The fountain on locust story


Joy Grdnic


In 1916, one of many car showrooms of Locust Street’s Historic Automotive Row was constructed. In 2005, Joy Grdnic purchased this building and started an incredible journey that became the amazing Fountain on Locust that opened its doors in 2008. Our building housed The Supreme Car Co. which sold the Stutz Blackhawk and the Stutz Bearcat, both considered top-of-the-line high performance sports sedans of the day. Typically, two cars were on display and if you wanted one, they would build yours to order in the back garage space. Just like the care that went into each custom built Stutz, we create our own handcrafted ice cream sauces, chocolates and deliciously unique, freshly made-from-scratch foods. Our entire staff shares the desire to serve you the highest quality food, drinks and dining experience. We always say, “If you enjoyed your visit, please tell a friend. If you didn’t, please tell us!” Whether you’re here for lunch or dinner, business or romance, be sure to try one of our signature Ice Cream Martinis, Retro Cocktails or Champagne Floats. We invite you to sit in the west side bar booths to listen to the only Restaurant Radio Comedy Serial, “Soap Hospital,” with a new episode every two minutes! We want every visit you make to be an experience like no other, like The Fountain on Locust itself!
And always leave room for a special Fountain ice cream — voted St. Louis’ best!

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Fountain on Locust (River Front Times Magazine)  
St. Louis - Midtown | Soups, Sandwiches, Ice Cream | $
Imagine a soda fountain and lunch counter tucked inside an art deco bar and you might have some idea what awaits you at this midtown joint. Located inside the former Stutz automobile showroom…

Burlesque Bingo @ Fountain on Locust (River Front Times Magazine)

Best Soup - The Fountain on Locust (River Front Times Magazine)
"If you can find a better soup in St. Louis...well, we'll eat it," states the Fountain on Locust's menu. The bright blue art deco ice-cream parlor doesn't exactly get by on modesty. Instead, it proclaims its offerings with immense pride, and with go... 
Best of St. Louis > 2013 > Food & Drink > Best Soup

The Fountain on Locust's "Banana Bourbon": A Sundae with a Shot of Booze (River Front Times)
Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confect... 
Gut Check by Mabel Suen on July 31, 2014 @ 8:00 am

Fountain on Locust's "Magnum Opus," the Perfect Combination of Caffeine and Liquor (River Front Times)
With the onrushing phallic-shaped winter storm threatening to penetrate our bubble of warm air, expect temperatures to plummet. Luckily, there is one sure-fire way to fortify yourself against Jack Frost: Alcohol, and lots of it. And at the Fountain o... 
Gut Check by Zach Garrison on December 4, 2013 @ 7:00 am

Best Soup: The Fountain on Locust Dishes On its Soups and Plans for a New Distillery (River Front Times)
In honor of our 2013 Best Of St. Louis issue, we're profiling some of the most fascinating winners from the Food & Drink section. The topic of this conversation: Best Soup. Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here. Vegetable pesto... 
Gut Check by Mabel Suen on October 31, 2013 @ 9:00 am

The Fountain on Locust to Host First Annual Scooperbowl (River Front Times)
On Sunday, September 16, the Fountain On Locust (3037 Locust Street; 314-249-1244) will host what it calls the "Scooperbowl." The event will feature several soda jerks taking part in intense competitions. Attendees can watch these experts go head-to-... 
Gut Check by Rease Kirchner on September 6, 2012 @ 8:00 am

#64: Three Coins in the Fountain at the Fountain on Locust (River Front Times)
On a hot summer's night, Gut Check ventured out to an old favorite: The Fountain On Locust (3037 Locust; 314-535-7800). The occasion was a friend's birthday, but any excuse would suffice to sample one of The Fountain's delectable old fashioned sunda... 
Gut Check by Emily Wasserman on September 2, 2011 @ 11:00 am

Best Public Restroom - The Fountain on Locust (River Front Times Magazine)
Let's face it: Your basic indoor johns are just a step above your festival-weary portable potties -- and we're not talking about a big step here. Most times, having to utilize public restrooms is about as sanitary and fun as doing the backstroke in ... 
Best of St. Louis > 2010 > People & Places > Best Public Restroom

