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This just in: West End Grill & Pub has been sold

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It’s been a successful 10-year run for neighborhood favorite West End Grill & Pub (WEGAP), but this afternoon it was announced that the restaurant has been sold and will serve its last meal on Saturday, January 12. The new chef/owner has not been announced as yet, but publicist Julie Lally said the new operation, under a new name, will reopen as soon as possible.

Here is the announcement:

West End Grill and Pub to Be Sold – statement from Neill Costello and the other owners:

It is with truly mixed feelings that the West End Grill and Pub announces it will be sold in the coming weeks to a new ownership group. While we are sad to be leaving a restaurant that was borne of, and has become part of, our soul, we are equally excited for the future of this great CWE space! The new owners, who would like to remain unnamed until all the details have been finalized, will spend several weeks doing a refresh. They will reopen with a new name, an updated look and a new menu created by an enormously talented chef-owner. The future looks very bright for this part of the CWE, and we urge you to show the new operators the same love and loyalty you were kind enough to share with us for the last ten years.

We will close our doors after dinner and bar service this Saturday, January 12. We’d like to invite you in to bid us farewell any night between now and then. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our lives, and I’m sure we’ll see many of you in the future!

A few more holiday gifts to consider

At The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave.,

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How about a gift that keeps on giving for as many months as you desire? Alex Head, proprietor of The Vino Gallery, has started a Wine Club, which is sure to make your favorite someone bubble over with happiness.

There are two categories to choose from: Classic, $35 a month for 2 bottles of wine valued at $20 each, and Reserva, $75 a month for 2 bottles valued at $40 each. On the order form, see below, there is a wine preferences section so Alex and his staff can match your tastes with the perfect bottles from their collection of small batch wines from all over the world.

Wine Club members also receive 10% off purchases, 15% off cases (12 bottles), and 15% off at Vino’s Wine Bar.

Check Vino Gallery’s website for more information or follow this link to get a gift membership started.

At Bissinger’s, 32 Maryland Plaza,

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There are lots of last-minute gifts to choose at Bissinger’s CWE location including, clockwise from left: a keepsake holiday house filled with a 17-piece assortment of Bissinger’s hand-made candies, $30; 4″ milk chocolate Santas wrapped up with a big red bow, $5; Hand-painted Saint Nick, $19; A bag of foil-wrapped solid chocolate holiday presents, $25; old-fashioned Nonpareils, $29; and center, an 8-piece dark chocolate peppermint crème collection, $13.

Visit Bissinger’s website for hours and more gift ideas.

At The Cup, 28 Maryland Plaza Rear,

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Any combination of delicious holiday cupcakes from The Cup would be an easy choice for your holiday gathering. There’s a gingerbread cupcake decorated with a tiny gingerbread man cookie that’s topped with whipped cream frosting, and a delicious-looking “raspberry beret” beauty too, $2.95 each, $33 per dozen.

Limited edition cupcakes are $3.45 each (take a peek at these on the website), and check out gluten-free flavors too. The cupcake stand in the photograph is available for rent, and The Cup has lined up several delivery services too. What could be more convenient than that?

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The Cup has expanded its gift selection to include party decorations, and nestled among them are old-fashioned Christmas stockings,$6.95, and an assortment of holiday-themed tea towels, $6.95, too.

Enjoy the holidays everyone!

Snapshots from last Saturday’s Holiday on the Plaza & Window Walk

Though there were copious clouds and even a brief shower last Saturday afternoon, the 60 degree weather contributed to jam-packed sidewalks filled with young families out to participate in the annual Holiday on the Plaza and CWE Window Walk events. Thanks to months of planning by Maryland Plaza’s Frances Thompson and the CWE North Community Improvement District’s Kate Haher and Erica Lembo there were activities galore for all to enjoy.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Ted Koplar Maryland Plaza Kate Haher Holiday on the Plaza Frances Thompson CWE Window Walk CWE North Community Improvement District Central West End Association

Maryland Plaza’s Nathan Ambus, who’s very much behind-the-scenes and knows how to work all the bells and whistles (and turn on the Xmas tree lights on cue), with Ted Koplar, the third-generation patriarch of the family that has made Maryland Plaza such a huge success.

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Top photo left: Kate Walter, president of the Central West End Association, and top right, ‘Scape’s David McDermott volunteered to slow walk the ponies as young riders took a spin on Maryland Plaza.

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Above left, there was a caricature artist at the corner of Euclid and Maryland, a performance by the CWE’s Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes at Bissinger’s, ice carving demonstrations and family photo ops on Maryland Plaza.

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Activities included horse and buggy rides along Euclid, a trio of strolling carolers and a lively performance by Saint Boogie Brass Band. Circus Kaput jugglers entertained at the corner of Euclid & Maryland.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Ted Koplar Maryland Plaza Kate Haher Holiday on the Plaza Frances Thompson CWE Window Walk CWE North Community Improvement District Central West End Association

Inside the Holiday Village Workshop kids could participate in a variety of craft activities led by the Magic House, Home Depot, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and The Cup. Students from Paul Mitchell the School were offering holiday hair styles, and for the adults, much appreciated chair massages from Massage Luxe.

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Rosati Kain High School’s “R-K Voices” posed for a photo before their performance last Saturday.

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28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro welcomed the crowd before the tree lighting ceremony.

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Thanks to 10-year-old Khelby Calmese, a sickle cell disease patient at Children’s Hospital for flipping the switch that magically lit the beautiful Christmas tree.

The Holiday Window Walk continues today December 8 with carolers, free gift wrapping, and a Holiday Market in the heated tent behind ‘Scape. There’s still time to get your list to Santa, as he is on Maryland Plaza again today and will be there Saturday December 15 and 22.