Sad news: SubZero Vodka Bar & Gamlin Whiskey House fall victim to COVID-19 pandemic

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Here is the announcement on Gamlin Whiskey House’s Facebook page:

For more than a decade it has been an honor to be a part of some of the happiest times of your lives. From milestone celebrations to spontaneous nights out, millions of memories have been made within these walls. It has been a privilege to be a part of these moments that will remain with many of you forever. We will never forget the joy we were able to be a part of.

The day has come that we hoped never would. We are permanently closing Gamlin Whiskey House and Sub Zero Vodka Bar. The weight of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic were simply too much to bear.

Thank you for the happiness you brought us every day when we opened our doors. Thank you for being there for us in good times and bad, and thank you for helping us bring our dreams to life. The road ahead is uncharted territory, and none of us know what the future holds, but we will be stronger in the end.

To that end we raise our glass to the memories we’ve made together, and to the brighter future we know is ahead.

Today, May 22, we invite you to stop by Gamlin Whiskey House between 3-6 p.m. for our final curbside pickup. You are welcome to redeem your Sub Zero Vodka Bar or Gamlin Whiskey House gift cards for to-go cocktails.

– Sub Zero Vodka will still be available at local retailers.
– GRG bottle raffle winners will be announced in the coming days.
– Missouri Whiskey Society is an independent entity and will continue to provide educational and social opportunities to its members.




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    Brandyn Jones

    May 22, 2020

    I will really miss Sub Zero, and the presence of these local businesses with unique personality. I am nervous about what the CWE will look like as these storefronts either don’t fill up, or fill up with businesses that are not in keeping with the decades long local business flavor of the CWE. Thanks for letting us know about this Nicki!

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    May 23, 2020

    What sad news.

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    Debra Hunter

    May 23, 2020

    Beyond their presence & neighborhood footprint, they have been stewards of whiskey culture & champions of the CWE neighborhood & it’s patronage. Those of us in the service industry know this decision was not made lightly. Like many in the neighborhood & the many who visit, we will miss them. We wish the entire Gamlin group and extended families only best wishes, strength & hope for a brighter future ahead.
    To note though, Main Street culture must be one that is relevant, evolving & changing with the times. As fellow business owners, (PROVISIONS ST LOUIS) we know all too well the weight of overhead expenses, consumer appeal, desire vs need all the while delivering the quality, service & experience customers deserve -with every visit.
    In the 1 1/2 years that we have been here, we have seen the growth, cultivation and curation of other St. Louis neighborhoods- The Grove/ South Grand / Botanical Heights (+ soon to be – The Foundry). These neighborhoods have a vitality that the CWE seems to have TEMPORARILY lost and it is apparent there is a vision, heart, soul, creativity & money being invested into these other business districts. Of course, it is very common for cities to have neighborhood business districts go through evolutions and from what we’ve heard, the CWE has been through many over the years.
    Over the last 6 months, several businesses have closed here (and new ones have opened!) but let’s face it- several of the businesses here are (were) much to large to sustain- or maintain irregardless of a pandemic. Perhaps these XL footprints were once viable (were these owner OR landlord driven?)  when the CWE had little to no competition- that is certainly not the case any longer.  Not only are these spaces too large to sustain ….they restrict business diversity(!) – some of these businesses have/had the footprint of what could be 3 different (and manageable) businesses.
    Now more than ever, we need landlords & business owners to work together and in unison with investors creating a vision- to bring retail /restaurant credibility and daytime foot traffic to the neighborhood: shopping consumers & restaurant patrons will go hand in hand with them in rebuilding a workable/desirable CWE business district.
    Just as THE GROVE/BOTANICAL HEIGHTS/SO GRAND have seen a surge & growth in aspirational, diverse business openings, the CWE also has this potential but we must procure an investment of heart/soul/vision and capitol.
    The CWE is densely populated and growing – with residents, workforce and travelers alike, so there is no reason this neighborhood cannot return to a diverse, dynamic, exciting destination – day through night- but it is also going to take vision, cultivation and curation and who will be responsible for that?