Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ozzie's Set to Open Downtown



According to the Business Journal, Ozzie's sports bar will be opening in the East Bank Lofts Building at 1511 Washington.  The restaurant is slated to open by the Cardinals' home opener on April 12 and will take two stories of the building with room to display Ozzie Smith's 13 Gold Gloves.

Ozzie's will be run by Roberto Gallardo, whose father, Ramon, operated the previous incarnation of Ozzie's at Westport Plaza.  That restaurant closed this fall after a 20-year run.

A few years ago, this space was supposed to house a restaurant by renowned Idaho chef John Mortimer, but the deal never came to fruition.

While downtown is undoubtedly a superior location than Westport for Ozzie's, the loft district strikes me as an interesting choice.  It's just a block away from another sports bar, Flannery's, and is fairly close to the Over/Under as well.  Wouldn't Cupples Station or a spot closer to Busch Stadium have been better?

Regardless, it will be great to have this St. Louis institution downtown, where it should have been all along.


4 comments:

Daron said...

I agree, why not closer to the stadium?

Very good news.

Not living in the region for a few years, I haven't been able to walk around there. Is Union Station still full of cardinals stores selling ten dollar baseballs?

Anonymous said...

Agree that the location doesn't seem ideal to capture Cards-game fans. However, this could be a boost to the city as perhaps this will attract the crowd away from the stadium and many will see the crop of new retail that is on Washington Ave for the first time.

Thank you Ozzie for making a commitment to downtown St. Louis. Now, if we could just get the business community to do the same...

Anonymous said...

I see them utilizing a shuttle similar to what is available at Flannerys/lucas.

Antonio said...

Hi, my name is Antonio Gallardo. My father, Roberto Gallardo is re-opening Ozzies downtown and I would hope to see my father happy for his work and i hope that this restaurant will be around for another 20 years.

Peace,
Antonio Gallardo