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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Peacock Diner, Global Foods Market Coming to Delmar Loop

Posted By on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

       The Loop is getting its first 24-hour diner. | Nancy Stiles
  •        The Loop is getting its first 24-hour diner. | Nancy Stiles

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 opens a moon-themed hotel and restaurant in the Loop, hopes are high -Chubbies and the Delmar Loop Restaurant Explosion: Review Preview -Global Foods Market to Delmar Loop? Grocer, Wash. U. Comment on Unconfirmed Report

Edwards also owns Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City, 314-727-4444), the Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar Boulevard, University City, 314-721-1111) and the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, University City, 314-726-6161), but he tells Gut Check that he sees this latest project as a way to connect the Loop from east to west. "There were a few more pieces in the puzzle to really make it a topnotch, livable, walkable neighborhood," Edwards says. "It's really exciting to me to have Wash. U. construct those buildings -- that they're putting retail on the first floor, not student housing, just shows they really understand it is important to the Loop to have those continuous storefronts."

Edwards chose the peacock name and theme because he felt it would appeal to people from all over the country and the world, as Washington University has so many out-of-state and international students. Edwards also says he has collected peacock items for years.

"There's something pretty magical about peacocks -- they're very unique creatures in nature and gorgeous, so it'll give me a chance to really design some fun, beautiful signage," he says.

Next: The Loop finally gets a grocery store.

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