Metro-East News

Glen Carbon trampoline park never opened

Altitude Trampoline Park, newly built at 91 Fountain Drive in Glen Carbon, sits empty even though owners hoped to open it last week. It’s not clear why the venue remains closed.
Altitude Trampoline Park, newly built at 91 Fountain Drive in Glen Carbon, sits empty even though owners hoped to open it last week. It’s not clear why the venue remains closed.

Despite social media posts indicating the newly-built Altitude Trampoline Park in Glen Carbon would open to the public earlier this month, the doors actually never opened.

And that’s after pushing back the predicted opening date from earlier in the spring.

Phone calls to the park were not answered. Emails sent to four Altitude staff members weren’t, either.

Glen Carbon city officials reached Thursday weren’t immediately sure what stopped the park from opening.

Construction on the park at 91 Fountain Drive, which includes 20,000 square feet of interconnected trampoline space, began in September.

New pub and eatery open in Edwardsville

Foundry Public House, located 126 N. Main St. in Edwardsville in a space that once housed Robust Wine Bar, is now open.

Owners Greg Elmore, Jason Armbruster and Rodney Lanham say Foundry was built to be a cross between a neighborhood pub and an upscale dive bar.

“We want to be a drinker’s paradise with really good food,” Elmore told Sauce. “The bar is kind of like church. It’s the one place everyone is welcome. We want to be a neighborhood staple and be a place that’s not pretentious and everyone is comfortable.”

Get a room

The brand new Holiday Inn Express in Troy, which is located at 2011 Formosa Road, began taking reservations for rooms Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Kandis Leigh said that Wednesday night, the first night the hotel was open, all 75 rooms were occupied.

A ribbon cutting for the hotel is set for Thursday.

Fairview Heights Applebees closes

The Applebee’s restaurant at 47 Ludwig Drive in Fairview Heights has closed.

A message seen taped to the entry door of the restaurant Tuesday read simply: “Fairview Heights Applebee’s is currently closed. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

All exterior signs and lights that would indicate the building was a restaurant had been removed.

It’s not clear why the restaurant closed. A phone number listed for the location no longer works, and corporate representatives could not be reached for comment.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opens in Shiloh

Kansas-based chain’s newest location at 3320 Green Mount Crossing Drive in Shiloh opened Tuesday and featured an appearance by the company’s 91-year-old co-founder and World War II veteran Freddy Simon.

The 3,170-square-foot building once housed a Johnny Rockets restaurant. Now, following a total renovation, it seats 100 guests inside and also has outdoor seating available.

The franchise was founded in 2002 in Wichita, Kan. There are 202 locations across the country. The Shiloh site is the first in the metro-east and the third in the St. Louis area: There are sites in St. Peters and Cottleville, Mo.

Area photographer to move studio

Michelle E. Swierczek Photography, currently located at 1121 E. Main St. in Belleville, is moving.

Swierczek announced Tuesday she would be up and running at 117 E. State St. in O’Fallon starting July 1, sharing the space with Speed of Life photography.

Swierczek said she needs to move to grow her business. She said the O’Fallon site needs no improvement and is move-in ready.

Swierczek has been on East Main Street for almost two years. Before setting up shop there, she spent three years in a smaller studio in Belleville.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND