Start Bar Closed Until Further Notice
The downtown bar arcade start bar has closed until further notice. Start Bar announced on social media that the closure was “due to the current restrictions placed specifically on the bar and nightclub industry in St. Louis City” during the coronavirus pandemic. Stephen Savage, Jared Ater and Nick Del Gaiso owns Start Bar as well as the adjacent Wheelhouse says the 11 p.m. closing time the city currently mandates for restaurants, bars and nightclubs is a prime reason for the closure. While a restaurant can count on business before 11 p.m. and can offer curbside pickup, Savage says, that model does not work for Start Bar and “It’s impossible for us to generate the revenue that we need to be sustainable,” he says.