The Grove Gets Its Groove Back
The mile-long stretch of Manchester Avenue between Kingshighway and Vandeventer that serves as the heart of The Grove neighborhood has experienced its share of peaks and valleys over time. The latest incarnation of this venerable strip has been on the upswing for the better part of a decade and is in the midst of yet another growth spurt, thanks to some exciting recent and upcoming openings.
Rise Coffee House The latest artisan coffee spot to debut in The Grove, Rise features beans from Goshen in a variety of formats, from espresso to drip to Chemex, noshables courtesy of Whisk! A Sustainable Bakeshop and Strange Donuts, and a space that’s cozy, comfortable and eclectic. Open 7am-4pm seven days a week, Rise offers plenty of opportunities to kick back and have a cup or two. 4180 Manchester Ave., 314.769.9535, risecoffeestl.com.
Taha’a Twisted Tiki The latest project from brothers Lucas and Derek Gamlin—of Sub Zero Vodka Bar and Gamlin Whiskey House fame—Taha’a Twisted Tiki is the city’s only tiki-themed drinking establishment. Located in the space formerly home to Premium Lounge, Taha’a offers a wide variety of tropical drinks (heavy on the rum) and a laid-back island vibe with plenty of bamboo accents and thatched roofs over the bar. Thirsty would-be castaways won’t have a problem finding the place—just look for the colorful beach mural on the side of the building. 4199 Manchester Ave., 314.367.1200.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company In its first three years of business, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC) has grown by leaps and bounds. So much so that the company has expanded its production. UCBC has gone to The Grove to build its next facility, located in the former Renard Paper Company building. The sprawling 70,000-square-foot space is expected to increase UCBC’s annual brewing capacity by about 15,000 barrels to start and includes a tasting room for those hops fanatics who want to sample the brewery’s wares on-site. 4465 Manchester Ave., urbanchestnut.com.
Coming Soon: The Ready Room The newest live music venue in town, The Ready Room will feature 8,000 square feet of space that will include the stage, bar and room for about 800 music fans to dance the night away. Another Grove resident, SPACE Architecture + Design, has been handling the design work. Look for an opening date later this spring. 4191 Manchester Ave.
Photo credit: Rachel Vincenz