Update: I’ve gone back and photographed the exterior of the Virginia Theater from the same week of 2011, from later in 2011, and the interior in 2014 though finally published in 2019. Also, the other restaurants that Anheuser-Busch built, the Bevo Mill, can be seen in this post from July of 2013, and the Feasting Fox can be seen here in a post from May of 2014. I revisited the Stork Inn in May of 2014. I revisited the block in extensus in the summer of 2020.
I recently discovered the Virginia Avenue business district in my exploring, anchored by the old Virginia Theater above, and the Stork Inn, one of Anheuser-Busch’s restaurants.
What I love about this neighborhood is how the residential and commercial properties segue seamlessly, without any evidence of massive parking lots that so often litter even the most stable neighborhoods in St. Louis.
The Stork Inn is a gem, and is the perfect focal point for the strip of businesses.
The houses above look at the Inn across the street. While more or less identical, they each have taken on a life of their own over the years.