Several well known stores and restaurants announced their closings this week. The one which most surprised us was Casa Gallardo, the first Mexican restaurant in the St. Louis area and a fixture in Fairview Heights for decades. We went there many times although not in recent years.
Then the Monarch, a fine dining restaurant in Maplewood and one which consistently drew praise from St Louis food writers. Seems the Monarch's inside space was too large for the number of diners. They pay for square footage and the customers were no longer fillilng it it due, the owners say, to competition from the Groupon and other coupon deals other restaurants were offering.
Then there's Sears. The granddaddy of big retail stores is closing the Crestwood location. Looks like the Sears in Fairview Heights is safe for now.