Another week, another round of closures, openings and unexpected changes for the metro-east food scene.
Goodbyes aren’t easy, but the month of August ended with two more restaurants saying farewell to Belleville.
Seafood by Crushed Velvet has closed its downtown location as the restaurant prepares to move to St. Louis this fall.
The seafood restaurant owned by Jasmine Brooks is expected to reopen Oct. 1 on Washington Avenue. Brooks said the new location will feature an expanded menu and a full bar.
“I’d like to say a special thank you to the city of Belleville and its residents for being so welcoming to us,” Brooks posted on Facebook on Thursday. “We look forward to returning home to Belleville in the near future.”
During the temporary closure, the restaurant will make its menu available through catering and special events in Illinois and Missouri.
Nanny Lou’s is no more
The corner cafe Nanny Lou’s is for sale.
Located near the intersection of West Main and South 20th streets in Belleville, the eatery closed its doors earlier this month.
A sign on the door stated it was closed for renovations. Now, the restaurant is closed for good, owner Mike Buettner told the News-Democrat.
“We had a good run,” Buettner said. “We had a nice business.”
Nanny Lou’s opened two-and-a-half years ago with breakfast and lunch on the menu.
Vacant restaurant could find new life
More than two years after Logan’s Roadhouse in Fairview Heights suddenly closed, the building will soon be revived when a different restaurant moves in.
Fairview Heights Economic Development Director Mike Malloy said the city expects a national restaurant chain to move into the vacant space.
The name of that restaurant, Malloy said, will be released in a few months.
Logan’s Roadhouse opened the restaurant in 2007 adjacent to St. Clair Square mall at 51 Lincoln Highway. The restaurant closed in 2015 without warning.
Another McAlister’s Deli is coming
McAlister’s Deli, the fast casual chain that serves soup and sandwiches, will open a new location in Edwardsville by the end of 2017.
The company expects construction to be completed this winter, weather permitting.
This location will be the fourth McAlister’s Deli in the metro-east. The company has eateries in Shiloh, Scott Air Force Base and Fairview Heights.
Changes are coming to pizza shop
Johnny’s Pizza & Pasta in Fairview Heights will soon have a new name, but the recipes are staying the same.
After nine years of ownership, Jon Weaving and his family recently sold the pizza shop at 4628 N. Illinois St.
That means changes are ahead.
The new owners, Abby Thompson and her husband, Dustin, plan to keep most items on menu. Unpopular choices will go away, Abby said. They also plan to change the name to Joe’s Pizza and Pasta, which is the name of the parent franchise.
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