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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Culpeppers Restaurant Review: Back in 1935, things were different at Culpeppers. It was a corner pub where kids weren’t welcome and no one would have cared whether the kitchen cooked with trans fat (had it been invented then). What’s the same is the neighborhood focus. The suburban sites are not quite so dark and cozily alcoholic as the motherhouse in the Central West End, with its masonry-walled, dimly lit downstairs. During the day, families swing by to grab a bite after soccer. At night, the scene consists largely of couples on dates, often visiting pre- or post-movie or concert. Culpeppers introduced most St. Louisans to what we now acknowledge as Buffalo chicken wings; having provided that blessing, maybe it deserves to be cut some slack in terms of food and style, though wing servings seem to be shrinking. Purists may bemoan the fact that it now offers thin-crust, Provel-draped, St. Louis-style pizza but no pork steak. It's a good sandwich house overall, especially if your main goal is to catch a game on TV with a decent nosh and frosty beer.