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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.

More holiday windows dressed up for 2017’s Window Walk

Tomorrow marks the 4th and final Saturday of 2017’s Window Walk in the CWE. There will be music on street corners, carolers strolling around the neighborhood, and horse-drawn carriage rides too.  It’s also an opportunity to view all the beautiful shop windows dressed up for the holidays.

In addition, the Central West End Business Community Improvement District is collecting toys and blankets for their Window Walk sponsor, Shriner’s Hospital St. Louis. Drop off your donations at the gift wrapping station at the intersection of Maryland and Euclid.

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jeni’s: Windows designed by Symone Johnson

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La Petite Spa: Window designed by Visual One.

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Left Bank Books: Windows by Enchanting Embellishments Michael Schreves with additions from LBB.

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Taste of Lebanon: Window designed by Visual One.

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The Golden Grocer: Window designed by Visual One.

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Houska Gallery

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Warby Parker

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Coffee Cartel: Windows designed by Greg M. Gorman and Installed Graphics.

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Wolfgang’s Pet Stop

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Handcrafted by Bissinger’s: Windows designed by Nistenhaus Design, Inc.

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