Maplewood chef wins reality show contest, Carl’s has new owner: In the news

Area news that made the news. Fox 2 — Maplewood chef wins Hell’s Kitchen and proposes to girlfriend
Fox 2 — This coffee roasting food truck is coming to your neighborhood — Harold E. Gaskin (obituary, service was Sept. 10)

Riverfront Times — St. Louis Bars To Bowl
St. Louis Magazine — Carl’s Drive-In is under new ownership in Brentwood
Webster-Kirkwood Times — Deer Creek Bar & Grill Plans Opening

Burger King in Richmond Heights closes, opened in 1966

Longtime area restaurant, Burger King, at 1200 S. Brentwood Boulevard in Richmond Heights, opposite the St. Louis Galleria Mall, has closed, Brentwood resident Barry Williams has reported. The Burger King international restaurant chain was founded in Miami in 1954 and its Richmond Heights store was among the chain’s oldest surviving locations. When it opened in 1966 it was the company’s 194th store. Burger King now has about 17,800 stores, according to Williams.

The Boulevard retail complex is expanding southward toward the restaurant, which could be a reason for the Burger King’s closing.

Former Cousin Hugo’s to reopen on Saturday: In the news

Area news that made the news:

Fox 2 — Hell’s Kitchen finalist on what he’s learned from Gordon Ramsay | FOX 2  —Blue Duck executive chef makes it to the final round

KSDK— These St. Louis area pools are hosting dog swims this summer – KSD —Maplewood Aquatic Center dog swim is Saturday, Sept. 18 (contrary to what KSDK has announced)

St. Louis Magazine — Deer Creek Bar & Grill opens in Maplewood on September 12 —The former Cousin Hugo’s reopens under new ownership — Historical homes you can own in the St. Louis area | Local | —2 bedroom bungalow in Richmond Heights — Made in St.

Maplewood chef is finalist on Hell’s Kitchen: Fox 2, and more in the news

Area news that made the news:

Fox 2 — Maplewood chef earns first ‘black jacket’ on Hell’s Kitchen; one of 5 finalists | FOX 2 
KSDK — Schnuck Markets expands use of Tally robots chainwide |  
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District — Four 2021 Grads Earn Prestigious “Seal of Biliteracy” – MRH School District  
St. Louis Public Radio — Thursday: CEO Of Fast-Growing St. Louis Startup Has Big Plans — St. Louis Public Schools will require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 | Education …  

Maplewood Regional Night Out planned: it’s ice cream and snow cones

Maplewood Police Officer Jason Schuster was assigned to the responsibility of being the link between the police department and the block captains, and was asked to help plan Maplewood’s Regional Night Out events. The main purpose of the Regional Night Out is to promote a police/community partnership. Last year MPD was unsure how to proceed with Regional Night Out due COVID, and later simplified the event with the Boardwalk Waffle ice cream truck. Schuster said in an email to block captains that everyone that participated last year seemed to appreciate the event so the MPD has decided to continue with the ice cream truck and add Deer Creek Concessions snow cones. Some of the locations will have Boardwalk Waffles ice cream and some will have snow cones.  Here are the locations, dates and times for the Regional Night Out events.

Big Boy chugs through Maplewood

Monday morning Maplewood residents gathered by the tracks in the Greenwood neighborhood to see the steam locomotive the Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 heading west. Maplewood resident Charles Hardy took these photos.

Update on MoDOT Manchester Road work

Andrew Gates, communications specialist for the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis district, has relayed information on planned work for Manchester Road between S. Big Bend and Lindbergh boulevards. The work includes lane closures near Lindbergh in the near future, and a full closure next summer to replace the Black Creek bridge, which is just west of South Hanley.The report from Gates:
We are getting closer to work starting on Route 100 (Manchester Road) between Big Bend and Lindbergh.  Our utility partners have been working hard to clear the construction area of their utilities, and this will continue for some time. Our contractor is determining those areas where they can work around those utility partners and is anticipating starting on the project later in the month. Right now, they are expecting to start work on the western portion of the project near Lindbergh, and start work in the eastern portion of the project near Big Bend in a couple of months, after more of the needed utility relocations are finished.

