Why are area Popeye's restaurants closing?

November 11, 2013 

Three Popeye's restaurants were closed within the past week in the metro-east due to remodeling.

Signs posted outside the fired chicken chain's locations in Belleville, East St. Louis and Cahokia indicate that each has temporarily closed for renovations. The owners could not be reached for comment.

The Popeye's at 6011 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights is a corporate-owned restaurant and remains open.

Bob Evans at 10 Ludwig Drive in Fairview Heights will reopen Tuesday after recently closing for renovations.

Julia's Place is a new Belleville carryout eatery that makes homemade "soul food with a twist" and also provides catering. You can find them at 1403 W. Main St. or call them at 618-540-3122.

A barbecue restaurant in Belleville has closed. Big Reggie's Famous BBQ at 4004 W. Main St. has closed its doors after opening a year ago. The property is listed for sale.

A micro-brewery and restaurant planned for downtown Granite City has signed a lease. Granite City Economic Development Director Jon Ferry said Six Mile Brewery and Smokehouse signed the lease last week and will be going into 1324 Niedringhaus Ave., inside the former Guardian Savings Bank. The building was initially built in the 1920s for First National Bank and has been vacant forsix years. The name is a tribute to the city's history as the community was initially known as Six Mile Prairie because farmers traveled six miles to market their corn in St. Louis. Stay tuned.

It's beginning to look a lot like Black Thursday. Kmart has announced that its stores will open Thanksgiving morning, outdoing other big-box retailers such as Toys R Us, which plans to open at 5 p.m. that evening. Kmart will open for business at 6 a.m. and remain open for the next 41 hours until 11 p.m. Friday evening at 7230 Westfield Plaza Drive in Belleville, 1101 Beltline Road in Collinsville, 3655 Nameoki Road in Granite City and at other stores across the country.

And finally, today is Veterans Day and local restaurants are celebrating by giving veterans and active duty military with ID free food. At Applebee's, they can eat a free meal today. Hooters in Fairview Heights will give them a free meal up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase, and Bob Evans restaurant in Collinsville will give veterans and active military personnel all-you-can-eat hotcakes for free today.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 618-239-2526.

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