Ballpark Village to place long-time businesses at disadvantage

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by Russel Kinsaul / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 8:22 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) -- The up and coming "Ballpark Village" was visible at Monday's home opener in its beginning stages.  The area will feature new bars and restaurants and will have the backing of the cardinals and big tax breaks.

However, long-time bars and restaurants near Busch Stadium may be at a big disadvantage come next season.

Many businesses are trying to keep a good attitude about the blockbuster new restaurants planned for Ballpark Village -- a cardinals themed restaurant, a Budweiser brewhouse, and a cowboy bar -- stiff competition with major money behind them.

Paddy-O's does booming business before and after Cardinals games.  However, due to its hours of operation it has to.  The popular bar is only open on game days and might stand to lose the most when the new places are open. 

Broadway Oyster Bar has been downtown for 35 years and owner John Johnson explained it's aggravating that Ballpark Village got tif financing, but businesses like his didn't when they expanded.  However, Johnson is counting on St. Louisans appreciation for tradition to keep loyal customers coming back.

"People will definitely go to Ballpark Village.  I'll go to Ballpark Village to check it out and see what it's all about but I think most St. Louisans will revert back to where they historically go."

The hope is the new restaurants and bars will help bring more customers downtown and that all downtown establishments, new or old, will benefit from more choices and new interest in downtown st. Louis.

Ballpark Village is scheduled to open in time for next season's home opener.

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