Metro-East News

July 21, 2014

Unkle Munkey's is all food and games

A restaurant, bar and video game arcade is under one roof in Edwardsville.

Unkle Munkey's Coin Club has opened at 1027 Century Drive, where customers can choose from an array of 50 coin-operated video games, 12 pinball machines, an assortment of beverages and a menu that includes of pizza, sandwiches and nachos.

You can find out more by calling 618-650-9107 or going online to www.unklemunkeys.com.

A recent story about microbreweries of the metro-east did not include one that is expected to open later this year in O'Fallon. Brick ovens were installed last spring at 104 S. Cherry St. in O'Fallon, where Peel Wood Fired Pizza plans to open its second metro-east locale. Terry Johnson, of the Barber Murphy Group in Shiloh, says the 10,000-square-foot microbrewery and pizzeria is anticipated to open by late September or early October. The microbrewery will be on the second floor. In the meantime, you can find Peel wood-fired oven-baked pizzas is at 921 S. Arbor Vitae in Edwardsville or call them at 618-659-8561.

Cashiers at Shop 'n Save stores in the metro-east are now bagging groceries for customers. That is a departure from the grocery store chain's past bag-your-own policy. The Granite City store, at 3521 Nameoki Road, has also completed an interior redesign reflecting the neighborhood its serves. Customers will see photos of the city throughout the store and the aisles have been renamed after streets in town, such as Nameoki Road and Niedringhaus Avenue.

A men's hair salon has opened its doors in Fairview Heights. You can find Gentlemen Cuts at 319 Lincoln Highway in Fairview Heights. Their number is 618-589-9738 and their website is www.gentlemencuts.com.

The peaches are in at Eckert's Orchards in at 951 South Green Mount Road in Belleville, 20995 Eckert Orchard Road in Grafton and 11520 Gravois Road in St. Louis. Eckert's has opened its Grafton Farm for the season. Blackberries and peaches are now available in Grafton. Find out more online at www.eckerts.com.

Horseshoe Lake Animal Hospital in Collinsville has expanded its hours. Beginning this weekend, the veterinarian service at 5230 Horseshoe Lake Road will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The animal hospital is still be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can call them at 618-344-7949.

And finally, Spencer Pet Rescue is winding down its service after its lease recently expired at Spencer Kennel in O'Fallon. The lease at the dog and cat kennel at 1405 E. Highway 50 expired May 14, and founder Jeanette Stunkle said she is slowly dissolving the service.

"We just don't have the money for a new building," Stunkle said.

She established the stray pet rescue service eight years ago and said she is still working with PetSmart and Petco to find homes for stray dogs that she is still taking care of.

"I hate to give it up entirely," she said. "My heart is with the animals."

If you would like to help or find out more, call Stunkle at 618-792-1625.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 618-239-2526.

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