A peek at Yellowbelly Sea & Spirits

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Travis Howard and Tim Wiggins, proprietors of Retreat Gastropub, the popular gathering spot at Sarah and Laclede, brought illustrator Noah MacMillan to town to work his magic at Yellowbelly Sea & Spirits, their latest venture opening soon at the corner of Lindell and Euclid.

The banners on the exterior hint at the restaurant’s tropical theme created by local branding and marketing agency Atomic Dust.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  Yellowbelly Central West End Travis Howard Tim Wiggins Retreat Gastropub Noah MacMillan Atomic Dust    MacMillan, inspired by the theme and color palate utilized by Atomic Dust, was in the process of completing his second gorgeous wall mural in the space the afternoon I stopped by.

The illustrator and his partner Hitomi, whom he met at Washington University 10 years ago, moved to LA last year. She’s a pre-school teacher and he’s continuing his successful career as a designer and illustrator.  “It’s been wonderful to be back in town,” they said. “We really miss St. Louis.”

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Look for Yellowbelly Sea & Spirits to open around the end of August or beginning of September. Travis Howard emailed that they are excited to be joining the restaurant scene in CWE North.

Yellowbelly Sea & Spirits, on the ground floor of Citizen Park at Euclid and Lindell.

Part II: More snapshots from 2018’s 4th of July Parade

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

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The 4th of July Parade was brought to you by the Central West End Association, Busey Bank, and Sysco St. Louis. Thanks to (from right) Central West End Association President Kate Walter, middle, Executive Director Jess Campbell, and left, Liz Campbell, Jess’s mother who braved the blistering heat to roast an unending supply of hot dogs—provided by Sysco St. Louis—over an equally blistering-hot barbecue pit.

Thank you to the volunteers who contributed to the success of the event including Tim O’Connor who led the parade in his vintage red Mustang, and the Neighborhood Security Initiative’s Jim Whyte who along with some of the City’s Finest, helped keep traffic under control while parade-goers meandered along to Maryland Plaza.

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Steamy or not, the CWE 4th of July tradition lives on

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Give or take a year, I believe this is the 38th Fourth of July Parade that has taken place in the Central West End. It started on Lenox Place as a simpler affair with approximately 50 neighbors of various ages following a fire truck around the block. There were popsicles and lemonade at parade’s end—and once there was a turtle race too.

Over the years the tradition has continued thanks to board members and volunteers from the Central West End Association. There are twice as many families participating now as in the early days, and Busey Bank has become a sponsor. This year as in recent years past, entertainment was provided by Circus Kaput, and at parade’s end there were balloon artists and face painters at the Maryland Plaza fountain decorating sweaty little faces. There was plenty of cold water and hot dogs for all.

In top photo from left Robyn LeBoeuf, Tony Martin (visiting from Louisiana), Dan and Dominic Boccabella. Dan is chief organizer of CWE Families & Friends’ activities these days.

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The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. at the corner of Euclid and McPherson Avenues.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

One of the jugglers with Circus Kaput.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Some of the neighborhood spectators who lined the parade route.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro biked to the parade.

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Jim Whyte, Executive Director of the CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative, with his daughter Janetta.

Next up: More photos from 2018 Fourth of July Parade.