01 Feb Jon Cartu Assert: Restaurant to serve breakfast, burgers in Edwardsville, IL
This artist rendering shows The Parkway, a residential and commercial complex that’s being developed in Edwardsville.
Michael Del Pietro, who operates seven restaurants in the St. Louis area, is planning to open an eighth in Edwardsville this spring that will serve eclectic American cuisine, according to St. Louis Magazine.
Michael Del Pietro Restaurant Group has signed a lease for a 3,000-square-foot space at The Parkway, a 26-acre, $50 million mixed-use development at the corner of Governors’ Parkway and Illinois 157, the magazine reported this week.
The group’s other restaurants specialize in Italian food. That includes Sugo’s Spaghetteria in Edwardsville, which opened in 2012.
The new 100-seat restaurant at The Parkway will be open for breakfast and lunch daily and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Del Pietro reportedly is considering the name “Blue Violet,” after the state flower of Illinois.
“It won’t be a run-of-the-mill place,” he told the magazine. “While we’ll serve basics like pancakes, waffles, and burgers, the food will be edgier, farther-reaching, items you might find at a nicer brunch.”
Del Pietro hinted at possible Southwestern and Southern influences.
St. Louis-area restaurants operated by the Del Pietro group include Il Palato in Clayton, Del Pietro’s Pasta in Richmond Heights, Babbo’s Spaghetteria in Chesterfield, V Tavolo on the Delmar Loop, Via Vino Enoteca on Clayton Road and another Sugo’s location in Frontenac.
The interior of the new Edwardsville restaurant will resemble “the minimalist and modern look of Il Palato rather than, say, the barnwood feel of Sugo,” Del Pietro told the magazine. There will also be a 40-seat patio in front.