ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A bar and arcade business hopes to make the Central West End its new home in St. Louis, but some residents aren't convinced their neighborhood is the right spot.
The Up-Down Bar and Arcade will soon open on Euclid at McPherson, the former location of Herbie’s. The owners hope to get their liquor license approved soon.
Hannah Roth loves everything about the Central West End, a neighborhood she's called home for the past 30 years.
“It's an urban neighborhood; you have residences, you have eating establishments, you have retail,” she said.
But she's afraid that if the proposed Up-Down Bar and Arcade is granted its liquor license, her neighborhood will see a drastic change in character.
“It's going to really tip the population of people coming to the neighborhood. It's going to really change the complexion of the neighborhood,” Roth said. “It's going to be only drinking age people coming down here to drink beer.”
Worried about parking, noise, and congestion, Roth is one of a number of residents who's signed a petition to stop the bar from obtaining their liquor license.
"So by adding this into the mix we think it changes the character and it starts becoming a nightlife district like The Loop, like Washington Avenue, none of us want to live in that. That's not why we moved here," said CWE resident Chris Neaville.
Nick Chilton lives above where the bar would go.
"The idea of having hundreds of people below us in a bar most nights throughout the week would just ruin our apartment all together," Chilton said.
The manager of the Up-Down bar said they’ll present a neighborhood agreement with the liquor license application at a hearing Wednesday morning.
This would be the fourth Up-Down location after Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Kansas City.