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They’re going fast nowthe great restaurants we loved so much.  Thanks to George Mahe of St. Louis magazine, we’ve learned that Duff’s in the CWE will shutter at month’s end.  Established in 1972, Duff’s was part of the fabric from which the Central West End spirit was born to become famous around the country.  Duff’s ranked high among many of its neighboring establishments: Optique, Warfield Shop, Polk’s China & Linens, Vasia Shop, Saks, Montaldo’s, Lockhart’s, the original Bissinger’s, Kean’s Pharmacy, Herbie’s, Balaban’s, the Park Plaza Drug Store with a bountiful line of food at the counter and Potpouri.

10 Responses to “DUFF’S TO SHUTTER”

  • Joe Hanon says:

    In Dr. Seuss’s words “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

  • KITTY says:

    Bergermeister, you missed one of the most colorful bistro/dives in the CWE before Duffs opened: The Pleasant Pheasant. Remember that one? And old cranky Rosemary who ran the place. It was a fave of mine til it closed.

  • jean valjean says:

    Anybody catch that? KITTY calling the proprietor “old, cranky…”???

    No wonder that place was a fave of his/hers.

  • Pancho says:

    And Rosemary always walked around with a coffee cup full——–of vodka, no matter what time of morning, noon or night.

  • Pancho says:

    And don’t forget Europa.

  • Towncar07 says:

    In the mid sixties, friends of mine owned Poor Richard’s (our group’s CHEERS Bar)…and I also hung out at Europa…but one night I wandered over to the Pleasant Pheasant…Ummm, I quickly ran back to Poor Richard’s and told my plight to Kenny the barkeep…and he remarked “I guess you were just curious…” It was WAY GAY…not exactly my date place…but that area was quite lively, fun and inclusive…that was the 60’s…I don’t hit the bars anymore, but I have fond memories of the area.

  • Ric says:

    How long was the Pleasant Pheasant open? Remember it well and did Balaban open up after Pheasant?

  • Sy says:

    Why did it close?

  • RETIRED1 says:

    Sy,Kitty ran all the customers away with her vile and hate filled comments that the other customers quit patronizing the place!

  • Sy says:

    @RETIRED1 ok thanks. Too bad

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