Metro-East News

More metro-east video gaming cafes are open

The Ruby’s video gaming cafe at 2708 N. Illinois St. in Swansea is open for business.
The Ruby’s video gaming cafe at 2708 N. Illinois St. in Swansea is open for business.

Video gaming cafes planned for the metro-east are now open for business.

The Ruby’s parlors are at 2708 N. Illinois St. in Swansea, 3030 Frank Scott Parkway in Belleville and at 949 N. Illinois 3 in Waterloo.

A planned cafe in Fairview Heights has not yet opened.

Phil Thebeau of Edwardsville and Keith Rentschler of St. Louis make up a partnership that operates the cafes. The first cafes were built in Decatur and Champaign-Urbana.

Customers can order food and drinks at the cafes in addition to playing video gaming terminals.

Sports Authority liquidations to begin soon

Court papers filed May 12 show liquidation sales will begin at Sports Authority stores roughly about Wednesday and last through August.

Sports Authority, which has a location in Fairview Heights as well as a few in St. Louis, declared bankruptcy in March. Most of the chain’s stores will be liquidated, though a few of the chain’s locations were purchased by other sporting goods stores.

The specific fate of the Fairview Heights store, which is at 6575 N. Illinois St., remains unknown. Local employees are forbidden to speak with reporters and a corporate media relations representative couldn’t be reached.

Popular Belleville deli closes

Nick & Vito’s Meat & Deli at 8201 West Main St. in Belleville is closed.

Doors were locked and signs posted in the windows read “Sorry, we’re closed.” A reporter peeking into the darkened restaurant saw rugs rolled up in a cart, coolers and display cases devoid of food and the kitchen dismantled.

It’s not clear why Nick & Vito’s closed. A phone number listed for the deli was disconnected and an email was not returned.

Granite City chiropractor upgrades to new building

Dr. Christina Darin’s patients are sure to enjoy a larger, more private chiropractic clinic Darin moved her Granite City practice into.

Darin Chiropractic is now located at 2861 Madison Ave. in Granite City. It was formerly located at 2339 Pontoon Road.

“Our practice had outgrown our small 1,100-square-foot building. Now, with 4,800 square feet, we have the opportunity to help a lot more people with their health and movement issues,” Darin said. She said the space allows “for more services to be offered including active rehabilitation, beginner and advanced yoga, weight loss and we will be adding more soon.”

Darin’s been a chiropractor for eight years and has practiced in Granite City for three.

Waterloo Helping Hand to expand

The Waterloo Helping Hand Thrift Store at 695 N. Moore St. is expanding.

According to a statement, store manager Susan Ward said the site is experiencing growing pains and can’t operate in its current footprint. A 2,000-square-foot addition will be built off of the southern end of the existing building, which was converted from a home.

“We have had such tremendous support from our generous community that we are running out of room to display our merchandise,” Ward said.

The addition also will include a basement that the store will use to keep racks of merchandise previously displayed outdoors.

Look for fundraising events to start soon in the area to help raise the money needed to build the addition.

Another Denny’s closes for renovation

Renovation has begun at the Denny’s restaurant at 1130 S. Illinois St. in Belleville.

By the end of the project, the inside and outside of the restaurant will have a total facelift.

Curious customers can take a look at the Denny’s at 737 W. U.S. 50 in O’Fallon for an idea of what the Belleville site may look like when the work is done. The O’Fallon site celebrated a grand reopening after a similar renovation last week.

Spokeswoman Allie Yongue said Thursday the Belleville location is scheduled to reopen June 25.

MedExpress opens Swansea location

The metro-east’s newest urgent care center is now open in Swansea.

MedExpress is open at the corner of Illinois 159 and Colleen Drive in a fully renovated, 4,900-square-foot building. There are seven exam rooms, a lab and onsite X-ray machines in the center.

A spokeswoman in April said up to 20 people typically are employed at MedExpress sites between health care professionals and customer service staff.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND