To commemorate 9/11, 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. has released a limited edition American lager.
The beer dubbed “Off Duty” is a tribute to first responders, police officers, firefighters and paramedics.
A portion of the proceeds from this beer will be donated to BackStoppers, an organization that provides financial assistance to the families of first responders who die in the line of duty or suffer a catastrophic injury performing their duty in the St. Louis metro area.
“We created this beer to give back to those who give so much to our community,” the brewing company posted on Facebook.
BackStoppers will receive its first check from the brewing company on Sept. 17. 4204 will announce the amount of money raised for first responders soon.
East St. Louis gets a fresh fish market
Rod Harris, an East St. Louis native, recently opened Maui Seafood at 2138 Missouri Ave.
The 1,400 square-foot fresh fish market is equipped with two large tanks where live catfish and buffalo fish swim until they’re purchased.
“You can’t get it any fresher than this,” Harris said. The fish come from a farm in Grafton where Harris purchases a couple hundred pounds every week.
Harris said the concept of a catch-and-carry market is one that he fell in love with as a child.
Nearly 40 years later, he opened a shop of his own.
“I’ve been in East St. Louis all of my life. I love fresh fish; everybody that I know loves fresh fish,” Harris said. “I just want to thank the city of East St. Louis for giving us the opportunity to do this.”
The shop also offers perch, shrimp, Swai, jackfish, frog legs, tilapia and more. Harris, who co-owns the shop with his wife, also keeps fixings for spaghetti in the store along with hot sauce and pickles.
In the future, he plans to add a kitchen to the store that sits next to Officer’s Funeral Home in East St. Louis.
Want to try it?
Maui Seafood is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information, call 618-857-4533.
Edison’s add lobster and more to the menu
A recently renovated laser tag arena isn’t the only change customers will notice at Edison’s Entertainment Complex.
The restaurant at Edison’s has new menu items. Customers can now order lobster rolls, lobster tacos, white pizza, huge party platters and more.
Adding more choices to the menu is a part of Edison’s attempt to keep things fresh and exciting for customers, Marketing Manager Tom Rezabeck said.
The complex also wants to become a destination for dining.
More than 100 people have reserved a spot for the latest installment of an outdoor dining series at Edison’s dubbed Al Fresco Friday.
“We do think of ourselves just as much as a restaurant as we do an entertainment destination,” Rezabeck said. “So we’d like to remind folks that they can come here and just eat if they want to.”
In the kitchen at Edison’s, the crew has about 20 new and reinvented menu items to offer. From a lobster roll served hot or cold to steak salad and white pizza, customers will have more to chose from. Trying to stay away from pizza, burgers and fries? The restaurant also has a new section on the menu for wraps and gluten-free items.
In the mood for something sweet? Edison’s will now donate a third of its dessert profits to a non-profit or organization in need.
Aside from menu changes, the complex has traded its space-jungle theme arena for an Egyptian motif. Edison’s partnered with an Indiana company to bring the concept to life.
The new arena, which cost about $250,000 to renovate, has two levels and can accommodate up to 24 laser tag players at a time.
Gamers now have 26 new laser tag games to try.
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