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No more orange vinyl? Check out the new Denny’s

A worker puts finishing touches on the exterior of the Denny’s diner at 1130 S. Illinois St. in Belleville. The restaurant reopened May 26 following a renovation.
A worker puts finishing touches on the exterior of the Denny’s diner at 1130 S. Illinois St. in Belleville. The restaurant reopened May 26 following a renovation. twall@bnd.com

Workers are still putting the final touches on the exterior of the Denny’s diner at 1130 S. Illinois St. in Belleville, but the restaurant is back open.

A manager said the restaurant opened without fanfare May 26, a mere nine days after the restaurant was shuttered for the remodel.

The slick exterior and interior look in the restaurant mimics that of the O’Fallon location, which recently underwent a renovation of its own.

A June 25 grand reopening celebration is planned at the Belleville Denny’s.

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A developer who has spent years buying up land in north St. Louis said Tuesday he’s prepared to move forward with a planned housing project near the future site of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The developer, Paul McKee, says the 500-unit plan will include market-rate apartments, lofts and houses and sit on around 50 blocks that skirt the northern and eastern borders of the NGA site’s footprint.

McKee has hauled in hundreds of millions of dollars in state and city aid to redevelop the area since 2009, though little so far has been done with the properties his company, NorthSide Regeneration, has snapped up.

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Keurig Green Mountain has announced it will discontinue the KOLD drinkmaker, a single-serve soda innovation that apparently gave those who bought one buyer’s remorse.

“We learned from consumer feedback that while the KOLD system delivered great tasting cold beverages, our initial execution of KOLD did not fully deliver on their expectations, particularly around size, speed, and value,” according to a post on a website Keurig launched to explain its decision.

The drink makers had been on the market less than a year.

If you bought a KOLD system and were disappointed, there’s good news: Go to the above-mentioned site and claim a refund of the full purchase price.

If you bought a KOLD system and love it, you can keep it. Keurig will sell the single-serve flavor pods until they run out. After that, you’re out of luck.

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