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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- While the Cardinals are trying to build a winner in Florida, some downtown bars are building additions in time for the new season.

The largest is at Paddy O’s, where owner Chris Dorr says the $ 2 million expansion, including eight thousand covered square feet, topped by an eight thousand foot patio, will allow him to serve more Cardinals’ fans, “We’re definitely bullish on Cardinal baseball. The Cardinals draw from a multi-state area and those are our customers.”

Dorr says the expansion also allow the bar to open on non-game days, “We can be a private venue for large private parties, graduation parties or birthday parties.”

A few blocks to the east John Johnson is expanding his Broadway Oyster Bar’s patio and kitchen to better serve the sea of red, “We’re going to have two, three, four tables we didn’t have before. And with a bigger kitchen we can expand our menu.”

Johnson says after two strong years, despite the down economy, “Since we have been fairly successful in a down economy, I don’t think it’s going to get any worse in a growing economy.”

To the north of the stadium, at The Hilton St. Louis Ballpark, work continues on a roof-top bar 26 stories up, that should open in July. General Manager Erich Smith tells KMOX, “It’s going to be spectacular. A third of it’s outside looking directly into the stadium. You’ll be able to see the entire field except the very, very corner of left-field. We’re bullish on downtown. We’re bullish about the hotel and the success we’re having, about the summer season and about the Cardinals too.”

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