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Peel Wood Fired Pizza prepares to open a third location

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Co-owner Patrick Thirion talks about the April 4 dumpster that forced the popular O'Fallon restaurant to close and his excitement to have the restaurant back in working order. "It feels like a second grand opening," Thirion says.
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Co-owner Patrick Thirion talks about the April 4 dumpster that forced the popular O'Fallon restaurant to close and his excitement to have the restaurant back in working order. "It feels like a second grand opening," Thirion says.

Owners of Peel Wood Fired Pizza and Brewing Co. in Edwardsville and O’Fallon have announced that they will expand to the other side of the Mississippi next year.

Their third location will occupy an 8,800-square-foot space on the first floor of a new, 26-story upscale apartment building called Two Twelve Clayton in downtown Clayton, Missouri.

“It’s a blank slate,” said Brandon Case, who owns Peel with Patrick Thirion. “We won’t have to work our concept around a space.”

The new location will house a restaurant and bar, but no brewery. The company will continue to brew beer in O’Fallon, deliver it to Clayton and offer about 20 other craft beers.

“We’ll have our wood-fired pizza, salads and sandwiches,” Case said, noting the menu will be about 95 percent the same as menus in Edwardsville and O’Fallon.

The owners haven’t set an opening date for the new location, other than to predict it will happen mid-year. The address is 212 S. Meramec Ave. in Clayton.

Case and Thirion launched their business in 2009 by opening a 3,000-square-foot restaurant in a small retail and office complex in Edwardsville.

Five years later, they renovated a historic building in downtown O’Fallon and opened a restaurant, bar and brewery. It occupies more than 7,500 square feet on two floors, with offices and other non-public spaces in the basement.

The owners have contemplated the idea of expanding into St. Louis for some time, but “nothing had won our hearts over,” Case said.

That was until they heard about the Two Twelve Clayton development in a growing neighborhood with plans for several more high-rise apartment buildings in the next few years.

“It’s a good opportunity,” Case said. “It’s a good area.”

Teri Maddox: 618-239-2473, @BNDwriter

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