St. Louis has been celebrating its 250th birthday all year, and the party is still going strong. On May 25 Eclipse (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-726-2222) and the Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-1111) are gathering the city's best mixologists and bartenders for a birthday bash. See al ... More >>
Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new cheeseburger. Wait, what? Actually, seven score and ten years ago (a.k.a. 150 years), Abraham Lincoln made his famous speech on the site of the Battle of Gettysburg. The speech has since taken on a life of its own, an ... More >>
Joe Edwards is kind of a nostalgic guy. Wait, that's not right. Edwards isn't "kind of" anything. He's the pop-culture obsessed businessman who built up Delmar Boulevard into a glistening consumer/pedestrian paradise and created the St. Louis Walk of Fame, enshrining our city's finest in concrete ... More >>
Supporters of the Loop Trolley project mailed final plans this week to the Federal Transit Administration. If the federal regulators approve the proposals, bids for construction of the 2.2-mile trolley connecting the Delmar Loop to Forest Park could go out as soon as mid-November. "I'm more optimi ... More >>
If there's one thing the Loop is missing, it's an all-night diner. Businessman Joe Edwards plans to open the Peacock Loop Diner next year as part of Washington University's new $80 million student apartment project, The Lofts of Washington University. See also: -Sky's the Limit: When Joe Edwards op ... More >>
The Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-1111) opened its brand-new rooftop bar last week for a special media preview of the space called the New Moon Room. Gut Check was there to scope it out and to chat with the duke of U. City and the man behind the New Moon Room, Joe Edwards. "I never ... More >>
Writing just days after the Loop Trolley route was finalized, prolific urban-issues blogger Yonah Freemark over at The Transport Politic is trying to debunk a big claim made by project backers: That the new trolley will spur development along its path:even if developers are intrigued by the idea of ... More >>
On Sunday, September 2, Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-4444) hosts its first-ever Pop Culture Collectibles Garage Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its Elvis Room. The sale comes a week before the restaurant's 40th anniversary bash on Saturday, September 8. For Gut Che ... More >>
The unseasonably warm weather brought out a big crowd to the University City Loop on Saturday night. Most of those people were there for a concert, a meal, or just to sit outside and enjoy drink on a nice night, but there were also some looking for trouble. And as is the case with trouble, it doe ... More >>
We know some of our readers really, really hate security cameras -- in fact, they hate the entire system of private property that makes security cameras necessary. Well, bad news for those folks: The Loop is going to get security cameras this summer. The nabe's grand poobah, Joe Edwards, tells Da ... More >>
Rondo Leewright, the St. Louis blues singer who captivated the city for years with his powerful voice, passed away yesterday of cardiac arrest. He was 65 years old. Rondo was the featured vocalist in the early '80s for the Soulard Blues Band. He rose to greater prominence in mid-decade, tho ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaMany St. Louisans know Joe Edwards as the man behind the revitalization of the Delmar Loop. His imagination has spawned Blueberry Hill, the rehabilitated Tivoli theatre, the Pageant, the Moonrise Hotel, and most recently the Chuck Berry statue. His joyous projects have at ... More >>
10 points if you can hock a loogie and hit the Arch. Gut Check was feeling a little poor yesterday. $5 parking seemed an unnecessary expense, so we parked on the street, surrendering our last quarters to the meter. As we sweated our way down the sidewalk and into the air-conditioned plush of ... More >>
Kelsey WhippleAfter an hour-long installation and a stint duck-walking across the sky with the help of a crane, the latest tribute to St. Louis music legend Chuck Berry is finally installed on Delmar across from Blueberry Hill. And Lord of the Loop Joe Edwards couldn't be happier. "I felt it ... More >>
Photo by Kelsey WhippleAfter an hour-long installation and a stint duck-walking across the sky with the help of a crane, the latest tribute to St. Louis music legend Chuck Berry is finally installed on Delmar across from Blueberry Hill. And Lord of the Loop Joe Edwards couldn't be happier. " ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Flamingo Bowl bartender Katie Gwaltney. Below is a Q&A with Gwaltney, followed by a video of her mixing a Spiced Chocolate Martini. Alissa NelsonHow do you like y ... More >>
