|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.