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Area food truck owner finally opens restaurant

Seen here in February, Jeff Green of Belleville on Saturday finally opened The Sweet Tooth, serving gourmet sandwiches, nachos and fries and offering sweets and novelties at 4004 W. Main St. in Belleville.
Seen here in February, Jeff Green of Belleville on Saturday finally opened The Sweet Tooth, serving gourmet sandwiches, nachos and fries and offering sweets and novelties at 4004 W. Main St. in Belleville. twall@bnd.com

Jeff Green is still motivated.

He was motivated in February when he told the News-Democrat about his plans for a brick-and-mortar version of his food truck, The Sweet Tooth. At the time, the building at 4004 W. Main St. in Belleville still needed lots of work, and Green was wading through red tape.

But with inspections passed and paperwork in order, Green opened up shop Saturday, 10 months after he first began working to make it restaurant ready. Because he doesn’t have limitless resources like corporate-owned eateries have, most of the work that needed done he did on his own, bit by bit.

“I can’t do anything but be thankful,” Green said Tuesday. “It took me 10 months to do but I got it done.”

The unassuming restaurant currently looks more like a concession stand, but the food coming out of it is hardly ramshackle. Lunch and dinner items currently on the menu include gourmet sandwiches, fries and nachos.

Sweets and novelties are coming any day, and ice cream will be served starting in a month.

“Us little guys, we have a lot to prove,” Green said of the time and work it took to get his business up and running. “But I like the struggle because I know what we bring to the table. I expected the journey to be hard.”

A grand opening is planned for Oct. 31. By then, Green said the inside dining area of the restaurant would be ready.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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