Downtown Revitalization Continues with New Event Venue

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Butler's Pantry to Open Premier Event Venue in Historic Lafayette Square

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Palladium St. Louis has been a dream of mine for a long time

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Butler's Pantry, St. Louis' most innovative and creative catering company, is transforming the former laundry facility of the City Hospital into a premier event space -- Palladium St. Louis. Built in 1937, the building had languished in Lafayette Square for over 20 years. Now restoration of this historic building is underway and the Palladium's first event is scheduled for November 2009.

"Palladium St. Louis has been a dream of mine for a long time," said Richard Nix Jr., president of Butler's Pantry. "A venue of this caliber will make a great addition to St. Louis' downtown scene."

Butler's Pantry hired architect Mark Herman to design the former laundry building's metamorphosis into a glamorous and hip venue. His interior designer has created a sophisticated ambiance with a sleek and modern decor. Guests will enjoy dining and dancing the night away in the gorgeous Palladium, with its two-story windows overlooking the historic Lafayette Square neighborhood.

Palladium St. Louis is a spectacular 6,500-square-foot space, designed to accommodate up to an astounding 700 people. The chef's kitchen spans three stories and is equipped with a 10-burner stove and two double stack ovens. The venue features theatrical lighting and state-of-the-art audio and visual capability to accommodate even the most elaborate event.

Advantage Capital, in partnership with Southwest Bank, provided $2.65 million of a total $3.25 million transaction to Butler's Pantry. The funding will not only go to Palladium St. Louis, but also to support the caterer's office relocation to a larger adjacent facility, allowing room for company expansion and additional jobs. Butler's Pantry currently employs 300 people.

Butler's Pantry, a second-generation business founded in 1966, is a St. Louis food-service company that provides innovative and creative catering services for corporate functions, social and special events, and weddings of all sizes. Butler's Pantry has provided catering services for some of the most notable St. Louis events, including the 2008 BMW Championship, the Mayor's Ball, the visit of Pope John Paul II and the U. S. Senior Open.

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