St. Louis wine bar plans move to metro-east

July 8, 2013 

A St. Louis wine bar is moving into Edwardsville.

Robust Wine Bar plans to open at the former Erato On Main at 126 E. Main St. later this month.

Robust opened its first locale at 227 W. Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves, Mo. in September 2007 and another opened last December at 635 Washington Ave. in downtown St. Louis.

In the meantime, you can call the Edwardsville location at 307-3203, the downtown St. Louis bar and restaurant at 314-287-6300 or the one in Webster Groves at 314-963-0033. Find out more online at

Qdoba Mexican Grill closed in Fairview Heights. According the Mexican fast-food restaurant chain's Facebook page, the business has left 6570 N. Illinois St., Suite 100, in Fairview Heights and five others locations across the river. The metro-east locale had opened in August 2010. You can still find Qdoba at 5880 Belleville Crossing St. in Belleville, 3210 Green Mount Crossing Drive in Shiloh, 1100 Collinsville Crossing Blvd. in Collinsville and 2100 Troy Road, Suite 5, in Glen Carbon.

Quizno's has left Green Mount Crossing in Shiloh. The sandwich shop chain recently closed its restaurant at 6208 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights, but still has metro-east locations in Belleville, Glen Carbon, Edwardsville, Granite City, Wood River, Highland and Columbia.

SwaggHER Fitness Studio in Belleville celebrates its grand opening Tuesday night. The new 1,900-square-foot health club at 15 N. 47th St. is owned by women. It opened two weeks ago and offers has an array of fitness equipment a number of fitness training classes. The grand opening will include tours of the new fitness center, free demonstrations, prize drawings and refreshments. Call 618-767-6676 or visit to learn more.

Belleville promotional products firm Standard Rule Promotions has relocated. Owners Mike and Tracy McCollum moved their business down the street from 6400 W. Main St. to 5600 W. Main St. You can still reach them at 618-398-9944 or find more information online at

An Edwardsville women's clothing store has expanded into including men's accessories. Mr. Anthony's Fashions for Women at 223 N. Main St. has been renamed Mr. Anthony's Fashions because the store has added men's shirts, bow ties, cuff links and other men's clothing accessories. Call 618-656-9800 for more information.

Those who donate their used clothing, apparel, electronics, tools, books, housewares, furniture and more to St. Louis area MERS/Goodwill stores on Tuesdays throughout this month will receive a coupon for six free donuts from Dunkin Donuts. Donors must ask for the coupon. Money generated from the sale of these items will be used to support MERS/Goodwill's employment and rehabilitation programs. To learn more, go online to or call 314-241-3464.

Tour boat rides and boat rentals are now available in Grafton. The Hakuna Matata, an all-weather, 53-foot, 49-passenger Coast Guard-licensed tour boat is now navigating tourists along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers from Grafton Harbor. The first level of the boat is enclosed with large windows and is air-conditioned and heated. The upper deck is an patio. The boat has restrooms and a cash bar that also sells snacks and souvenirs. Call 618-786-7678 or go online to to learn more.

O'Fallon child care and development center The Early Years has earned accreditation. The center at 145 Springfield Court has recently received accreditation from the National Accreditation Commission. The center's other metro-east location at 750 Fountains Parkway in Fairview Heights received accreditation from the commission in April 2012. The Early Years provides care and development for children as young as six weeks to as old as 12. You can reach the O'Fallon center at 618-624-2500 or the Fairview Heights center at 618-624-5824. Find out more online at

Two sisters who grew up in Caseyville have launched a new company in North Carolina. Rena Schrein and Nickie Stowers have founded Pinehurst Personal Products LLC in Pinehurst, N.C. built around a product they invented called Save the Last Drop. This product allows consumers to get the last drop out of containers of liquid soap, shampoos, lotions and cosmetics. Their invention has an open bottom that consumers sit the upside down container above to provide the last drops to come out. The entrepreneurs are currently looking for retail outlets. You can find out more on their website,

A St. Louis restaurant chain is coming to O'Fallon. This week, Syberg's Family Restaurant is having interviews for potential employees at what will become its first metro-east location. The eatery will move into 1310 Central Park Drive, where Long Star Steakhouse & Saloon closed last fall. The new tenants have a menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, chicken wings, steak, fish and pizza. Syberg's has four restaurants across the river in downtown St. Louis at 2211 Market St., 7802 Gravois Road in St. Louis, 2430 Old Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights, Mo. and 17392 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield, Mo.

And finally, Belleville-based Allsup Inc. is collecting soft goods through next Monday to defray expenses for military veterans participating in a November climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Needed items include usable clothing and shoes in all sizes, blankets, bed sheets, comforters and curtains, towels, draperies, tablecloths, soft dolls and stuffed animals. Items not accepted include electronics, appliances, furniture, mattresses, books, tapes, CDs and hard toys. Allsup's goal is to collect 30,000 pounds of soft goods, which will provide $3,000 to support the veterans climbing the African mountain. Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Allsup's headquarters off Illinois, at 300 Allsup Place in Belleville. For more information, call 618-236-5018.

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 239-2526.

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