Alive Magazine | June 13, 2018
In St. Louis, you can see the handiwork of real estate developer and architect Jassen Johnson most notably in the city’s Midtown Alley neighborhood, along Locust and Olive Street just east of St. Louis University. Working with a complex network of investors, lenders, tenants, clients, designers and others, Johnson has been determined to transform the area into a self-sustaining neighborhood for over a decade. He also founded his own development firm, Renaissance Development Associates, in 2004.
Riverfront Times | June 4, 2018
Husband-and-wife duo Cornell and Jamila Boone want to give customers options at their brand-new fast-casual restaurant, the Corner Street Food.
"We believe Locust Street in Midtown looks a lot like Maryland and McPherson Avenue did when we moved into the Central West End, fifteen years ago," Zach Gzehoviak, Brennan's marketing and events manager, explains.
The new outpost on Locust will be a bar and restaurant, as well as a shared work and event space.
Every gal with an unruly shopping habit can relate to the story of Sarah-Marie Land, owner of the new St. Louis boutique, The Golden Fig, a curated collection of new and pre-loved women’s clothing. Situated on the corner of Olive and N. Cardinal, Land opened The Golden Fig to give credence and purpose to her shopping habit, specifically her knack for finding incredible deals.
The first thing you should probably know about Aromas Restaurant is that it is most decidedly not the Rustic Goat, the wild (and wildly popular) nightclub that flourished on site before running into trouble with the city.
Kyle Kohlmorgen, brewer/owner, said, "We focus on what we call yeast driven beer. Beer that is inspired by our trip to Brussels."
Wellspent Brewing Co., the new brewery and tap room that opens today in Midtown, isn't trying to offer something for everyone. There is no liquor here and no wine. There is not, at this point, even food. But what there is will delight beer drinkers — a light-filled space, a big patio, and several taps of Wellspent's "yeast-driven beer."
For anyone who has ever lamented the lack of dinner options in the city's theater district, there is reason to celebrate: Turn chef David Kirkland's restaurant located inside the .ZACK building, is opening for dinner. Its first evening service will be March 1.
Since opening in July, Center Ice has become a prime pregame hangout for Blues fans. Before a Saturday home game, Albers estimates the brewery’s shuttle service will make five or six runs to Scottrade Center, ferrying 15 to 20 customers each time.
David Kirkland's Turn is featured in RFT's January 2018 Brunch issue.
Pizza is back in the space that once housed The Good Pie, a stone’s throw from restaurateurs Dave and Kara Bailey’s Small Batch in Midtown. Named for their son, Hugo’s Pizzeria looks deceptively simple. Well-designed lighting and clean lines showcase the graphics and art, including a Mel Meyer piece by the front door and a striking grouping high above the bar.
Go east for New Year's at Small Batch with a four-course dinner featuring unique twists on traditional Chinese New Year dishes, with ingredients signifying good luck, wealth, and prosperity.
Sapporo 2: Ah ramen! That dehydrated puck of wavy noodles and its powdered sauce packet was and continues to be a college dormitory mainstay. Ramen is as popular today as it’s ever been, with ramen shops popping up all over the U.S., including in St. Louis. But the ramen served in restaurants is very different from the instant stuff on which penny-pinching college students subsist.
Follow the bright lights to two of St. Louis’ artsiest neighborhoods. The glowing neon signs over Manchester Avenue indicate the entrances to The Grove, and, 2 miles north, the resplendent Fabulous Fox Theatre and dazzling lights along North Grand Boulevard welcome you to the heart of Midtown.
GUIDED: Saint Louis | November 17, 2017
Join us for a tour through one of St. Louis’ thriving neighborhoods.
Baby Kakez: For the last four years, Michelle Jones has been baking out of her home for her large customer base. It wasn’t until this year she decided to open up her own shop in a storefront across from Saint Louis University. Her love for baking started initially as a hobby. Now, she serves “kupcakes,” “kakepops,” chocolate-covered treats (strawberries, pretzels, Oreos, s’mores and rice krispies) and more. Decorating classes are also available for any occasion. Each class includes cake, decorating supplies and an assistant.
Pappy's Smokehouse and The Fountain on Locust: As with many lists, some of the entries might surprise you. Here's one that recently caught our eye (and requires no additional clicks): Yelp's 2017 list of the "Top 25 Places to Eat in St. Louis." According to Yelp's Aaron Blackwell, the 2017 restaurants were weighted by the number of reviews added and the star ratings. "So someone with 100 new reviews is going to be weighted differently [higher] than a business with 15 new reviews," he explains. "That doesn't mean that someone with 15 new reviews can't rank highly." (This methodology may explain some of the unexpected inclusions on the list.)
St. Louis Post-Disbatch | October 24, 2017
Over the next two years, Johnson and his partners hope to rehab two vacant buildings into offices and lofts, add a hotel, build a parking garage and create a complex for retailers and restaurants out of shipping containers.
St. Louis Business Journal | September 21, 2017
The $2 million renovation of Midtown Alley included a restoration of the historic tin ceiling and the white glazed brick walls.
