A pizzeria in Lebanon will be expanding to Belleville with a carryout-only location.
Mama Gustos To Go anticipates opening later this month in the shopping center at the intersection of Green Mount Road and Illinois 177.
The business is a second locale for Mama Gustos Pizzeria, which has been serving pizza and an assortment of Italian dishes for years at 115 W. St. Louis St. in Lebanon. Stay tuned.
Papa Murphy's has opened at 2691 N. Illinois St. in Swansea Plaza. The business was founded in 1981 and has become the world's largest "take 'n bake" chain with more than 1,425 locations in 38 states, Canada and United Arab Emirates. Other metro-east locations are at 1407 West U.S. Highway 50 in O'Fallon and 207 Harvard Drive in Edwardsville. You can reach the Swansea locale at 618-235-8710.
Metro-east chiropractor Kevin Schmidt has gone into the restaurant business with a Grandpa Luke's Deli/Coffee House in Millstadt. Located at 741 W. Washington St., next door to Dollar General Store, Grandpa Luke's serves fresh-cut deli sandwiches and hot coffee and provides drive-through service. Schmidt, who runs chiropractic practices in Millstadt and Smithton, has decorated his restaurant with historic photos of Millstadt and antique farm equipment. You can call the restaurant at 618-406-8677.
Schmitty's Bar & Grill is a new eatery in Smithton. The menu at 102 N. Main St. includes Mediterranean chicken, lamb burgers and lamb fritters. Ice cream and snow cones are coming this summer. You can see for yourself from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Call 618-416-8145 to find out more.
Brick ovens have recently been installed in what will be the second metro-east locale for the Peel Wood Fired Pizza. Co-owner Patrick Thirion said he and his business partner, Brandon Case, anticipate the pizzeria to open at 104 S. Cherry St. in O'Fallon by September. A microbrewery is planned for the second floor of the building. The brewing tanks and other beer-making equipment are expected to arrive and be installed about a month from now. In the meantime, Peel's first location serving wood-fired oven-baked pizzas is at 921 S. Arbor Vitae in Edwardsville or call them at 618-659-8561.
The metro-east's newest Penn Station East Coast Subs in East Belleville will celebrate its recent opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. at 651 Carlyle Ave. Call 618-277-2287 for more information.
Certified Title & Escrow, which has offices in Highland, Edwardsville, Brighton, and Troy, will soon now be known as Midwest Title & Escrow Inc. Aside from a new name, the title company is incorporating a new logo, website and social media sites. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held May 12 at the Highland location. For more information, call 618-654-7675 or go to www.midwestescrow.com.
And finally, the Oatman House Restaurant in Collinsville is now an on-site donation spot for used shoes for the Shoeman Water Project. The organization collects used shoes and sends them to vendors in Africa. The proceeds are used to establish and maintain clean water services for African citizens. You can drop off your used and unwanted shoes at the restaurant from Tuesday through Saturday at 501 E. Main St. or call 618-346-2326 to learn more.
Contact reporter Will Buss at email@example.com or 618-239-2526.