ST. LOUIS – The Food Hall at City Foundry STL will open its doors on Wednesday, August 11. There will be 11 kitchens to start.
The City Foundry STL will include restaurants, entertainment space, shops, offices, and more. It will be located in Midtown St. Louis. Fresh Thyme Market is also expected to open in the future.
“We do not have a space like this in St. Louis, so it’s been many years in the making and we’re excited to invite the public in,” Food Hall’s Director of Operations Susie Bonwich said. “Given the pandemic, there was just uncertainty over when we could open, and now we’re finally at a place where we feel comfortable bringing the public in.”
The Food Hall is the flagship attraction. There is space for nine more kitchens. James Beard winner Gerard Craft’s Niche Group will also open The Kitchen Bar. It will be at the center of the space and serve as a neighborhood bar for the surrounding community.
The inside is a secret until closer to the grand opening, but Bonwich said “imagine nothing you’ve ever seen before,” she smiled.
“This is a century-old foundry and we really tried to reserve that look, so you’ll walk in and see 11 very unique stalls that are unique to their cuisine but also you’ll look up and see architectural features that are unique to a foundry.”
The Kitchen Bar will feature a large metal tank recovered from the historic foundry. It has been repurposed to serve as a central tap system for over eight local beers at the 28-seat bar.
The 11 initial kitchens are Good Day, Kalbi Taco Shack, Turmeric Street Style, Patty’s Cheesecakes, Buenos Aires Cafe, Press Waffle Co., Hello Poke, and Poptimism STL. There will also be two new kitchen concepts, Sub Division Sandwich Co. and Chez Ali.
The restaurants will serve a wide variety of cuisines, including dishes from Senegal (Chez Ali), India (Turmeric Street Style), Argentina (Buenos Aires Cafe), and Asian Fusion (Kalbi Taco Shack).
Pat Upchurch, owner of Patty’s Cheesecakes, is opening up her first storefront for her dessert business inside the Food Hall at City Foundry. Her business is built on her grandmother’s cheesecake recipe and she is excited to have her own space.
Upchurch said her space inside the Food Hall is almost complete.
“It’ll be something for everybody, whatever you’re in the mood for that day, lunch or dinner, even breakfast,” Upchurch said. “It’s great for St. Louis, absolutely great, it’s going to bring people together and that’s part of our mission at Patty’s Cheesecakes, just bringing people together.”
She said this will also bring more jobs to midtown as she is hiring for her storefront.
You can learn more about the City Foundry STL by visiting their website at www.cityfoundrystl.com.