A LANDMARK ST. LOUIS RESTAURANT & MUSIC CLUB
We first opened our doors way back in 1972, when the Delmar Loop neighborhood was a desolate, empty street that had seen better days. “We wanted to open a welcoming place that was all about music, pop culture memorabilia, and great food to share a beer over,” say owners Joe Edwards and Linda Edwards. “We were young and idealistic and within a week of opening set out to revitalize the Delmar Loop.”
In the beginning we just had a hot dog machine and served peanuts and beer nuts with our beer. But in 1974 we expanded our tiny kitchen for the first time – to make room for a grill to cook what would become our famous burgers. “I felt St. Louis wanted a great burger, and I was hoping to provide it,” Joe says.
We had a tune-spinning Seeburg jukebox from day one. “I had a collection of 30,000 records that I rotated in and out of the jukebox. I wanted people to experience music they might not hear otherwise,” says Joe. That jukebox, which people from all over the country started coming to hear, was the beginning of our music history.