Sunday, August 31, 2014

So Long For Now, Doorman Dave

24 years ago Doorman Dave started at Carson's. A couple weeks ago, Dave worked his last shift at the door and moved that same weekend down to Texas. If you've ever been to Carson's you know who this man is. You probably showed him your id at the door then saw him singing an old country song from the back of the room later in the evening. For years, Dave's wife Mary was just as much of a fixture inside as Dave was outside. Mary passed away last year. Dave was enrolled in school before Mary died and recently finished his degree. He's going down to Texas to use that degree in some fancy Big Boy job.

Thanks for the memories, Dave. We'll miss you and hope to see you again soon.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Happy Hour Deals At Nadine's Gin Joint

Nadine's Gin Joint on 12th as announced some new Happy Hour specials. Happy Hour now runs from 3p-7p Monday-Friday and during all Cardinals, Rams and Blues games.

 Here are the specials

Domestic Bottles 2.25Craft bottles 3.25
16 oz PBR Drafts 2.0016oz Tornado Alley and Blue Moon 2.00
2.75 Rails
3.00 J├Ąger, Fireball, Dr. McGillcuddy
5.00 Blackened Chicken Nachos, Toasted Ravioli and Chicken Tenders

Here's the post from their Facebook page.

Take a look at the Happy Hour specials at other Soulard bars and restaurants.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Halfway to Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

The Mardi Gras gods have graced us with their words and announced that this Saturday there shall be a Halfway to Mardi Gras Pub Crawl in Soulard from Noon-5pm. The Rexs have cut a deal with Bud Light to offer food and drink specials throughout the Island as well as shuttles to take these summer revelers around.

After the jump, you'll find a list of specials taken from the Mardi Gras Inc website.

Halfway to Mardi Gras 2015 in Soulard

Friday, August 15, 2014

FaithFest 2014 happens this Saturday

The annual Christian music festival put on by The Rock Church of Soulard is happening this Saturday in Soulard Market Park. FaithFest 2014: "Putting the 'Soul' back in SOULard" happens on Saturday August 16 in Soulard. The event goes from 9 am to 5 pm (or 7 pm) and features such musical acts as Mercy's Child, Kingdom Brothers, Friends with Jesus, East to West, Minimee, and the Rockin' REVs. This is the fifth year for the event.

Feel free to take a look at the website, but be warned it really doesn't have any more information than what I just told you. Also, iLoveSoulard.com is not responsible for your head exploding partially because of a poor use of apostrophes.

Tomorrow be on the lookout for loud Christian music, prayer-walkers and panhandlers taking advantage of people caught up in the Holy Spirit.

The Rock Church of Soulard has a webpage, a Twitter account and a Facebook page, but don't expect to find much more information.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Soulard National Night Out 2014

This Tuesday, August 5th is National Night Out across North America. The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) established National Night Out, otherwise known as "America's Night Out Against Crime", in 1984. The first National Night Out on August 7, 1984 counted 2.5 million participants across 23 states. The association's recent statistics say the event now includes 37.8 million participants in 16,124 communities.

Several neighborhood businesses are throwing a neighborhood block party between Great Grizzly Bear and 1860's on Geyer. Expect free food, live music, DJs, massages, tarot card readings and more. Feel free to bring your own dish to add to the free food buffet. The event is scheduled to go from 6 pm to 9 pm

What: Soulard Neighborhood Night Out
Where: Geyer between Great Grizzly Bear and 1860's. 
When: Tuesday August 5th 6p-9p
Why: To Meet Your Soulard Neighbors

Friday, July 25, 2014

Neapolitan Pizzeria PIZZEOLI coming to Soulard

PIZZEOLI, a Neapolitan Pizzeria, will be taking over the space on 12th and Allen previously occupied by Arcelia's and before that Juniper Grill.

Scott Sandler posted the following on the Soulard Saint Louis Facebook page today next to the picture of 1928 S. 12th.

