St. Louis City closes Wheelhouse and Start Bar for up to one year


ST. LOUIS – The City of St. Louis has issued additional closure notices to Wheelhouse and Start Bar for up to one year.

The City says the two establishments have continued to violate COVID-19 public health orders.

Health Director Fredrick Echols said there have been multiple social distancing and facemask violations. So he sent the owners a letter ordering the bars to be closed until Jan. 2022, effective immediately.  

Wheelhouse owner Jared Ater says he’s considering a move from downtown over the restrictions he calls unfair.

Wheelhouse had to shut down for 14 days in August after a video surfaced showing a big gathering at the bar where people weren’t social distancing.

The owners said they will be putting out a petition on their social media pages to fight what they call overreach.

They are asking for the public’s support by signing it which will be vital in their case versus the city.

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