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‘Tis the season for ice cream: Shops start to open across metro-east

Nicole Bova (from left) and her daughters Aubreyana Scruggs, 5 and Trisha Kite dig into their ice cream Wednesday at Dairy Haven in Caseyville. The Caseyville residents started making a trip for ice cream a near-daily stop last summer and now “We have to come here every day,” said Bova.
Nicole Bova (from left) and her daughters Aubreyana Scruggs, 5 and Trisha Kite dig into their ice cream Wednesday at Dairy Haven in Caseyville. The Caseyville residents started making a trip for ice cream a near-daily stop last summer and now “We have to come here every day,” said Bova. snagy@bnd.com

Ice cream parlors that close for the winter are emerging from hibernation.

The landmark Belleville ice cream parlor and restaurant White Cottage, located at 102 Lebanon Ave., opens Monday. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Locals in Maryville need only wait until Thursday for treats from Bobby’s Frozen Custard at 2525 N. Center St. Bobby’s is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Don’t want to wait?

Dairy Haven, located at 112 N. Main St. in Caseyville, opened its 62nd season Tuesday. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. And Ice Cream Haven, at 100 Southview Plaza in O’Fallon, opened Thursday. Hours there are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on week days and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekends.

Tasty’s Chicago Grill (finally) opens

The Chicago-style joint serving up hot dogs, Italian beef, gyros and Philly steak finally opened Tuesday.

Located at 4425 West Main St. in Belleville in what used to be an Arby’s, the eatery is Mike Naser’s third location. He also operates Tasty’s locations in Decatur and Peoria.

Automotive shop opens in Fairview Heights

There’s a new automotive shop in the building that Russ Fink Motors used to occupy.

Willie Karius announced he set up shop at the building at 5625 Old Collinsville Road in Fairview Heights, doing business as Karius Automotive.

Karius said he was excited to run the business in a centralized location “to serve people from Fairview Heights, O’Fallon, Shiloh, Swansea, Belleville, Scott Air Force Base and beyond.”

¡Adios, Raymundo!

Ramon’s Eldorado Restaurant, a Mexican eatery and fixture in Collinsville, said goodbye to the man who ran the show there for almost 50 years.

Raymundo Otero, 87, died Wednesday morning.

The restaurant, located at 1711 Saint Louis Road in Collinsville, was closed Wednesday in honor of Otero’s passing. Family, friends and customers showed their support on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Otero was born in 1928 in Topia, Durango, Mexico. Before opening his restaurant in Collinsville in 1967, he sold food from the back of his car throughout the metro-east.

Renovation at Centreville health facility is complete

Fairview Heights-based IMPACT Strategies announced an expansion and renovation project at Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation’s Centreville Health Center is finished.

The $2.4 million project included renovating 24,000 square feet of space in the facility that’s located at 6000 Bond Ave. An outpatient pharmacy was built on.

Despite the construction, the facility remained open for the duration of the project.

New data shows state of tech employment in Illinois

Illinois ranks seventh in the nation in terms of how many people are employed in tech jobs, according to a CompTIA report.

Those 234,514 employees pull down an average yearly salary of $95,062, good for 16th-best in the U.S.

The 669 jobs gained in 2015 over the previous year continued a trend of tech employment growth in Illinois that reaches back to 2010.

All of Illinois’ neighbors realized similar tech job gains over the last six years. In terms of the number of tech workers, Michigan comes close, but the Prairie State has the rest of its neighbors beat in other categories.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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