Small Business Spotlight: 1860 Saloon, Game Room, & Hardshell Café
1860's Saloon, Game Room, and Hardshell Café has been a major Soulard staple for the past 17 years. We sat down with owner Tom Gullickson to find out more about his personal story and what makes 1860's so special to our community.
(1) Where are you originally from and what brought you to St. Louis?
Tom: I came to St. Louis from South Dakota in 1984 by accident and stayed by choice.
(2) Why did you choose to open your business in Soulard and how long have you been in business?
Tom: My first job in the food/beverage industry was when I moved to St. Louis. I enjoyed working in the service industry and have been in it ever since. I have worked in seven Soulard establishments and have been an owner in four.
(3) What is one surprising or fun fact about you (or 1860's) that many people do not know?
Tom: 1860 is the address of the building - not the year it was established. Also, the concept of three different themed bars in the same building I borrowed from a bar in Downtown Indianapolis called the Slippery Noodle.
(4) How would you describe the overall concept behind 1860’s?
Tom: Good people, good food, good music, good fun!
(5) What’s your favorite menu item and what drink would you pair it with?
Tom: Every item on the menu I enjoy and recommend, but we are most known for our hand battered chicken tenders and crab cakes.
(6) Share your favorite story from your time owning and running 1860’s.
Tom: After seventeen years there are so many and so little time. If I were to tell the great stories of 1860s most of them would have to be greatly redacted to protect the integrity of the customers and employees. (Haha!)
A big thank you to Tom for being the first participant in our Soulard Small Business Highlight program.
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Great place, food, music, service etc
All because of Tom!
Thanks Tom your the best!
Thanks for being a good neighbor and an excellent businessman!
17 years? I remember Richard Marion. RIP.
Tom is my dear dear friend! I LOVE the 1860 and am sooo thrilled to be back!! I've been performing there for so many fun-filled years and am soooooo excited to spend an evening with all of you at such a great, historical, and one of a kind establishments!! If you've not come to the 1860, hesitate no longer! You're guaranteed to experience a great great time!!! Hopefully, I'll see you there Sept 24, 2022, 9PM-1!!!
Great food and music
Tom is the best!!!❤️
A good guy doing good things for the neighborhood!!!
Tom taught me how to tend bar at Hilary’s 35 years ago
Awesome!!! Wonderful place!!!￼
Good job uncle Tom Congrats you deserve it we had a great time when we were there.
Definitely a Soulard land mark!
Tony Weseman ... only 17 years...wow, seems longer