Update 11:59 a.m. Because of weather concerns, the Fountain's Burlesque Birthday Party will be postponed until Wednesday, February 27.
Think back to the last birthday party for a five-year-old you attended. Maybe there was a bounce house, a unicorn-shaped cake or a slightly creepy-looking clown. But for the Fountain on Locust, celebrating its fifth birthday means burlesque performances, a drag show and birthday-cake martinis.
Gut Check caught up with Fountain owner Joy Christensen, who reflects on the past five years and looks forward to what's ahead.
"It's been a blink. I'm an accidental restauranteur, I have no experience in restaurants. I just did this because I thought St. Louis needed something like this."
The Fountain on Locust's Burlesque Birthday Party runs from 9 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, February 21. A $5 cover gets guests access to the entertainment, as well as a chance to spin a "Big Birthday Wheel" and win prizes ranging from the world's smallest hot fudge sundae to a percentage off your check.
And for the occasion, the restaurant is taking its regularly scheduled Thursday night burlesque performance and putting it on steroids. Local sketch comedy burlesque group the Randy Dandies will tempt and tease onstage, and some of the Fountain's very own motley crew of talented employees will perform throughout the night, including drag performances and singing.
The kitchen is putting a birthday twist on the Fountain's ice cream martini, also creating a way to make the drink birthday-cake flavored.
"We used our own combination of things," Christensen says. Vanilla vodka, crème de cacao and a dash of pineapple juice make up the new flavor addition. Christensen assures Gut Check that we'll want to lick our glasses clean after trying the new martini.