Webb City Historical Society members tour one of the many varied spaces within Just A Taste.

The history of how historical buildings were rejuvenated

Sommelier Eric Taylor talks about the features of the Wine Cave, which holds a large collection of wines.

Do you know the long bar top at Zinc City Bar is really solid zinc?

That’s one of the interesting nuggets members of the Webb City Historical Society learned when they toured Just A Taste Tuesday.

Webb City’s nickname, of course, was the Zinc City. “We wanted to give as many nods to Webb City history as possible, said Eric Taylor, owner and sommelier.

The tour included a PowerPoint look at how the old Thomas Fruit Co. and three other buildings in the 100 block of South Main Street were rejuvenated into a cityscape of its own inside Just A Taste.

Taylor and Kurt Baker, who engineered the project, showed slides of how the half block looked before the transformation, discoveries and repairs along the way and how the construction progressed.

The varied storefronts inside include Cackler’s Cafe and Cardinal Room, the Eagles Landing Courtyard, Zinc City Bar, King Jack Theatre and Paddy O’Rourke’s Irish Pub.

Baker said more property on the block has been acquired, which will allow construction of another building to the south with a streetcar theme.

Taylor lamented that the pandemic occurred as soon as Just A Taste was ready to open. And now he is encouraging cooks and servers to apply.

The Webb City Historical Society’s next event will be a trolley tour of downtown at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. For information about joining the group, visit its Facebook page.

Signs point customers to the venues within Just A Taste.

Kurt Baker, in the King Jack Theatre, shows a slide of the buildings before their renovation as Just A Taste began.

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