Cottleville still has a small-town feel, even as it grows up. One of the newest additions to that small-town feel is Whisky Run Coffee. But, don’t let the name mislead you. While it may sound like your typical coffee bar, it’s anything but. In addition to being a restaurant and coffee shop, it is also a performance and event venue that can hold 1,800 people and will host everything from weddings to upscale dinners to corn hole tournaments.
President and owner Katie Wolf says she and her husband had been looking for the perfect space for about five years when they found the ideal location in what was once the Kurtz Nursery.
“The founding father [of the nursery] passed away five years ago. We bought the last parcel … and are treasuring it.”
It's situated on 4 1/2 park-like acres, off Highway N., close to 364 and Highway K. Katie says they will use the existing 1,100-square-foot house by adding a new roof, a new porch addition and patio seating that will overlook a koi pond. Additional landscaping will be added to the already tree-lined property.
“We were able to keep 98% of the original trees, so it’s beautiful and tranquil there,” Katie says.
For her, the new business has been a labor of love at a place where she grew up, and why she never considered anywhere outside of Cottleville.
“We wanted to be in the city where we lived and to be there for the community, just as they’ve been there for us. It’s all about having a focal point for the community, where people can come together,” she says.
In that spirit, Whiskey Run Coffee will host its inaugural Halloween bonfire Oct. 25. This is a family-friendly event, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. There will be live music and a kid-friendly dance party under the stars.