Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Stratford Bar & Grill Is Closing This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 2:45 PM

click to enlarge RFT FILE PHOTO
  • RFT File Photo

The Stratford Bar & Grill (800 South Highway Drive, Fenton), the sprawling complex instantly familiar to anyone who's driven south of the city on I-44, will close after last call on Saturday.

The news is sure to be a sad development to fans of the Fenton dive, which was located within the Stratford Inn but was a far cry from your usual hotel bar. With a 6,250-square-foot interior, a 30-foot stage, foosball, pool and arcade games, plus three sand volleyball courts outside, the place has hosted everything from burlesque to bands to midget wrestling — and boasts serving 10 million drinks since its 1993 opening. Forty-plus TVs beamed in sports games from all over the nation.

The one consolation to the closure news: Volleyball on-site will continue, according to a rep for the bar (who declined to be interviewed, but answered a few questions). Other special events scheduled for the facility will be honored.

In the mean time, if you have an idea for the space and know your way around a restaurant kitchen, there's a listing on Craigslist with all the details. And if you thought the bar & grill was huge, think again — there's also an adjacent 7,200-square-foot ballroom and a 4,500-square-foot banquet room, both included in the lease.

We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at sarah.fenske@riverfronttimes.com

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 21, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation