Dining St. Louis
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Dining St. Louis: Special Spotlight|
Joe Buck, Sports Broadcaster, in the main dining room of the new restaurant, located at 10th and Clark Streets in downtown St. Louis, just two blocks from Busch Stadium.
J. Buck's Opens in Downtown St. Louis
by Betty Moore, SLFP.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 19, 2007 - St. Louis has a new attraction in downtown with the opening of J. Buck's Restaurant, at 10th and Clark Streets, just two blocks from the new Busch Stadium.
Ribbon cutting ceremony for J. Buck's: (L - R) Alderwoman Phyllis Young, 7th Ward; Jim Cloar, President, Downtown St. Louis Partnership; Joe Buck, Sports Broadcaster; his sister Julie Buck; his mother Carol Buck; Tim Rogers, Building Co-Owner, Rogers Townsend; and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
The 8,836 square foot restaurant, named after Jack, Joe, and Julie Buck, the legendary broadcasting family, features two private dining rooms that open to one large room, a bar highlighting the memorable broadcasting history of the Buck Family through a collage of photographs, a main dining area seating 150, patio, and roof deck that provides amazing views of downtown St. Louis, including a gaze into Busch Stadium.
Following grand opening ceremonies, June 19, Joe Buck, sat down with St. Louis Front Page to share memories of his Dad and expectations for the new restaurant.
"This is our sixth location. Ted Geiger is the owner of J. Buck's and they have our name. My sister, Julie, is probably our family's best representative. She is the conduit between our family and Ted Geiger. We are now to the point where we don't worry. I think at the beginning of the process when they approached my Dad (Jack Buck), he was always leery of doing any restaurant or lending his name to anything that he didn't have control over," said Joe.
"He spent a long time and a lot of years to build a reputation," stated Joe. "If it's in the wrong hands, and you loose control of it, you built it for nothing and it works against you. So we are just lucky that we found a good situation. We are happy with the product."
In his remarks prior to the ribbon-cutting, Joe commented that he couldn't believe what could be done with a building that is over 100 years old. "I was in here a year ago when this place was a dusty mess. I just can't believe what it looks like now," he smiled, gazing at the newly sanded floors and the lofty beamed ceiling.
The restaurant is housed in one of the historic Cupples Station buildings. Architectural, interior and graphic design was handled by the Lawrence Group. The building is owned by advertising agency Rogers Townsend, whose office is located on the 5th floor.
Joe stated that it was exciting to see their family name on a building, that like the new Busch Stadium, could help in the revitalization of downtown. "To have a little part of that with a great restaurant, a great bar and meeting place right in the heart of it, means so much to me, my Mom and my sister," he said. "This is a homerun for our family. I know if my Dad were here, he would be excited to be right next to the ballpark and his beloved Cardinals."
As the announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, Jack Buck was a legend in his time. Today, visitor's can see a bronze bust of the sports figure near the the bronze statues on the Plaza of Champions, located at Clark and Eight Streets.
Joe commented that their family life had always been kind of an open book. "We really shared my Dad when he was alive. We shared a lot of our family whenever people come into our restaurants," he said.
When asked if there were any family recipes they might also share with everyone, Joe laughed and responded with a twinkle in his eye, "Well the one good thing is they haven't asked my Mom for any. Because I grew up on that food. We have been smart enough to make suggestions and not demands. Usually, that just goes right out the window."
Laughing, he quickly added that they really liked the classic American food. "We're not selling a product that we don't enjoy ourselves," said Joe. "I get compliments from people that I send to J. Buck's, whether it's the salmon or the ribs or the appetizers, or the atmosphere."
Joe said there is a real emphasis on service. "It's the way people are treated when they are here. They should feel good."
"We are appreciative that literally five years after the death of my Dad, his name is going strong and the memories that people have of him are as vivid today as then," Joe said. "People liked being around him and in here they can see all the pictures, a chronicle of his life, and the awards that he won."
Although he is on the road during the baseball season, Joe said he also plans on spending time at the restaurant. "My office is just two blocks down the street at Busch Stadium," he said enthusiastically. I think the easy thing is to do a game and than stop by on the way home and say 'Hi' to people."
Other locations include Clayton, Des Peres (Westfield Shopping Town West County), O'Fallon, MO, Springfield, MO, and Fairview Heights, IL. For hours of operation or for more information, call the downtown location at 314-436-0394.
Dining St. Louis: Special Spotlight
'Field of Schemes' at the Bissell Mansion Dinner Theatre
May - July 2007
In a cornfield in the middle of Iowa is a magical baseball field, The Field of Schemes. During the most exciting baseball season of all, disaster strikes! The baseball owners and agents make a move to own the Field. The players counter with a strike! They just want to be free to play the game for the sheer pleasure of it. The owners panic! No baseball! Lost revenue! The two sides at war! Doom for the game!
A miracle! Farmer Ray Kindfella, rumored to be the conjurer of The Field of Schemes, arranges a single contest to settle this conflict - The Grand Game! The greatest players from the past, present, and the future will compete against each other in the ultimate baseball game.
Meet Ty Clodd, Stan "The Man" Musical, Pete Pansy, and the other greats from the past team up with the future baseball stars - Pretty Mean Shirley, Ruth The Babe, and LuLu Gehrig. Throw in some superstars of today such as Mark McChoir, Sammy SoSo, and Gregg Madd Ox and you have all the makings for the game of the century!
Tragedy strikes! Death pays a visit to The Field of Schemes. MURDER! Ray Kindfella strikes out forever. Now that Ray is dead, will his wife, Annie, loose the farm? Will the Grand Game be played? Will Ray's killer be caught?
Come to the Bissell Mansion Dinner Theatre and help the legendry Sam Spud, Iowa's greatest and only detective, solve the crime and help Annie Kindfella save The Field of Schemes. Make your reservations now by calling 314-533-9830 or 1-800-690-9838.
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