Metro-East News

August 11, 2014

Papa Vito's Pizza opening second Belleville pizzeria soon

The second Belleville location for Papa Vito's Pizza could open in about a month.

That's the word from the folks working at the restaurant, at 4205 North Belt West.

It will be the third for the pizzeria, which has operated in Waterloo for the past two decades and opened its first Belleville restaurant at 318 E. Washington St. in downtown Belleville in January 2011.

Stay tuned.

There's more information about a restaurant coming soon to Edwardsville. Fairview Heights-native and current Ohio resident Mike Graber plans to open Social Gastropub at 2 157 Center by next month. The eatery will feature a menu that will change every two months, based on customer's tastes. What will remain a staple is the mac 'n cheese that will be served with a selection of 60 toppings, from vegetables to shrimp to lobster. Graber says their mac 'n cheese recipe took three months to perfect. The metro-east restaurant will be Graber's third establishment. He also runs a Social Gastropub near his home in Perrysburg, Ohio, and also Gradkowski's, a restaurant located on the University of Toledo campus that he co-owns with U of Toledo alum, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and restaurant namesake Bruce Gradkowski.

A Fairview Heights sports trophy and plaque store is under new ownership and has since expanded and relocated. Kevin Pawlow has purchased The Trophy Case, formerly at 5109 N. Illinois St., and moved it across the street to 5154 N. Illinois St., where he has added sporting goods, silk screening, embroidering and heat pressing services. Pawlow, a former Southern Illinois University Edwardsville basketball player, has renamed the business The Trophy Case - Living the Dream Sports, where he still makes trophies and awards. You can call him at 618-234-5001.

Schaefer Autobody Centers has opened its first metro-eat location. The collision repair center is now at your service at 1290 Central Park Drive in O'Fallon. The family-owned business was founded in 1985 and has seven other auto repair shops across the river throughout greater St. Louis. You can call the O'Fallon location at 618-589-7213 or go online to to find out more.

First Clover Leaf Bank has opened in Swansea. The bank purchased the former Commerce Bank building at 4101 N. Illinois St. You can reach the bank at 618-416-7895 or find out more online at The bank has also announced a new affiliation with Visionary Wealth Advisors, which will provide bank customers with financial planning and wealth management services. The services will be offered under the name First Clover Leaf Wealth Management and will be available to clients at each of its six branches, under the guidance, management and support of Visionary Wealth Advisors.

The new owner of the former Froesel Tire, also known as Centreads, in Belleville plans to sell landscaping equipment and used vehicles there. Chet Shelton said he and his business partner, Dave Vinlove, have purchased the property at 420 S. Illinois St. but have not determined an opening date.

In Shiloh, metro-east construction management firm Impact Strategies is building a professional office building on Hartman Lane. Known as TAMAR II Office Building and next door to Walgreens, the building will house a 5,500-square-foot medical climic for HSHS Medical Group. More tenants will be announced soon.

And finally, Coldwater Creek in Fairview Heights closed after business on Sunday. The Idaho-based women's fashion and gifts retail chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last May and has company has been liquidating merchandise at its 365 stores. The Fairview Heights store opened in March 2007 as part of the Shoppes at St. Clair shopping center.

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

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