Changes are coming to Laclede’s Landing in the form of a multi-million-dollar facelift to a 125-year-old building in the riverfront district.

The 612North Building on North 2nd Street is undergoing a $3-million renovation that will convert the six-level, 50,000-square-foot structure into a dining and special event space with unmatched views of the newly transformed Arch grounds and the riverfront.

A peek inside VUE, a new event space in Laclede’s Landing

The building is owned by local restaurateur Munsok So, the owner of Drunken Fish restaurants, So purchased the property in 2006, and it formerly housed the third Drunken Fish location in the city. But as the Arch grounds renovations began to take shape across the street, So recalibrated his initial concept for the building and decided to undergo a complete makeover inside and out to create a one-of-a-kind venue in hopes of catering to local residents and the expected increase in visitors coming the Arch grounds.

“I hope that what we are doing here brings value to the community and to the city of St. Louis,” stated So. “I believe that others can see the success of this and bring increased interest back to the Landing. We are extremely excited about what this represents.”

Making use of the building’s exceptional location, So began with a gut rehab of the fifth and top floor, transforming it in the past seven months into an event venue called VUE, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Arch grounds, the Mississippi River and the historic Eads Bridge. The VUE is slated for a December opening.

The smaller venue, KOR, will be housed on the lower level.

Other plans call for the first floor to host three separate offerings to be rolled out over the next several months, starting with Kimchi Guys, a fast-casual Korean food eatery. Sharing the first-floor space will be Miss Java, which will be the first official coffee shop on The Landing. The remaining portion of the first floor will be occupied by KOR, which is designed to be a smaller and more intimate event space.

The building’s fourth floor will serve as the corporate office for Drunken Fish, the second and third floors are currently being converted into office spaces.

“Munsok’s decision to transform the entire building with several unique offerings will make it a destination in itself,” said John Clark, president of the Laclede’s Landing Community Improvement District. “It’s going to be a terrific addition and great complement to the various other offerings already here on The Landing.”

Renovations to the building are expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2018.