O'Fallon Progress

Regency restaurants win Economic Development Award from Chamber of Commerce

Looking north toward the Hilton Garden Inn and Regency Conference Center there’s a string of eateries that are making an impact on the O’Fallon restaurant scene.

They were a package assembled by commercial realtor Terry Johnson but are anything but ordinary.

There’s the Egg and I, a cheerful place for breakfast or lunch; Bella Milano, an elegant place with “arguably the best Italian food in the metro east” and Global Brew, a great place to top off the night.

Johnson said, “Our company was marketing the five acres there and looking for a project. We had been working with Bella Milano. They were looking on the south side of the (I-64) interchange. That was where they wanted to be.

“Others in our company were working with the Egg and I. I called a meeting and outlined a plan to put three restaurants on three of the five acres.”

Representatives of the Egg and I and Bella Milano liked the plan.

“Then we were able to get Global Brew to fill in the gap between the two. It just kind of came together,” said Johnson.

The benefit of locating on the north side of 64 is less congestion, said Johnson.

The deal took six months to put together and a year to build. Bella Milano owns its building and the Egg and I and Global Brew lease.“All three tenant are doing extremely well,” said Johnson. “They love the location. The customers love the location and it was a good project in working with the city of o'Fallon.”

The Egg and I, as it’s name advertises, specializes is breakfast and lunch. Just as the Egg and I is closing for the day, Bella Milano is coming to life offering “arguably the best Italian food in the metro east.”

For the late-night crowd, Global Brew offers 200 varieties of bottled beer and 50 beers on tap.

The address for the restaurants is 455 Regency Park Drive.

Gary and Cathy Mueller, owners of the Egg and I, are a transplanted military and always wanted to own a restaurant. They searched for the right opportunity and settled on the Egg and I, a company their daughter also works for in Colorado Springs.

“The business started off with a bang,” said Gary. “It far exceeded expectations with corporate folks, too. It’s our first anniversary this week. We don't have anything to judge it against but we started off well and continue to do well. We're still one of the top producers” for Egg and I.

Gary said, “We are honored to be part of this prestigious award, the success of the business center and in being part of the developing growth in the City of O’Fallon. The coming together of Global Brew, Bella Milano, and The Egg and I, has developed into a perfect marriage of business concepts for the area.”

Ryan and Laura High operate a Global Brew in Edwardsville and thought O’Fallon would be the perfect place to expand to. “We were approached by Terry Johnson and it just turned into a perfect location,” said Laura. “It’s a wonderful community. The support has been overwhelming. We are so happy to be a part of it.

“O’Fallon is a growing and booming city and we wanted to be part of it.”

Laura said that O'Fallon has a large number of younger families, which is similar to Edwardsville, but Global Brew attracts people of all ages.

“We see everything from people who are celebrating their 21st birthday to grandparents. A lot of Scott Air Force Base people come in and get to enjoy beer they tried in England of Germany.”

Global Brew is having a beer festival April 27.