Anyone counting Dave and Kara Bailey’s restaurant concepts will soon need another hand. The eighth (like the rest, in the St. Louis city limits) is Hugo’s Pizzeria, named after their son. Savvy diners might notice an unusually large kitchen, built to accommodate yet another new concept from the Baileys in the adjoining space—No. 9, if anybody’s keeping score.
There’s a new partnership happening in the St. Louis area, and it involves a match made in heaven – beer and hockey!
Riverfront Times | August 17, 2017
The new bar on the edge of downtown St. Louis doesn't have a lot of things a bar might be expected to have. Like a roof — or even a front door. But what the Bronson House (3201 Washington Avenue) lacks in amenities, it more than makes up for in ambience.
Riverfront Times | July 19, 2018
Local entrepreneur Steve Albers quit his job in bank management on July 3, 2015. He told his wife Olivia that he needed to start working full-time towards the goal of opening his own brewery. He made a deal with her: He would raise the capital, get the equipment and find a proper location in one year or go back to work.
The Fountain on Locust: In addition to its soups and sandwiches, Midtown’s Fountain on Locust offers an extensive selection of ice cream, ice-cream sundaes and, for adults, ice-cream martinis and liqueur-infused sauces to top ice cream.
Turn: Former Café Osage executive chef and longtime DJ David Kirkland runs Grand Center’s latest addition. The breakfast and lunch menu includes Kirkland’s signature jams and a patty melt made with corned beef.
Turn's chef is David Kirkland, formerly of Cafe Osage in the Central West End. Kirkland describes Turn as an “American bistro with a twist on the ideas of familiar foods.”
Patois Eatery & Social Lounge replaces the Rustic Goat as the concept inside this address on midtown's eastern edge. Off the Menu's attempts to speak with the restaurant's management prior to publication were unsuccessful, but according to the Patois website, the menu offers jerk chicken (a 4-piece plate as well as in tacos and a salad), fried chicken and several flatbreads.
Patio season has arrived in St. Louis (finally!), and there's really only one way to celebrate. On a beautiful, sunny day or a warm summer night, head to a spacious patio to grab a cold beer and catch up with friends. Or, order a carefully crafted cocktail and enjoy sweeping views from high above the city at a rooftop bar. From charming beer gardens to posh rooftop bars, we've rounded up our 20 favorite patios in St. Louis.
The St. Louis American | March 3, 2017
Located at 2617 Washington Ave - and replacing the Rustic Goat - Patois has already attracted hundreds of RSVPs to this grand opening event. Former owner of Rustic Goat, David Holman is now owner of Patois and says the new management is part of a transformation of the space. Marketing director Johnnie Franklin, from Chicago, echos this vision.
Music Record Shop (3224 Locust Street), which in early January made the move from its temporary home on Washington Avenue to its new location in the .Zack building in Midtown, is now officially open for business.
The fast-casual eatery, located just one block west of downtown at Jefferson and Washington, is the brainchild of Dave Holman and Chris Ayala. Holman is responsible for the restaurant's sassy look, which seems absolutely ready to be replicated soon in a neighborhood near you. Ayala, formerly the sous chef at Scottish Arms and then smokemaster at its sister restaurant the Shaved Duck, has created the menu and serves as chef. Born in Mexico City and raised in a food-loving family in Alton, Illinois, he's excited about the food they're serving.
Sherpa, developer of a customer relationship management software program, will move its office from University City to the Midtown Alley area in St. Louis.
The Hicor Group, a construction contractor, plans to spend $1.1 million to renovate the historic Bronson house in St. Louis as its headquarters.
The Kranzberg Arts Foundation is developing the new multi-media arts space called .ZACK (pronounced Zack). Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s Director of Operations Chris Hansen said the project will help develop the broader St. Louis theater scene.
Chameleon Integrated Services, an IT firm, says it has completed its relocation to a 1920s Spanish Mission-style building in the city's Midtown Alley.
Plush is the Most Ambitious Drinking, Dining, and Dance Establishment St. Louis Has Seen in a Decade
Riverfront Times | May 10, 2012
Tattered scraps of ordinary white printer paper are glued to the support column that stands in the center of the first-floor dining room at Plush: floor plans and recipes, handwritten notes that the "glassware looks like shit" (shit is underlined multiple times) and to "drink some vodka."
Mary and Eric Thoelke were first to land on the stretch of Locust Street where he now runs a thriving marketing outfit. The area had fallen into disrepair since its heyday in the early 20th century as a mecca for domestic car dealers.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | September 30, 2011
Midtown Alley, wedged between Grand Center and downtown near St. Louis University's campus, has grown into an entertainment district in recent years. Home to restaurants, music clubs, breweries and other businesses, the Alley welcomes visitors to see what's new at its third annual Street Fest.
The St. Louis beer community got a surprise treat Wednesday when Urban Chestnut Brewing Company -- the area's newest craft brewery -- announced it would open its tasting room for the first time at 5 p.m.
Over the past eight years, Jassen Johnson has led the $70 million redevelopment of almost 40 buildings in the historic Midtown Alley neighborhood, which encompasses a nearly one-mile section of Locust and Olive streets between Theresa Avenue to the west and Leffingwell to the east.