Metro-East News

Tapas bar opens in Belleville; clothing store set to close

T-Squared Taps & Tapas, the Tavern on Main expansion, opened in Belleville in Thursday.
T-Squared Taps & Tapas, the Tavern on Main expansion, opened in Belleville in Thursday.

T-Squared Taps and Tapas, the new watering hole in downtown Belleville, opened Thursday ahead of Art on the Square.

The establishment has more than 20 beers on tap, and is next to Tavern on Main and run by the same owner, Belleville restaurateur Mark Onstott.

The menu features tapas, hummus trays, flatbreads, tacos and charcuterie boards. Different items will be offered every week.

A garage-door opening on the street will make it easy for patrons to purchase drinks outside.

“We’re just really happy with being downtown,” Onstott said in February, when he announced the expansion. “The city is really good to us.”

T-Squared Taps and Tapas and Tavern on Main are near the intersection of Main Street and Church Street.

Swansea clothing store closing

Wee-Peats Kids Resale store in Swansea will close at the end of the month after six years in business, according to its Facebook page.

The store’s owner is moving to Alaska, according to a post on Wee-Peats’ Facebook page.

The Facebook post says that the store will no longer buy clothing but will remain open at 208 Frank Scott Parkway East until May 31.

“It’s been a pleasure watching your kids grow and sharing in all the different fashion personalities us parents are challenged with these days,” the post said.

In this 2012 file photo, shoppers browse the selections at Wee-Peats Kids Resale Store at 208 Frank Scott Parkway East. The store is slated to close at the end of May. Derik Holtmann News-Democrat file photo

Will O’Fallon Gander Mountain remain?

The future of the Gander Mountain in O’Fallon is still up in the air.

The new CEO of the company has yet to say whether the location at 1230 Central Park Drive will remain open, even though all stores around the chain are conducting liquidation sales.

CEO Marcus Lemonis has tweeted that the Peoria, Marion and Springfield locations will stay open in Illinois, as well as a Chesterfield store in Missouri. He had not mentioned the O’Fallon location.

Gander Mountain was acquired by Camping World Holdings, Inc., this month after it filed for bankruptcy in March.

A phone call to Gander Mountain representatives was not returned.

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Gander Mountain associate Jessica Scott works in the women’s apparel area at the O’Fallon location. Derik Holtmann News-Democrat file photo

Doctor opens Columbia location

Memorial Medical Group Family Medicine physician Dr. Chris Schenewerk is set to move to a new location on June 19, in Columbia, at 200 Admiral Trost Boulevard, Suite 1A, according to a news release.

Dr. Schenewerk will continue to see patients at his office at 4017 Illinois 159, Suite 101 in Smithton, as well, the news release said.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 618-281-7373.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter Reporters Cara Anthony and Lexi Cortes contributed to this report.