Taking a rest from our mad dash across the country, we planned two nights in St. Louis, looking forward to a day for stretching our legs and seeing the sites. We eventually realized we had landed in a special place; The Delmar Loop.
Reg was skeptical as we set out to find dinner. Our little stretch of Delmar Boulevard felt, shall we say, a little rough around the edges.
It didn’t take long for Blueberry Hill Restaurant and Music Club to crush any misgivings either of us had. The St. Louis Landmark is part restaurant, part concert venue and part museum.
The most incredible tidbit of history we learned was a connection the legendary Chuck Berry had to Blueberry Hill. As a native of St. Louis and friend to owner Joe Edwards, he played over 200 monthly concerts at the venue from 1997 – 2014. We were told they were always on a Wednesday, and always a packed house.
In the 1970s businessman and developer Joe Edwards spearheaded a movement to revitalize the stretch of street known at the Delmar Loop. He opened BlueberryHill in 1972. His accomplishments since that time have been remarkable.
After finishing dinner, we were surprised to see the neighborhood had come alive with crowds spilling out of bars and restaurants. That was the vibrant, eclectic neighborhood we were expecting.
Shining above Delmar Loop is the Moonrise Hotel, and it was our home for two nights. I should have taken more photos. While the lobby sports some pretty groovy mid-century modern furniture, it’s the glowing, psychedelic staircase that steals the show. Multiple display cases are chock full of space-themed memorabilia…all in all, very 1960-ish.
It’s been quite an evening and we have an entire day tomorrow to rest up for. It’s going to take something pretty spectacular to compete with all this!