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28th Annual International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference to visit CWE

Emergency Responders From Around North American To Visit The Central West End On Bikes

ST. LOUIS, June 5, 2018 – Police officers along with EMS and fire personnel from around North America will visit the Central West End Wednesday night, and all of them will arrive on a bicycle.

The 70 emergency responders from around the United States and Canada are visiting St. Louis for the 28th Annual International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference at Washington University. They will visit the Central West End for dinner from 5 until 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6.

Located in one of the most densely populated areas in the region, the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative (NSI) utilizes bike patrols on a regular basis to assist in keeping the neighborhood safe.

“We have found bike patrols to be a very effective piece of our overall safety and security efforts here in the Central West End. When officers are on mountain bikes they have easier access to the community, find it easier to talk with residents and visitors and can patrol areas like alleyways that can be challenging to reach in cars,” explained Jim Whyte, the executive director of the NSI.

According to the International Police Mountain Bike Association, mountain bikes are one of the most versatile tools in law enforcement, emergency medical response, and security today, helping to create a highly mobile, visible presence for emergency responders. The organization found that citizens are more likely to approach a bike patrol officer than even a neighborhood beat officer, optimizing community oriented or problem-oriented policing efforts. Bicycle officers are also better able to use all of their senses, including smell and hearing, to detect and address crime.

“We are excited to welcome these first responders to our neighborhood. With our proximity to Washington University and Forest Park and the easy bike accessibility the Central West End is a great neighborhood for them to explore and experience a taste of St. Louis,” said Kate Haher, the executive director of the North Central West End Business Community Improvement District (NCID).

CWEA/Evangeline’s/Mahler Ballroom Cajun Festival Saturday

You needn’t be confused by two different announcements from Evangeline’s Bistro & Music Hall to its 5th Annual Crawfish Boil and the Central West End Association’s Inaugural Cajun Festival. The flyers are for the same event, see below.

The Crawfish Boil/Cajun Festival was organized by Evangeline’s, the Central West End Association and Mahler Ballroom. Thai 202 will be set up near Evangeline’s patio. It promises to be great fun with delicious food, live music, dancing, and what’s this? An office chair race at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.? Winner takes home $500.

Evangeline’s, 512 N. Euclid, call (314) 367-3644 for reservations (a must, as this event sells out).

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Rush Bowls: From Boulder to the CWE

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  Rush Bowls Kim and Ken Moroney Central West End Boulder

Look for Rush Bowls, a Boulder-based healthy fast-food franchise, to join the neighborhood restaurant scene in late March.  St. Louisans Kim and Ken Moroney have leased a 900 s.f. space at 227 N. Euclid, see below, next to the recently opened Steel Wheels, for what Kim described as a delicious fruit-based meal in a bowl—fresh fruit blended with all-natural ingredients and topped with organic granola and a drizzle of honey.

Kim, an RN at BJC, and Ken, a software engineer, had been searching for a business to call their own, and Rush Bowls seemed the perfect fit. The couple chose to locate the 1st St. Louis Rush Bowls in the CWE—”another perfect fit,” according to Kim, “since the neighborhood is a vibrant, active community perfectly situated next to Forest Park, close to BJC, and near both S.L.U and W.U.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  Rush Bowls Kim and Ken Moroney Central West End Boulder

1st photo and all photos below courtesy of Rush Bowls

Rush Bowls, a thick blend of up to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, nutrients, up to 40 grams of protein and juice or milk, is the brainchild of Andrew Pudalov, a former derivatives trader who left Wall Street after 9/11 and moved his family to Boulder.  Looking for a change in lifestyle, he created a 200-to 400-calorie meal-in-a-bowl that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any time of day.

Currently, there are 3 Rush Bowls locations in operation (Boulder, Denver and Nashville). Forty-four additional Rush Bowls are in the works, of which 20 are scheduled to open by year’s end.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  Rush Bowls Kim and Ken Moroney Central West End Boulder

On a recent conference call with Kim Moroney, Rush Bowls’ Chief Marketing Officer Mark Kranjcec, and Abbey Horner, Marketing Manager, I asked if Rush Bowls could be considered dessert (look at that photograph above!). I learned that Rush Bowls are intended as a healthy meal substitute, not dessert.  “At our existing locations,” Kranjcec said, “our busiest hours of the day are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

That explained why CWE RushBowls will close early. Hours of operation will be Monday thru Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  Rush Bowls Kim and Ken Moroney Central West End Boulder

Rush Bowls menu features a selection of “Enlightened Bowls” (Chai’s Mystique & a Power Bowl, etc.), “Acai Bowls” (the Beach Bowl is the signature bowl), and “Comfort Bowls” (Chocolate-covered strawberries, etc.).

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  Rush Bowls Kim and Ken Moroney Central West End Boulder   The photo above of the Rush Bowls in Nashville, about the same size as the CWE location, will give you a good idea of what the interior of the new shop will look like.

Another healthy twist to Rush Bowls’ philosophy is giving back to the community. In time, and based on customers’ suggestions, Kim Moroney said the CWE store will support a local charity as well.

I expect Rush Bowls will be a popular spot. It definitely sounds compatible with the new mix of CWE residents, as well as those who have been around for a while.

Rush Bowls, 227 N. Euclid, opens March 26. For more information: info@stlrushbowls.com