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A second Fitz’s Root Beer location will be opening in South County. The new restaurant will be part of South County’s new Gathering Square Development in the 5200 block of South Lindbergh...After more than a decade as Scottrade Center, the home of the St. Louis Blues, is getting a new name: Enterprise Center. The name will transition over the summer, the Blues announced at a press conference last Monday morning...U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill held a campaign stop in St. Louis on May 20. She was joined by U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, someone who may be a presidential hopeful.

The storefront that previously served as a carry-out counter for Pi Pizzeria in the 6100 block of Delmar will become an ice cream shop named the Baked Bear late this summer...The Whole Foods building in the Central West End has been sold to a Canadian firm for $80 million. The Central West End building houses 178 units and a more than 38,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market on the ground level...Topgolf is hiring for 500 positions as it prepares to open its 43rd location in the Chesterfield Valley this summer.

In-state undergraduate students at Missouri universities will pay 1 percent more in tuition for the upcoming school year. The University of Missouri Board of Curators last Monday approved a 2.1 percent increase, which reflects inflation rates and is the maximum allowed by state law...A new animal control ordinance in Berkeley, approved last Monday night, limits pets to two per household. Berkeley used to allow three domesticated animals per household...My Thai will open next month in the Central West End in the 4400 block of Forest Park Avenue.

A developer is planning a $24.7 million apartment project in Downtown West. Matthew Masiel’s Screaming Eagle Development, LLC has plans to redevelop a property in the 1800 block of Locust...Dwight Dickinson Sr., pastor of the Great Commission Lutheran Church, wants renovate the former Turner Middle School in the 2600 block of Billups into 17 one-bedroom units for seniors and about 38,318 square feet for an adult day care and child day care center...Esri, a spatial analytics firm in the Cortex district, has announced they will be adding 10 tech jobs.

Alumni Saint Louis has closed. The restaurant in the 200 block of N. 13th Street was located on the ground floor of the Park Pacific building...Peabody has given $1.5 million to Washington University. Peabody has committed a total of $6.5 million in funding for the consortium since it was established in 2008...St. Louis University, looking to ensure the safety of its students crossing the rather busy Grand Blvd at the crosswalk are planning on adding more and better traffic signaling, more bollards, and rumble strips (textured pavement) to cue drivers to slow down.

Advantes Development is amidst a $12 million renovation of the former Metro Transit headquarters in the 700 block of N 1st Street. Floors three through six will be dedicated to residential space, with 49 apartments planned. Sizes will range from 650 to 1,100 square feet, with 23 2-bedroom / 1-bath units and 26 1-bedroom / 1-bath units. There will be 13 different floor plans, and rents are planned to range from $900-1,450/month. A rooftop sundeck is also planned...House prices in the St. Louis area edged higher in this year's first quarter and are up 4.4 percent in the past 12 months, a government index shows...Stage Left Grille in the 500 block of North Grand has obtained a liquor license. Breakfast launches June 7.

Of the 50 largest metros in the United States, St. Louis has the sixth highest rate of minority residential segregation, a new report has found...On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the zoo will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. This includes Labor Day weekend. During the week the hours are from 8 am to 5 pm...Fast-food chain McDonald's has announced that it will hire about 8,000 workers in Missouri, including 2,000 at its 156 locations in St. Louis...Vince Bommarito Sr. has announced that his son Vince Bommarito Jr. “is pursuing a new challenge in the industry.” The younger Vince has joined forces with Butler’s Pantry, where he will become the chief culinary officer for the renowned catering company owned by Richard Nix, Jr. Vince Sr. said his other children—sons Anthony and James and daughter Lucy—“will be at my side as we continue to operate our fine-dining landmark, Tony’s, along with Anthony’s Bar and Tony’s A.M.”

Veteran satisfaction with VA services in St. Louis has dropped to 16 percent...Friday, the restaurants along South Grand became a certified Green Dining District, which means 25 percent of the restaurants are Green Dining Alliance certified. Restaurants accomplish that in a number of ways. They never use styrofoam, they source more local foods and reduce energy use...William "Will" Smith, a St. Louis University High alum and soon-to-be graduate of the University of Chicago, has earned a Fulbright scholarship. Smith will help teach English in the Czech Republic as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers scholarships based on academic achievements and history of service and leadership...St. Louis made the top 20 in a ranking of the best parks systems in the U.S. In a ranking from the Trust for Public Land, St. Louis came in at No. 14 out of the largest 100 U.S. cities--up three slots from last year's No. 17 finish.



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