The Wheelhouse, the Midwestern and Start Bar, the trio of restaurants and bars on Spruce Street downtown, have closed temporarily.
The three venues reopened in late May after their previous temporary closures during the coronavirus pandemic.
The venues announced their new temporary closures Friday on Facebook and Instagram. As of now, however, the announcement no longer appears on the venues' Facebook pages. It is still posted on their Instagram accounts.
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This is a marathon, not a sprint for us. We have been here 7 years and built our 3 locally owned and operated small businesses from the ground up, with an ownership and management team that truly cares about our staff, customers, St. Louis and the future success of these businesses for the 3 mentioned. We can’t ensure the safety of our staff and customers right now which means we can’t succeed right now. We can’t enjoyably operate in the current environment. Yes, we can be busy and we thank our amazing customers and staff for that but we can’t operate stress free and enjoy what we’re doing. This is our wheelhouse, it’s truly what we love to do and want to do and we can’t enjoy it right now. We don’t have to close, we don’t want to close but it’s the decision we’ve made in the best interest of our staff, customers and businesses. We will reopen when we think the time is right, hopefully sooner than later, in a couple of weeks for some Blues Playoffs and Cardinals Baseball. Until then, THANK YOU and We Love You STL.
“We can't ensure the safety of our staff and customers right now which means we can't succeed right now,” the announcement reads in part.
The announcement does not state a reason for the closure. Phone messages to the Wheelhouse and emails to co-owner Stephen Savage have not been returned.
However, Savage told St. Louis Magazine that the venues “learned a customer had tested positive for the virus. And on Friday, we were informed that two of our employees had tested positive.”
“We don't have to close, we don't want to close but it's the decision we've made in the best interest of our staff, customers and businesses,” the announcement reads in part. “We will reopen when we think the time is right, hopefully sooner than later, in a couple of weeks for some Blues playoffs and Cardinals baseball.”