Where did Bevo Mill go? That’s a question being asked by anxious brides (and others who had booked events there) and by St. Louis Post-Dispatch consumer reporter Matthew Hathaway on their behalf.
An agency of the City of St. Louis acquired ownership of the familiar Bevo Mill building early this year from its previous owner, Anheuser-Busch/InBev. The City did so in order to ensure that the landmark south St. Louis building would remain intact.
The restaurant and banquet area in the windmill are operated under lease by a private company, which came along with the building.
That company has apparently ceased to operate, leaving its rent to the City’s agency unpaid and its obligations to [bridal and other] parties unmet. It is not clear if the operator will be able to make either its customers or the City whole.
Although the City intends to solicit proposals to replace the restaurant’s operator, that process will likely take months, or longer.
For now, we have asked the (former?) restaurant operator to send us a list of individuals and groups that have confirmed reservations and deposits for a future event at Bevo Mill. If they provide it, we plan to help these people match up with other banquet facility operators to host their events. And the City has established a phone line in its Real Estate department, 314 259-3450, for affected individuals to call and leave their names and contact information.
[UPDATE: According to the P-D, the office of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is encouraging people who booked events at Bevo Mill to call the AG’s consumer protection hot line at 1 800 392-8222.]