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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The shuttered Bevo Mill in south St. Louis will soon have new owners and a new look.

Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that the city’s Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) selected a proposal from business owners Pat and Carol Schuchard, who own the Boo Cat Club and Majorette event spaces. The Schuchards won out over a competing offer from Paul and Wendy Hamilton, owners of Vin de Set and 1111 Mississippi.

The Schuchards and Hamiltons were the only bids submitted for the famed windmill restaurant at the corner of Gravois Avenue and Morganford Road.

The LCRA recommended the Schuchards’ plan because it involved few tax incentives. The city had been asking for $500,000 to purchase the restaurant, with a promise to invest at least $1 million in renovations and repairs.

The Schuchards said they’ll put between $4 million and $5 million into the building over the next five years. They plan to open a beer garden by September and later hope to operate a restaurant, a coffee shop, and even a bed and breakfast.

The Don Quixote-like Dutch style mill was built by August Busch Sr. in 1916. The story goes that August wanted a halfway point between the brewery and his home where he could stop and have a beer. Bevo comes from the Bohemian word “pivo,” which means “beer.” Anheuser-Busch bequeathed the restaurant to the city in January 2009 after InBev bought the brewery. It closed three months later.

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