Local Businesses Finding Perfect Locations at City Foundry STL

April 15, 2019

Butler’s Pantry Announces New 700-Person Capacity Event Space + Great Rivers Greenway to Relocate Offices + Food Hall is Now 80% Leased to Project-Exclusive Vendors

St. Louis – April 15, 2019 – City Foundry STL continues to attract notable tenants to its Midtown location, this week announcing a new event space concept by Butler’s Pantry, a new office lease with Great Rivers Greenway, and five new food vendors for the Food Hall at City Foundry STL.

The 15 acre mixed use development is set to open in the spring of 2020.

“From the beginning, this project has been about creativity and vision. Our team took a former industrial site and is transforming it into a hub for tenants and guests who appreciate modern concepts in food, commerce, and entrepreneurship,” said Steve Smith, principal owner of City Foundry STL and CEO of Lawrence Group. “We are thrilled these local business owners share our confidence that City Foundry STL is the most inspiring, exciting place to be in St. Louis.”

– Event Space –

18Rails | The Venue @ City Foundry STL
Proprietor  Butler’s Pantry
Concept  As the name implies, the 18Rails event space sits near a historic hub of 18 rail lines that connected St. Louis to an ever-expanding nation. Butler’s Pantry will transform the former factory space into a chic-industrial venue capable of entertaining up to 700 people. The conveniently located facility will offer ample, free parking, state-of-the-art technology, and the exceptional hospitality that could only come from a catering firm with over 50 years of St. Louis event experience.

“We are thrilled to join the incredible team of vendors at City Foundry STL,” said Richard Nix Jr., President of Butler’s Pantry. “This is an exciting addition to our city, and we can’t wait to unveil our plans for innovative event experiences at this venue.”

– Office –

Great Rivers Greenway
Great Rivers Greenway, the regional public agency connecting St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County with a network of greenways, will be relocating to the City Foundry in Spring 2020.  The organization will continue to operate a Visitor’s Center at the front of their office to offer people the chance to stop in, use the interactive touch screen to explore maps of the 125 miles of greenways around the region, ask questions, pick up maps and materials or even purchase a few supplies or gift items. 

“City Foundry STL offers us a unique opportunity – we will be on a greenway, near transit and have public parking,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “Multiple transportation options are important for our team, our partners and the two million residents we serve.”

Great Rivers Greenway joins office tenants Orion Genomics and Gateway Blend.

– City Foundry STL Food Hall 80% Leased –

Five new Food Hall tenants join an already-unmatched lineup of merchants that includes CropCircle, Good Day, Hello Poke, Juice Box Central, Lost & Found: A Burger and Pizza Joint, Mokyu Mokyu, Press Waffle Co., Sumax: Hummus & Wraps, and UKraft.

Buenos Aires Café
Proprietor  Oscar and Ainara Farina (owners of Los Gauchos in O’Fallon, IL)
Concept  The Farinas have a simple motto that will guide their work at their latest dining spot: “Doing what we love best: cooking, bringing people together, and sharing the rich culture and food of Argentina.” They’ll serve traditional items like skirt steak or choripan (sausage) sandwiches as well as 10 varieties of empanadas, all made to order using the freshest ingredients.

Chela Tapas
Proprietor  Grace Dinsmoor
Concept After a 15 years as a professional chef and extensive travel abroad to Spain, Dinsmoor is ready to use her knowledge of traditional cuisine at Chela (an abbreviation of her Spanish nickname, Graciela.) Look for interesting combinations like eggplant stuffed with goat cheese and then tempura fried, then served with sesame, mint, and spicy honey or a Spanish charcuterie board featuring Serrano chiles alongside chorizo, anchovies, and a selection of cheeses.

City Taco Shack
Proprietor  Sue Wong-Shackelford (owner of Kalbi Taco Shack)
Concept  Innovative chef Wong-Shackelford moved to St. Louis from Hong Kong as a child and soaked up local food culture through her parents, who were both chefs. Diners can now enjoy her Asian-Mexican fusion cuisine when they order traditional dishes like tacos, burritos, rice bowls, quesadillas, and Bahn-mi sandwiches, all reinterpreted with signature flavors and techniques. The menu will include delicious vegan options and Vietnamese iced coffee.

Murf’s Deli
Proprietor  Maher David
Concept  St. Louis native David describes his concept as a classic sandwich bar that offers a casual setting for enjoying handcrafted sandwiches alongside a curated collection of local treats. The menu was inspired by meals David has enjoyed during his travels as well as a delicious El Cubano – tavern ham, rosemary ham, salami, smoked bacon, baby Swiss cheese, and veggies on a fresh-baked hoagie – that reminds him of a great sandwich he would order every day on his way to college classes in Tampa, FL.

Natalie’s Cakes & More
Proprietor   Natalie Dubose
Concept   Dubose started as a single mom making treats for bake sales and farmers markets. She took the plunge in 2014, gathering her courage and savings, and opened her first storefront in Ferguson, MO. Her second location at the Food Hall will serve her nationally-recognized Signature Caramel Cake (decadent yellow cake topped with caramel icing) as well as sweet menu items like Velvet, Molasses, Orange Dream, and Vanilla Almond Cakes.

“We decided to be a part of City Foundry STL Food Hall because it’s a unique concept that we believe in and we know that, like us, the team behind it is dedicated to supporting the community,” said new tenant Maher David of Murf’s Deli.

“We all know that the first thing you look for in business is location; this Food Hall is the best in St. Louis. We like how innovative the concept is, how great the legendary structures will look, and the urban vibe of the project. We are also excited to be located under the same roof as all the other great dining options,” said Sue Wong-Shackelford of City Taco Shack.

City Foundry STL Food Hall tenants join entertainment tenants Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Punch Bowl Social, and Fassler Hall.

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City Foundry STL City Foundry STL is the adaptive reuse of the former 10-acre Century Electric Foundry complex in St. Louis’ growing Midtown neighborhood. The iconic and historically significant foundry building will be transformed into a dynamic hub of innovation, complete with St. Louis’ first true food hall. The $210 million first phase will include 122,000 square feet of restaurant and entertainment, 105,000 square feet of shops, and 107,000 square feet of office space. The project is being designed and developed by Lawrence Group. For more information, visit cityfoundrystl.com or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.