Dear Soulard Community, I would like to announce that yesterday we signed a lease to open a Neapolitan Pizzeria in the old Arcelias/Juniper space. It will be called PIZZEOLI (Means "the pizza makers" in Italian, pronounced Pitzeeolee) (our own twist on the spelling). We will feature Neapolitan Pizzas with the highest quality ingredients, a fine selection of craft sodas, local beers and Italian wines. As much as possible will be locally sourced. We will be cruelty free but feature an amazing vegan sausage and fresh farm produce on our pizzas. We also be vegan friendly. Hand made dough of course and eventually hand made mozzarella and gelato. Pizza will be cooked in a 800-1000 degree wood fired oven.(no gas assist). First and foremost this will be a neighborhood place with community involvement. The offering will add a new style of pizza to the neighborhood taking nothing away from the excellent existing pizzerias. Stay tuned for a Facebook page, website, Twitter, Instagram and all that social media stuff with updates on our progress. We are honored to be joining the community. A lot of work to do!!! Here is a pic of the space


Scott doesn't want to give a projected opening date for PIZZEOLI as it is very early on in this project. Scott's background is in commercial real estate, where he has spent the last 15 years. He's been a self-described "general pizza enthusiast" for about the last 10 years. He's turned into a pretty serious home baker and pizza maker in that time. He says he's "pretty much perfected" his dough and "pizza-at-home" skills and is ready to move on to the next level.

Sandler will be traveling to California to take some formal training classes through Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. He will then move into apprenticing with a "very well-known Neapolitan pizza maker" for two months. In between that, Scott and his crew will be getting the space ready.

When asked how he decided on the space in Soulard, Sandler says the Soulard space really decided on him. He knew he wanted to be in a neighborhood within the city limits like Soulard, Lafayette Square, Dogtown, Central West End or the like, but he wasn't exactly sure where at first. His business plan called for taking over a space already built out for a restaurant and 1928 S. 12th fit that just right.

PIZZEOLI will just be taking over the 1928 part of the building at first. After settling in, the business will then look to take over the 1926 part as well.

Sandler seeks to address a "real gap and a hunger in the market" with PIZZEOLI that he sees within the city limits.   He pledged to keep iLoveSoulard updated throughout the project, including with things such as a website and social sites.

iLoveSoulard looks forward to this great addition to the neighborhood and hopes this early "press" reserves a spot on the "Official Taste-Tester" list.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Puppies Unleashed

In case you missed it, there's been a debate going on recently in the Soulard neighborhood about dogs on leashes. It followed the recent announcement by Alderwoman Phyllis Young that the city's Leash Law will be enforced. This announcement came as a result of multiple complaints by neighbors of "dogs running off leash on public streets and within the City parks".

The debate as been quite animated on the neighborhood community website Next Door. Like all good debates, this one has two sides; those that support the law and those that want to see the dogs run free. The loudest of "Doggie Freedom" crowd appears to be members of a group of neighbors who had been gathering at Pontiac Square Park just south of Russell. They have been gathering to socialize after work and allow their dogs to run free. 

Pontiac Square Park is a public space and thus is covered under St. Louis City Ordinance 10.04.220, which reads as follows:

"No owner/guardian of any dog shall permit such dog to be found at large on the streets of the City or in any public place or on another person's private property, unless such dog is on a leash, not longer than six (6) feet in length and held by or under control of a responsible person so as to effectively prevent it from biting any person or animal. All dogs are prohibited from running or being at large unless under restraint as described above"

There are many laws and ordinances out there that I don't necessarily agree with. This is one that I think that it sucks that it has to exist, but it's needed. This ordinance is in place both to protect the humans of St. Louis and the furry residents.

Several of the dog owners letting their dogs go unleashed in Pontiac and voicing their opinions are stating that the owners congregating there are responsible dog owners and no one is being harmed by their actions. The dog owners who brought their dogs to Wentzville's Quail Ridge Park probably thought the same thing. Buddy's owner probably thought that too.  That is, until Buddy was attacked and killed by another dog in the park earlier this year.Nick Andres, Buddy's owner, had this to say while talking about how he wouldn't be going back to the unregulated dog park.