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Cherokee Street Shipping Container Cafe Project Advances (2622 Cherokee)

Might we soon be dining in a series of re-used shipping containers to be assembled at 2622 Cherokee Street? Possibly. Owner of the current vacant lot at the site Jason Deem has applied for a $75,000 permit to construct a commercial building there. That permit has not yet been issued.

The new venture has been widely publicized in local media as it will be St. Louis’s first major commercial project to utilize shipping containers. The restaurant that is set to occupy the new building is called the Empire Cafe, named for the old establishment that once occupied the site in a historic building that was demolished in the mid-2000s.

Current plans look like this (all images were obtained from this Riverfront Times write-up; designs are from Killeen Studio Architects):

(View is looking northeast; buildings in color front Cherokee Street while the black and white facade is the Empire Cafe, set mostly along Texas Avenue.)


Another view:


And another:


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Cherokee Four Family Once Threatened with Demolition Now Under Rehab (3006-08 Cherokee)

A four family building located at 3006-08 Cherokee Street that was recently bank-owned and scheduled for demolition in July 2013 is now under a $60,000 rehab by its new owner, Will Liebermann (HJL Cherokee, LLC).

Mr. Liebermann owns and has redeveloped several properties on Cherokee Street west of Jefferson (including, for example, music venue/art gallery 2720).

Below is a photograph of the building obtained from Geo St. Louis:

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Cherokee Corner Building Under Rehab (3352-60 S. Jefferson)

A mixed use building located at 3352-60 South Jefferson (at its intersection with Cherokee Street) is now under a $100,000 rehab by owner Ahtnamas Development, LLC.

Work on the storefront has revealed a ghost sign underneath — the Poke-A-Dot Lounge.

Below is a photograph courtesy of Cherokee resident Angelo Olegna’s Facebook page:


And here is a Google Streetview capture showing the boarded second floor windows and a bricked-in storefront that characterized the building prior to the start of rehab work.


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Cherokee Street Storefront to be Rehabbed (2728 Cherokee)

A $70,000 permit has been issued for owners and husband-wife duo Richard Rodriguez and Donna Schott to rehab the storefront located at 2728 Cherokee Street into a wood-fired pizza restaurant and wine bar. The new establishment that will occupy the space, called Yaqui’s, was announced in May 2013.

Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph of the building:

No word yet on an expected opening date.

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Renderings Released for Cherokee Street Shipping Container Cafe (2622 Cherokee)

A long-rumored shipping container cafe may soon be constructed at 2622 Cherokee Street (at Texas Avenue) by owner and Cherokee Street investor Jason Deem.

The establishment’s name—Empire Cafe—is a throwback to the old Empire Sandwich Shop that once occupied the site. The building that housed the old iteration of Empire was torn down in 2006.

Below is the recently released rendering of the new Empire Cafe, to be constructed using several shipping containers (a novel mode of construction in St. Louis, but now popular in Europe and some coastal U.S. cities).

As shown above, the primary portion of the new structure would sit well off of Cherokee, leaving the front portion of the lot as an open space for seating.

Here is another angle (small photo):

Both renderings were obtained from Empire Cafe’s Facebook page.

From Geo St. Louis, below is a shot of the original Empire Sandwich Shop:

From the “About” section on Empire Cafe’s Facebook page:

Slated to open in Spring of 2014, Empire will be a community centered cafe offering a rotating menu of international street food sourced from local ingredients and purveyors with an emphasis on sustainability, seasonal availability, and health consciousness.

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Update: Cherokee Street Mixed Use Rehab Progressing (2900 Cherokee)

When we last checked into the $75,000+ rehab of 2900 Cherokee in the Gravois Park neighborhood, the stately mixed use building’s storefront had not yet been restored.

Below is a photograph from a few weeks ago that shows the building to be quite transformed with its new storefront:

And here, for good measure, is the older shot of the building previously posted on this blog (courtesy of Michael Allen), dating to late summer 2012:

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ALSO! SIDE NOTE TO READERS: If you’ve noticed the action slowing around this blog, it’s not for lack of enthusiasm. Winter is infamous for a slowdown in rehab projects and new construction, but worry not—there is still a long backlog of projects from late Fall 2012 to cover (not to mention update posts, like this one).

Update: Cherokee Street Rehab Underway (3132 Cherokee)

The single family home at 3132 Cherokee Street is being rehabbed at a cost of $30,000. According to the building permit application, the structure will house two units upon completion.

An earlier blog post on this site noted that the building had secured permits. At that time, we were unaware what sort of solution was being proposed for the long lost doorway/porch area, which was destroyed by an errant driver. We can now see that there will be a covered porch on the building, per this recent photograph:

Below is a Google Streetview capture showing the building without its entryway:

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Cherokee Street Rehab Underway (2900 Cherokee)

A three-story mixed use structure at 2900 Cherokee Street (at Nebraska) is under rehab by WJL Properties, LLC.

Below is a photograph of the building courtesy of Preservation Research Office's Michael Allen:

The blog Vanishing STL covered the rehab of this building, along with the demolition of the building on the opposite corner, earlier this year. That story contains more photographs of the building as well.

Per that blog post, the building has been extensively worked on for several years. Below is a Geo St. Louis shot of the building under construction in March 2009:

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Cherokee Street Rehab to Begin Soon

The single family building at 3132 Cherokee Street in the Gravois Park neighborhood has been issued a $30,000 building permit to rehab the structure into a two-family.

Below is a Google Streetview capture from July 2011 that shows the building more or less in its current state:

As you can see, something is missing from the building.

Geo St. Louis contains an older photograph that shows what the building’s entry once looked like:

It is unclear whether this entryway will be restored.

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Cherokee Street Building to be Rehabbed Soon? (2851 Cherokee)

A $50,000 building permit has been issued for interior and exterior alterations at 2851 Cherokee Street (between Nebraska and Oregon) in Benton Park West.

Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph of 2851 Cherokee:

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