McDonald's has its sights set on Millstadt.
A commercial real estate firm has proposed plans to bring the world's largest hamburger chain to the village. According to plans drawn by NAI Desco in St. Louis, the fast-food restaurant and adjacent retail space have been proposed for development at the former Mertz Ford building, at the southwest corner of East Washington and South Jefferson streets. Officials from NAI Desco have declined to comment.
Millstadt Mayor Mike Todd said he could not comment about the proposed project because the developer has yet to approach the city's planning or zoning commissions with a formal proposal.
A long-standing metro-east Italian eatery will soon be relocating. Mungo's will move to O'Fallon later this summer. Owner Tony Mazzola said the location in the shopping center next to the O'Fallon 15 Cine, on the northeast corner of Central Park Plaza and Hartman Lane, is larger and more visible than his locale at 525 Lincoln Highway in Fairview Heights, near St. Clair Square.
"Being at seven different locations it this area, you see that this area right here is not developing as quickly as up there in O'Fallon," Mazzola said. "With the mall here and everybody buying products on the computer, no one comes to the mall as much as they used to."
Mazzola first open his restaurant on Belleville's West Main Street in 1983. His Sicilian family is from The Hill in St. Louis, and he has brought his recipes with him at every stop. He opened the Fairview Heights restaurant in 2002.
He said the location is expected to open within the next two months. The new locale will have the same menu but add pizza. It will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Mazzola's daughter Angie Mazzola will work as an assistant general manager.
In the meantime, you can call the restaurant at 618-632-6864 to find out more.
Now you can eat, drink and play at one Millstadt eatery. Millstadt restaurateur Dennis Keck has opened Emma's Video Gaming Cafe inside his restaurant, Smokin' K's BBQ & More, at 548 E. Washington St. The champion barbecuer and jeweler has opened a small video gambling parlor off to the side of his restaurant that has five video gambling machines. Gambling is available during restaurant hours, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Keck is also celebrating his first year in business at the barbecue restaurant with a celebration on June 28. Live entertainment and specials are planned for that day. You can call 618-476-1777 to find out more.
Across the river, Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has announced that it will break ground on its first St. Louis-area store next month. The new 380,000-square-foot store will be built at the intersection of Forest Park and Vandeventer avenues in St. Louis. The store is expected to open next year.
A Belleville hair salon and spa has moved to O'Fallon. You can find Tommy Z's Salon & Spa at 124 Springfield Court in O'Fallon. To reach the salon, call 618-726-7365, and to reach the spa, the number is 618-624-8586.
And finally, sub sandwich chain that gives back to firefighters has recently donated more than $20,500 worth in equipment to the Granite City Fire Department. Fire House Subs, which has restaurants in Granite City and Fairview Heights, formally made the donation last week. The metro-east fire department was presented with three gas detectors, a gas instrument test system, a gas detector bump station and an air system cart with two masks. Two firefighters in Jacksonville, Fla., started the sandwich shop chain in 1994. Today, the restaurant maintains a public safety fund and gives grants to fire departments in need. You can find Firehouse Subs at 3214 Nameoki Road in Granite City (618-451-6600) and in Lincoln Place at 5909 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights (618-234-3400).
Contact reporter Will Buss at email@example.com or 618-239-2526.