STL NOW: A Sandwich with a Side of Tech Support
Downtowns new Whiz-Tech Technology Caf serves fresh American fare while offering computer and technology services.
At first glance, it may seem that Downtown’s new Whiz-Tech Technology Café suffers from an identity crisis. Café? Coffeehouse? Computer and technology service center? The answer is: all of the above. It’s a low-key location to sip an Americano or latte, a lunch spot with an array of fresh sandwiches and a late-night meal stop with pizza and milkshakes. It’s also a business center where customers can enjoy coffee while waiting on computer repair or hardware installation. Or you can rent one of their computers by the hour. This computer center-cum-café combines all of these in a casual, expansive 6,000 square-foot space.
Located in the Printers Lofts building, the café is in a shotgun space with high ceilings and many partitioned areas. The couches, chairs and booths provide many quiet areas to work or read. Venture toward the south end of Whiz-Tech and you’ll find a computer center with stools, which provides an ideal area to plug in, and a private room set up as a meeting space. The overall design works—and is conducive to not only a creative business setting, but also a social gathering place.
Meal-goers sans IT trouble will like the menu of café/deli fare. Appetizers include a creamy Italian mac & cheese with pepper bacon and oven-baked soft pretzels. Sandwiches are a gourmet spattering of incredibly fresh, well-made selections such as oven-roasted pit ham on Pullman loaf bread, a steak sandwich and a roasted turkey club with cucumbers and cranberry mayo. There are also the standard baked goods along with funnel cake, smoothies, milkshakes and root beer floats. OK, so maybe a place that offers root beer floats and computer repair is hard to label exactly, but we’re happy to help them figure it out in the meantime (1629 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.9449).
Whiz-Tech Technology Cafe
Photo credit: Photo by Carrie Iggulden