'Food Truck Court' Planned for Tower Grove South

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The owner of Steak Louie is trying to create a food truck court in Tower Grove South. - PHOTO BY DOYLE MURPHY
  • Photo by Doyle Murphy
  • The owner of Steak Louie is trying to create a food truck court in Tower Grove South.

Road warriors of the St. Louis food scene could soon have headquarters in Tower Grove South.

Chef Paul Listenberger, owner of Steak Louie, wants to create a "food truck court" where his rolling kitchen and three popular competitors would park and serve customers out of a former cafe, complete with a shared indoor space for ordering and eating, plus more tables outside for digging in.

"We'll be the first food truck court in the St. Louis area," Listenberger says.

In February, he took over the former home of Annie Moons Bakery, which was most recently a comic book shop. The one-story commercial building sits on a quiet corner at Utah Street and Roger Place, six blocks south of Tower Grove Park. There is a wide patio in front and space for four food trucks in the back.
Steak Louie Chef Paul Listenberger plans to open a "food truck court" in south St. Louis. - IMAGE VIA STEAK LOUIE
  • Image via Steak Louie
  • Steak Louie Chef Paul Listenberger plans to open a "food truck court" in south St. Louis.

Listenberger, whose signature "Louie" sandwich is a St. Louis take on the Philly cheese steak, plans to share space with three other notable trucks. Farmtruk — chef Samantha Marshall has been featured on the Food Network — serves farm-to-table fare. Go! Gyro! Go! is a favorite of Riverfront Times readers. And any regular visitor to the farmers market in Tower Grove Park would be familiar with the long lines in front of the Holy Crepe! truck.

"It's going to be fun," Listenberger says.

He's hoping to start serving customers in May. The concept is still working its way through the city permitting process, and Listenberger says he still has a few ideas that he's not revealing just yet.

But the basics are set: The chefs will cook on their trucks and serve the food through the cafe. Patrons can come inside to order from any — or all — of the four, then eat inside or out.

The former Annie Moons Bakery in Tower Grove South could become a food truck court. - PHOTO BY DOYLE MURPHY
  • Photo by Doyle Murphy
  • The former Annie Moons Bakery in Tower Grove South could become a food truck court.

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