Webster opens cafe near downtown campus

Fredbird, the St. Louis Cardinals mascot, and the Webster Gorlok were also in attendance for the opening of Webster’s new cafe downtown, The Gorlok Grind. DANIEL CARCIONE | The Journal

The Gorlok Grind Cafe held its grand opening celebration at the Gateway Campus yesterday, Mar. 29. The coffee and Webster apparel shop is the newest addition to the Arcade Building at the corner of 8th and Pine St. in downtown St. Louis.

“It’s a spirit cafe shop,” said Daniel Kupfferer, assistant store manager at the Gorlok Grind Cafe. “We proudly serve Starbucks products and we also serve delicious sandwiches and other breakfast products … We also have apparel and gift items you can come down and purchase.”

Sandwiches and breakfast products sold at the cafe are created by The Art of Entertaining, a restaurant located on Big Bend Blvd. in Webster Groves.

The celebration at the cafe had activities and giveaways to draw potential patrons inside. Employees handed out samples at the front door, a disc jockey played music and called out to random passersby on the street. Those who came to the cafe were given the chance to spin a prize wheel and to enter a raffle for in-store gift cards and a pair of Cardinals tickets.

Webster president Beth Stroble and provost Julian Schuster were joined by other members of the university for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Fredbird, the St. Louis Cardinals mascot, and the Webster Gorlok were also in attendance. In her speech, Stroble said she was excited for the new addition to help strengthen the Gateway Campus.

After the ceremony, Fredbird and the Gorlok posed and danced with children in the store as parents took pictures and perused the cafe.

The Gateway Campus in downtown St. Louis held its grand opening Jan. 11 after renovations on the existing building were completed. The new campus includes 11 classrooms, three computer labs and a 130 seat auditorium.

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