Missouri School Investigating 'Slave Trade' Homework Assignment

6 hours 11 minutes ago
A Missouri elementary school is investigating reports that fifth grade students were given assignments last week that asked them to consider the price of slaves on their hypothetical plantation — and what price to assign the slaves.

"You own a plantation or farm and therefore need more workers," the assignment stated, according to a Sunday Facebook post that included an image of the assignment.…
Danny Wicentowski

Yolklore Debuts Build-Your-Own Breakfast Sandwich Menu Featuring Housemade Bagels

8 hours ago

Not much is better in this world than a fresh warm boiled bagel — except a fresh warm boiled bagel topped with meat, cheese and a soft, runny egg.

Lucky for us, Crestwood breakfast spot Yolklore (8958 Watson Road, Crestwood; 314-270-8538) has rounded out its already delicious breakfast offerings with customizable bagel breakfast sandwiches.

Yolklore's build-your-own breakfast sandwich menu, which is now available on its new winter menu, lets you craft the brekkie sammie of your dreams. The sandwich-building process starts with your choice of bread, and chef Mary Bogacki recommends opting for one of Yolklore's bagels, which are made in-house using four simple ingredients: flour, salt, yeast and water.…
Ella Faust

St. Louis Then and Now: The Flying Saucer Building on South Grand Boulevard

9 hours 31 minutes ago
THEN:
NOW:

This saucer-shaped building next to Forest Park Parkway has a long history of servicing St. Louis. Built in 1967, the space age structure at 212 S. Grand was originally a Phillips 66 station.

The unique building then served as a Naugles, and after that it became a (much-missed) Del Taco location before morphing into its current form: a Starbucks/Chipotle combination frequented by college kids from St. Louis University.

The futuristic form has been protected from blighting and demolition over the years by preservation groups.…
Jaime Lees

A St. Louis Artist's 'Smash the Patriarchy' Image Went Viral. Then a Man Copied It

12 hours 44 minutes ago

To Kat Kissick, the image in her Google search was unmistakable: A digital illustration of a feminine head formed by flowers and framed by a caption on top that began, "Roses are red, knowledge is power," and continued below, "Stomp out the patriarchy you beautiful flower."

She immediately recognized it as a ripoff of her own work, an illustration she'd drawn in late 2018 that had gone viral on Facebook, where it had been shared 17,000 times and from which Kissick had sold T-shirts, prints and postcards.…
Danny Wicentowski

After a Decade of Awesome Shows, Foam on Cherokee Street to Close

3 days 3 hours ago

It's been a brutal week for restaurant and bar closings in St. Louis, and now, a longtime local music venue and cafe has sadly been added to the list.

Yesterday, Foam (3359 South Jefferson Avenue, 314-772-2100), one of Cherokee Street's most beloved spots, announced in a Facebook post that it will close for good after its final show on December 29. Located at the intersection of Cherokee Street and Jefferson Avenue, Foam has been a haven for local and touring artists in its artistic and cozy space for a decade.

Originally founded by Mike Glodeck in October 2009, Foam has been operated by Mic Boshans since 2014 (Glodeck still owns the building). When the venue first opened ten years ago, it helped usher in a sea change on Cherokee Street.

"I started working here the first year [Foam] opened," Boshans tells the RFT.…
Liz Miller

Delmar Loop Trolley to Clang its Last Clang on December 29

3 days 7 hours ago

It came, it clanged, and now, after barely a year of operation, the Delmar Loop Trolley is shutting down at the end of this month, on December 29.

The announcement came courtesy of John Meyer, president of the Loop Trolley Co., who told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday that "we hope a plan will come to fruition that may allow the trolley to resume operating at some point in the near future," but added that there's actually no plan to do so and no funding to keep the anachronistic and occasionally truck-assisted transport rolling in any form. 

While a paltry number of riders have deigned to ride the 2.2 mile track, the trolley has been circling the drain of financial and operational collapse for months.…
Danny Wicentowski

Izumi, a Japanese Izakaya-Style Kitchen, to Open Inside Takashima Records in the Grove in 2020

3 days 8 hours ago

Next spring, vinyl-themed cocktail lounge Takashima Records (4041 Chouteau Avenue) will debut in the Grove — and now, you can look forward to tasty eats to match the delicious drinks and vinyl bops.

