9/3/2012 The shot that started a restaurant – 13 days to go

Other St. Louis Germans remembered May 10, 1861 as the day they provided the men to take over the seccessionist-leaning state militia camp here, ending the Confederate threat to St. Louis and Missouri. Tony Faust remembered it as the day a soldier accidentally shot him in the side as Faust watched the volunteers march toward Camp Jackson. It weakened Faust so much that he had to end his life as a plasterer. Instead, he started Tony Faust’s Restaurant, which became a must-stop place for the city’s rich and famous.

The story of Tony Faust’s is on Page 167 of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans.  It’s available through Amazon.com and bookstores. The best place to get it is at the release-signing party from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Al Smith’s Feasting Fox Restaurant, 4200 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis.

Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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