No substantial plans have come along since January, 2011.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Baer
Friday, May 18, 2012
Busch's Grove, Ladue's most historic landmark since 1855 needs a new life. The wooden and stone structure at the intersection of Clayton and Price roads has been vacant since January, 2011. That's when the Market Place in Ladue went out of business after two years of trying. Lester Miller's grand experiment in fine dining in Ladue needs a second life. Grandious plans for a II Bel Lago or an expansion of five-star Tony's never got off the drawing boards. Nothing has happened in ages. So we leave it to our loyal readers. Tell us in the comments what ought to come to this location? What would you like to see fill this historic void in Ladue. We will pass your thoughts to city planners. Someone must have a real sincere idea how this large, …
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates the Bommarito family may have an interest in the site.
One day after St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Deb Peterson speculated on the possibility that the Bommarito family may find a way to locate a Tony's restaurant on the site of the former Busch's Grove, Patch has confirmed that the owners of Il Bel Lago in Creve Coeur are no longer considering opening a restaurant at the Ladue location. "We're out," Frank Gabrielle said by phone Tuesday afternoon. In July, Patch reported that Gabrielles and another business partner, were going to open a restaurant in November. Gabrielle said the concept "fell out of the sky" to them, but ultimately they could not come up with a way to make the economics of it all work without subdividing the property. The initial plans had called for subdividing the 13,000…