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In the News: Benton Park West and Cherokee Street

Photo: by Linda Hennigh

In case you missed these gems, here are links to press articles about businesses, residents, or other mentions of Benton Park West and/or Cherokee Street.

For years, the citizens of the Confederacy have vowed to rise again. And today they finally did, unleashing a hellstorm of one-star reviews on a St. Louis-based business. The horror.

The 40 Restaurants We Love in 2017!, Riverfront Times, 04/27/2017

Vista Ramen (2609 Cherokee Street, 314-797-8250). When the much-ballyhooed chef Chris Bork announced he was going to open a ramen restaurant with Jeremy and Casey Miller, owners of the Mud House, people scratched their heads.

The story of how Fedaa Alsadeq decided to open a restaurant is a familiar one. At first. Alsadeq loves to cook the food of her native country, and she loves introducing her native country’s cuisine to her American friends.

Favorite Art Gallery: The Luminary, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 04/25/2017

Cherokee Street is the place to go for the new, the now and the next.

Walking into the happy brightness of The Taco & Ice Cream Joint at 2738 Cherokee Street should make the little kid in everyone clap hands in delight.

Joe Light’s wooden “Cherokee Cave” sign hangs in his basement, next to his caving equipment. It’s a sign of St. Louis’ past — from the prehistoric era all the way to the kitschy 1950s.

This four-piece dives into the songs of the early 20th century and regularly features talented guest artists; catch them every Friday at Yaquis on Cherokee.

Fedaa Alsadeq and Osama Almoerfi have a competition going in their kitchen at the Palm Trees.

This tiny but important piece of ephemera gives historians a critically important look at how the Lemp Brewery saw itself, and how it wanted to be viewed by the public.

On View: "Oppositions" at The Luminary, St. Louis Magazine, 04/10/2017

In this strange age, what does contemporary political art look like, and what language(s) does it speak?

Here’s a mini-scoop: Shoppers tasted sweet samples of house-made Mexican ice cream on Saturday, when the Taco & Ice Cream Joint (2738 Cherokee) handed out mini-cups of mango, mint chocolate chip, and blue-and-pink swirled bubble gum ice cream.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and Alderman Ken Ortmann announced plans to install new security cameras in the 9th Ward in south St. Louis. The 20 cameras and 16 license plate readers will be tied into the police department's Real Time Crime Center.

Six south city wards will get a total of 36 new security cameras after Alderman Kenneth Ortmann committed just under $437,000 in capital funds for the project.

The band recorded its new album "Parlance" with superstar STL engineer, Adam Long; it's being released tonight at Foam.

Louis, the son of William Lemp Sr. and Julia Feickert, traveled to Germany to learn from the brewing experts. While he was there, he wrote a treatise that incorporated knowledge of the industry's latest advancements.

The Cherokee Street noodle shop will serve its new menu 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, starting March 19.

Encourage more tax-paying businesses in 20th Ward, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 03/23/2017

Alderman Cara Spencer is complaining that her ward has no surveillance cameras that some other wards have obtained partly through public-private partnerships ("Who gets security?" March 19). She bemoans the fact that there is a business district in her ward on Cherokee Street, but no community improvement district.

Envisioned as a respite from the social upheaval of St. Louis, Blank Space at 2847 Cherokee is turning five with a growth spurt, celebrating with a weekend party featuring DJs and live music March 24-25, 2017.

Vista Ramen (2609 Cherokee Street; 314-797-8520), the acclaimed Cherokee Street hot spot, will be adding Sunday brunch service, beginning on March 19th.

The St. Louis Police Department has two main strategies to better deter and solve crimes plaguing the city and hurting its national image: Add police officers and expand surveillance technology.

Cherokee Street is an impromptu arts district that houses innumerable entrepreneurs, artists, writers, creators, small business owners, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Its stunning architectural beauty and history is the stuff of legend.

As Earthbound prepares for its summer opening, its new building continues to give up its secrets.

Cat's Pick: Mak's Pub & Grub + Teatopia, Feast magazine, 03/08/2017

Teatopia has opened on Cherokee Street, featuring several different varieties of freshly brewed teas and to-go teas alongside wraps, salads and other healthy fare.

Among the changes, Dan Guenther unseated 18-year incumbent Ken Ortmann in the 9th Ward.

An Art Lover's Guide to St. Louis, Riverfront Times, 03/03/2017

A stroll down Cherokee Street offers the thrilling, unpredictable feel of an ever-evolving art project, a sense also being cultivated through the Granite City Art and Design District across the river.

South St. Louis is home to a diverse population that makes the area one of the most interesting places to visit in the greater region.

Artist and educator Pacia Anderson's life revolves around the arts — from her friends to her work life and projects with civic leaders. “There’s so much overlap between arts and policy, just when I wake up in the morning,” she said.

"I'm a big fan of Cherokee Street," said Doyle, who penned a guide to St. Louis neighborhoods. "It's kind of the gritty, hipster kid meets Latin American bodegas and sweet shops meets longtime African American residential base scene. There's so much energy there, and if I were arriving in town again at age 25 that's probably where I'd be based."

The pair describe themselves as “peanut butter and jelly, yin and yang, doughnuts and more doughnuts, chicken and doughnuts.”

One of Cherokee Street’s tiniest storefronts has a new tenant. Teatopia opened on Mon., Jan. 30, filling the narrow 300-square-foot space previously occupied by the Little Dipper (which is now located down the street inside the Fortune Teller Bar).

Reginald "Reo" Quarles, the proprietor of Teatopia (2619 1/2 Cherokee Street), has a big mission for his tiny shop, one reflected in its tagline: "Brewing better lives, one leaf at time."

Dinner & A Show: The Palm Trees, Ladue News, 01/19/2017

Palm trees make up the theme at Cherokee Street’s newest eatery. The Palm Trees opened in December, featuring Middle Eastern cuisine.

The fine Mexican seafood is served in a beach café setting.

Late last week, alt-country champions Son Volt premiered a new track through the Wall Street Journal from the band's forthcoming album Notes of Blue. The track is called "Cherokee St.," and is inspired by the south St. Louis roadway of the same name.

Palm trees make up the theme at Cherokee Street’s newest eatery. The Palm Trees opened on Dec. 21, featuring Middle Eastern cuisine.

This amazingly intact historical home takes its name from its builder, a German-American abolitionist named Declaration Independence Neudorf.

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association

P.O. Box 18671

St. Louis, MO 63118


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