After a long search for a second location, Fletcher’s Kitchen and Tap will open a new restaurant at the old Clinton Hill Golf Course in Swansea early next year.
Mike Eiskant and Derek Betz, co-owners of Fletcher’s Kitchen and Tap in Belleville, said service at their original location in west Belleville will continue.
“It’s a really unique opportunity,” Eiskant said. “We’ll have the ability to do events. It was a tight space over there. We could only get so big. This enables us to use the outdoor space, which a lot of people love.”
Eiskant and Betz will renovate the space before opening in three to four months. Both said they have searched for years before buying the former golf course building and more than acre of surrounding land.
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Metro-east developer Mark Halloran owns the remaining property. He purchased the Clinton Hill Golf Course in Swansea for about $1.5 million, and wants to bring office buildings to the area.
“The economy is doing very well right now so this is a good time to do it,” Halloran said in January. “That’s an unserved location. There’s a lot of houses around it.”
Halloran also noted that he expects demand for the office buildings because “a lot of people like to have their offices close to them.”
Fletcher’s plans to welcome customers long before the first new office building goes up.
Swansea’s planning and zoning director Dallas Alley said residents in the area are already looking forward to the addition.
“We’re excited to have Fletcher’s,” Alley said. “We think this is the first step of what could be a really good redevelopment as a whole.”
Known for its hickory grill, soup and pizza, Fletcher’s opened its Belleville location at 6101 W. Main St. in 2004.