St. Louis-based Spiegelglass Construction Co. is starting construction work on The Arch Café LLC, a brand new café located at the base of the Gateway Arch.
The 1,600-square-foot space is planned to seat 28 in the café and an additional 96 in the common area. The Arch Café will offer farm-to-table food that includes ribs, hamburgers, paninis, toasted raviolis, vegetarian and gluten-free options, among many other choices. Visitors will also enjoy locally sourced foods, as well as organic produce. A coffee bar, vending machines and box lunches for groups will also be available.
According to Spiegelglass Construction, the Arch Café is expected to open on July 4 during the city’s Independence Day celebrations. The Arch Café LLC’s parent company, Evelyn Hill Inc., operates the concessions at the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and at Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore.
“Spiegelglass Construction has strong roots in St. Louis – our business began here in 1904, the year of World’s Fair,” said Barry Spiegelglass, co-owner of Spiegelglass Construction Co. “It’s an incredible honor to now be constructing The Arch Café at the Gateway Arch more than 110 years after my grandfather opened Spiegelglass Construction nearby in downtown St. Louis.”
As part of several conservation initiatives, The Arch Café, LLC will institute a zero waste program where virtually all of the waste is either recycled or composted. Plastics, aluminum, glass and cardboard are recycled and food scraps, coffee cups, napkins and flatware are composted. The dining experience includes visitors learning about environmental practices they can incorporate at the park and at home.
“When we saw the bid opportunity for a concession stand at the Gateway Arch, we jumped at the chance,” said Evelyn Hill Inc. owner and president Bradford Hill. “We’re excited to apply what we’ve learned at the Statue of Liberty, Fort McHenry and Ellis Island and bring that success to the iconic Gateway Arch with The Arch Café.”
Evelyn Hill Inc., is also a third-generation business having started at the Statue of Liberty 87 years ago in 1931. Over 4.5 million visitors pass through the doors to their gift shops, café’s, and outdoor stands. Evelyn Hill Inc., is the leader in the National Park Service for their zero waste initiatives. In 2010, they opened a LEED platinum structure on Liberty Island for the new gift shop. In addition, providing interpretive displays, signage, and living history is one of the company’s hallmarks. For more information, visit www.cafearch.com.
ARTIST’S RENDERINGS show a planned mural and an entry vantage point for the inside of Arch Café, LLC.