What’s The Future Of Grant’s Farm?

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Grant’s Farm Could Become A Subdivision 

Fredbird Rides A Camel at Grant's Farm in St. Louis
Fredbird of the St. Louis Cardinals rides a camel during a recent trip to Grant’s farm in St. Louis. Credit: Grant’s Farm Facebook

In news that is incredibly sad to most St. Louisans and likely has more than just Gussie Busch rolling in their graves, rumors are flying that Grant’s Farm could become a subdivision.  Six children of August A. “Gussie” Busch and Gertrude “Trudy” Buholzer Busch own Grant’s Farm, which was once the Busch estate and now serves as a very popular tourist destination. Plans surfaced earlier this month that would involve the St. Louis Zoo buying Grant’s Farm for $30 million. 4 of the 6 siblings support that plan. 2 of them, Billy and Adolphus, want the trust to sell 198 acres of the property to Billy for $24 million.

The 4 siblings have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to push the deal with the St. Louis Zoo though. While Billy maintains that he wants to move his William K Busch Brewing Co (makers of Kräftig lager) to the property and keep the attraction open to the public, his 4 siblings think he has other plans. Trudy Busch Valentine and Andy Busch think Billy couldn’t possibly make the numbers work to maintain the attraction. They also claim to have seen plans calling for houses to be built on the land.

Grant’s Farm has been run by brewing giant A-B InBev since InBev purchased Anheuser-Busch and formed the new company. They lease the park from the owners operate the attraction. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the company would donate $27 million to the St. Louis Zoo to fund the majority of the purchase. The Zoo would then ask area taxpayers to approve a tax that would raise as much as $8.5 million to run the attraction. The St. Louis Zoo’s plan for Grant’s Farm’s future would include continuing to provide free beer, adding a “treetop adventure area” and more.

Both plans for Grant’s Farm include 22 acres of the site staying in the ownership of the six siblings. Those 22 acres include The Busch Family Estate. The family mansion and surrounding grounds are now a popular wedding and corporate event space.

Tyson Fury Beats Wladimir Klitschko To Become World Heavyweight Champion

Tyson Fury, the 27-year-old boxer from the United Kingdom, beat Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision on Saturday night to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Klitschko has the option for a rematch to attempt to avenge his first loss in 11 years.

While still in the ring immediately after being declared the winner, Tyson Fury launched into a rendition of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”

Tyson Fury “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”
 

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Stays Strong Over Thanksgiving Weekend

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 stayed strong in its second weekend of release, earning an estimated $51.6 million from November 27-29 to take the weekend box office crown.

The Good Dinosaur was the top movie making its debut with an estimated $39.2 million. The phenomenal Creed opened with $30.1 million. Expect Creed to do very well in its second weekend considering the strong word-of-mouth it’s getting.

Check back on Thursday for my Weekend Movie Guide. I’ll take a closer look at the weekend box office numbers, what movie is making its way to second-run theaters and what’s new on Redbox. I’ll also preview some of the movies opening this weekend like Krampus and Chi-Raq.

Shkreli And Turing Decides To Keep Daraprim At $750 A Dose

Martin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals and a candidate for the worst man in the world, has decided not to lower the price for Daraprim. The company infamously raised the price of the pill from $13.50 to $750, an increase of 5,000 percent. Daraprim was developed in the 1950s and is used mainly by those with weakened immune systems to treat toxoplasmosis. A spokeswoman for Turing announced that they will give hospitals discounts and do some other things that don’t really lower the price for the majority of the people taking the drug.

Martin Shkreli was recently on Bloomberg Markets to talk about Daraprim. He came off exactly as you would expect.

Martin Skreli talking Daraprim on Bloomberg Markets
 

Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement

Kobe Bryant announced last night that this season would be his last playing in the NBA.  Bryant announced his decision with a poem posted on The Players’ Tribune. He posted a link to the poem on Twitter.

The 37-year-old Kobe Bryant will retire with the same Los Angeles Lakers team that picked him 13th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft out of Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania. Bryant had 13 points last night in the Lakers’ 107-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers. All fans in attendance at the Staples Center in  Los Angeles last night received a copy of a special letter from Kobe. Copies of the letter have already hit eBay at astronomical prices.

Drew Magary of Deadspin is happy to see Kobe Bryant go.

Amazon Releases Prime Air Drone Delivery Video

Amazon released a video yesterday teasing their new planned Prime Air drone delivery system. The company admits the service is a long way off, but say they are working on it and Amazon Prime Air Drone Delivery will be a thing in the future.

Amazon Prime Air Drone Delivery System
 

Crafted Opens In  Tower Grove East

We had the news earlier this month that Bar Rescue was coming to town to give Van Goghz Martini Bar & Bistro its signature treatment. While the St. Louis episode won’t air in the spring of 2016, the rebranded Van Goghz, now called Crafted, is now open. Crafted keeps the popular steak night specials from Van Goghz, but adds things like cocktails served in french presses. Crafted also has a slick new website designed by St. Louis company BYK Digital.

A local couple gave their account of being part of the Bar Rescue tapings at Crafted and O’Kelley’s at the Ballpark, which is now Pastimes On 4th.

Andy Cohen Amazed At How Slow Lambert Airport is

TV personality Andy Coehn was at Lambert Airport in St. Louis yesterday flying home from visiting his family here for Thanksgiving. He told Fox 2 about how he was amazed at how Lambert airport wasn’t busy.

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Ryan is a weird dude. He doesn't cook, yet owns a plethora of kitchen gadgets. He rationalized buying a SodaStream while unemployed. He counts Step Up 2: The Streets as one of his favorite movies along with Footloose, Rent, Grease and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He loves Mizzou but only wants them in the SEC so he can tailgate in Nashville. He owns a ShakeWeight and AbLounger, but still loves him some John Donut and Billie's Fine Foods. You can get more of Ryan at iLoveSoulard.com or just check the stool on the far end of the bar at iTap in Soulard.

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