More and More Good News for Midtown (Alley and Grand Center)September 27, 2010
I am walking around (or at least driving through) Midtown Alley every chance I get. This is one of the most swiftly changing neighborhoods in the entire city and it’s evolution is exciting to witness.
I took the above picture in excitement that the motorcycle dealership would be opening soon, and just a couple hours later when I was back in the area I noticed that a sign had been added. It actually happens that fast.
Besides what I know from “Coming Soon” signs, learned that an independent restaurant called Field House Sports Bar & Grill is apparently opening up on Theresa in the P.W. Shoe Lofts Building. Two chain restaurants are also planning to open up locations in the already crowded section of Olive East of Compton (home to Pappy’s, The U and The Good Pie just to name a few).
One of these restaurants, Pita Pit, is a personal favorite of mine when I am traveling and forced to eat fast food. This is one rare occasion in which I’m happy to hear about a new chain restaurant coming town. The choice of Midtown Alley is awesome because it demonstrates that more people are noticing the neighborhoods potential. The fact that chain restaurants are eying Midtown Alley also brings up another key to its success: multiple investors. Renaissance Development Associates, The Lawrence Group, SLU, and others (such as Maebelle Reed, owner of the soon to open Plush in the Cadillac Building on Locust) have all worked together to make the neighborhood what it is today and what it will be in the future.
Meanwhile, in nearby Grand Center, the situation sees to be improving as well, with neighborhood newcomer City Diner @ The Fox appearing to attract customers on theater off-days (without hurting business at the always delicious Best Steak House). Class has started at the Grand Center Arts Academy, temporarily housed in the Third Baptist Church. Also, a recent announcement that community radio station KDHX is moving into the former home of the Creepy Crawl is great news as well. A nice article on this appeared in the September issue of St. Louis Magazine and is worth the read. Midtown is the center of our city, and hopefully it is finally getting the attention it deserves.