A series of coffee houses cropped up across the metro-east area and beyond to satisfy your craving for caffeine and casinos.
Lucy's Place opened in Fairview Heights and beyond to provide consumers with beverages, coffee and video gaming. This business began to take root in communities across the metro-east and into Southern and central Illinois earlier this year after state lawmakers approved video gambling. Locations open as early as 6 a.m. and close as late as 1 a.m. Customers must be 21 or older to enter.
Lucy's Place recently opened at 4521 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights, 337 Market Place in Fairview Heights, 1808 Vaughn Road in Wood River, 2807 Homer Adams Parkway in Alton and 180 Columbia Centre Drive in Columbia. More locations are coming soon: 1207 Frank Scott Parkway, Suite 1100, in Shiloh Parkway Plaza in Shiloh; 4020 Pontoon Road, Suite 1D, in Granite City and 539 Troy Plaza in Troy.
A Belleville ice cream parlor reopened on the city's west end. West End Creamery at 8205 W. Main St. is now under new ownership. The phone number there is 398-9800.
DS Vespers Sports Pub & Eatery in Belleville is now open for lunch. Located at 701 South Belt West, the dining venue is in the same building that houses The EDGE 5 Theatres, which are open for afternoon matinees seven days a week. Call 236-2101 to find out more.
The Belleville City Council approved a liquor license for The Patriot at 20 South Belt West. The restaurant opened this spring where the former Hy-Ho Cafe operated for several decades.
Lox Salon Spa is now open in Collinsville. You can find them at 105 E. Main St. or call 972-5398 to learn more.
And finally, a new assisted-living center is expected to open by the end of the month in Troy. Aspen Creek Living at 1924 Sra. SRA Bradley Smith Drive, located off Edwardsville Road, will be a 12-room center for those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Owner Teresa Crawford said the new assisted living center is being designed to resemble a household and will provide each tenant their own bathroom. Aspen Creek Living also has two locations in Effingham and a third in Sullivan, located just north of Effingham. For more information about the new Troy location, call 667-2003.
Contact reporter Will Buss at email@example.com or 239-2526.