It has been a couple of years since the 12th Street Diner closed, in the same location will be a place called King Louie’s — no connection to the former King Louie’s on Chouteau:
The new King Louie’s will be a citified homage to the old, with “griddle” burgers, shakes–and (we hope) their signature potato “planks”–but also a full bar featuring local beers. An open-grill will allow Chef Rook some of the creativity and flexibility found in modern diners, like the ability to cook steaks, chops, and gourmet “Royal” burgers made from prime beef cuts. We’ve been told the legendary Chef Dave’s Gumbo (the one we’ve called the best in town) will indeed have a place on the menu. (St. Louis Magazine)
A “citified homage”? I like how that sounds!
The main entrance faces Washington Ave. but the new sidewalk cafe will be a very nice addition to downtown, making this intersection interesting.
What remains to be seen is how the cafe will be done.
- Open seating?
- Short fence with limited entrance points?
- Regular height tables or tall tables that wheelchair users can’t use?
- Will a clear path be maintained?
- Awning or umbrellas?
The same family operates the Empire Deli & Pizza in the former B&T Pizza space to the east. I’ve been pleased so far.
— Steve Patterson