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Owners of Retreat Gastropub to open Yellowbelly in Citizen Park

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photo courtesy of Post-Dispatch

Tim Wiggins and Travis Howard, above, proprietors of Retreat Gastropub, a popular restaurant located at Laclede & Sarah Avenues, plan to open a 2nd restaurant in the CWE the middle of this year. The seafood restaurant, Yellowbelly, will occupy a corner space in Citizen Park at Lindell Boulevard and Euclid Avenue.

 

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In reporter Ian Froeb’s recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Travis Howard described Yellowbelly as having a “West Coast or California approach to seafood with an emphasis on vegetables, fruits and grains.”

Tim Wiggins, who is also the bar manager, plans to “push the envelope with rum drinks,” taking his inspiration from classic tiki drinks, though not “super tiki.”

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Another business that opened recently in Citizen Park is Orangetheory Fitness. The photo above shows a patron crossing the cleverly-designed plaza as he heads in for an early morning workout.

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This photo of the plaza was taken last summer from Citizen Park’s 2nd floor pool deck. I love the new sidewalk area which offers a much prettier and more user-friendly access to the busy intersection of Lindell & Euclid.  As the plantings mature it will be even more attractive.

A look back at 2017

Starting in January with the Women’s March in downtown St. Louis, the opening of a few new businesses and 2 new apartment projects in the neighborhood, the election of Central West Ender Lyda Krewson as the 46th mayor of St. Louis, and capped off with the recent appointment of another CWEnder, John Hayden, as Chief of Police, 2017 has been a year filled with many high notes, and some challenging moments as well.

Sifting through this year’s posts, here are some of the most memorable:

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January’s Women’s March in St. Louis.

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28th Ward Alderman Lyda Krewson swearing in as Mayor of City of St. Louis.

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And just last week, CWEnder Major John Hayden, shown with Laura Locke at 2014’s National Night Out held at the Neighborhood Security Initiative, was named Chief of the St. Louis Police Department. Read a related editorial in St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.

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In July, Heather Navarro was elected to fill Lyda Krewson’s seat  on the Board of Alderman. She is photographed with 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn at the grand opening of the reconfigured intersection of Kingshighway and Forest Park Parkway, thanks to BJC Healthcare, Washington University School of Medicine and the City of St. Louis).

Construction projects:

In 2017, ground was broken for 4101 Laclede (at Sarah Ave.), developers Austin Barzantny and Michael Gringrich’s 54-unit condominium project that’s well under construction as we head into the New Year. Opus Development Company’s Citizen Park, a 217-unit apartment project opened last June at Euclid Ave. & Lindell Blvd., and Rothschild Development’s The Milton, a 29-unit apartment opened at 4534 Olive St.

Sam Koplar announced plans for construction of a 7-story, 192-room AC Hotel by Marriott on York Avenue between Maryland Plaza and Lindell Blvd.

Shop & restaurant news:

Lemon Spalon moved from 324 N. Euclid a block south to 236 N. Euclid. Mike’s Bikes, 322 N. Euclid, then expanded its operation upstairs into Lemon Spalon’s former space. Treats Unleashed opened at 22 N. Euclid, and CWE Veterinary Clinic opened in the Lindell Marketplace, 4131 Lindell Blvd.  The Gentleman Quilter opened at 4814 Washington Avenue, and two national chains have chosen the CWE for their 1st St. Louis locations, Bonobos and Warby Parker.

The Gamlin Brothers opened their 3rd restaurant in the CWE, 1764 Public House at Euclid and West Pine Aves.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink Services Shop News  Warby Parker The Milton The Gentleman Quilter Taze Mediterranean Street Food St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Shane Cohn Shake Shack PokeDoke John Hayden Heather Navarro Citizen Park Chief of St. Louis Police Central West End BookFest STL Bonobos AC Hotel by Marriott 1764 Public House   While across the street, Danny Meyer opened the 1st Shake Shack in his native St. Louis. Tazé Mediterranean Street Food opened at 8 1/2 S. Euclid, and PokeDoke opened next door at 8 S. Euclid, just north of Forest Park Blvd.

Events:

One weekend in June drew huge crowds to the Central West End Association’s House Tour on Fullerton’s Westminster Place,  Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink Services Shop News  Warby Parker The Milton The Gentleman Quilter Taze Mediterranean Street Food St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Shane Cohn Shake Shack PokeDoke John Hayden Heather Navarro Citizen Park Chief of St. Louis Police Central West End BookFest STL Bonobos AC Hotel by Marriott 1764 Public House   and to the 2nd annual CWE Cocktail Party on Euclid Avenue, above. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink Services Shop News  Warby Parker The Milton The Gentleman Quilter Taze Mediterranean Street Food St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Shane Cohn Shake Shack PokeDoke John Hayden Heather Navarro Citizen Park Chief of St. Louis Police Central West End BookFest STL Bonobos AC Hotel by Marriott 1764 Public House

The 1st annual CWE BookFest STL, brought many booklovers to the neighborhood one very warm September weekend. The event was so successful, planning began the very next day for 2018’s BookFest. The photo above shows a crowd gathered for the dedication of the William Burroughs sculpture alongside Left Bank Books.

There is more to come, including some exciting announcements for 2018, which I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks.

Wishing you warmer weather and a Happy New Year.

Opening day at Shake Shack: Burgers with a side of protests

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I can’t remember as much publicity about the opening of a restaurant—except perhaps Vicia in Cortex District—as restaurateur Danny Meyer has garnered since the former St. Louisan announced he was opening his 1st hometown Shake Shack at 32 N. Euclid Ave. (at West Pine Blvd.) in the CWE.

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Therefore it was not unexpected that there was a long line when doors finally opened at 11 a.m. this morning. (At 10:30, Mayor Lyda Krewson and other dignitaries took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony along with Danny Meyer.) By noon, the line extended around the corner on West Pine Blvd., above and below.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  St. Louis Shake Shack PETA MO Danny Meyer Central West End

What was not expected, however, was that supporters of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) also showed up, above and below.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  St. Louis Shake Shack PETA MO Danny Meyer Central West End

The presence of the protestors didn’t seem to squelch the desire of those in line to head on inside.

For more on the menu at Shake Shack, check out a recent article in Feast Magazine. On the website you’ll find apps for both iPhone and Android so you can order ahead and avoid the lines. At the time of this posting, the St. Louis location had not been added to the website.

Shake Shack, 32 N. Euclid, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. On Twitter: @shakeshack.