What's opening in the former Rusty's Restaurant?

August 19, 2013 

AP GRAPHICS BANK

A new smokehouse-style restaurant has plans to open in the metro-east.

The owners of Hendricks BBQ in St. Charles, Mo., purchased the former Rusty's Restaurant in Edwardsville, where they plan to open an eatery known as Hendricks Smokehouse. Rusty's left the 15,000-square-foot building at 1201 N. Main St. closed five years ago after more than 50 years in business.

The new owners have not announced an opening date but indicated that it could be six months or longer before the new restaurant opens. Stay tuned.

Detroit Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups and former NBA star Junior Bridgeman have purchased seven metro-east area Wendy's restaurants plus 23 more Wendy's across the river. Together, the two have formed BB St. Louis LLC and are the new owners of 29 existing St. Louis-area Wendy's restaurants and another currently under construction in the metro area. The recent transaction include the metro-east restaurants at 2600 Green Mount Commons Drive in Belleville, 5959 Belleville Crossing St. in Belleville, 2638 N. Illinois St. in Swansea, 6204 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights, 1061 Collinsville Crossing in Collinsville, 1845 Vaughn Drive in Wood River and 1825 Homer Adams Parkway in Alton. Bridgeman, who spent most of 12-year professional basketball career with the Milwaukee Bucks, is the second-largest franchisee of the Dublin, Ohio-based fast-food chain. The 59-year-old now has total or partial ownership of 196 Wendy's restaurants. Billups is 36 and has played in the NBA since 1997. He is just entering the restaurant industry.

Eye wear retailer All About Eyes opened another location in the metro-east. The business is now at 1222 Central Park Drive in O'Fallon, across the street from Menards and adjacent to Buffalo Wild Wings, Ravanelli's Restaurant and Texas Roadhouse. You can call the new store at 628-7800 and can also find All About Eyes in Belleville, Collinsville and Edwardsville.

Dentist Kara Schreder will soon open a dental practice in Swansea. Schreder Family Dental will open at 4023 N. Illinois St. after the property renovation is completed. In the meantime, you can reach the practice at 420-0255 or karaschreder.com.

The Fairview Heights Fire Department expects to move into its new fire house by November. Holland Construction Services in Swansea is heading the construction of the new Fairview Engine House 2 at 214 Ashland Ave. The new fire house will take the place of the one at 66 Lincoln Highway, which will be auctioned off.

You can see the first signs of the Halloween shopping season in Fairview Heights. A sign outside 6104 N. Illinois St. advertises that retailer Spirit Halloween will open there next month for the season.

Egyptian Stationers sold its building at 107 W. Main St. in downtown Belleville. The business ended its walk-in retail service there about two years ago, but is still maintaining its office furniture business down the street at 129 W. Main St. The retail business continues online at www.egyptian-stationers.com. Call 234-2323 to find out more.

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

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