Urban Eats was created at the start of the Great Recession to revitalize urban neighborhoods using healthy food, local art, and community gathering places. Throughout our city, the shells of once vibrant neighborhoods serve as a reminder that prosperity and poverty are living, breathing, fragile states of an urban environment. Successful urban renewal often blossoms around a stable community gathering space that can be a shining beacon of hope, and a safe, comfortable place of retreat. Urban Eats is this catalyst.


Our concept was built on the idea that food brings people together. Our cafe allows us to provide unique, ethnically-inspired, real food to a community that often lacks quality, healthy, affordable options.

Creativity is the soul of a neighborhood

We cherish the creative spirit, and recognize the impact that fresh ideas can have on a burgeoning culture. We dedicate space for monthly art exhibits, live music, and special performances of all kinds to offer an outlet for personal expression.

We’re all in this together

We understand many of the challenges that our fellow local businesses face, and we do everything we can to help support them. With conference rooms, free or low-cost event spaces, lightening fast wifi, and other amenities, our place is yours.

Amplify the moments in your life

A large commissary-style commercial kitchen allows us to provide full-service catering and healthy box lunches, and with multiple locations, spaces, a full bar, and an incredible, dedicated staff, we can accommodate parties of all sizes, types, and needs.

Building community collaboratively

Help others, and help your community. That’s our philosophy. We offer a number of great ways to give back, with options like our Good Time, Good Cause and Annual EmptyBowls programs, designed to make giving to your favorite local charity, organization, school, or fundraiser a breeze.

Our Story




On a happenstance Sunday trip to Iron Barley back in April of 2005, a circuitous route (okay, we were lost) took us down Meramec St., and through the heart of the Dutchtown neighborhood of St. Louis. We were stunned by the faded beauty of the streetscape, and immediately fell in love!

So enamored, in fact, that the very next month we bought the historic Liermann building at the corner of Meramec and Virginia. With plans to convert the 2nd floor of the former furniture company to a residential loft, 1st floor office space, neighborhood cafe, and business incubator, we got right to work! Demolition started in June, and by October, the first phase of development was complete.

We formulated a vision to rebuild the neighborhood, hoping that this new development would become an anchor for further development along the street. We started the Downtown Dutchtown Business Association (DT2), and became entrenched in the community.

After a couple years of failed cafe/coffee house tenants, we reluctantly decided to open a fast-casual restaurant concept ourselves to offer neighbors healthy, but affordable, fare. Urban revitalization using real food, local art and providing community gathering spaces. Food, Place and People, on a Mission. Urban Eats Cafe was born!

We opened the cafe on May 24th of 2008 (without any staff!), at the beginning of the Great Recession, and nearly 9 years later, Urban Eats is still going strong!

With Urban Eats Parkside in the Carondelet Rec Complex, and Urban Eats Cafe Central in the newly renovated Central Library Downtown, opening in 2010 and 2014 respectively, we’ve been fortunate to have an opportunity to expand our urban renewal concept to other emerging neighborhoods. Supported by our ever expanding Box Lunch and Catering arms, our Retail cafes continue to do their parts as anchors in very challenging neighborhoods.

Stop by one of our Cafes, talk to us or our incredible staff, grab a bite or cocktail, and be a part of something truly special!



We don’t really like to toot our own horn…so we’ll let these awards, reviews, and recommendations do the tooting for us! If you happen to come across positive media coverage and other great news about Urban Eats, our community, or our patrons, please let us know. We love to share positive press!











  • Retail Hours:
    10am – 2pm, Tuesday through Saturday
Closed, Sunday and Monday
Open anytime for events, private parties, and group meetings.
  • Co-Kitchen Hours:
    6am – 8pm, 7 Days a Week

Urban Eats Cafe Parkside: 930 Holly Hills Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend


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As members of the Green Dining Alliance, we’re committed to environmental sustainability.