Bevo Mill, St. Louis

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Bevo Mill
St. Louis Neighborhood
The Bevo Mill Restaurant, namesake of the neighborhood (located at the intersection of Morganford and Gravois)
The Bevo Mill Restaurant, namesake of the neighborhood
(located at the intersection of Morganford and Gravois)
Location of Bevo Mill within St. Louis
Location of Bevo Mill within St. Louis
Country United States
State Missouri
City St. Louis
Wards 13, 14
Area
 • Total 1.37 sq mi (3.5 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 12,654
 • Density 9,200/sq mi (3,600/km2)
ZIP code(s) Part of 63116
Area code(s) 314
Website stlouis-mo.gov

Bevo Mill is a neighborhood located in south St. Louis, Missouri.

Namesake and location[edit]

The neighborhood's name comes from the "Bevo Mill building", a local landmark that was designed in the style of Dutch and German windmills for grinding grain. The Mill building was built in 1916 to serve as a banquet hall and restaurant by a local brewing magnate. The name of the building came, in turn from Bevo the largest brand of near beer or barley malt and hop flavored soft-drink manufactured by the local Anheuser-Busch Company, (and most popular during the thirteen years of alcohol Prohibition in America). The Bevo name itself is in reference to "pivo", the Slavic language name for beer as the newer Bohemian or Czech beer style called Pilsner was very influential to American brewers.

The area is bordered to the north by Chippewa Street (named after the Native American tribe), to the east by old railroad tracks, to the southeast by Morganford Road and Bates Street, to the southwest by Holly Hills Avenue, and to the west by Christy Avenue and Kingshighway Boulevard.

Populace[edit]

The Bevo Mill area is directly to the west of the neighborhood of Dutchtown that was a center of mass German settlement in St. Louis in the mid-1800s. The area's population was waning in the 1990s, and in Europe there was a war in the early 90s that drove people from their homes. Many people left a dangerous situation in Bosnia and Croatia behind and today much of the Bevo Mill neighborhood is populated with immigrants, particularly Bosnian Americans and Croatian Americans. St. Louis is now home to the largest Bosnian population per capita outside of Europe.[2] The growth of immigrants in Saint Louis has kept the cities declining population at an even level.[3] Many Bosnians have revitalized the city of Saint Louis through buying homes in South Saint Louis and opening up new businesses which has helped to stimulate the Saint Louis economy.[4] Some of the businesses in Bevo Mill are, bakeries, cafés, taverns, nightclubs, restaurants, and neighborhood grocery stores and butcher shops.

Trouble at the mill[edit]

On 20 March 2009, Business Week reported that the Bevo Mill restaurant had shut its doors.[5] The website at the time was marked under construction and on 29 March 2009, the website stated that the account was suspended. It was in mid-2008 that the Anheuser-Busch company had merged with the Belgian-Brazilian based company InBev, forming Anheuser-Busch InBev and possibly diminishing their involvement with some local properties, such as the Bevo Mill restaurant. The restaurant subsequently reopened for Sunday brunch under new management.[6]

Demographics[edit]

In 2010 Bevo Mill's racial makeup was 74.2% White, 13.8% Black, 0.4% Native American, 4.6% Asian, 3.9% Two or More Races, and 3.1% Some Other Race. 7.5% of Bevo Mill's population was of Hispanic or Latino origin.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census Summary By Neighborhoods
  2. ^ http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2013/02/why-are-there-so-many-bosnians-st-louis/4668/
  3. ^ Preston, Julia (15 April 2010). "Work Force Fueled by Highly Skilled Immigrants". New York Times. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ Tucci, Linda (11 April 1999). "Refugees Revitalizing City Neighborhoods". St. Louis Business Journal. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bevo Mill closes". 
  6. ^ "The Bevo Mill", Official Website
  7. ^ http://dynamic.stlouis-mo.gov/census/neigh_comp.cfm

Coordinates: 38°34′54″N 90°16′02″W / 38.5816°N 90.2672°W / 38.5816; -90.2672