B-Side to open in former Los Punk space

Cherokee Street is getting a new hangout with a classic burger joint aesthetic – B-Side. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, B-Side will occupy the space of the now closed Los Punk at 2709 Cherokee St. Co-owner Francis Rodriguez said they hope to open by May 7.

Rodriguez and business partners Beckie Lewis and Joe Timm are spearheading the project. The three also own Yaqui’s on Cherokee, which is down the block from the B-Side location. Yaqui’s bartender Robert Engelhardt will also manage the bar at B-Side.

“The street needs a good burger,” Rodriguez said. “(B-Side) is only 75 yards from (Yaqui’s) kitchen, so it was a good opportunity.”

Rodriguez said they will make small renovations to the space, but they want to keep the dive-y vibe. Diners and drinkers may choose from 49 seats inside or sit on the 20-seat patio as warmer weather approaches.

Rodriguez is taking on the role of head chef, writing a menu that will feature charbroiled burgers ranging from beef to lamb to veggie. Guests will be encouraged to build their burger with a variety of traditional and unusual toppings. A bag of locally made chips will be the only side option.

A full bar will be available, including local taps from 4 Hands and Modern Brewery. Bands and special events are currently being booked. “Johnny Vegas is setting up a band lineup and we’re working on doing a Stag Night on Wednesdays. It’s going to be a fun place,” said Rodriguez.