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Hi-Pointe Drive-In opens downtown location

Hi-Pointe Drive-In opens downtown location

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The downtown location of Hi-Pointe Drive-In opens April 11 downtown. Photo by Ian Froeb,

Hi-Pointe Drive-In, the Sugarfire Smoke House spinoff slinging burgers, sandwiches and milkshakes, opens its second location today (April 11) at 634 Washington Avenue downtown.

The new Hi-Pointe takes over the Mercantile Exchange storefront previously occupied by Porano Pasta, which closed last July.

Visitors to both the new downtown Hi-Pointe and the original location will find a few new items on the menu. Among them is the Arch D-Lux Burger, a double cheeseburger with bacon, ketchup, “special d-lux sauce,” lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle.

Per the press release announcing the downtown opening, the St. Louis Gateway Arch Park Foundation will receive $1 for each Arch D-Lux burger sold.

The downtown Hi-Pointe is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

The original Hi-Pointe opened in January 2017 at 1033 McCausland Avenue in the city's Hi-Pointe neighborhood.

Off the Menu broke the news last October that Hi-Pointe was “99.9 percent” certain, as chef and co-owner Mike Johnson said at the time, to open in the Mercantile Exchange.

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