Mississippi finally makes way for new tenants on the St. Louis riverfront

Vendors open up shop on Lenore K. Sullivan Wednesday

Megan Lynch
August 07, 2019 - 2:42 pm

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Now that the Mississippi River is returning to normal levels, plans to enhance the St. Louis riverfront experience can launch.

The spring, the Gateway Arch Partnership had lined up a variety of businesses to set up shop on Lenore K. Sullivan Boulevard for the season.

Anne Milford is with Great Rivers Greenway, "As we all know, Old Man River rose and stayed at flood stage for more than two months, so it really impacted our plans for summer on the riverfront."

About half of the vendors have been able to hold out until flood waters receded, including Chef D, owner of Sandra's 18th Street BBQ, "[We're] using it as a bridge to possibly open up a brick and mortar within the next three years.  The opportunity given down here at the Arch, I figured it was perfect.  It felt like perfect timing, other than the flood waters coming in and holding us up for a couple of months."

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Kevin Cobb, owner of Colonel Cobb's Kettle Corn, says he was anxious to get to the riverfront, "I know there are constantly people coming down to the Arch to visit... ...I think eventually once we get a full season out of it, I think it's definitely something where we make a destination where people focus on the Riverfront."

Rob Buchert, owner of Brush Capades, set up his pop-up paint party Wednesday, "It's just the natural place to make your own memory on a piece of canvas.  What better way to remember your visit to St. Louis."

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There's also Ed's Food, whose specialty is the Shish Kabob with special Filipino marinade.

Vendors have been asked to operate six days a week through lunch and early evening, weather permitting. Anne Milford says they have the option of staying on the riverfront through October.

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