In the literary world, there's a growing interest in finding ones niche. And it's no different for cafes, restaurants, and event venues. Specialized interests are usually filled through independent actors: smaller bookstores, cafes, intimate meeting places, indie authors, food trucks. People look for the unique and inspiring, and Mark Pannebecker's SiB Cafe will be focused on a genuine, fresh, and intimate approach to providing a safe bookstore, cafe, and event space. There is currently no venue in St. Louis that offers all three.
SiB Cafe will be the go-to place for bibliophiles, artists, and intellectuals, and people who like to socialize but don't do the bar scene and/or more introverted. We'll offer a variety of literary events in the evenings for people to gather and mingle with other like-minded people. Our walls will be stocked with books from indie authors for sale and to read on-premises while enjoying a coffee or tea with a small-plate food from a local vendor. We aim to be a safe public place to relax and chat with friends. The liquor license we'll hold is to generate revenue during our free literary events in the evening which will be varied in scope. A short list of the literary events we'll host is author readings and signings, book club meetings, lectures, poetry and salon-style spoken word performances (The Moth), and the St. Louis Indie Book Fair. We'll live-stream and podcast from the events and keep a strong presence online to strengthen and support our literary and creative community.
We hope you'll find inspiration, lasting friendships, and fond memories at the SiB Cafe.