BJC’S STEVE LIPSTEIN HONORED, LEATHER & LACE TIDBITS, ARNIE ROBBINS HAILED, NEW STEAKHOUSE IN THE CWE
Look for the popular Liluma Restaurant to morph into a steakhouse by March. Owner Jim Fiala has partnered with Sub Zero Vodka Bar & Restaurant owners Derek and Lucas Gamlin to launch the new CWE eatery. . .While at Herbie’s Vintage 72, we helped celebrate the birthdays of developer Peter Rothschild (65) and Shaun Hayes (50) with their respective wives, Donna and Kelly. . .
At another table were President Obama’s “favorite pizza guy” (and mine), Chris Summers, with his wife, Ann, who dined while Chris hinted he’s on the prowl for another Pi Pizzeria – in Louisville. . .Orr Street Productions of Columbia, MO’s Beth Pike was cornered by Doug Crews, exec director of the Missouri Press Association, in the lobby of the Plaza Frontenac Cinema before the screening of “Deadline in Disaster.”
Crews hailed the arrival of former Post-Dispatch editor Arnie Robbins to his new post as exec director of the American Association of Newspaper Editors. Heading into the theater were retired P-D editor Renee Stovsky with her Joplin-raised hub, Bob Ferguson, a leading financial strategist. . .How motley this throng. A march to the Leather & Lace event with crowds teeming into Casa Loma Saturday night in leather uniforms festooned with all sorts of badges and women in leather and chotchkes many of whom arrived on their Harleys.
One woman wearing what appeared to be Prada shoes, carrying a Prada purse, wore a locket around her neck containing a baby picture of – Lenin. Tattered Levis and Army castoffs seemed to be the most popular of yesteryear Radical Chic. Among the crowd were: Mike Watts; Jennifer Roeder; Randy Krusleski; Mike Martin; Laurie Suche; Joe Fultz; Shady Jack; Ann Benson; Patricia Fultz and owner of the ballroom Patrick Brannon. . .Onward to the Chase Park Plaza Starlight Roof where Steve Lipstein was honored with the Harris Frank Community Service Award at the “Heart & Soul” gala, sponsored by Temple Shaare Emeth. Lipstein, president and CEO of BJC, was asked what was on on the drawing boards for the complex – a new building? Lipstein: “No. To develop better treatment and more cures to relieve human suffering. You know, my wife Susan has MS.
New construction is great, but buildings don’t take care of people. New equipment, new techniques are great as they give doctors tools, but it’s the people who make healthcare what it is.” Then, Lipstein, a board member of Ameren, joined the company’s chief, Tom Voss and his wife, Carol. Nearby were Kelvin Westbrook, chairman of the board of St. Louis Children’s Hospital, with wife, Valerie Bell, chairman and CEO of the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation; famed reconstruction surgeon Dr. Bruce White with wife, Ellen.