The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery

The Blue Owl Restaurant has been an institution in Kimmswick – and a destination for those in the St. Louis area and beyond – since it was founded by Mary Hostetter in 1985. In addition to growing as a business – from serving 30 customers a day in 1985 to over 300 per day now – the Blue Owl has also become known for its active role in fundraising and philanthropy in the community.

As a long-time patron of The Blue Owl, Nancy Ratliff was not just treated like a customer, but as a friend or family member. Nancy’s daughter Heather worked at the restaurant when she was in high school, and the Blue Owl hosted Nancy’s surprise 60th birthday party in August of 2008, just months before she was diagnosed with ALS. So when we approached Mary about the possibility of teaming up to do a fundraiser, it was no surprise that she and her staff jumped at the opportunity. Nor was it a surprise that they played an integral part in making it such a success.

In addition to sponsoring the event, Mary and the Blue Owl provide their award-winning pies as unique awards for the top three finishers of each age group in the Kimmswick 5K. They also provide box lunches for all participants, host the post-race awards ceremony and festivities and raise additional funds leading up to the race – which starts and ends in front of the restaurant -- by inviting customers to make donations when they pay their bills.

We’re honored by the support and friendship of Mary and the entire Blue Owl family.

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