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Then and Now: Busch Gardens hospitality center, 1959 and 2013

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The Busch Gardens hospitality center once offered the theme park's visitors free samples of Anheuser-Busch beverages. It tapped out in January 2009, two months after the St. Louis-based company was sold to InBev, Europe's largest brewer, for $52 billion. The Belgian brewer ended free beer at all Busch Entertainment Corp. hospitality centers, including SeaWorld. The new owner also halted the tradition of providing Busch Gardens employees of legal drinking age with two free cases of beer monthly. Today, the building houses Garden Gate Cafe, a pizza and pasta buffet. In addition to the landscaping changes since the Burgert Bros. photo was taken March 14, 1959, note the roller coaster visible above the roofline in the center of the current photo.

George R. Wilkens

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