St. Elmo’s Blacksmith’s Bistro and Bar is moving to Market Street in the location that was the most recent incarnation of Market Street Tavern.
The building where Blacksmith’s is now will be changing into a new restaurant called 1885 Grill.
“They have been looking for a downtown location for quite some time,” River City Company President and CEO Kim White said of Blacksmith’s owners. “We are thrilled they are going to go in the old Market Street Tavern space.”
One of the partners in the ownership of the current Blacksmith’s building, Stephen O’Neil, said that the space will have a new restaurant that should be open sometime near May.
Blacksmith’s will likely be on Market Street sometime in March, White said.
The new St. Elmo restaurant will be called 1885 Grill and will be an American bistro-style eatery, O’Neil said.
“We are all very excited about it,” he said. “A lot of changes are going to happen to the building. It’s going to be a really positive thing for the St. Elmo community.”
O’Neil declined to give more details because the contract isn’t complete for the project.
River City Company is going to give Blacksmith’s owners a grant to spruce up the outside of their new 809 Market St. location.
“We are going to work with them on some planters and outdoor seating,” White said.
And leaders want to cozy the inside up a little bit but don’t have major work to do inside, she also said.
The 800 block of Market Street has seen businesses shuffle in and out in the past year.
White said that area is an important part of the City Center, and her team is working to fill that area to make it more vibrant and connect the Southside to the North Shore.
Community Pie recently opened at 850 Market St. near Miller Plaza and has drawn crowds, especially on the weekends.
Fork & Pie Bar, 811 Market St.-which is a relatively new restaurant across the street from Community Pie and next door to where Blacksmith’s will soon be-has also been successful, White said.
“I think all three restaurants will play really well off each other,” White said of Blacksmith’s, Fork & Pie and Community Pie.
In that same block, in the building that used to house downtown nightclub 807 Fire and Ice, a Cuban cigar bar called Oye & El Jefe Cigars Restaurant and Lounge is in the works.
And after 20 years, the Hallmark store on the 800 block of Market Street will be closing soon.
The owner of the Hallmark space said recently that he isn’t sure what will go there, but it may be Kameel Master Stitch, which is currently located at 737 Market St.