Laclede’s Landing, the 150-year-old restaurant, bar and entertainment district along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis, finds itself in a tough — and tough to reach — spot.
With its location on the easternmost edge of St. Louis, the district has always been a bit difficult to access. But now, with recent construction projects to fix the Landing’s cobblestone streets and to upgrade the grounds around the nearby Gateway Arch, it has become even more challenging to reach.
Eventually, the Arch construction project figures to be a boon to the area. And St. Louis’ proposed riverfront football stadium, which would be just north of the Landing, would inject life into the district, too.
But, with seven of the area’s 14 bars and restaurants closing over the last 18 months, some business owners on the Landing are worried they won’t survive that long.