New Maplewood laundromat confirmed, toasty subs return

Contractors are at work at two corners of Big Bend Boulevard and Flora Avenue. The former QuikTrip is planned to be a laundromat, according to a contractor on the site on Monday. He said his boss told him he’d be working there for five months. He said several neighbors have told him they’d rather have a restaurant. Across Big Bend, a Toasty Subs sign has returned.

The line in Maplewood on Saturday was for beer

Folks waited in line for hours Saturday morning for a new beer from Maplewood’s newest brewery — Side Project. It was Pulling Nails 6, selling for about $35 for a 750ml bottle. Brent Yard, of St. Louis, said he came simply because it’s a Side Project beer. “It will sell out.

Work begins at old QuikTrip

Plywood doors and a full dumpster at the former QuikTrip location in Maplewood on Big Bend Boulevard signify that at last the building may be used. QuikTrip moved from there to Manchester and Big Bend on June 4, 2014. QuikTrip real estate manager, Alan Renner, said two years ago he heard it was going to be a laundromat with possibly some additional retail. No word yet what’s happening now. Watch for updates.

New Maplewood restaurant to open Feb. 14

Chris Rayburn, co-owner of The Blue Duck, in Washington, MO, plans to open the second Blue Duck, at 7401 Manchester Road, on Tuesday, Feb. 14 — Valentines Day, he said Friday. He said to expect the kitchen to be closed two hours before closing time each day. Drinks, desserts and small appetizers should be available. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. – midnight

Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Blue Duck is in the back of the building at Manchester and Sutton that David Schlafly is rehabbing.

Asian-fusion restaurant backs out

There will be some shuffling of tenants in the 7400 block of Manchester Road, as two backed out and one closed. Kim Cheese, an Asian-fusion restaurant approved for 7405 Manchester Road that My Happy Place recently moved out of, decided not to move in, according to building owner Dan Slavin. He said the numbers it didn’t work; a kitchen needed to be built.

At 7415 Manchester Road, on the corner, where Craft Beer Cellar was approved but then backed out, architectural firm RDG Planning and Design is moving in. Slavin said it’s a national firm. RDG will occupy the former My Happy Place during the build-out of their space.

Soccer shop coming to Maplewood

A soccer gear shop, OMG Soccer, is planned for 2171 S. Big Bend Boulevard, the former Miriam Switching Post spot before it moved to 292 Hanley Industrial Court. The owner said Tuesday he plans to open in a couple months. The website,, isn’t set up yet, he said.

Little Caesar’s Pizza coming

The build-out for a new Little Caesar’s Pizza in the Shop ‘n Save mall has begun. The space next to it is available. Maplewood officials OK’d the conditional use permit for the Little Caesar’s in September.

Maplewood groundhog doesn’t see her shadow

Maplewood Molly, Maplewood’s Groundhog Day representative, did not see her shadow, meaning an early spring. It was Maplewood Molly’s first prediction. She’s been sheltering through the winter in her cardboard home at Traveling Tea, 2707 Sutton Boulevard. Traveling Tea owner Kateri Meyer announced Molly’s prediction of an early spring on Thursday morning. During the month of January at many Maplewood businesses, folks predicted Molly’s prediction, as they made a  donation to the Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center.

Maplewood taproom named best in Missouri

Maplewood’s Side Project Cellar, at 7373 Marietta Avenue, has been named the best taproom in Missouri, by RateBeer, according to a recent Tweet from Side Project. A year ago RateBeer ranked Side Project the eighth best brewery in the world. Side Project Brewery opened it’s brewery to the public, at 7458 Manchester Road. Maplewood brewery adds barrels
Side Project Cellar lease extended into 2020s


Good signs in Maplewood

Two food-related businesses in Maplewood have posted signs. One opens on Saturday, the other, “soon.” Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream posted a sign outside, confirming what has already been announced, that it’s opening on Saturday, Feb. 4, at noon. They posted on Facebook recently that they aced their St.

Just one owner of Maplewood biz now

Maplewood business, Larder & Cupboard, is now under one owner. Cindy Higgerson took full ownership of Larder & Cupboard from partner, Brian Pelletier, on Jan. 27, according to a Facebook post. Higgerson has been managing all aspects of the business from the beginning, and will continue to bring in small-batch and made in-house products like cultured butter, boiled cider syrup, and other specialties, and host classes and events, the post says. Pelletier is the owner of Kakao Chocolate.