The statue of Chuck Berry set to be unveiled in the Delmar Loop is coming along nicely. A reader slipped A to Z some in-progress photos of the eight-foot-tall bronze statue, which is being sculpted by Harry Weber, the man responsible for some of the city's most iconic art. So when is the statue ... More >>
RFT photoLoop impresario Joe Edwards held a press conference this morning outside his Blueberry Hill restaurant to celebrate yesterday's awarding of a $24-million federal grant for his latest dream: a trolley connecting Delmar Avenue to Forest Park. On hand today for the ceremony were Congressmen ... More >>
Goodbye, teen slackers.The University City council this week passed a new curfew on teenagers hanging out in the Delmar Loop. Teens 16 and younger are now banned from the area after 9 p.m. The council passed a similar curfew of 10 p.m. in 2008 after large crowds of teenagers began congregating in ... More >>
www.thepageant.comThe Pageant announced yesterday that it would go smoke-free July 1 -- six months before a city-wide smoking ban goes into effect. Club owner Joe Edwards says the change comes following requests from some 80 percent of visiting bands that prefer playing smoke-free shows. The move ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsOne caller to Brennan's show last week suggested that the statue go in the women's bathroom at Blueberry Hill. Edwards didn't entertain the idea. KMOX morning talker Charlie Brennan, along with Joe Edwards, the unofficial emperor of the Delmar Loop, have rolled out plans to erect a ... More >>
Interesting blogpost over at Daily RFT by Kristen Hinman, who reports that KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan and Loop impresario Joe Edwards want to erect a statue of legend Chuck Berry near Blueberry Hill. Hinman reports:Edwards told Brennan on the air last Thursday that he has a spot marked between ... More >>
A view from the top of the Moonrise. The Loop now has a hotel, and according to managers, a 50 percent occupancy rate for its opening day.The Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar Boulevard) -- the latest project to sprout from beneath the blond mane of businessman Joe Edwards -- officially opens today. Fans ... More >>
Pinups at the Pin-Up
An astronaut emerged Wednesday morning from a dusty construction site on Delmar, the future location of the Moonrise Hotel. With a triumphant classical theme popularized by the film, 2001: Space Odyssey, sounding from the P.A. speakers, the man in the space suit waddled out onto a wooden stage alo ... More >>
Walk of Fame: Munchkin Mickey Carroll comes up short.
Update (May 7, 2009): Mickey Carroll, Dead at 89. In the end, neither a letter from Governor Matt Blunt nor the recommendation of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was enough to sway the jury. Mickey Carroll -- one of the few surviving Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz -- will not get a star on the St. Lou ... More >>
If you didn't already know that the RFT's Ballpark Village story was a parody, you found out during Thursday night's Game 4 Cardinals victory, when KTRS (550 AM) snuck into Mike Shannon and John Rooney's play-by-play to announce that the Cardinals and the city had reached an agreement on financing t ... More >>
De Palm Tree adds spice to the St. Louis culinary scene
In the race to return streetcars to St. Louis, Lacy Clay and Joe Edwards chart two very different courses
How many Metro employees does it take to screw in a streetlamp?
Look for local knockout Katina Mitchell at the newsstand (and up on roofs); plus, we're feeling the Joe-mentum and want to see how John Edwards measures up, and Sanford-Brown coach John Campbell gets the kudos he deserves
The Pin-Up Bowl brings new meaning to drinkin' in the alley
The Tivoli offers more decoration for the refrigerator with the resurrection of the film calendar series
Performing-arts groups are trying to come together on plans for the new Loop Theatre. They need to keep the drama on the stage.
Lodging revenues are down since Sept. 11, and that could mean trouble for the arts
Where's the live-rock venue or big dance club on South Grand, catering to the area's mass of young hipsters and music lovers?
Joe Edwards, savior of the Loop, wants to bridge the Skinker Boulevard "moat" with a trolley. Can he get supporters on board?
The opening of the Pageant squeezes out other venues
Not to worry -- Joe Edwards and Pat Hagin say their Pageant Theater is still in the works