And that's just scratching the surface.
George Mahe over at St. Louis Magazine has the full rundown in his monthly "Ins, Outs and Almosts" roundup. Here are a few of the most recent moves and announcements:
• Joyia, a Mediterranean tapas restaurant, opens Friday at 4501 Manchester Avenue in Forest Park Southeast. It'll be open daily for dinner and Monday-Saturday for lunch. It's in the space formerly occupied by Crostini and Mia Rosa, and is operated by Chuck Pener of Momos Greek restaurant in University City.
• PM BBQ moved this week to a new location in Chesterfield, around the corner from its previous spot. The new PM is at 161 Long Road, in the same center as International Tap House (which doesn't serve food but allows customers to bring in their own; barbecue is especially tasty with beer). We reviewed PM BBQ in 2010.
• Elaia and Olio are the new restaurant and wine bar, respectively, from chef-owner Ben Poremba of St. Louis' Salume Beddu. They are both located at 1634 Tower Grove Avenue in the Botanical Heights neighborhood.
Elaia is a 28-seat fine-dining destination with tasting menus as well as a la carte dishes. Olio, situated in a renovated Standard Oil station, features bites meant to be paired with wine and cocktails. To that end, general manager and advanced sommelier Andrey Ivanov is overseeing a noteworthy list of bottles as well as by-the-glass options.
Elaia is open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday; Olio is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday.
• Le Coq is the latest venture from John Perkins, chef-owner of Entre, which hosts pop-up dinners and catering events around town. Le Coq is a chicken-focused prix fixe restaurant that will serve dinner Thursdays through Saturdays in January at 360 North Boyle Avenue in the Central West End. Guests can choose three ($35) or five ($55) dishes; there also is an option to order a whole roasted chicken – to share, of course – with potatoes, two sides and dessert for $160.