Metro-East News

July 7, 2014

Marco's Pizza opens in Family Video store

The first pizzeria has opened in one of the last standing video stores in the metro-east.

Marco's Pizza has opened inside the Family Video store at 1838 Central Plaza Drive in Belleville.

The Toledo, Ohio-based pizzeria chain has contracted with the Springfield-based Family Video to build pizza kitchens inside 175 of the video store chain's 620 existing locations, including another that is planned for the video store at 108 St. Louis Road in Collinsville. The Collinsville pizzeria is expected to begin construction soon.

A seafood restaurant is anticipated this fall in Edwardsville. Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill has been serving seafood and Cajun food for almost eight years in Creve Coeur, Mo. Its first metro-east locale is expected to open at 215 Harvard Drive by October. The site had recently been home to Pita Pit, a pita-based eatery that closed last year. Stay tuned.

Flamingo's in Belleville will open up for lunch beginning Tuesday. The restaurant at 923 W. Main St. will open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant will open at 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The menu includes many of the dishes that were served at Maxwell's Restaurant, which had occupied the West Main Street site for 36 years before closing two years ago. Call the restaurant at 618-34-9663 for more information.

A new comedy club is scheduled to open its doors Friday night in Fairview Heights. Hey Guys Comedy will raise the curtain this weekend at Chateau Plaza, located at 5225 N. Illinois St. The doors for the first show will open at 7:30 p.m. and show time will begin at 8 p.m. A second show will be at 10 p.m. with doors opening at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show and at 9 p.m. for the 9:30 p.m. show. Find out more by calling 618-416-6434 or go online to

A Missouri auto body repair chain has opened its first spot in the metro-east. Schaefer Autobody Centers is now at 1290 Central Park Drive in O'Fallon. Founded in 1985, Schaefer Autobody Centers has seven locations throughout the St. Louis. Find out more by calling 618-589-7213 or going online to

Meredith Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. at 6300 E. Main St. in Maryville, has been given the Rheem's Outstanding Dealer Award for 2013. The 31-year-old company has earned this distinction for the fifth consecutive year. Call them at 618-344-7600 to find out more.

And finally, Gori Julian & Associates has opened its second office in Edwardsville. The new office is at 120 N. Main St. The law firm was founded in Alton in 2008 and opened the first Edwardsville office two years ago at 101 West Schwarz St. The firm has another office across the river in St. Peters. Mo. You can find out more about tby calling 888-362-6890 or going online to

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 618-239-2526.

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