Owners expect O'Fallon Mexican restaurant to open by July

May 27, 2013 

The word from the folks at La Casa Mexicana in Edwardsville is that their second restaurant, which is under construction in O'Fallon, should be open to customers by July.

The Mexican restaurant is one of the tenants at the new 9,800-square-foot Central Park Center retail complex being built off Central Park Drive in O'Fallon. The building will also include a Subway restaurant and All About Eyes, an eye glasses and contact lens store.

Wang Gang Asian Eats N' Beats will reopen Tuesday in Edwardsville. The Chinese and Thai restaurant closed its doors last week at 4 Club Centre on Illinois 157 in Edwardsville to move to another locale in town once occupied by Bully's Smokehouse at 1035 Century Drive. The phone number there is 655-0888 and the website is www.wanggangasian.com.

An Edwardsville pizzeria is expanding to a new spot in O'Fallon.

Peel Wood Fired Pizza will be moving into a 10,000-square-foot space at 104 S. Cherry St. in town, a site formerly home to the Idle Hour Lounge, says John Eichenlaub of Johnson Properties in Fairview Heights.

As the name implies, the restaurant specializes in wood-fired oven-baked pizzas. The menu also includes sandwiches, pasta and wings. Stay tuned.

Wehrenberg Theatres announced special events for movie goers at the St. Clair 10 Cine in Fairview Heights. The metro-east theater at 50 Ludwig Drive already features $3 admission for second-run movies and $1.50 admission on "Half Off Tuesday," now has a number of new discounts for a limited time. "Mondays at the Movies" reduces all admission for students to $1.50 every Monday. All military personnel with an ID only pay $1.50 admission every day of the week. "Senior Days" gives those 55 and older $1.50 admission on Wednesdays. The theater will also announce weekly contests and provide coupons on its Facebook page. Beginning June 5, the Free family Summer Series will screen free kid-friendly films at the theater at 10 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. Call 398-8385 or go online to www.wehrenberg.com to learn more.

A cell phone and electronics repair shop opened its first metro-east franchise in Fairview Heights. Cell Phone Repair set up shop at 103A Frey Lane where they repair cell phones as well computer tablets and gaming systems. The business has other locations across the river in Creve Coeur, Mo.; Chesterfield, Mo.; Brentwood, Mo. and St. Peters, Mo. You can reach the Fairview Heights store by calling 589-4981 or visiting to www.cpr-fairviewheights.com.

A new mattress store has opened its doors in Fairview Heights. Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mattress Direct reoccupied the space where LagoonaMagoo Toys recently vacated at 6308 N. Illinois St. The new business is a factory direct showroom for the Beauty Rest Mattress Co. You can call them at 628-1820.

A downtown Belleville gift shop will be winding down after about 20 years in business. Bear Book & Candle at 1111 West Main St. is expected to close by Labor Day. The late Gail Collins founded the business and had operated the store at three locations along Belleville's West Main Street before her death two-and-a-half years ago. Her husband, Ray Collins, owned the business since then, and Peggy Glatz has been running the day-to-day operations. The store has discounted its remaining merchandise. You can call the store at 233-2400 to find out more.

And finally, the inaugural Brew & Cue announced its line up of live entertainment. The day-long barbecue festival, contest and craft beer walk will include DJ Benny, who will also serve as the master of ceremonies. Performances by local bands Old Salt Union, Snarky Gargoyle and headlining the event is Steve Ewing, best known for his time as the frontman of the St. Louis-area band The Urge.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 8 along one block of East Main Street in downtown Belleville between Charles and Church streets. The Belleville Main Street Committee, Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, Chick Fritz Distribution and Big Daddy's 618 in Belleville is organizing the event. The event has attracted eight local vendors and will include a people's choice barbecue competition. All proceeds go to the Belleville Main Street Committee.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 239-2526.

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