What is it about a place like this
that makes me want to raise a fist
and shake it as I say aloud,
“This cake needs a clever poem, and now!”
So let’s go back,
Back to the start,
When this place was just one part
Of a trio of locations close to August Busch Sr’s heart.
Along with the Stork Inn and the lovely Bevo Mill,
August Busch just wanted patrons to get their fill
of their beloved brews during the difficult years
When not every establishment was serving beers.
So in 1914 he built this location,
And 100+ years later it’s still a picture of dedication,
to the St. Louis way of life,
and the resilience of a city that’s no stranger to strife.
After being known as Al Smith’s Restaurant until the ’60s,
It fell into disrepair and was in need of a fixing.
So in 1993 when Susan and Martin Luepker took over the place
They decided to really spruce up the space.
They brought in some benches from a restaurant on Lemay Ferry,
and even some tables and chairs from the CWE to make things more merry.
Famous Barr in Clayton even helped with the fix,
donating some more chairs and tables to add to the mix.
With the furnishings from the Missouri Athletic Club rounding out the decor
Who could ask for more?
But, ah, yes, it needed a name,
And after some thought, the new place became
THE FEASTING FOX, that sly old creature
that still sits atop the Anheuser Busch’s brewery roof feature.
So with thoughts full of history,
And her-story too,
We selfied with the cake and bid it adieu.