Maplewood anchor restaurant closes

Long-time Maplewood restaurant Jimmy John’s (7374 Manchester) closed its doors without warning Wednesday morning. It was in the location for 14 years, though not with the same owner through the entire time. The owner was Randy McNulty, according to Mid County Chamber of Commerce. Rothschild St. Louis owns the location.

Trash truck trashes pole

Tuesday afternoon a trash truck driver happened to back into an electric pole at the corner of Marshall Avenue and Sara Street. At the time an Ameren employee said power would be out to some customers while it was being repaired. Update: shops in the 7300 block of Manchester lost power. Some closed for the afternoon, some stayed open.

In the news: lawsuit targets Maplewood activist; Blue Duck chef in Hell’s Kitchen

Area people and events in the news. Daily Coffee News — Coma Coffee is Wide Awake with Expanded Bar and Kitchen Outside St. Louis
Feast — Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions’ expanded space in Maplewood features a full dine-in menu with smash burgers, sandwiches and more
KSDK — New program giving St. Louis area schools access to 911 calls for free
KSDK — Schnucks will no longer require fully vaccinated customers to wear a mask
Ladue News — Series Six Apparel Company Opens Storefront in Richmond Heights Featuring St. Louis-Inspired Designs
Riverfront Times — Pizza Champ, from the Team Behind Elmwood, Is Coming to Maplewood This Fall
STLtoday — Messenger: Lawsuit targets St.

Maplewood restaurants reopen, adapt to pandemic shutdown

Maplewood restaurants are beginning to shake out from the effects of the Covid 19 shutdown. Some have reopened after being closed for more than a year, others have been open with limited seating and some are enhancing their outdoor seating. The Dubliner and Encore Baking have closed. Here’s a sampling of where some Maplewood restaurants stand:

Asador Del Sur opened its doors during the shutdown. Boardwalk Waffles plans to offer fully vaccinated customers (with vaccination card) a free scoop of ice cream May 21 through May 28.

MRH golfer wins title, bear captured in Richmond Heights: in the news

A bear sighted in Webster Groves and Brentwood was finally tranquilized in Richmond Heights, an MRH junior won the Class 2 District 1 boys golf tournament, Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions moves, and much more in the news. Fox 2 — Tim’s Travels: Series Six launches new St. Louis summer apparel today
KMOV — Hours after sightings in Brentwood, bear is tranquilized in tree in Richmond Heights
KSNF/KODE — More Missouri bear sightings could be ‘new normal’
KY3 — Police say turkey hunter accidentally shot hiker Saturday in Weldon Spring, Mo. Riverfront Times — New, Expanded Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions Opens Today in Maplewood
Sauce Magazine — First Look: Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions’ new location in Maplewood
Sauce Magazine — Blue Crab Juicy Seafood & Bar opens in Maplewood
Sauce Magazine — 3 new restaurants in St. Louis to try this month

STL-themed clothing store opens; MRH grad obituary: in the news

In the news recently: a store selling St. Louis themed clothing opens in The Boulevard, MSD’s giant tunnel progresses, and the St. Louis American runs an obituary of an Maplewood Richmond Heights graduate. KMOV — St. Louis County to hold vaccine clinic for disabled and deaf residents this week
KMOX — Several local restaurants rewarding teachers with freebies on May 4  
KSDK — Clothing company inspired by St.

Maplewood’s first Black mayor is sworn in

Nikylan Knapper, Maplewood’s first African American mayor, was sworn in Tuesday evening outside Maplewood City Hall, joined by her family, and approximately 75 masked supporters watching from the parking lot below. She was sworn in by Genesis Draper, a friend from her previous work in Nashville and currently a judge from Houston, Texas. Knapper is an Administrative Judge for USDA. After being sworn in she told her supporters, “Our council is made up of people that care for their neighbors,” and, “We will be a beacon for St. Louis County.

Watchdog group says Brentwood continues trying to overpay employees

Brentwood Citizens for Responsible Government recently published an open letter in The Pulse to the Brentwood community about the city’s “checkered” history with employee compensation. The city works with Higbee Associates every two years to review employee salaries. Higbee’s latest report states that its goal is to make every Brentwood employee eligible for a raise in 2021. It goes through “convoluted machinations” to achieve the goal, the letter states. A representative of Brentwood Citizens for Responsible Government gave 40 South permission to post its letter here.

