Rooftop Garden, Bistro Coming to Grand Center Landmark Building

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rooftop garden bistro - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grand Center - St. Louis, MO

A $3M building permit was issued late last month for a long awaited rooftop garden atop the Big Brothers Big Sisters building in St. Louis’ Grand Center arts district. The project had be rumored earlier this year, with BSI Constructors being named general contractor. An invitation to bid on components of the project was released by BSI in May. Project images had appeared on the HDA Architects website, but are no longer posted.

Images show a contemporary dining and event space labeled Bistro 501. If the design remains similar to that pictured, the addition will be very prominent from street level as it sits above the three-story corner building. The space will be approximately 2,000sf and available for special events. There has been no announcement as to whether it will be open to the public on a daily basis. Construction is scheduled to begin yet this year.

rooftop garden bistro - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grand Center - St. Louis, MO

rooftop garden bistro - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grand Center - St. Louis, MO

rooftop garden bistro - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grand Center - St. Louis, MO

rooftop garden bistro - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grand Center - St. Louis, MO

{Big Brothers Big Sisters building today}

{Previously a Woolworths, the building prior to renovation}

The project is yet another big addition to a now fast developing Grand Center. Recently we featured what we might expect following the renovation of the Missouri Theatre Building and the investment from Bull Moose Tube. Other project in recent years include the Metropolitan building, which has been fully renovated as artist lofts. Jazz St. Louis recently completed a total overhaul and expansion, KDHX independent radio found a home here, and the Grand Center Arts Academy makes its home in two incredible historic buildings. Then there’s the new St. Louis Public Radio and it’s even newer Public Media Commons shared with The Nine Network. And then Fox Associates recently announced it will be opening Curtain Call, a champagne bar, in a street level space next to the Fox Theatre’s main entrance on Grand.

Missouri Theatre Building before_after

Missouri Theatre building - St. Louis, MO{Missouri Theatre Building – 2015}

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*added 8/16/2016

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that ANEW Rooftop and Test Kitchen will open in this space on October 3. From their story:

ANEW is actually two venues. The rooftop restaurant, which can accommodate 120 for a sit-down dinner and 250 for a cocktail party, will be used for special events. The Test Kitchen is a ground-floor space that will be open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Its menu will not be fixed; instead, every four months a different chef will introduce a new concept.

Corey Smale, co-founder of Strange Donuts, is ANEW’s creative director. He tells Off the Menu that both the rooftop restaurant and the Test Kitchen are part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization’s attempt to find new ways to engage with the community.

 

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  • Guest

    With all due respects for the fine organization Big Brothers & Sisters and the good they do, I’ve always felt this spot screams for a lively venue, and felt so even long before Mr. Trammp rescued it’s neighbor the Continental Building. Although a vital and worthy organization, it really seems to me such a wonderful structure in such a visibly prominent spot should have something that serves to attract night life (recalling the wonderfully sleek art deco/moderne Herbies’ disco at 1 Maryland Plaza in the CWE from the mid to late 70’s…currently The Drunken Fish).
    That being said, I read long ago this building was the base intended for a skyscraper, alas, a victim of the depression. I’d rather see an aesthetically complimentary high rise mixed use tower placed atop it. But I’ll settle for the current plan since that option doesn’t seem to be in anyone’s vision.

    • John R

      guest, you’re right about the original plans for the Woolworth’s building called for a 20 story tower, according to Tim Bryant’s article on the project in the P-D today. That would have been awesome.

      The article also mentions that the plans call for a restaurant/bar on the first floor with entrance on Grand with elevator access to the rooftop venue.

  • John R

    I’d also add the new Marcelle Theater venue on Samuel Sheppard to the list of nice goodies that have come to Grand Center recently.

  • John R

    This should be a terrific addition to Grand Center; hopefully it’ll get us that much closer to mixed-use infill in the neighborhood. That will be the point when we know the district has truly come into its own.

  • Michael C.

    Great news for Grand Center and great news for St. Louis!

  • Jeff Leonard

    Very cool. Love the look and the view. Grand Center needs more upscale locations for drinks and food. Now if we can just get a little more retail, along with a few SLU students to wander north of Olive …

  • Presbyterian

    I’m really excited to see this project moving forward. I think that that rooftop space has potential to do more for Grand Center than a performance venue or event space. It has the potential to make Grand Center a place you want to be, where you plan to linger, and where you have to bring your friends.

    Assuming this is open to the public, there will be no cooler rooftop in St. Louis.