The Kranzberg Arts Foundation will soon open a new literary arts café, High Low, in Midtown, featuring superb coffee and food from two big names in St. Louis.
Blueprint Coffee will be supplying the coffee and drinks at High Low, while Bulrush chef-owner Rob Connoley will be offering pastries and light bites.
Mike Marquard of Blueprint Coffee says the Kranzberg foundation first approached Blueprint with the concept for High Low about a year ago, when they were seeking a partner to help with the café's coffee program. The foundation also pulled Connoley into the project; executive director Chris Hansen was a regular at Connoley's now-shuttered Squatter's Café inside the KDHX building. When he was assembling the team, he decided to approach Connoley.
"It was a natural connection," Connoley says.
Some of the food at High Low will be classic staples from Squatter's, including chocolate chip cookies, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls and Connoley's take on a Pop Tart. While some of those standards will always be on the menu, the treats will be rotated regularly so "people don't get bored," Connoley says.
The High Low café space will also offer some hot and prepared foods. Connoley says that guests can expect biscuits and gravy, a "grits of the day" selection, decadent overnight oats in flavors like salted cinnamon caramel and a housemade sweet yogurt. Connoley is also excited about the housemade savory yogurt, served with accompaniments like roasted vegetables, a savory mushroom granola and a "kitchen scrap" spread, an umami-forward creation made from peelings, cores and other oft-discarded bits that's in line with Connoley's zero-waste initiative.
Marquard says that it's great to work in a new part of St. Louis, especially since one that's familiar to him: He's a SLU alum.
"It think it's always exciting to see some good momentum happening in Midtown," he says. "It's exciting to really get to interact with that neighborhood and bring what we do there."
Connoley is also excited to return to his roots; his background is in pastry and baking, and he will be able to use those skills more frequently than he does at Bulrush. Plus, he says that High Low, which according to Hansen already has over 100 events on the books, is going to be a cool space to be in.
"It's going to be a neat, neat venue," Connoley says.
While the café at High Low has hosted a soft opening, Marquard says no public opening date is on the books yet. When the café does open, it will begin with limited hours, likely from 7am to 2pm.
High Low, 3301 Washington Ave., Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.549.9990, kranzbergartsfoundation.org/high-low