Metro-East News

D. Boozer’s brings food, beer and bourbon to Collinsville

The folks from Reifschneider’s Grill and Grape in Freeburg and Columbia have opened an establishment in Collinsville.

Their new restaurant is D. Boozer’s Food and Fire, located at 118 E. Main St., which was the long-time home of The Fifth Quarter bar and grill. The business was sold to the Reifschneider’s earlier this year.

D. Boozer’s serves stone-fired pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, wings and an assortment of tater tots along with as many as 20 varieties of bourbon and 16 brands of craft beer.

Noodles & Co. will open its first metro-east restaurant this fall in Shiloh. The Broomfield, Colo.-based restaurant has announced its plans to open at the Green Mount Crossing shopping center on Oct. 1. The menu will feature “serve fresh food fast” with an assortment of pastas, soups, salads and sandwiches.

Flamentco’s The Place American Eatery is a new metro-east restaurant that is anticipated to open by the middle of September at 711 U.S. Highway 50 in O’Fallon. These restaurateurs are so confident about their pizza, that their slogan is “We’re pretty sure you haven’t tried your favorite pizza.” Pizza will be just just one item on their menu, which will also feature, pasta, wings and salads.

The Skyview Drive-In in Belleville has reached a new audience this summer with captions for movies to appeal to deaf costumers. Outdoor theater owner Steve Bloomer said, “It’s like watching a caption of the movie on TV. All of the dialogue comes up on the screen.” And the deaf community has responded. Bloomer said he has noticed a 50 percent increase in cars on captioned movie nights. The drive-in is currently open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend, and captioned movies are being shown on Sunday nights.

Local Culligan dealers have partnered to provide clean drinking water for Haitian children. Dealers from Belleville and Roxana have teamed up with former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan to raise money for a clean drinking water system at an orphanage in Haiti. Local Culligan dealers will donate 10 percent of all bottled water sales during the month of August to the cause.

And finally, ground was broken last week on an expansion project at a senior independent living center in Highland. The Highland Home at 1600 Walnut St. is expanding and renovating its entrance and reception area as well the interior of the 103-year-old senior living center. The project is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.

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