Photo Caption: The Palmer House, which had been moved next to the Stone Saloon in 1897, rolls off to its new location at 41 Douglas two blocks away—revealing the full south view of the Stone Saloon for the first time in 118 years!
Dear Friends of the Stone Saloon:
On September 16, 2015, the Stone Saloon made new history by receiving St. Paul’s first-ever historic use variance. Better yet, in this 6th and final public hearing since early August, the vote of the City Council was unanimous.
As my good friend and architect John Yust said when we first started on this project, "There’s no question this will happen; the only question is how painful it will be!" At times it was plenty painful. But the enthusiasm and support you all provided—your letters, emails, public testimony and sympathetic ears—vastly outweighed any negatives. A thousand thanks to you all!
Now that we’ve solved the zoning problem, we’re more revved up than ever to get this done. I can’t tell you how excited I am to open the doors to you someday, with full tanks of lager in the brew barn out back. City plan review, licensing and a few other (non-lethal) hurdles come next, before we can begin construction in the spring, so I beg your patience. But at least it won’t be the nail-biting kind of waiting we’ve been through this summer.
Now about that party! I’d like to invite you all to a celebration at my house, 194 McBoal Street, St. Paul (near the intersection of Smith and West 7th, just a few feet from the Stone Saloon), on Sunday, October 11 from 3-7pm. I’ll have beer, root beer and snacks, and feel free to bring anything else you like—weather permitting, I’ll have the grill going out back. We’ll have our plans and drawings on display, historic photographs and memorabilia. And for those of you who haven’t had chance to tour the Stone Saloon, it’s an easy walk from my house and I’ll be glad to give tours.
Hope to see you Sunday!