In the news: mask mandates/policies, new coffee shop

What’s in the news from our area lately. Fox 2 — Teenager’s lawn care company out of business after thieves steal equipment
KMOV — Petition seeks mask mandate at Archdiocese of St. Louis schools
KMOV — More St. Louis County districts issue school mask mandates
KMOV — LIST: St. Louis area schools’ mask policies for upcoming school year
KSDK — Maplewood Restaurant Week kicks off today through August 15
KSDK — Thieves steal teenage business owner’s equipment in Richmond Heights — Postcard from the Hiawatha in 1961
Riverfront Times — Coma Coffee Shines in New Two-Story Cafe

Walk and talk events with Maplewood mayor scheduled

Do you have questions or ideas you would like to share with the Mayor? Join Mayor  Nikylan Knapper for a Walk and Talk. Two of the events are planned for each ward: from the city of Maplewood. Ward 3:

August 21 – 8-10:30 a.m. Starting at the corner of Manchester Rd & Marshall Avenue and meandering to Greenwood Boulevard. August 22 – 8-10:30 a.m. Starting at the corner of Greenwood Boulevard and Canterbury Avenue and meandering to Manhattan Avenue.

Chase opens Richmond Heights branch: press release

Chase bank has announced it has opened its doors in Richmond Heights, the first branch in the area. The branch offers personal services and welcomes customers in casual meeting spaces, emphasizing a more consultative approach. “We’re thrilled and so proud to officially establish our roots in Richmond Heights and have this branch help existing and future Chase customers achieve their financial dreams,” said Jackie Womack, who manages the new branch at 6690 Clayton Rd.“This branch will offer financial solutions so individuals and businesses can get the most out of their money.”

Self-service transaction areas are available including a digital access bar and two interior ATMs, one drive-through ATM and one in the exterior of the branch, accessible by debit card afterhours. The branch also features Chase Private Client offices, teller services, a night depository, and free Wi-Fi. The bank hired locally for personal bankers, associate bankers, private client specialists and advisors, and home lending and business banking specialists.

In the news: masks in schools, Maplewood restaurant week, restaurant reviews,

In the local media recently: a past Olympian helps out at Maplewood pool, reviews of new restaurants, more. Fox 2 — Richmond Heights MetroLink halts service following a nearby shooting  
Fox 2 — Spike in car break-ins cause Richmond Heights Police to issue warning  
FOX 2 — Woman hit by Metrolink, sustains non-life-threatening injuries  
KMOV — Police investigating shooting near the Boulevard, MetroLink station in Richmond Heights  
KMOV — Multiple vehicles broken into in Richmond Heights  
KSDK — Past Olympian hoping to help prepare future ones in Maplewood pool  
KSDK — Requiring masks or not? St. Louis area schools decide what’s to come this fall  
Sauce Magazine — First Look: Mezcaleria Las Chupacabras in Richmond Heights  
St. Louis Magazine — PM BBQ and Hunan Wok have closed for good

Locomotive to steam through Maplewood August 30, leaving downtown STL at 8 am

The Union Pacific Big Boy  locomotive #4014, is set to leave downtown Saint Louis, heading west, on Monday, August 30. According to Union Pacific, the locomotive is scheduled to be on display in St. Louis on Sunday, August 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., departing Monday, August 30, at 8 a.m., heading west, toward Maplewood. There are eight surviving Big Boys, with most on static display at museums. One of them, #4014, was re-acquired by Union Pacific and rebuilt to operating condition in 2019, regaining the title as the largest and most powerful operating steam locomotive in the world. In 2016 Union Pacific steam locomotive #844 precviously passed through Maplewood in 2016.

Another new apartment building, and more in the news

The Post-Dispatch reports that the Sunnen Station Apartment complex is adding a second building. Also, Maplewood guitarist John Horton has filled a vacancy with Son Volt.