The Future and Ice Cream for Dinner at the Fountain on Locust (River Front Times)
In a sense, you get what you'd expect: a quirky indie flick with many delightfully awkward moments and a narrating cat. Beneath the quirk, July taps into the anxiety of our culture, specifically that of the 25-35 demographic. Sophie abandons her life... 
Gut Check by Chrissy Wilmes on August 24, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

Fountain on Locust (River Front Times)
A quick mea culpa: Fountain on Locust, which opened last week at 3037 Locust Street, doesn't feature Argentinian cuisine, as my previous post mentioned. It does feature dishes from Natalia Penchaszadeh of local food blog ZiNur as well as ice cream an... 
Gut Check by Ian Froeb on February 29, 2008 @ 11:15 am

Burlesque, Birthday-Cake Martinis and More: The Fountain on Locust's Fifth Birthday Party [Update] (River Front Times)
Joy Christensen, owner of the Fountain On Locust. Update 11:59 a.m. Because of weather concerns, the Fountain's Burlesque Birthday Party will be postponed until Wednesday, February 27. Think back to the last birthday party for a five-year-old yo... 
Gut Check by Caillin Murray on February 22, 2013 @ 10:58 am

Pee Like Royalty at the Fountain on Locust (River Front Times)
Also one block to your right: One of the Top 10 toilets in the U.S. of A.! ?The Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street; 314-535-7800) claims to be the most-photographed restaurant in St. Louis, owing to the Americana and handpainted Art Deco detai... 
Gut Check by Kase Wickman on July 13, 2010 @ 9:29 am

Review Preview: The Fountain on Locust (River Front Times)
I had to Google "Stutz." The only soda jerk I've ever seen is in a Norman Rockwell painting, and the ice-cream sundaes of my childhood were scooped out of industrial tubs in fluorescent-lighted Baskin-Robbins by pimpled and mulleted teenagers too bus... 
Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 18, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

Fountain on Locust Flush With Best Restroom Victory (River Front Times)
Victory at last! ? Now there's even more incentive to visit the little girls' room at the Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust St., 314-535-7800): Before, you were just utilizing one of the top ten restrooms in America. As of this morning, that porcela... 

Gut Check by Kase Wickman on September 15, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

Interview: Joy Christensen Talks About The Fountain On Locust's New Menu (River Front Times)
Joy Christensen, owner of The Fountain On Locust July is National Ice Cream Month, and the Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street, Midtown; 314-535-7800) delivers just in time to celebrate with an updated menu featuring plenty more drinks and froz...

Restaurant Tidbit: Fountain on Locust (River Front Times)
(Thanks to Alanna for the reminder about this!) -Ian Froeb... 
Gut Check by Ian Froeb on February 22, 2008 @ 2:23 pm

Best Ice Cream Parlor - The Fountain on Locust (River Front Times Magazine)
Step inside the Fountain on Locust and Norman Rockwell visions of happy families sipping ice-cream sodas in a simpler time come to mind. With its high ceilings, vibrant paint job and old-fashioned soda fountain, it could snag an award for Best Ice C... 
Best of St. Louis > 2009 > Food & Drink > Best Ice Cream Parlor

You Want Ice Cream with That? Boozing It Up at Fountain on Locust (River Front Times)
Home of the ice cream martini? Gut Check'll try anything once! The Joint: The Fountain on Locust 3037 Locust Street; 314-535-7800 The Hours: Tue.-Sun. 4-6 p.m. The Deal: $2 domestic bottles, $6 ice cream martinis Drinking your dessert? Gut Che... 
Gut Check by Kristen Klempert on March 1, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

In This Week's Issue: The Fountain on Locust and Colorado Bob's Ship of Fools (River Front Times)
My review of the Fountain on Locust is now available online. Also in this week's issue: Kristie ventures to Colorado Bob's Ship of Fools for a Midnight Sun, pissed-off vets and stories of rumrunning. - Ian Froeb 
Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 19, 2008 @ 11:14 am

FoodWire: "Hiway Farty Party" at Fountain on Locust Sunday, 12.6 (River Front Times)
The Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street; website) is celebrating the reopening of Highway 40 -- or, as the locals love to call it, Highway Farty -- with a "Hiway Farty Party" from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. The party will include 40-cent bo... 
Gut Check by Ian Froeb on December 3, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

