Kaldi’s To Open Cafes In Citygarden Sculpture Park, Central West End

According to a blog post on the bean roaster’s website, the thrice-bitten cafe space in downtown’s Citygarden sculpture park will become a new Kaldi’s Cafe. According to the RFT, Kaldi’s also plans to open a space in the Koman mixed-use development at West Pine Boulevard and Euclid Avenue in the city’s Central West End neighborhood.

Citygarden has earned wide acclaim since opening in 2009. It has transformed two bland blocks of the never quite developed Gateway Mall into a gathering place for people of all ages, downtown residents, tourists, and other visitors. However, its cafe space has struggled to find a sustained operator.

The Studio Durham Architects project was meant to add consistent activity to the park, pulling in visitors at lunch and in the late evening. Its first incarnation as Terrace View was a high-end offering that never quite caught on. The Chili Bowl, an effort to focus on the downtown lunch crowd, didn’t last long. Death in the Afternoon was more popular, but ultimately couldn’t make the space work either.

Kaldi’s is hoping a full-service cafe will work for a wide range of visitors. The Citygarden location may open as soon as next month. The company’s latest cafe opened this past week in the Gerhart Building at the corner of Laclede and Vandeventer Avenues.

Images of the Studio Durham cafe space in Citygarden by Steve Hall at Heidrich Blessing via Studio Durham:

Cafe site plan by Studio Durham:

Kaldi’s has opened in the corner space of a renovated Gerhart Building:

Kaldi’s will reportedly join Shake Shack in the Koman Group project at West Pine-Euclid:

  • citylover

    hopefully available on Sundays and after 6:30 🙂

  • John

    Thumbs up!

  • tbatts666

    I hope Kaldi’s can make the space work! This sculpture park is really nice.

    I think the problem with the building is that it has always seemed exclusive.

    There should be an entrance on street level facing the sidewalk. The steps are a deterrent to the wandering pedestrian.

    But the real problem is the street. 18th street needs to be converted to a two way street and have one lane eliminated for parking of biking infrastructure or more pedestrian space. I’m also thinking Chestnut should also be converted to a two way street and a lane of parking eliminated.

    And seriously look how the building addresses the street. A garbage bin and amorphous blank wall.


    • MRNHS

      Never thought of that, but an excellent point. At the very least, they could put signage on that blank wall and directions on how to get there (aka up the stairs around the corner). As for 8th St, I agree with you but then, I think a lot of streets downtown need to go back to two way.

      • tbatts666

        Oh I like the way you think! A little tactical change like like that would make a huge difference.

  • STLEnginerd

    Its a good fit. Probably my second favorite idea for this space behind Ted Drewes.

  • Don

    City Garden is such a great space. Some very interesting restaurants have given it a go, but winter always seems to do them in.

  • Presbyterian

    This makes all kinds of sense.