Month: March 2020

Updates: COVID-19, Support Downtown Bars/Venues, Happy Hour Canceled

Coronavirus Updates in St. Louis

As displayed in the recent press conference from Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis City has its first presumptive positive COVID-19 case. Also, updated instructions have been put in place to help further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The DNA Board believes that the best way to address coronavirus concerns is by sharing reliable information with our membership community. For more information about the St. Louis City plans, response, and cases regarding COVID-19, visit:

While we continue to assess the situation, we will update DNA membership on any changes to future events.


Support Downtown Bars, Restaurants, & Venues

Thanks to Vice Chair Dan Pistor, DNA has a list of downtown restaurants, bars, and other venues that are offering special services / hours during this time. We’ll try to keep this updated as much as possible while new information continues to be shared regarding access to public-facing spaces.

Please consider using their curbside, takeout, delivery service, or even buying a gift card/certificate for later use! Visit the following link to view a partial list of local food-serving businesses:

Have a bar, restaurant, or food service venue that you want to add or have a different update? Email us!

DNA March 2020 Happy Hour Canceled

The DNA Happy Hour scheduled at The Note Bar on March 26, 2020 has been canceled.

The Note Bar posted the following message on their Facebook Page on March 17, 2020:

“Due to the growing concern of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we will be closed until further notice to ensure the safety of our guests, as well as our staff. We apologize for any inconvenience, and urge everyone to stay safe so that we can get back to serving you the best food and drinks around. Oh yea, and so we can get back to some Blues hockey!!!”

DNA March 2020 Town Hall & Bylaws Vote

DNA Town Hall ft. Design Downtown STL

Join us on Monday, March 9th at 6:00 PM for our March 2020 Town Hall at the St. Louis Public Library – Central auditorium, 1301 Olive Street. Metered parking available.

Voting members will be approving a new set of bylaw amendments (see details, below).

Hear about the updated progress of Downtown St. Louis, Inc.’s Design Downtown STL initiative from its representatives, information from the current DNA Board of Directors & local elected officials, and about new events and businesses in the region.

Meet us after the meeting during our DNA Social at Missouri Bar & Grille, 701 N Tucker!

Colorful block image with the words "DNA St Louis Bylaws" in white letters.

Reminder: DNA Bylaw Amendments Vote

As mentioned during the January 2020 Town Hall, the DNA Board of Directors worked on modifications to the existing bylaws to more accurately reflect the needs, wants, and priorities of the residents as well as the businesses within Downtown St. Louis. A working copy of those modifications were made available at that time.

Below is a quick synopsis of those modifications, which are being submitted for membership approval and vote at the March 9, 2020 Town Hall.

Summary of Amendment to Bylaws:

  • Distinguishes between “General” (voting) members and “Associate” (non-voting) members.
  • Specifies the federal regulations by which a small business / entity member will be defined.
  • Removes prohibition on multiple entity members having the same registered agent address and replaces it with a prohibition on multiple entities under common control being granted membership.
  • Permits the board to develop new classes of membership (e.g., group membership based on familial status) at its discretion.
  • Clarifies that nothing in the bylaws will prohibit the board from electing to send a remote written ballot to members in lieu of a vote taken at a meeting of the members, as permitted by Missouri statute.
  • Reduces the minimum membership tenure before running for the board from two years to one year and allows the board to temporarily suspend this requirement in the event that an insufficient number of qualifying candidates run for election to the board.
  • Specifies the duties of the Executive Director.
  • Updates DNA’s policy on nondiscrimination.
  • Adds standard provisions for officer and director resignation, indemnification, and insurance.

Note: This summary does not change the terms of the bylaws amendment and is only being provided as a convenience. Neither this written summary nor any other explanation of the bylaws amendment that may be presented to the members is a substitute for complete review and understanding of the proposed amendment.

Full views of the bylaw amendments being proposed for the March 2020 Town Hall Meeting are available at the following links (Note: the numbering format has been corrected, no other changes have been made since the last edition):

The most current approved bylaws may be found on the DNA website at: