Wash U is buying several properties in the Delmar Loop

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV) – Several buildings on a popular stretch of Delmar Avenue have new owners.

The University of Washington said it has bought six properties in the Delmar Loop, including the famous “Pin-Up Bowl” from Joe Edwards. The longtime owner of the resort has spent decades building Delmar Loop into a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

“You see adults. You see young people. A whole gambit of amazing people,” said Joshua Patton, a longtime University City resident.

The university plans to retain the buildings’ current tenants and may add office space in the future. Edwards calls it a mutually beneficial agreement.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Joe and appreciate that he thought of us when he decided to put this property on the market,” said University of Washington spokeswoman Susan Killenberg McGinn. “We are united in our commitment to sustain the life and long-term success of the Loop.”

“To revitalize the area with people like Wash-U is a really good move,” said neighbor Aaron Hatch.

Edwards is not retiring. He still maintains several properties in the area, including his signature restaurant and Blueberry Hill location and the Moonrise Hotel down the street. He will also continue to run the ‘Pin-Up Bowl’.

He said these moves will help him focus on new projects like ‘Magic Mini-Golf’. Currently under construction, the venue will include a full 18-hole course, shuffleboard and more.

“I like to create places that have experiences where you don’t have to be good at the sport to enjoy it,” Edwards said.

No word yet on the total cost of the purchase.

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