The Acropolis closes in downtown Belleville

December 2, 2013 

A Greek restaurant on Belleville's East Main Street has closed its doors but has not served its last dish.

The owners of the Acropolis served their last customers Saturday at 124 E. Main St., but owner Sharon Noblitt said she and her daughter Heather Noblitt plan to continue catering and serving food at local festivals. The eatery had operated at more than one location in Belleville over the past 20 years.

Subway has opened a new location in O'Fallon. The sandwich shop at 1222 Central Park Drive is part of a new shopping center across the street from Menards and adjacent to Buffalo Wild Wings, Ravanelli's Restaurant and Texas Roadhouse. The new center also houses an All About Eyes eye wear retailer and La Casa Mexicana, a Mexican restaurant that is expected to open by the end of the year. You can call the new Subway at 618-726-2200.

A restaurant and night club will soon open in Maryville. Bobby Menard, who had operated an restaurant and night club in O'Fallon, is getting ready to open Bobby's at Buffalo Park at 2822 North Center St. Stay tuned.

A couple has opened an e-cigarette store in Lebanon. Paul and Karen Dontigney are the proprietors of Ghost Vapors at 204 W. St. Louis St., where they sell e-cigarettes or "e-cigs." These "smokes" have no tobacco, but a mechanism that heats up liquid nicotine and turns into a vapor that smokers inhale and exhale. It is one of several e-cig retailers that have recently cropped up in and around the metro-east. You can call the Lebanon store at 618-537-8870.

An Edwardsville antiques and gift shop is no longer in business. A Lil' Kountry Shop at 307 N. Main St. has closed its doors.

A gift shop in Freeburg is going out of business. Shelley Wolf will close Paper Moon at the end of the year after selling greeting cards, flowers and other gift items at the Freeburg Center shopping plaza for the past seven years. In the meantime, you can call her at 791-2269.

And finally, a Southern Illinois pork producer is purchasing a chicken production company. The Maschhoffs LLC in Carlyle, the largest family-owned pork production company in North America, is operated by fifth-generation of the Maschhoff family who have announced that they are acquiring St. Cloud, Minn.-based GNP Co. and its subsidiaries. GNP is a provider of chicken under the Gold'n Plump, Just BARE and Sunny Roast brand labels. The transaction is expected to be completed by next month, and both businesses will operate separately with no anticipated immediate impact on GNP Co.'s chicken business or The Maschhoffs pork production. GNP Co. has about 170 employees and works with 350 farms. The Maschhoffs partners with more than 450 farmers across the Midwest to produce enough pork to feed more than 16 million consumers a year. According to The Maschhoffs spokesman Chuck Sanger, the pork producer is projected to bring in between $820 million and $825 million in revenue this year. Sanger said that combined the pork and chicken production companies should generate $1 billion by next year.

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

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