Monday, November 24, 2014

Man Walks Through Glass Door At Mission Taco

This happened a couple weeks ago at Mission Taco in Soulard. Mission tweeted out this video last Friday. The man who just casually kicked out the glass in the door and walked through it was caught and will be paying for the door.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights Display Opens November 20

Anheuser-Busch's iconic brewery on the southern edge of Soulard is a destination for St. Louisans and visitors alike year-round, but each Holiday season, the brewing giant takes things up a notch with their holiday lights display. This year, the annual St. Louis Brewery Holiday Lights Display opens tomorrow night, November 20th.

This year, the 29th for the event, Brewery Lights activities will be held every Thursday-Sunday from 6-9 pm during the season. That season runs from Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Here's a listing of things happening during each night of the event, taken from the brewery website:

  • Walking Tour– Guests of all ages can soak in the holiday spirit on a self-guided walking tour of the brewery grounds to view dazzling lights along Pestalozzi St. and topping the iconic brewery buildings (complimentary).
  • Beer Sampling– Guests age 21 and older can sample their favorite beers along the walking tour route, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Stella Artois, Stella Cidre, Shock Top Shockolate and Bud Light Lime Ritas (complimentary).
  • S’mores Station– Warm, cozy fire pits for roasting s’mores (s’more kits $2.50 each).
  • Biergarten Buffet– A buffet of Biergarten favorites offers a dinner experience surrounded by festive lights and decorations ($10 adults; $8 youth).
  • Holiday Cheer Pass– Pose for a souvenir photo in a themed snow globe or with a Budweiser Clydesdale and take home a print plus a commemorative sampling glass ($10).
  • The Biergarten Package– Enjoy the best of food and fun with access to The Biergarten Buffet, a commemorative sampling glass, printed photo and s’mores kit ($22.50 adults; $10 youth).
  • Fire Pit Fun– Reserve a fire pit for a relaxing, private experience with seating for eight people, eight s’mores kits and wait staff service (3 hours, $75).
  • VIP Clydesdale Photo Opportunity– Families or friends can enjoy dinner for four in The Biergarten, a 15-minute private photo session with a Budweiser Clydesdale in the historic Clydesdales stables, two holiday ornaments, and one print and digital copy of their photo – perfect for that holiday card ($200; limited availability on Tuesday, Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m.)
I was lucky enough to get to sample the new menu at The Biergarten the other night and talk with chef Travis Odle. The food on the menu, like the Butternut Squash soup, was fantastic and Odle seemed quite excited about his restaurant's role in this year's festivities. His buffet should be top-notch and steal at $10. The temperature inside the heated tent was nearly as perfect as the Bavarian pretzels with Bass Ale Cheddar dip. 

The staff was excited about all of the decorations going up and there was talk of a beach scene as well as a snowy area for snowball fights going in on the grounds.

For more Holiday lights displays around St. Louis, check out this post.

(Photo Credit: Anheuser-Busch)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Buy (Pieces of) The Shanti

Head over to the Shanti at 2 PM tomorrow (Saturday Nov. 8) as they auction of pieces of the business. If you haven't been paying attention, or you frequent the Shanti often on Tuesdays at 10 AM. the Soulard landmark is closing on November 29.

According to Zillow, the building at 825 Allen Avenue sold for $450,00 back in October of 2013. Another bar will open in the space occupied by the Shanti. The new owners of the building have ties to DB's and Sonny's.

Considering Shanti is still open for another 20+ days, I'm not sure what the "hippie bar" they will be auctioning off tomorrow. I do know that Teresa and the gang has a whole helluva lost of stuff that they've accumulated since they opened in 1999. The building has been a bar since the 1940s so there is no telling what's laying around.

So, head over to The Shanti around 2 PM tomorrow and try to buy yourself some treasures. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Trops Coming To Soulard?

A neighbor sent me this today.

That address is the former Gladstone's building at 10th and Soulard. This appears to be Tropical Liqueurs, which first opened in Columbia in 1985. It expanded in Columbia with a second location in 2001 and put a location in Springfield, MO in 2004.

The establishment specializes in frozen alcoholic deliciousness. 

I'll update this post when more information becomes available.


I called up to the downtown Columbia location today and spoke with a woman there. She couldn't really give me any information but she did allude to the fact that something is in the works in St. Louis. I have an email out to Trops to try to get some more information.


The Riverfront Times was able to confirm that Tropical Liqueurs does have plans to franchise a location in the St. Louis area, which would open in the Spring.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Life Coming To Old Library

Credit: Library of Congress

The old Soulard library at 706 Lafayette could reopen as early as December as a bar and restaurant featuring plenty of entertainment.

Originally built with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York in the early 1900s, the building was last used as a branch of the St. Louis Public Library system in 1962. It has been a variety of establishments since then. It was most recently The Library Live Music Venue, which closed in June of 2010 after a very brief run.

The new business venture will not be the return of Hamburger Mary's, as some had rumored. It will, however, have a connection to the popular joint that closed in September. That connection will not be the money and management problems that plagued Hamburger Mary's.

I'll have more on the new venture in an upcoming post. Enjoy some photos I took tonight.

Monday, October 27, 2014

1925 South 10th Street Set for Rehab

nextSTL has the story today on the rehab of 1925 South 10th Street. That would be the house that is falling down and has had a temporary fence around it four at least 3 years, maybe more.

The plan has been talked about for a couple months at Soulard Restoration Group meetings. nextSTL reports that the building and adjacent parcels were sold for $28,500. For years the story had been the former owner, Pete Rothschild of Red Brick fame, wanted too much for the building. He had hoped to knock the building down and rebuild there.

The rehab of this building is considered a win for the neighborhood in terms of restoration.

nextSTL has more pictures and information on the renovations.

Photo Credit: nextSTL