BY JOYCE SMITH
Long ago, two side-by-side Crossroads buildings housed a bustling brewery bottling plant and offices where political boss Tom Pendergast set his machine in motion. Then the businesses closed and the red brick buildings — despite taking up a block in the heart of the Crossroads — were largely ignored and empty.
Now their new owner, Chicago-based Aparium Hotel Group, is out to change that. It has spent the last three years redeveloping the site as a destination for tourists and residents called Crossroads Hotel. The 131-room boutique hotel at 2101 Central St. officially opens in the historic Pabst Brewing Co. bottling building on Thursday, Oct. 18. It features a five-story atrium lobby that also will serve as an event space.