HYDE PARK – The River Lillie cafe in Hyde Park has closed its daily operations and is open only for special events as it packs up to vacate the premises at 1435 Salisbury St.
The owner, Maggie Hourd-Bryant, who had been forking out pocket money to operate the southern fusion cafe, cited costly overhead and insufficient clientele. High ceilings, she said, rounded out the recipe for failure.
“It was just a series of unfortunate events,” said Hourd-Bryant, who hails from Senath, Mo., in Missouri’s Bootheel. “It’s a little too much right now.”
Hourd-Bryant said she was looking to land a new home nearby for the River Lillie, which was in its current location for about a year and a half.
In the meantime, she will be catering from a commercial kitchen. She recently contracted St. Louis Public Schools as a catering client.
“I wanted to cater in addition to running the restaurant, but I just couldn’t get ahead,” she said.
Someone looking to serve chicken and waffles is already interested in the River Lillie location, according to Hourd-Bryant.