In theory, music venues are interchangeable. If one especially great place shuts down, another spot surely will rise elsewhere. But there's something disquieting about the closure of an especially memorable venue. Even years later, I'm still bummed about how Shattered - a Columbia, Missouri, insti ... More >>
Laura Ann MillerInside House of Savoy, now closedAs George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine reported last night, House of Savoy, the Italian restaurant at Lumière Place Casino & Hotel (999 North 2nd Street; 314-881-7777), closed on December 10.Technically, House of Savoy was located at HoteLumièr ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergInside Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, now the SteakhouseRiver City Casino has yet to post information on its website about the new steakhouse, called the Steakhouse, that replaced Jeff Ruby's, which closed in November of last year. I stopped by the casino today, hoping to spy a menu.I ... More >>
Sadly, Koman's St. Louis proposal isn't called "Casino King." The operators of the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Koman Group, was the only development company yesterday to submit a bid to city officials. Koman wants to build a $115-million, 120,000-square-foot facility called Celebration Casino ... More >>
Image ViaThe first gambling boat to open its doors in Missouri back in 1994 is officially closed -- a week before its owner was to shutdown the casino anyway. The flooded Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis forced the President Casino to halt business a week ago. Yesterday the casino announce ... More >>
Ian FroebBurger and fries at Burger Brothers in River City CasinoAt Burger Bar, the Hubert Keller-helmed burger joint at Pinnacle Entertainment's Lumière Place casino, your burger is limited only by your imagination. You want foie gras and black truffle atop your Kobe beef? Check. You want a pla ... More >>
Image viaLumiere Place employees get the last laugh in labor disputeIt's been a roller-coaster of a year so far for Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment. First the Missouri Gaming Commission revoked their license for the President Casino. Then they opened the fancy new River City Casino in Lema ... More >>
Pinnacle Entertainment has decided to surrender its license for the President Casino to the Missouri Gaming Commission. Earlier this year the gaming commission voted to strip the under-performing casino of its license, though recently an appeals court had questioned the commission's action.
Image viaRiver City Casino is slated to open Thursday, March 4, which means the p.r. blitz is in full swing. Yesterday, the casino revealed its lineup of restaurants.This is another property from Pinnacle Entertainment, whose Lumière Place is home to Hubert Keller's Sleek and Burger Bar (among o ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsIf the President capsizes, its gaming license could be given to a casino operating beyond city limits (and coffers).Following press reports that the Missouri Gaming Commission plans to vote today to shut down the President Casino by July 1, Mayor Francis Slay yesterday threw ... More >>
danesnotesonboats.blogspot.comThe S.S. Admiral a.k.a. President CasinoAs expected, the Missouri Gaming Commission this afternoon voted unanimously to strip the gaming license to the President Casino in downtown St. Louis. The commission voted 4-0 to revoke the license despite strong objections fr ... More >>
A 1940s poster advertising the Admiral.She was originally built in 1907 as a side-wheeled steamboat named the "Albatross".In 1940 she was transformed -- based on drawings from a female fashion illustrator named Mazie Krebs -- into a metal-encased, Art-Deco masterpiece. The $1-million makeover lef ... More >>
Image ViaApparently casinos are extremely profitable endeavors-- even when there are six of them (soon to be seven, possibly eight) in one metropolitan area.The Business Journal reported yesterday that St. Louis-area casino revenue jumped ten percent in October.Here are the numbers: • Las Vegas ... More >>
Last week, Daniel Lee, CEO of Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment, unsuccessfully attempted to "muscle" St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger into voting against re-zoning land in North St. Louis County to clear the way for the construction of a new casino by a Pinnacle rival. This morning, the P ... More >>
www.stevestenger.comBy now you've probably heard how St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger was flabbergasted Tuesday when a casino executive "muscled" him prior to a council meeting. As Stenger told the Post-Dispatch yesterday, the chairman and chief executive of Pinnacle Entertainment, Danie ... More >>
www.knitwareblog.comRemember the late-July proposal from a North St. Louis County developer for a massive casino and resort next to the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area? The one that would turn 376 acres of wetlands into 8,000 parking spots, an 18-hole golf course, and another Casino in the St. ... More >>
Actor Danny Glover was in town yesterday in a show of support for union employees of the Lumiere Place and President casinos. The Lethal Weapon co-star spoke at an event on Laclede's Landing where he warned that the "diplomatic immunity" of the casinos' owner, Pinnacle Entertainment, had "just be ... More >>
photobucket.com/albums/u271/ginger_jediLast year Missouri voters narrowly approved Proposition A. The ballot initiative repealed loss limits for the state's gamblers, taxed casinos for the benefit of schools, and capped the number of gaming licenses issued by the state at 13. Not only did th ... More >>
Fabled concert venue Mississippi Nights closes its doors for now.
www.factorybelt.net The end of an era? After months of speculation and rumor, it can finally be said: Mississippi Nights, a concert club favorite since 1979, will close its doors after one last jam session takes place on Friday, January 19. But the popular venue at 914 North First Street may l ... More >>
Will the Landing ever get its act together?
A new casino takes its downtown development plans underground
Don't let the Lou become the sole property of Bloosiers; plus, we try to go on a wholesome date (to Mel's new movie, perhaps?), visit one of the few remaining typewriter stores, learn a thing or two about balls and make some super suggestions for Lambert