Spiegelglass Construction Finds Niche With Restaurants

By on October 16, 2018

From St. Louis Business Journal:  If you’ve ever dined out in St. Louis, you’ve probably set foot in a restaurant built by Spiegelglass Construction Co. And if you’ve ever eaten in a Panera Bread Co. location, you’ve almost certainly been to a restaurant built by the Maryland Heights-based company.

It was after building locations for Panera in the early 1990s that contractor Spiegelglass Construction found its niche in restaurants.

Over the past century, the company has taken on a variety of building jobs as construction and development evolved in the St. Louis region. It ultimately narrowed its focus on restaurant, retail and corporate interior work. Joe Spiegelglass started the company in 1904 as a one-man operation that mostly did repair work for downtown storefronts.

Today, the company is run by its third and fourth generations with co-owners Barry Spiegelglass and Tim Spiegelglass at the helm. The father and sonduo said the company’s strong reputation has kept it thriving and allowed it to cultivate long-term clients such as Panera.

“Fortunately, since 1991 when we did the first store for them, we’re still doing stores throughout the years as they’ve evolved and went to different owners,” Barry said.

Spiegelglass Construction has built more than 400 Panera restaurants. The firm, which has about 15 full-time employees, also has built multiple locations for restaurants such as First Watch and Wasabi Sushi Bar. Spiegelglass Construction declined to disclose revenue.

“Our long-term clients is where we can see our value, that people keep on coming back to us,” Tim said.

Recent work for Speigelglass includes construction of the region’s first Shake Shack location in the Central West End and The Arch Cafe, located inside the Gateway Arch and built as part of the Arch grounds’ $380 million revamp. The company is also general contractor for Fitz’s Root Beer’s planned location at the new $7 million Gathering Square development in South County.

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