by Nancy Stiles
In just a year, the Wheelhouse (15 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-726-7955) has become the go-to bar for Mizzou fans. We named it the Best Sports Bar this year -- beer, TVs and wings seems like an easy enough combination, but we've gone to our fair share of terrible sports bars. Luckily, Wheelhouse gets the formula just right. Co-owner Stephen Savage announced last week that the bar is pairing up with Space Architects to open a second location downtown.
See also: Best Sports Bar - 2013
The 10,000-square-foot Wheelhouse won't be just a sports bar, though. In a statement, Savage called it a hybrid sports bar, night club and "high-energy social venue." It'll be in the Cupples 8 building at 1000 Spruce Street, which used to house Osborne Barr. Savage owns Wheelhouse with his partners Lou Groff and Jared Ater. Their Clayton chef Nick Del Gaiso will be developing the menu, which is "almost" all housemade.
Space Architects will be designing the new Wheelhouse, which includes three bars, private VIP booths, a crow's nest DJ booth and outdoor seating (the one thing the Clayton location lacks). Space has done tons of other restaurant and bar spaces around town, including the new Good Pie, Pi Pizzeria Mission Taco, Niche, Pastaria and more. Wheelhouse is also working with Mwanzi Furniture, which provided reclaimed wood furniture for The Libertine and the new Urban Chestnut downtown, among others.
Savage wouldn't really tell us anything that wasn't in the press release, but he expects the new location will open in July.