The folks at Lotawata Creek are chomping at the bit to reopen and may be able to by next week.
The southern grill-style restaurant at 311 Salem Place in Fairview Heights has been temporarily closed after a June 19 fire damaged the kitchen.
The owners are hoping to reopen as soon as Sept 21. Stay tuned.
The owner of a Chicago-style restaurant anticipates opening in Belleville in about four weeks. Mike Naser said the former Arby’s building on West Main Street is being renovated, has been painted and new landscaping has been added. He hopes to open by Oct. 15. His menu will feature Chicago-style hot dogs, chili dogs, burgers, gyros and more. The metro-east locale will be the second for Naser, who operates another in Decatur.
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A touring riverboat has announced that it will move its corporate headquarters near St. Louis. The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. will be moving to Kimmswick, Mo., which has also been selected as the new home port for the Delta Queen riverboat. The move means 170 new jobs to the region and an estimated $36.4 million impact to the region’s economy. The Delta Queen will visit more than 80 ports, including those in New Orleans, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St. Paul, Minn.
A new mediation service has opened for business in Belleville. The Mediation Office of Melissa Kettler has opened its doors at 20 E. Main St. to provide a space for mediation to “resolve conflict with open communication and mutual understanding.” Call 618-530-4561 to find out more.
And finally, The Walmart Foundation is seeking applications for its State Giving Program funding cycle. Last year, the foundation’s program awarded Illinois organizations almost $45 million in grants. One recipient was the Community Hope Center in Cottage Hills, Ill., which received a $60,000 grant from the foundation. The money was used to purchase two delivery trucks for a food pantry program.
Contact reporter Will Buss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-239-2526.