OMG! That is the original Ed’s White Front BBQ building!
That place was simply a legend from its founding in 1933 until closing in 1979.
The sauce was renowned throughout STL.
Being a Kirkwood bumkin, I’d never heard of it until dating some Northside girls in the late ’50s. Of course, we always went to the equally-cherished Melrose pizzeria across the street and west a block, but eventually found our way to Ed’s. The Melrose building is still there, next to the revered Goody Goody Diner.
Sam the Watermelon Man was there, too; this was another renowned STL institution.
All of this was just East of Laclede’s last gasometer; it was razed in 2013, but is the ornate “technical” building still standing?
A note on the “Coast To Coast” building, nee Ed’s – it was originally a little further South, but when Natural Bridge was widened with the advent of the Small Arms Plant it was moved to its present position.
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