Always on Sundae: The Fountain on Locust is everything that's good about soda shops with none of the faux finish (River Front Times Magazine)
There are many drawbacks to having been a child of the 1980s. The attention span of a puppy. An abiding fondness for high-fructose corn syrup-laden colas and the oeuvre of Axl Rose. An encyclopedic knowledge of Mr. Belvedere, Growing Pains and Punky ... 
by Ian Froeb on November 19, 2008

River Front Times Magazine - Best Ice Cream Spots in St. Louis
8 Best Ice Cream Spots in St. Louis

The 10 Best Restaurant Bathrooms (AKA the Finest Loos in the Lou) (River Front Times)
Every detail of dining out -- from the food to the staff to the music -- subtly, or not so subtly, affects your overall impression of a restaurant. So it's safe to say we can all appreciate a little style when we need to go, ahem ... talk to a man ab... 
Gut Check by Sara Graham on July 23, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Cool Treats (River Front Times Magazine)
I scream, you scream, in the heat of July we can all scream for a good cause to eat ice cream (and frozen custard, of course). Head to St. Louis Union Station (1820 Market Street; 314-648-6639 or to support SSM Cardinal-Glennon's Chi... 



Welcome to Budget Crunch, wherein intrepid reporter Byron Kerman offers 10 tips on delicious menu items and sweet deals happening now. Got $10? Grab a friend and sample, split and stuff yourselves with these steals.   1. Condiment lovers eat at Dirty Dogz just to sample from the amazing selection of more than 200 mustards, hot sauces and more at each location (which just happens to be in...


Back in the day, she was radio personality “Joy in the Morning” on KSHE 95. After she opened The fountain on locust nearly six years ago (when Midtown Alley was devoid of restaurants), she became Joy in the afternoon and evening at her eclectic, 1930s-era soda fountain. Here’s what it means to be Joy Grdnic Christensen at any hour. Describe the day The Fountain opened. Feb. 19, 2008: ...


{The Wow Board at Annie Gunn's}   Welcome to Budget Crunch, wherein intrepid reporter Byron Kerman offers 10 tips on delicious menu items and sweet deals happening now. Got $10? Grab a friend and sample, split and stuff yourselves with these steals. 1. Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium has World Series fever. The restaurant with the same name as the Muppet who crows “Wocka Wocka Wocka!” is hono...


{Espresso Martini from The fountain on locust} Plan A was to recommend that you hit the annual Maplewood Coffee Crawl tomorrow. If you’ve registered for the sorry-no-spaces-left event, well, lucky you, you’re in for a fun, caffeine-filled morning. Don’t have a spot? We’re partial to Plan B: Sleep late then take a self-guided coffee crawl of your own and get more than a caffeine fix. Here are th...


When you think of The fountain on locust, you probably start dreaming of the luscious ice cream desserts – and that’s fine, they’re pretty amazing. But there are other reasons – excellent reasons, in fact – to explore the Midtown restaurant. 1. The new Customer Chili of the Week contest is more than just a hill of beans. Every Friday and Saturday, the Fountain features a new chili that has been...


Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry. The holy trinity of milkshakes will always be soda fountain faves, but for those seeking a new spin on frothy frozen treats, a world of flavors awaits. Frosty faves reach new heights Last October, shake enthusiasts couldn’t wait to grab a stool at Pi in Kirkwood, where pastry chef Mathew Rice helped to launch a milkshake bar. For this summer, Rice has created tw...


Dennis: In the midst of my transformation from a guy who scraped the onions off of a Mickey D’s hamburger to someone who can semiclaim to have a palate, I lost my sweet tooth. Emily: For years I’ve recommended counseling. Think of the kids, I say. D: But the one thing that can generally drag me out of my savory cocoon is a simple chocolate sundae. E: There’s only one thing? Still a travesty,...


You’ve read the words here time and again: “We would have liked to have tried the desserts, but we were just too stuffed!” Not this month. After more than a dozen columns, we were ready for a sugar blitz. So we were off to Midtown to the milky mecca that is The fountain on locust. Walking in, it’s tough not to be drawn to immediate thoughts of dessert, no matter how intent you may be on a “r...


Feast 50 St. Louis Classic Recipes Reimagined

We tasked five St. Louis chefs with interpreting classic St. Louis foods through their own culinary lens, which we’re pretty sure you’ll want to recreate in your home kitchen, stat.

