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New event venue opens at City Foundry

18 Rails can accommodate up to 700 guests (with seating for up to 390) inside the 6,724-square-foot space.
Credit: Courtesy of Butler's Pantry via St. Louis Business Journal
Butler's Pantry is ready to unveil its newest event venue — 18 Rails | The Venue @ City Foundry STL. (Caption provided by St. Louis Business Journal)

ST. LOUIS — One of the region's largest caterers has opened its newest event venue — called 18 Rails | The Venue @ City Foundry STL — after first announcing the project in 2019.

The new venue from Butler's Pantry is located at the center of City Foundry, the $300 million, mixed-use redevelopment on the site of the former Century Electric Co. foundry complex from developer New + Found. The venue, initially slated to open in fall 2020, was delayed by the pandemic, officials previously said.

The name of the venue pays homage to the 18 rail lines near where City Foundry is situated and the year Saint Louis University was founded in 1818, according to officials.

18 Rails can accommodate up to 700 guests (with seating for up to 390) inside the 6,724-square-foot space and will offer free parking and state-of-the-art technology with a custom-built audiovisual installation that will allow flexibility in dropping in specialty lighting and projection points. The space features a wall of original windows allowing for natural light, as well as treated concrete, wood grain, metal sheeting and exposed brick. Butler's Pantry declined to share investment costs for the space.

Read the full story on the St. Louis Business Journal website.

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