It is some exciting news we learned recently when Doug Miner posted an article about the purchase of the Katz Drugstore building (more recently the Monarch restaurant) by David Schlafly. As Miner’s article makes clear, Schlafly has done some remarkable work in Maplewood.
Though I’ve never met or spoken to David Schlafly, I did meet Tom a few times whom I believe is no longer connected with the brewery. Super nice fellow and all round good guy. I’d have to say my experience with him and others at the brewery was great. They were all very community focused. I have no idea how he’s related to David.
Now plastered across the façade of the Katz Drugstore building is a sign advising anyone interested in leasing space there to call August Schlafly. This is the first I’ve heard of him. Perhaps we’ll learn more about him later.
Commenting on Miner’s article, 40 South News reader, Sally Walters coined the phrase, “Bring back the big cat.” Hopefully with her approval I’m going to alter it just a bit to “Bring Back the Big Kat!”, changing the “c” to a “k” as a nod to the original owners of the building, the Katz Drugstore family.
David or August, you have a wonderful opportunity to return to the strip an icon that is still mentioned regularly by the old timers…The Big Kat! The fleur de lis on your rendering is a nice touch but it has long been connected with the City of St. Louis. It’s on their flag. The Katz Drugstore building is in the heart of downtown Maplewood. The Big Kat presided over downtown happenings for many decades.
The big cat sign that was once the symbol of the Katz Drugstore is probably owned by someone. We realize that. But “The Big Kat” isn’t and you can have it. A clever designer can certainly come up with your own version of a sign.
I think there are many of us out here who would love to see this happen. I’m attaching a few photos with the hope they may inspire you. If you’d like higher resolution versions, give me a call.