Metro-East News

Mexican restaurant coming to downtown Belleville

Another Mexican restaurant is reoccupying the corner of North High and East A streets in downtown Belleville.

That corner, at 100 N. High St., has recently housed a couple of different Mexican eateries after having been the decades-long home of The Jug. This time, an establishment known as Casa Maria Mexican Grill & Bar has moved in and is “coming soon.” Stay tuned.

Smoothie King is planning to open a second metro-east locale. The nutritional juice smoothie chain has operated at Fire House Crossing, 3030 Frank Scott Parkway West, in Belleville for the past seven years. As soon as next month, a second location could open in Fairview Heights, at 6208 N. Illinois St., at a building that was built for and housed a Quizno’s sandwich shop.

You can now find a farmers market in Millstadt. The Millstadt Farmers Market began its bi-monthly run last weekend at the Millstadt Township Hall at 820 S. Jefferson St. The outdoor venue will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Friday through the fall. It offers local consumers fresh eggs, produce, plants, hand-crafted soy candles and other homemade goods. For more information, call Randy Eckert at 618-476-1207.

Just weeks following the opening of the metro-east’s first Gander Mountain store, work is underway next door for the area’s first Car Max. O’Fallon Economic Development Director Ted Shekell said mine remediation has begun at the site along Central Park Drive in town and a ground breaking is expected by August. Car Max is the nation’s largest used car dealership and includes locations across the river in St. Louis and St. Peters, Missouri. Shekell said Car Max “is a great company. We’re pleased to have them.”

Twilight Comics has moved to Swansea. The comic book shop has relocated from Shiloh to 208 Frank Scott Parkway East. The business initially opened in 1994 at Bellevue Park Plaza in Belleville before moving about two years later to 3760 Green Mount Crossing Drive in Shiloh. You can reach the new Swansea location by calling 618-622-0085.

Contegra Construction Co. has broken ground on a new three-story, 31,000-square-foot addition at The Colonnade Senior Living in O’Fallon. Plans call for 33 new one- and two-bedroom apartments, a new courtyard and club room.

A new law firm has opened its doors in the Mark Twain Plaza in Edwardsville. Gilmore & Bell PC provides public finance counsel at 101 W. Vandalia St., Suite 240-D. The firm also has offices in St. Louis, Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. You can reach the Edwardsville office at 618-307-4274.

In Collinsville, flight surgeon and air force reservist Dr. Raj M. Sajid has taken over the practice at 415 W. Main St., Suite 4. You can reach the doctor’s office at 618-344-0071.

Phoenix Physical Therapy in Swansea will soon relocate. The business will move to 7 Emerald Terrace, also in Swansea, and reopen July 1. In the meantime, you can contact their office at 4111 N. Illinois St., Suite C, at 618-235-0700.

And finally, Sole Survivor, a leather-goods store in downtown Belleville, has closed. The business at 125 E. Main St. is still working out of that location but is no longer open to consumers. You can still visit the business’ other store across the river in Maplewood, Missouri. Call 314-932-1475 to find out more.

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 618-239-2526.