Mike Randolph host pop-ups around a new opening or to scratch a creative itch, while others like Logan Ely use them to test a market and figure out how to run a business.

Fairview Heights Considers Program To Help Businesses Finance Energy Improvements

2 hours 31 minutes ago
Businesses in Fairview Heights may soon find private investors to help them make their buildings more energy efficient. The Fairview Heights City Council will consider a proposal today to establish a Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program in the city. The PACE program gives commercial property owners access to long-term loans for efficiency upgrades. It would help new and existing businesses invest in their properties, said Paul Ellis, the city’s director of economic development.

Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison, Fraudster Farmer Randy Constant Commits Suicide

3 hours 53 minutes ago

A high-flying Missouri farmer committed suicide days after a federal judge sentenced him to more than a decade in prison for orchestrating what is believed to be the largest organic grain scam in United States history.

Randy Constant, 61, was found dead in Chillicothe, his hometown, the Livingston County coroner told the Associated Press.

For years, Constant bought amounts of non-organic grain and sold it as organic for massive profits.…
Doyle Murphy