The restaurant in Fairview Heights that has been known as the Pasta House Co. has been remodeled and revamped with a new menu and new name.
The restaurant at 4660 N. Illinois St. reopens Thursday as Gus's Place, which will carry a few new items on the menu while still retaining some of the pasta dishes and salad items from The Pasta House Co.
Restaurant owner Frank Ferrara said the Fairview Heights restaurant is the only one of the St. Louis-based Italian eateries to make this change, saying the location was not consistently attracting enough business.
"I think we weren't getting maximum sales for the space we have here," Ferrara said. "It's just not a regular Pasta House kind of space with the bar and everything else. We're trying to generate more per square foot, which of course is everybody's goal. We made two more private banquet rooms because banquet rooms seem to be in high demand for us. In order to make those changes, we decided to change the menu."
Ferrara said that menu will include the pasta and salads offered at The Pasta House Co.'s other restaurants, including the one in Edwardsville, of which he is also a co-owner.
The menu at Gus's Place will also have burgers, craft beers and a number of new appetizers, such as homemade corn dog chunks, jumbo chicken wings, pretzel sticks and fried pickle chips. A number of flat screen televisions have also been added in the dining room.
The restaurant, located in Winchester Plaza, opened in September 2008 after a fire in February 2007 destroyed the previous location at 6570 N. Illinois St., also in Fairview Heights.
Ferrara said his restaurant's new name is for his dog, who died in January. He also said that his restaurant will honor any Dealsaver vouchers purchased for The Pasta House Co.
The restaurant chain was founded in St. Louis in 1974 and has 15 locations in the metro area.
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