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Welcome back to the Dutchtown Business Showcase! In this video series, we’ll be introducing you to some of the businesses throughout Dutchtown. Our second episode takes us to Juanita’s Creole Soul Café, where we meet Chef Curtis McCann.

Chef Curtis started in the catering business. In the summer of 2020, he moved into the Urban Eats Neighborhood Food Hall to open Juanita’s and showcase his culinary skills that were influenced by his grandmother (the eponymous Juanita) and the creole food of New Orleans. The success of his Downtown Dutchtown location has led him to open a second location in North St. Louis, coming January 9th to 1823 North Taylor Avenue.

Juanita’s is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30am to 7pm. Due to COVID-19, the Neighborhood Food Hall is currently takeout only (with sidewalk seating available on warmer days). You can also have Juanita’s delivered via Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates.

Supporting Dutchtown Businesses

Particularly during the current pandemic, Dutchtown businesses need your support. Restaurants especially struggle during the early, colder months of the year. But you can help keep our neighborhood strong and vibrant just by ordering dinner! Please consider ordering takeout or delivery from Juanita’s Creole Soul or any of our other wonderful Dutchtown restaurants for your next meal. Some restaurants are offering limited dine-in service as well.

DT2 and DutchtownSTL.org are developing resources to help support our neighborhood businesses. If you’re a new or established business owner, visit dutchtownstl.org/business to see what we have to offer. And if you’d like to have your business featured in the Dutchtown Business Showcase, get in touch with us.


This Dutchtown Business Showcase video was filmed and produced by Chip Smith of Cross Grand, also located in Downtown Dutchtown. Subscribe to the DutchtownSTL YouTube channel to catch the next Dutchtown Business Showcase coming soon!

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture recently announced that they will award funding to the Urban Eats Kitchen Incubator through their Food Insecure Urban Agriculture Matching Grant.

Urban Eats will partner with St. Anthony Food Pantry and other local organizations to create the Urban Eats Healthy Kitchen, where volunteers will prepare and provide fresh meal kits to people in need. The project addresses multiple needs pertaining to food insecurity in the Dutchtown neighborhood:

Providing Access to Quality Foods

The program will bring healthy, ready-to-cook food to people who otherwise can’t get fresh produce and other ingredients due to expense or inaccessibility. Most of Dutchtown qualifies as a food desert—low income residents have limited access to reliable sources of healthy food. With few nearby supermarkets, many of our neighbors can’t get the basic necessities to put together a balanced meal.

Additionally, the Urban Eats Healthy Kitchen will help bring attention to St. Anthony Food Pantry, an invaluable neighborhood resource, but one that not everyone is aware of. The program will help the food pantry to expand its outreach mission which serves residents of the 63111, 63116, and 63118 zip codes.

Reducing Food Waste

Production of the meal kits will use surplus produce and other items from St. Anthony Food Pantry, Find Your Farmer (operating from Urban Eats Kitchen Incubator), and other providers, reducing food waste. Urban Eats can then leverage their expansive commercial kitchen space and network of local culinary professionals to turn these resources into healthy meals for neighbors who don’t have the time, tools, or ability to prepare fresh meals for themselves.

Teaching Healthy Meal Prep

Volunteer chefs from the Original Crusoe’s, Juanita’s Creole Soul Café (located in the Urban Eats Neighborhood FoodHall), and others will also coach neighbors on how to prepare healthy meals on their own. Even when given access to better foods, a lot of people simply don’t have the experience or know-how to turn those foods into a meal. Volunteers will help impart that knowledge, leading to healthier and more affordable options for neighbors in need. As the folks at St. Anthony put it, they will “teach a man to fish.”


We’re very excited for this endeavor to come to the Dutchtown neighborhood! Partnering long-standing Dutchtown businesses, new neighborhood enterprises, and a crucial neighborhood resource to serve our neighbors in need is the kind of synergy we love to see. The project has strong community support from the Dutchtown Community Improvement District, DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown, and 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn. We’re proud to see Dutchtown businesses and organizations committing to missions of community service within the neighborhood exemplified by the Urban Eats Healthy Kitchen.

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

Beginning in November, neighbors will be working together under a new committee format for community-led improvement in Dutchtown. These committees will be meeting once a month, with each committee focusing on one of five areas:

These committees have been established via a joint effort between Downtown Dutchtown, the Dutchtown Community Improvement District, and the UrbanMain Initiative. While certain projects will focus on the Dutchtown CID footprint or the UrbanMain target area, we encourage residents and business owners from across the neighborhood to join us.

Learn more about each committee and sign up here

All committees meet at 6pm at Dutchtown’s Neighborhood Innovation Center, located at 3207 Meramec. If you prefer to connect virtually, contact us and we can provide a video link. The committee meeting schedule is below.

  • Design Committee: First Thursday of the month
  • Economic Vitality Committee: Second Tuesday of the month
  • Promotion Committee: Second Thursday of the Month
  • Organization Committee: Third Tuesday of the month
  • Safe Clean & Green Committee: Third Thursday of the month

Dutchtown needs you! Are you ready to join us? Sign up for a committee here! Still need more info? Get in touch and we’ll help you find the right committee for your interests.

Are meetings not your thing? That’s okay too—we have plenty of other volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood! Contact us to let us know what kind of projects or activities you’d like to work on. 

Join the Dutchtown Community Improvement District on 10/10 to help plant 1,000 tulip and daffodil bulbs throughout Dutchtown!

Pick up your free bulbs on Saturday morning at the Neighborhood Innovation Center. Then plant them in parks, tree lawns, or other publicly visible spaces within Dutchtown. The bulbs must be planted on Saturday. We’ll have some gardening tools available if you need to borrow them.

One spot you might consider planting is in Marquette Park. The park (along with several other parks in the City) will be hosting Ten Ten 2020 Day to celebrate the City’s parks and the beginning of fall. Plant your bulbs then have a picnic, join a free yoga class, or just hang out and enjoy Marquette Park.

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

Join DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown at the Neighborhood Innovation Center on Saturday, September 26th for the next Dutchtown Movie Night!

This month we’ll be showing 42, the story of Jackie Robinson as portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. This is an outdoor event, and we’ll project the movie on the side of the building next door. Bring a chair and set yourself up in the parking lot. The movie will start at dark.

If you’re hungry, head a couple doors down to the Urban Eats Neighborhood FoodHall and grab some Juanita’s Creole Soul Cafe, Pies and Surprise, or Tacos La Jefa. They’ll be open until 7:30pm. You’re also welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Let us know you’re coming on the Facebook event page, and make sure to share with your friends and neighbors!

The movie is rated PG-13. Some content may not be suitable for all audiences. Social distancing measures will be in place and masks are required when away from your seat.