2019 in Downtown St. Louis: 5 Big Things to Look Out For

From the Reopening of the Gateway Arch National Park to Red Hot Riplets froyo, 2018 was jam-packed with memorable moments. But from the looks of what’s going down in the 314 in 2019, we’re on the verge of some of the most exciting times in our city’s history.

Here are just a few highly-anticipated events and initiatives set to kick off in Downtown St. Louis after the New Year.

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

Set to open in fall of 2019, the 125,000-square-foot St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will house thousands of aquatic species in 1.3 million gallons of water.

Between educational experiences for students, entertainment for visitors, an 8,500-square-foot private event space, and 365-day access, the St. Louis Aquarium is expected to draw more than one million visitors in its inaugural year.

Hotel St. Louis Grand Opening

This $55 million project will transform the historic Union Trust Company building on Olive St. into Hotel St. Louis: a 140-room, luxury hotel with a ballroom, rooftop pool, and two signature restaurants: Union 30 and /Form Skybar.

Hotel St. Louis’ branding and visual identity is being led by Arcturis, an architecture and design collaborative headquartered just across the street from the project site.

Construction crews broke ground in August of 2017, and the hotel is slated to open in the first half of 2019.

Hi-Pointe Drive-In Moving into the MX

This burger/sandwich spinoff of our beloved Sugarfire Smoke House is making its way to the Mercantile Exchange District in 2019.

Foodies flock to original spot in the Hi-Pointe neighborhood, where the sandwiches are described by the Post-Dispatch as “imminently collapsing towers of meat, more meat and bread [that] blur the line between sandwich and food pornography.”

Lucky for us, Hi Pointe’s over-the-top burgers and loaded milkshakes are coming Downtown in a few months.

*wipes drool off keyboard*

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team to Face New Zealand at Busch Stadium

Before heading to the World Cup in France, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will play a warm up match against New Zealand on May 16 at Busch Stadium.

When the U.S. women played at Busch Stadium in 2015, they also faced New Zealand and came out with a 4-0 victory, with St. Louisan Lori Chalupny netting a goal.

Let’s hope they can replicate their performance in 2019.

Fields Foods Coming to Downtown West

Want to go grocery shopping in your pajamas?

Well, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly the kind of place Fields Foods owner Chris Goodson wants to create.

The independent grocer will open below 168 new apartments in the recently-completed Monogram apartment building, where tenants can take the elevator down and shop however they please.

“It fits our model of being a true urban grocer, which means being retail on the first floor with residential up above,” Goodson told the Post-Dispatch.

The 16,000-square-foot store will open in early 2019.

What are you most excited to see come to Downtown St. Louis in 2019? Tag us on social media @DowntownStLouis and let us know—Happy New Year!

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Dominic Vaiana

Dominic Vaiana is a writer in St. Louis.


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