Maplewood man murdered in Spanish Lake; Sunnen Apartments announce phase 2: in the news

In the news: a Maplewood man was reported murdered, Sunnen Apartments to expand, and an MRH grad scores the opening goal in a game for St. Louis Community College. Advantage — Daniel E. Juedemann (obituary) — St. Louis sweeps soccer Falcons in ECC home opener (MRH grad scores)

Fox 2 — Return of cold weather expected to delay St. Louis County pothole repairs into May
KSDK — This church is using pre-registration, QR codes to welcome people back to in-person services  
KSDK — New dashcam video shows deadly officer-involved shooting at Galleria mall in 2019

Maplewood Public Library wins national grant

According to a press release from Maplewood Public Library: it has been selected as one of 517 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and/or rural communities. The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help facilitate community conversations that give seniors, caregivers, Maplewood residents, and other stakeholders an opportunity to provide input on how the Library will expand its collection and services to benefit seniors, homebound residents, and those with disabilities. As part of the grant, select Maplewood Public Library staff will take an online course in how to lead community conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host community conversations with residents about how to best use the grant funds to expand the library’s large print collection, launch a homebound services program, and otherwise improve access for Maplewood’s vulnerable populations. “Library staff saw a need within in the community, and we wanted to do something about it,” Library Director Ashley Bryant said.

Farmers market no longer Schlafly-sponsored, moves to Sutton Boulevard

Schlafly stopped sponsoring the farmers market previously held on its lot in Maplewood in February last year, so now it has become vendor-owned and renamed S.O.L. Food Farmers Market. S.O.L., standing for Sustainable, Organic, Local. Its new spot is at 2808-2810 Sutton Boulevard (Living Room and Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions parking lot). Its opening day is Wednesday April 28, to be held weekly through October on Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Bob’s charity trash-a-thon update

Maplewood resident Bob Weidenbenner kicked off his trash-a-thon to benefit Joe’s Place, and Cornerstone Center in the Shaw neighborhood last July. He’s raised more than $2500 for the charities so far he reports in an update. Bob’s complete report:

Just wanted to update and inform folks about how the trash-a-thon is going. I’m picking up litter in the neighborhood for a year and asked for sponsors from the neighborhood to donate to two local charities, Joe’s Place here in Maplewood and Cornerstone Center in the Shaw neighborhood. I’m happy to announce that over $2500 has been raised so far and am very thankful to everyone who sponsored.  A special thank you to Julia Schaffner at Joe’s Place and Dawn Russell and Dani Smith at Cornerstone for their help and to the guys at Scheidt Hardware for keeping me supplied with a picking stick.

Maplewood residents asked to complete survey to prioritize issues for mayor-elect (updated)

Maplewood Mayor-Elect Nikylan Knapper reached out to the MapleGOOD group to post a short survey to help her to prioritize the issues facing the city. She also agreed to have it posted on 40 South to reach as many residents as possible. (Update: the survey is now closed, per the website)Knapper won the election on April 6 and will begin her term as mayor on April 27. Maplewood residents are asked to rate each issue in the survey 1-5 in importance to them. Participate in the survey here.

Maplewood seeking replacement for vacated Ward 2 council seat

Maplewood City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution to authorize a special election for the vacant seat of Ward 2 Councilmember Eleanor Pardini, who resigned her post for personal reasons on Friday, April 9, 2021. The special election will be held August 3. Petitions are available at Maplewood City Hall, 7601 Manchester Rd. For questions please call Deputy City Clerk, Karen Scheidt at 646-3604 or by email at

Maplewood councilmember resigns city council

The city of Maplewood announced Friday that Councilmember Eleanor Pardini (Ward 2) resigned her seat on the city council effective Friday, April 9. The city posted her letter of resignation. The beginning of Pardini’s letter explaining her decision:
Neighbors and friends,

I’m writing to let you know that I will be resigning from Maplewood City Council effective Friday, April 9, 2021. This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make. I have arrived at this place through much introspection and deliberation.

Woman killed in crash with truck at I-64 Big Bend exit: reports

News sources reported that a Wildwood woman was killed in a collision Tuesday morning with a tractor-trailer on the eastbound I-64 Big Bend exit. Fox 2 — One dead after fiery accident with 18-wheeler on I-64
KMOV — Wildwood woman killed in fiery Tuesday morning crash on I-64 in Richmond Heights
KSDK — Driver killed in crash with tractor-trailer on I-64 in St. Louis County
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — O’Fallon, Mo., mayor prevails; Maplewood elects first Black mayor
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Woman killed in crash on Highway 40 in Richmond Heights

Nikylan Knapper makes history becoming 1st Black mayor of Maplewood

Nikylan Knapper has become the first African American in the history of Maplewood, MO, to be elected its mayor. With all polling places reporting, Knapper defeated incumbent mayor Barry Greenberg 822 to 588 votes, winning 58.3% of the vote, according the St. Louis County Election Board. Knapper posted on Facebook: “We made history tonight, I am honored and so excited to be the next Mayor of Maplewood! Tonight we celebrate, tomorrow we get to work!”

Kerry Cottage closes, MRH golfer wins tourney: in the news

From various sources recently: the Kerry Cottage has closed in Maplewood after 33 years in business, an MRH junior golfer wins, and more. Fox 2 — Tim’s Travels: Cure your sweet tooth at Sweet Tooth Bakery in Maplewood
KMOV — Creve Coeur man fatally shot in University City; arrest made
Riverfront Times — St. Louis Restaurant Openings and Closings: March 2021
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Maplewood’s Kolar grows back into his game, wins Bantle Memorial medalist title
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Affton 10, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 1