Located in the Loop along the St. Louis Walk of Fame, Blueberry Hill is a landmark restaurant and music club filled with pop culture memorabilia. (click for larger version)
August 29, 2012The 40-day countdown to the 40th anniversary celebration of the landmark Blueberry Hill is winding down. Located in the Loop, the University City restaurant and music club will hold a birthday bash on Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning at 8 p.m.
Owner Joe Edwards opened Blueberry Hill in 1972 as a two-room pub and gathering place with framed sheet music on the walls and a rotating 200-selection jukebox. Since then, the business has expanded to 10 rooms, each offering pop culture memorabilia, games and live music.
"It's wonderful to see how the whole area has changed in 40 years, and it has been exciting to be a part of it," Edwards said. "There's no cover charge for the anniversary bash, just a fun night — a way to thank St. Louis for the great support we have received over the years."
With its opening, Blueberry Hill became the first of a new era of unique, owner-operated businesses in the Loop area. Throughout the years, Edwards has encouraged one-of-a-kind specialty shops, restaurants, and cultural institutions to make the Loop their home. Many did.
Joe Edwards (click for larger version)
Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar in the Loop, is best known for its live music by touring and St. Louis bands, including rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry. The establishment's jukebox and creative window displays are nationally recognized. Blueberry Hill is located along the St. Louis Walk of Fame, another attraction that draws large numbers to the Loop. The Sept. 8 anniversary bash will include:
• Screening of footage from the opening night in 1972;
• Karaoke in the Duck Room;
• Huge theme cake by Moonrise Hotel pastry chef Claire Robberson;
• Tons of prizes and deals given out all night with the Wheel of Prizes;
• Drinks and prizes for those who were born on Sept. 8 (ID required);
• Reprints of the original 1972 Blueberry Hill poster available for sale;
• The collection of small items — notes, art, etc. — for inclusion in a time capsule to be sealed and opened in 10 years during Blueberry Hill's 50th anniversary bash.
Blueberry Hill has been counting down the days — starting at 40 and continuing up to the Sept. 8 celebration — by offering various contests and giveaways at blueberryhill.com.
Also as part of the anniversary countdown, the public has an opportunity to own a piece of Blueberry Hill history by attending Blueberry Hill's Pop Culture Sales Bonanza on Sunday, Sept. 2. The special collectibles sale will be held in the Elvis Room.
Rock 'n' Roll Beer cans, Simpsons figurines, Blueberry Hill T-shirts, Pez dispensers and other collectibles will be for sale for $25 or less during regular business hours.