Red Brick removes piano bar sign

The Live Juke Joint Piano Bar closed in July after an approximately year and a half run at the corner of Manchester and Sutton. The sign is now down. Red Brick Development employees were removing the sign Friday morning. One said, “Mr. Rothschild told us to take it down.” (Pete Rothschild owns Red Brick.) They also said they were sorry they didn’t have a new sign to put up.

New look for Shop ‘n Save in the works

The Maplewood Shop ‘n Save has changes on the way — “wall to wall” — according to an employee on Tuesday. Employees there said the pharmacy is being moved to the north side of the building, with a drive-thru added. Other walls will go up and down, with changes in groceries displays.

Package liquor store could replace gas station

The owner of the former Conoco gas station, at 3600 Big Bend Boulevard, will ask Maplewood city officials at their meeting on Tuesday to use the building as a package liquor store. The awning and pumps were removed recently. Gaurang Bhavsar will request a packaged liquor license and Sunday packaged liquor license for the store, according to the meeting agenda. Maplewood city staff recommends approval the the store. Also at the meeting:

Resident, Adelina Mart’s term on the board of adjustment is to be ‘corrected.’

A Dollar Tree mystery

Dollar Tree in Deer Creek didn’t open this morning, according to a report to 40 South. A local resident got there at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, and there was a woman making a phone call to the company. The company was aware, but no one had put a note on the door saying the store hadn’t opened. Apparently the manager didn’t show up and employees couldn’t get in. After hanging around for a while the resident called the police.

Live Juke Joint Piano Bar shuttered: Facebook, Yelp

According to Facebook and Yelp posts, Live Juke Joint Piano Bar in Maplewood has closed permanently. A Facebook post says it closed on July 22. Partners Andrew Graefe, and Phillip “Spanky” Manaois to open the restaurant/bar at 7376 Manchester Road, in November 2015. Back to approximately 2010, the corner has been the Live Juke Joint Piano Bar, the Blind Tiger restaurant, the Jumpin’ Jupiter cabaret, and Jive and Wail piano bar.  

Conoco station, laundromat changes in Maplewood

The pumps and awning at the Conoco station at 3600 S Big Bend Boulevard were removed on Tuesday. On Wednesday just the station remained. So far, no information to share on the plans. The Big Bend Coin Laundry, next to the Conoco, at 3620 S. Big Bend Boulevard, is still in operation, while its replacement (Maplewood Wash House), at 3010 S. Big Bend is under construction. An employee with the general contractor said it might be finished in one or two months.

‘Chateau Maplewood’ wine bar passes P&Z

Maplewood planning and zoning Monday night approved a new wine bar/restaurant, with retail wine by the bottle at the former J&E Office City location — 7326 Manchester Road. Owner, Brian Hobbs, was the general manager at Bar Les Freres in Clayton for four and a half years, a job he left two and half weeks ago, he told the commission. Hobbs plans on calling the new wine bar Chateau Maplewood, he said after the meeting. It will have about about 20 tables and a wine bar for eight. He plans on serving lunch, dinner and desserts, but the focus will be on wine — a “full wine experience,” he said.

Maplewood P&Z to consider restaurant/wine bar

The Maplewood planning and zoning commission is set to consider on Monday a new restaurant in the 7300 block of Manchester Road. The commission will hear citizens’ comments on a request by Brian Hobbs for a conditional use permit and a liquor license  to operate a restaurant/wine bar and retail shop at 7326 Manchester Road, according to a notice sent to residents nearby. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at Maplewood City Hall on Aug. 7. 7326 Manchester Road is the former address of J&E Office City, in business in Maplewood for 40 years.

3 businesses aiming to open September 1

Three businesses are working to open on September 1 in Maplewood in the building on the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard, according to August Schlafly, agent with Schlafly Corporation. He said the building is now full. The Blue Duck restaurant already opened there earlier this year (the door is on Sutton). Aiming for September 1 are: Goebel & Co. Furniture, mStoner (a design agency in Chicago opening an office here), and a hair salon.

Maplewood firm to use caboose for office

Seafoam Media, a marketing firm in Maplewood, moved recently from an upstairs office on Manchester Road to 2732 Sutton Boulevard, and owner Nikki Bisel loves an extra that came with the new space — a caboose. The new office is next to Maya Cafe (which reopened in March 2015). Maya owner Jay Schober once had plans for the caboose. Now, Bisel said it would be a neat place to meet with clients. The caboose is right behind Seafoam, and Bisel hopes to use it either for her office or as a meeting room/quiet space.