Located in the southern portion of the City of St. Louis is the neighborhood of Forest Park Southeast … also known to locals as the Grove. The Grove name comes from the commercial district the region has become widely known for. The region’s bored are defined by the neighborhoods of Central West End to the north, Southwest Garden to the south, Botanical Heights to east and Kings Oak and the Hill to the west. The Grove is represented by one Aldermen sitting in the 17th Ward. As of the 2010 census, the region’s population was recorded at 2,918 residents. It has a total land area of no more than 0.64 total square miles.
The region’s origins began shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Its convenient location to the downtown portion of St. Louis made it a popular region to build a neighborhood for working families. In fact, the area was originally marketed as the city’s first true “subdivision” in an effort to bring more in residency. Originally, the present-day boundaries of Forest Park Southeast were known as Rock Spring, which drew its name from a very wide spring that served as the main water source of the nearby Mill Creek. Many of the housing development for the area took place shortly before 1915 and the neighborhood’s bustling commercial development was two decades worth in the making – taking place between 1930 and 1950.
Initially known as Adam’s Grove, the vibrant commercial district played an important factor for life within the city of St. Louis. Stretching across nearly one mile along Manchester Avenue between South Kingshighway Boulevard and South Vandeventer Avenue, the Grove offers an array of local stops to eat and drink. The Grove is celebrated every fall with the annual Grove Fest that takes place on the first weekend of October every year.
Residents of the Grove are served by the St. Louis Public School District.
There are many things to explore while visiting the Grove commercial district. The Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall is the main location of one of three Urban Chestnut stops in St. Louis and includes a full kitchen as well as plenty of space to mingle while enjoying a beverage. Located across the street is Urban Chestnut’s Urban Research Brewery (U.R.B.) which provides test batches of beer and digital surveys for feedback … oh – and they also serve pizza!
The Ready Room is a nightclub which houses some of the most popular national touring acts.
Opened in 2008 as an intimate concert club, The Gramophone changed gears in 2015 focusing its attention to that of a sandwich pub house that offers craft beers and sandwiches.
Other popular restaurant and bar spots within the Grove’s commercial district include Atomic Cowboy, HandleBar, Attitudes Nightclub, Taha’a Twisted Tiki, the Monocle, Layla Lebanese Restaurant, Sameem Afghan Restaurant and Sauce on the Side.
Forest Park Southeast Dog Park is a fenced 1/2 acre off-leash area in the northern portion of the neighborhood within Chouteau Park, a nearly three-acre city park. The dog park includes a double-gated entry area, three-inch fence spacing to oblige to smaller and larger dogs as well water stations and waster pickup and disposal areas.