Cate Zone Chinese Cuisine (24 Four Seasons Shopping Center, Chesterfield; 314-392-9624) has been prudent. The restaurant specializing in northeast Chinese cuisine has opened a second location in Chesterfield where the Asian population is the second largest ethnic group, accounting for 13.1 percent of residents in the 2010 Census. It joins a strip where the breadth of international cuisine makes you feel quite pleased to be in this “melting pot.” Seoul Taco is here, so is Chimi’s Fresh Mex. Talayna’s Pizza and Pasta occupies a spot, and so does Saint Louis Bread Co. 

Joe Bassa, lead singer of the alt-country band Surtsey, named the group after an island off the coast of Iceland, where Bassa was born. Surtsey — the place — is an uninhabited volcanic island with a unique ecosystem due to a lack of human impact. Surtsey — the band — exists within its own unique musical ecosystem, but it’s one created by vital human interaction.

Like any good St. Louisan, Jane Smiley has an opinion on the high school question. “If you ask somebody in St. Louis, ‘Where did you go to high school’ — because each school is so unique, you do get a sense of what their life was like and where they live,” says the John Burroughs graduate. “Where are you from?

Video of St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts taken by a former deputy suggests that the sheriff has a successor in mind to hand the reins of the department over to, even as Betts is in an increasingly heated campaign for reelection.  “I ain’t here for all this rigmarole,” Betts says in the video while seated behind his desk at the Carnahan Courthouse. “The Lord sent me here to turn this department around and I’m doing the best I can and I think I’ve done a good job.

A warrant is out for a Fenton man’s arrest after he allegedly attacked his roommate with a sword.  Police say that on Sunday, Angelus Scott spoke openly about “slicing his roommate’s head” before he grabbed a sword, raised it up and then swung it down at the roommate.  The roommate grabbed Scott’s hand in time to prevent injury.

These days, once you’re done filling up at City Foundry’s food hall, you can buy a new shirt, putt-putt a glow-in-the-dark golf ball, or see a classic movie. You can catch a band at City Winery or have a drink underground at None of the Above. But it’s not until this weekend that a visit to the repurposed industrial site can include admission to the Museum of Illusion, part of a fast-growing chain of private museums that might seem more at home in Las Vegas than St. Louis.

We hear it all the time; can you get me some of this? Can you pick me up some of that?

The City of St. Louis is working to develop its first citywide mobility plan in decades, Mayor Tishaura Jones’ office announced Tuesday. This plan seeks to make it easier for everyone — drivers, pedestrians, bikers and public transit users — to safely commute within the city. The plan will bring together other city projects like the Brickline Greenway, Future64, the MetroLink Green Line, and more, “while establishing new priorities for a safer, more efficient and better-maintained transportation network across the City,” according to the release. 

A Jefferson County man was already facing 15 charges in the City of St. Louis for stealing, property damage and possessing a stolen vehicle when, on Friday, he was charged with a staggering 252 additional crimes.  Prosecutors say that 36-year-old Gage Luttman’s reign of burglaries and property damage began in August of last year when he was captured on surveillance video stealing a Hyundai, which he then used to commit further crimes, such as stealing items like bikes, chainsaws, and tools from south city garages.  The Hillsboro resident then started hitting storage units.

We arrived just in time: The canapes were coming out. “Chef” Tad Yankoski had finished with his saute pan and was setting out little toasts. “These cook up a lot like shrimp,” he said, tenderly stirring a bunch of cicada nymphs. 

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