I know, I know. Most of the time I do a “quiz” to humblebrag about how much great literature I read or how much of contemporary popular culture I do not consume.
However, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published a list of 36 restaurants that have closed, so I thought I’d list the ones I’ve been to. Before they closed. Which is unlike the Coral Courts Motel, which a woman took me to after it had closed.
At any rate, I’ve been to the ones in bold and think I might have been to the ones in italics:
- Big Boy’s in Wright City
- Arcelia’s in St. Louis
- Beffa’s in St. Louis
- Busch’s Grove in Ladue
- Casa Gallardo chain
- Copia in St. Louis (I worked downtown for a while, and I knew this was nearby, so I might have been)
- Dandy Inn in Fairview Heights
- The Diamonds Restaurant
- Dohack’s in south St. Louis County, Festus
- Dooley’s Ltd.
- Duff’s in Central West End
- Fatted Calf in Clayton
- Fischer’s in Belleville
- Flaming Pit
- Floating McDonald’s
- Forum Cafeteria, St. Louis
- Garavelli’s in south St. Louis
- Gian Peppe’s on The Hill
- The Green Parrot Inn
- Halls Ferry Inn in Florissant
- Jacks or Better, multiple locations (it seems to me there was one on Lemay Ferry Road that I might have gone to with family before I actually lived in Lemay for a while)
- Kemoll’s in downtown St. Louis
- King Louie’s in St. Louis
- Kopperman’s Deli
- Lemmons in south St. Louis
- Lettuce Leaf in Clayton
- The Libertine in Clayton
- Miss Hullings in St. Louis
- Noah’s Ark in St. Charles (at the very least, I attended a Pachyderms meeting there one evening–which is itself an interesting story)
- Ponticello’s in Spanish Lake
- The Parkmoor in Clayton
- Pelican’s in south St. Louis
- Pope’s Cafeteria, multiple locations
- Rossino’s in Central West End
- Romine’s in St. Louis
- Wainwrights in Belleville
You know, that’s not bad considering that some of them were not open for long, were not open when I was in that young adulthood where I went out to eat a lot, or were open outside the twentyish years I lived in the St. Louis area.
I never did make it to the floating McDonald’s, though; trips to downtown St. Louis were very rare when I was young.