Metro-East News

They wanted to become a destination for burnt ends. Now this restaurant is closing.

A look at the burnt ends sandwich from Coal Miners in Glen Carbon.
A look at the burnt ends sandwich from Coal Miners in Glen Carbon.

The craft barbecue scene in the metro-east will lose a destination when Coal Miners in Glen Carbon closes this week.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, the Madison County restaurant announced plans to close Sept. 8, less than a year after opening.

“To our staff - We couldn’t have done this without you (and) are forever grateful to you for being a part of this journey,” a statement on Facebook said. “We are very thankful for all of the support we have gotten from all of our loyal customers and are excited to announce that big things are still to come!”

Owner Kelly Funk could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. During a previous interview, Funk said she wanted the barbecue restaurant to become a destination for burnt ends and other barbecue favorites.

Coal Miners, located at 123 Glen Crossing Dr., opened in November 2017.

Owner Kelly Funk talks about the menu and smoker at the new barbecue restaurant, Coal Miners, in Glen Carbon.

The restaurant’s catering services will continue and brunch will be available down the road at the Wooden Nickel, the sister-restaurant to Coal Miners.

Brunch starts at 10 a.m Sept. 9 at the Wooden Nickel, 171 S. Main St., Glen Carbon. For more information, call 618-288-2141.