The Grand Center arts district has a new literary arts center and café. High Low debuted on Nov. 29, featuring beverages by Blueprint Coffee as well as baked goods, light bites and grab-and-go options from Bulrush chef-owner Rob Connoley.
The concept is the latest venture from the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, which also oversees venues including The Dark Room and .ZACK, which is home to Sophie’s Artist Lounge & Cocktail Club and chef David Kirkland’s Turn. As reported by Feast in November, Kranzberg Arts Foundation executive director Chris Hansen was a regular at Connoley's now-shuttered Squatter's Café inside the KDHX building down the street. High Low features a resurgence of a few sweet and savory classic staples from Squatter’s.
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SPACE Architecture + Design worked on a clean, modern design to make the most of the café's tall windows. Natural light floods the 1,500-square-foot main level space during the day, showcasing the coffee bar and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with a variety of rotating reading materials for guests to peruse. A gallery and event space are also located on the main level, while the second floor houses several resident organizations and private workspaces for writers.
Blueprint Coffee offerings include drip and cold-brew options in addition to filtered coffee and espresso. Loose-leaf teas, chai lattes, hot chocolate and housemade tonic are also available. Highlights from the food menu include cookies, overnight oats, yogurt and roasted vegetable grain bowls.
At the farm in Dwight, Illinois, heirloom wheat, oats, blue corn and other grains are grown organically and stone-ground into nutritious flours and cornmeal.
“My hands-down favorite is the overnight oats with [Brian] Severson Farms oats, cinnamon-infused salted caramel, maple custard exploding spheres and savory granola with malted milk crumb,” Connoley says. “Anyone who thinks they don't like oatmeal just needs to try this one!”
Another one of Connoley’s personal favorites are brown sugar cinnamon Squat-Tarts, AKA his take on Pop Tarts. Other baked staples include rotating selections such as chocolate chip cookies, espresso-cardamom cookies, vegan cherry-sesame biscotti and vanilla-orange spice cake.
Savory options include biscuits and gravy with a Squatter’s seeded from-scratch biscuit and sausage gravy. A squash-carrot grain bowl features squash, onion, carrots, wheatberries, pear, fennel-orange dressing and housemade yogurt. Grab-and-go items include the house yogurt, made with Rolling Lawns dairy milk, topped with blackberry-thyme sauce, milk crumb and pepita granola.
High Low is open daily from 8am to 3pm.
High Low, 3301 Washington Ave., Grand Center, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.533.0367, kranzbergartsfoundation.org/high-low