Craft Brewing Business’ Chris Cromwell takes a look at Schlafly’s newest brewpub in St. Charles amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
St. Louis’ famed Schlafly Beer opened its third local brewpub, Schlafly Bankside, in St. Charles, Missouri, (formerly Trailhead Brewing Co.) on May 22 with social distancing measures and strict sanitization guidelines in place. The brewpub will be open for limited dining and curbside pick-up and carryout from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
“After months of planning, preparing, and pivoting, we’re thrilled to officially open our doors and become a member of the St. Charles community,” says CEO Fran Caradonna. “We have worked to establish new processes and procedures to ensure the safety of our visitors and employees. Whenever our guests feel comfortable, we will be here with the necessary measures in place to provide a safe and welcoming environment.”
With the opening of Schlafly Bankside also comes the reopening of Schlafly Tap Room and Bottleworks for limited service with the following safety protocols in place.
Schlafly guidelines include:
- seating at just 25% of the available capacity with table-only service (no bar seating);
- credit card payments only for the foreseeable future;
- all staff members required to wear masks, actively use hand sanitizer upon greeting their tables;
- routine sanitation and cleanliness measures, following all CDC guidelines and more.
Additionally, when ordering a beer, guests have the option for it to be served in glass, plastic, or as packaged beer (bottle or can, if available). Food and packaged beer can also be purchased online for curbside service from all three brewpubs.
While they were gone
Over the last three months, Schlafly made investments and improvements to the design of the space including fresh paint and new flooring as well as new kitchen equipment and a brand new draft system.
More on Bankside
The name Schlafly Bankside has dual inspiration – both in geography and legacy.
The brewery is located just steps away from the banks of the Missouri River. Also, the name has roots in England, where Schlafly’s co-founders fell in love with English-style beers. Bankside calls to a neighborhood in the borough of London along the southern riverbank of the River Thames. In the 16th century, a street by the river was known as a “banke syde,” which is where the neighborhood got its name. Now, Schlafly Bankside will call its own neighborhood home in St. Charles.
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