Located inside the Chroma complex near the corner of Chouteau and Manchester avenues, Takashima Records is the brainchild of Parlor owners Sean Baltzell and Casey Colgan. For the bar and lounge's food program, the business partners are collaborating with St. Louis-area restaurateur Kurt Bellon on a concept called Izumi.…
Liz Miller

Culpeppers Closes Central West End Location After 84 Years Due to Saint Louis Chess Club Expansion

4 days 9 hours ago

Another longtime Central West End business has announced that it is closing this week, and like its neighbors, it's a casualty of the Saint Louis Chess Club's expansion plans.

After 84 years of business, Culpeppers (300 North Euclid Avenue) in the Central West End closed after service last night, as first reported by KSDK. Located at the intersection of Euclid and Maryland avenues, the restaurant first opened in 1935 and remains locally owned.…
Liz Miller

Protagonist Cafe, a "Literary Coffee Shop" Serving Sweet and Savory Vegan Treats, Now Open in Soulard

4 days 12 hours ago

'Tis the season for staying indoors, ideally curled up on a comfy couch with a hot cup of coffee and a good book. As of December 3, St. Louisans have a new place to do just that: Protagonist Cafe (1700 South Ninth Street) opened in Soulard quietly on Tuesday.

Operated by Laura Leister, Ameet Rawal and James Lettaus, the founders of Pieces: The St. Louis Board Game Bar and Restaurant, Protagonist Cafe is described in a release as a "literary coffee shop."…
Liz Miller

St. Louis Porch Pirate Steals a Big Box of Baby Shit [VIDEO]

5 days 4 hours ago
If you're a package thief this season, you better watch out, you better think twice — because that Amazon box under your arm might actually contain a karmic gift of poopy vengeance. 

Such was the fate of a porch pirate in the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood. As first reported by KSDK (Channel 5), this epic tale of revenge began last week when local mom found her Amazon orders being targeted by a campaign of theft waged by a single perpetrator, whose actions were captured on the family's surveillance camera.

The mom (whom KSDK did not name at her request) was already distressed to lose her package, but when the same thief came back again only a few days later, the shit, as they say, got real.…
Danny Wicentowski

Someone in "Desperate Need" of Pie Enters Ballwin Honey Baked Ham After Hours, Leaves Note and Cash

5 days 8 hours ago

Forgetting to bring dessert to Thanksgiving dinner is pretty bad. Breaking into a store to grab pies and leaving some cash on the counter is worse, though.

That's the scene that the Ballwin Police Department reported on Facebook in its weekly round-up of recent crimes. Apparently, a door at the Honey Baked Ham store was left unlocked by mistake, Ballwin police Officer Scott Stephens tells the Riverfront Times, so this wasn't a case of breaking and entering.…
Liz Miller

Sneak Peek: Little Fox to Celebrate Grand Opening in a Stunning Remodeled Space Next Week

5 days 12 hours ago

After more than a year of planning and almost five months of construction, Little Fox (2800 Shenandoah Avenue) will celebrate its grand opening in the Fox Park neighborhood on Tuesday, December 10.

As reported by the Riverfront Times in October, owners Mowgli and Craig Rivard want the dining experience at Little Fox to balance the best of fine-dining restaurants with more casual neighborhood eateries.…
Liz Miller

Have Missouri Republicans Lost the Upper Hand on Abortion?

5 days 12 hours ago
Is it possible that Missouri Republicans might have jumped the shark, even a little bit, on the issue of abortion? That unlikely prospect was raised in polling numbers reported last week by the Missouri Times, which scored a nice scoop by publishing an internal memo it obtained from the Democratic Governors Association (DGA).…
Ray Hartmann

Fans From Around the World Expected at STL Metal Band Anacrusis' Reunion Show

5 days 12 hours ago
During the band's heyday of 1986 to 1994, Anacrusis climbed from the ranks of north St. Louis county basement bands to a group touring the country with nationally released albums. Bringing a melange of influences to their version of heavy metal, the band was based around the core trio of guitarist/vocalist Kenn Nardi, guitarist Kevin Heidbreder and bassist John Emery, with the group rounded out by a trio of drummers in Mike Owen, Chad E. Smith and Paul Miles.…
Thomas Crone
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