According to a text message from Ajay Zutshi's phone, the long-awaited Riley's opens today at 4 p.m. The pub is located in the Tower Grove East neighborhood at Arsenal and Arkansas.
Update: We have been to the Promised Land. We stopped by Riley's around midnight. The service was comically slow, which perfectly befits a place that took the better part of a decade to open. It's a nice looking bar lots of wood and a tin ceiling on one side of the space. The Irish theme is in full effect. Even though it was opening day, the air was already thick with CBGB-quality smoke. In addition to drinks, they serve St. Louis-style pizza. In the grand northside tradition, there was a woman selling roses and teddy bears.