I’ve been dropping tidbits about this project for months so I figured it was about time I produced some more details. Especially since this Benton Park West microbrewery will finally be open soon. I managed to meet up with owner Mike Glodeck yesterday and finally got a chance to take a look inside.
In case you are wondering, this project is located at 3359 South Jefferson at the northwest corner of Cherokee and Jefferson in the Benton Park Neighborhood. It is right next to the huge Cherokee Indian statue at that corner. It is one of the many projects underway or planned along the burgeoning Cherokee business district.
Mike owns a few other buildings at this corner, but the centerpiece will be Foam. By day, it will act as a coffee house with your typical beverages and pastries. By night it will be part bar, part coffeehouse. There will be light food and a small stage for bands in the front area. The best part about the bar is that a few months after opening their microbrewery in the basement will be up and running. The goal seems to be to provide a place where local people can meet up any time of day. Its even possible that the office space on the upper level could double as a private meeting area for neighborhood meetings.
It sounds like the issues with getting the appropriate liqueur license are finally getting cleared up and construction should start to move ahead at a faster pace soon. Hopefully the doors will be open sometime in October. The adjoining building along Cherokee should be finished soon thereafter and will be leased as commercial space.
I view this project as very important to the Cherokee Street Business Association and the neighborhoods of Benton Park West and Gravois Park as a whole. With developers and business owners like Mike coming into the district, hopefully this is just a sign of things to come. Talking to Mike it sounds like things are really on the mend along Cherokee. I’m still putting together some details, but expect an update on the area very soon.
Its also exciting to see the final piece in the Benton Park area microbrewery trifecta coming together. With Mattingly’s and The Stable open and about to start brewing, there is a bit of a culture forming in the area. With the sale of Anheuser-Busch, its great to see that true local beer will be available in the shadow of the giant. Maybe the Lemp Brewery complex will be next.