New owners of Bevo Mill update renovation time line - KMOV.com

New owners of Bevo Mill update renovation time line

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

For many people in St. Louis, the Bevo Mill serves as a piece of nostalgia. Now, its new owners are working to return the landmark to its former glory.

"This is just a fantastic building," said Carol Schuchard, who bought the property with her husband Pat. "Every time I drive up here and see that windmill, I think, 'Wow.' I came here as a little kid with my parents. There was a lobster tank and you picked out your lobster, and a toy chest. And I think everyone in the city has some really wonderful connection to the Bevo Mill."

The couple bought the property from the City of St. Louis in 2016 for $500,000. They are pouring in more than $3 million to turn it into a destination.

Right now, they are working to get building permits from the city and plan to start construction on the Biergarten within the month. They hope to have it open by summer. The Schuchard's plan to hire 30-40 new employees to work in the Biergarten.

"We always aim to do beautiful renovations of historic structures, to treat people to those historic structures, so they can experience them for themselves, but also put successful businesses in them," said Pat Schuchard. "That's the other part of our plan, is to renovate a building and make it sustainable."

Phase two of the project will include renovating hotel rooms within the base of the windmill. They also have plans for a dessert bar downstairs.

The new owners hope the attraction will have a ripple effect throughout the Bevo Mill area in south St. Louis.

"This place is a great neighborhood. But it's lacked the kind of anchor that is needed. Everyone has been so supportive of us and our plans to renovate the Bevo Mill. The Bevo Mill is like the cathedral in a medieval town," said Pat Schuchard. 

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