New light in Midtown

After attending last Saturday’s Billikens vs George Washington game we felt like celebrating SLU’s win by exploring the Midtown area. (Not that we need an excuse to visit this hopping district.) New are the blue neon-rimmed buildings in the Midtown/Grand Center area. It certainly looks good, and with nightlife options like the Fieldhouse, Triumph Grill, Urban Chestnut, and the brand new Plush, this area has something to offer for students and locals alike.

One of our favorites – if not for the beer for the cozy atmosphere – is Urban Chestnut.

The bar at UCBC

Urban Chestnut offers beers with names like Winged Nut, Zwickel, Schnickelfritz and their latest creation Apotheosis, a french-style saison named after the statue of Saint Louis IX at Art Hill. If you like dark beers you should try out Harwood Myth, a personal favorite.

Field House on Theresa Avenue

The latest offering to open in Midtown is Plush, a venue with multiple functions, divided over four stories. The place is massive. On the ground floor you will find an Espresso bar, a restaurant, a cocktail bar and a (good-size) music venue. Nooks and bars are spread out over the second floor, as well as a balcony looking over the main floor and stage, a la Old Rock House.

A plush bar indeed

Also on the second floor: an outside patio with views of Olive and Grand, and a room equipped with a floor shuffle board. What we liked about Plush is that it definitely offers something new and unique to the area. At the time of our visit the third and floor floors were not open to the public yet. The fourth floor will be used as a private event space.

Hamburger Mary's in Tampa Bay

A new franchise in the quirky San Francisco chain Hamburger Mary’s will be opening any day now in Midtown. We had a peek inside and the interior looks similar to that in the picture above. This will be a large restaurant. It will be the 11th franchise in the expanding Hamburger Mary’s empire.

From Hamburger Mary’s website:

Hamburger Mary’s will be located at 3037 Olive Street, and will feature multiple levels and an outdoor patio. The main attraction will be Mary’s half-pound gourmet burgers (served with a hefty side of Sass), but the menu will feature our full range of tasty options from appetizers, soups and salads to sandwiches, entrees and yummy desserts (Deep Fried Twinkies and Mary Tyler S’Mores, to name a few). There will also be a lineup of fun nightly entertainment, including Mary-Oke and HamBingo!

Newly paved

To accommodate the clientèle, the neighboring dirt lot  has been paved with asphalt. It will offer 72 parking spaces. We’re usually not big fans of new parking lots but this stretch of Olive has become pretty busy with popular offerings like Pappy’s Smokehouse, The Good Pie, The Loft and Buffalo Brewing. At least no buildings were harmed in the creation of this lot.

Booming Midtown

Speaking of parking, if you park on the street in the Midtown/Grand Center area be sure to feed the meter until 7 PM. If you forget, it’s almost guaranteed you will find one of those nasty tickets on your windshield.


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