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This St. Louis Bar Charges By The Hour, Not By The Drink


Oct. 11, 2019

St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Michael Butler joined Friday's talk show to discuss his new bar, Open Concept.
An open bar at an affordable price in a hip area offering quality drinks and an accommodating atmosphere might seem like too much to ask for. But a St. Louis official says he’s offering just that.
The city’s recorder of deeds, Michael Butler, says he noticed that segregation in the St. Louis area goes beyond housing and school districts. Even bars are divided in terms of race and class.
So Butler drew upon his party organizing skills from his college days and founded Open Concept — a Cherokee Street bar where patrons pay $10 an hour for access to batched cocktails on draft, beer, and wine. He promises there is no catch — no skimping on alcohol or cups filled to the rim with ice.
Butler joined host Sarah Fenske on Friday’s  to share how the idea for Open Concept came about and discuss the potential pitfalls of this new idea for St. Louis bar service.
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