Texas-based Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is making good progress on its forthcoming St. Louis location, with an opening date now projected for early February, says Keith Schlabs, a Flying Saucer partner.
Over beers Wednesday at Baileys' Range, Schlabs noted that the Saucer's 7,000-square-foot space at 900 Spruce Street, on the ground level of the Cupples 9 building, will feature 80 beers on draft, plus more in bottles as well as a full kitchen.
(Note: A previous post on Flying Saucer lists an incorrect address for the bar and restaurant.)
Several managers already have been hired, with more employees to be picked up closer to the opening.
"We don't act like a corporate operation," Schlabs says. "I like to call us HQ, and local managers know they can rely on us for anything they need. But other than that, we put the keys in their hands and let them do their thing."
Schlabs was in town Wednesday to meet with local brewers and beer distributors to get a better idea of what brews are available here. He took tasting notes at Range as he sipped his way through an Amarillo Pale Ale from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
He says his group is excited about the St. Louis Saucer's location, one block from Busch Stadium and three blocks from Scottrade Center and Peabody Opera House.
"We want people to come in for lunch, for a beer after a game, and have an experience that makes them come back again and again," Schlabs says. "We'll do that by serving great beer in a clean space, having great staff who are well-versed in beer and well-trained, and serving good, honest food."