Call Newspapers — Board considers ‘protection’ resolution  
Fox 2 — Monthly outdoor market coming to Schlafly Bottleworks July 11
Fox 2 — Maplewood chef’s dish helped team win reward on Hell’s Kitchen  
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Bottle Rockets guitarist John Horton is the right musician to fill Son Volt vacancy
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Second building going up at Maplewood apartment complex
Victory Sports Network — Hannibal LaGrange Men’s Basketball Finishes Up Recruiting Class For 21-22

Hunan Wok in Brentwood closes: report

Brentwood resident Barry Williams has reported that the Hunan Wok restaurant at S. Brentwood Boulevard and Litzsinger Road closed permanently on Sunday, July 4. “Sad news” for patrons he says. He said it had been a Brentwood landmark for more than 20 years and was, he believes, the oldest Chinese restaurant in Brentwood. The small brick building it occupied, at 2428 S. Brentwood Boulevard, began as a Tom Boy’s IGA grocery market. Williams said the owner decided she wanted to spend more time with her family.

Ralph Posley appointed to fill MRH board vacancy

Maplewood Richmond Heights School District reported on Sunday that Ralph Posley was appointed to fill the board vacancy left by Nikylan Knapper when she became mayor of Maplewood. According to MRH: After coming up short in the recent municipal election, Ralph Posley has found himself back on the Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education. In April, voters considered three candidates to fill two open board seats. Posley, the incumbent, finished third in the election. But another sitting board member, Nikylan Knapper, won her race for mayor of Maplewood and was thus obligated to resign her MRH position.

MRH golfer named All-Metro boys golfer of the year, and more in the news

MRH junior Kal Kolar was named the Post-Dispatch All-Metro boys golfer of the year. He won a district title for the second time and this year finished second in the Class 2 state tournament, the Post-Dispatch reports. Also in the news, a judge ruled in favor of a Maplewood woman who was handing out flyers on rental assistance. Fox 2 — Maplewood chef survives another week on “Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns”
Fox 2 — St. Louis seeks ways to beat the heat as temperatures top 100
KSDK — Richmond Heights offers free concert with free COVID-19 vaccines
Riverfront Times — Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions Is Now Open in an Expanded Location in Maplewood
Sauce Magazine — 10 wines perfect for golden hour sipping
STLtoday — All-Metro boys golfer of the year: Kolar adjusts to growth spurt that makes game bigger and mostly better
STLtoday — Judge rules against landlord who sued Maplewood woman for giving out flyers on rental assistance
Webster-Kirkwood Times — Metro Orchestra Kicks Off 2021 Season Sunday, June 13, In Kirkwood (3 concerts scheduled at 2849 Laclede Station Road)

Unusual columns part of home across the street from historic Maplewood home

When moving into an old house we usually inherit a grab-bag of ‘updates’ done over the years. The details of those changes are often anecdotal. That’s the case with Jim Owens, whose family moved into 2636 Roseland Terrace in 1998. One detail that stands out on Owens’ home is the carved stone columns, especially the capitals. He said one thing he knows for sure about his house is that it was built in 1914.

City of Maplewood hires new city manager: former former chief of staff for mayor of Columbus

The Maplewood City Council and Mayor has voted unanimously to hire Michael Reese to serve as Maplewood’s next city manager, the city of Maplewood announced Wednesday. Reese’s hire comes after an exhaustive search for a candidate conducted by the Maplewood City Council over the past 20 months since the retirement of Marty Corcoran, who previously served as city manager for over 30 years. See also: Marty Corcoran honored for 36 years as Maplewood City Manager

Reese comes to Maplewood with a wealth of experience in local government, including extensive history with the city of Columbus, Ohio. As the former chief of staff for the mayor of Columbus, Reese managed 14 directors, improved city services, used the budget to create safe and vibrant neighborhoods and business districts, interacted regularly with community and business leaders, partnered with the private sector to create jobs, and collaborated with the school district to advance educational opportunities. Reese holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in Political Science degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Casa Maya opens in former Maya Cafe location

Weathering the pandemic, Mexican restaurant Casa Maya has opened in the former Maya Cafe location (2726 Sutton Boulevard), which closed in December 2019 with the retirement of its owner. Casa Maya will be open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See also: Maya Cafe cuts reopening ribbon (2015)

Eckert’s Farm to open new location at former Lucky’s

The Metro East-based farm, Eckert’s, is moving into the former Lucky’s Market location on Manchester Road in Rock Hill. It’ll be called Eckert’s St. Louis Farm Market. It will have Eckert’s Farm produce, bakery goods and gift items, KMOV reported. President of Eckert’s Inc., Chris Eckert, told the St.