The Last Bite: Three Coins in The Fountain Sundae

Perfect for sharing with your special someone, this three-scoop sundae boasts the perfect combination of ice cream flavors: Zanzibar chocolate, Vanilla Deluxe and After Dinner Mint, all topped with housemade hot fudge, whipped cream and three chocolate coins.

BOOZE DOODLES: Author Kevin Belford Drinks and Draws History

Pour an artist a cocktail to “stir the creative juices,” then hand over a Sharpie and a napkin. What doodle will result? We find out in this just-for-fun Friday series.

DINNER + A SHOW: The Fountain on Locust + The Addams Family

They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and ooky ... That's right, everyone's favorite macabre family is coming to (ahem) life at The Fabulous Fox.

6 Super-Creative Frozen Treats to Try in St. Louis

The sheer inventiveness of St. Louis-area ice cream shops and chefs this summer spurred contributor Heidi Dean's around-town tasting spree of some of the city's most creative frozen treats.

Soda Fountain Favorites

Three local soda-fountain joints share recipes for the tasty stuff that makes their sweet treats so darn good.

March 28, 2011 7:00 am

Phosphate Soda

Learn how to make the key ingredient in The Fountain on Locust's Orange Ice Cream Soda: phosphate soda.

March 28, 2011 7:00 am

The Feed: The Fountain Serves Customers' Chili Recipes

The Midtown restaurant is calling for your chili recipes to serve as Customer Chili of the Week on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Feed: The Fountain’s Restroom Voted Best in The Nation

The Fountain on Locust has been known for many things over the years: fine ice creams (topped with homemade hot fudge, freshly made whipped cream, real fruits), delectable soups and status as the most photographed restaurant in St. Louis.


Best restaurant for impressing out-of-towners

• Readers’ choice: The Fountain on Locust

Special Request: Fountain on Locust's tomato soup is 'nothing like canned'

Fountain is also famous for its homemade soups and offers a Soup of the Day from a rotation of 47 soups plus its signature Polish Dill Pickle. 

January 28, 2014 6:00 am

Tomato Basil Bisque from The Fountain on Locust

Tomato basil bisque soup with half a Royal Grille adult grilled cheese sandwich as prepared by The Fountain on Locust in St. Louis photographed on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2014. Photo By David Carson,

Re: Dessert after show at The Peabody (abuxb)

The Go! List: STL's best in arts and entertainment

Our inaugural issue of the Go! List celebrates our critics' and readers' favorites.

On the Hot List: Ice cream and 'Disney on Ice'

Here's what has us buzzing this week.

Upcoming fests feature Mexican fare, ice cream, slow food

Three chances to explore St. Louis' eclectic restaurant fare.

Stroganoff is a soup at Fountain on Locust

Beef Stroganoff Soup is one of several dozen homemade soups served at Fountain on Locust.

November 16, 2011 12:00 am

Pickle soup 245

February 15, 2011- Dill Pickle Soup from The Fountain on Locust. Stephanie S. Cordle

March 04, 2011 7:08 pm

The Fountain on Locust's bathroom

While a picture is worth 1000 words, you must see the bathroom at The Fountain on Locust in person to get the full experience.

April 01, 2011 2:58 pm

The Saint Loo

     In the summer of 2009 while having a quick yet exquisite lunch with my dad at Fountain on Locust I was fortunate enough to have to use the bathroom.  Now normally that would be one of the worst ways to start a blog post ever, but this was no normal bathroom. 

ly 21, 2010 12:00 am

Weekly review roundup: Hill Brewing Co., Fountain on Locust, wheat beers

Your chance to see Go! reviews before the magazine hits town Friday.

July 15, 2010 11:13 am

Fountain on Locust has naughty bingo, irresistible drinks

Burlesque bingo and ice cream cocktails? Yes, please. Who can say no to campy fun and liquored-up sundaes?

Fountain on Locust

The Wicked (left) contains vodka, dark creme de cacao and chocolate ice cream ($7.99). Love Potion No. 9 is described as an X-rated peanut butter-and-jelly flavor with Chambord, Frangelico and vanilla ice cream ($8.59). Both are served at the Fountain on Locust. Debra D. Bass dbass@post-dis…

If you go: The Fountain on Locust

Where • 3037 Locust Street