Plans to convert the former Gold’s Gym property into an entertainment complex for families with young children and an adult attraction are progressing in O’Fallon.
the Dogwood Social House will offer indoor games such as miniature golf, ax throwing, cornhole, video games, table games (air hockey, billiards, foosball and shuffleboard), simulation games, arcade games and mini-bowling. It will have a restaurant and bar and those plans will occupy 36,825 square feet while the remaining 3,670 square feet will be a liquor package store with a separate entrance.
This will be the first location in Illinois and the fourth such location owned by Andy Patel of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He built locations in Ellisville and Cape Girardeau, and in O’Fallon, Missouri he converted a former Gold’s Gym into an entertainment complex.
Mayor Herb Roach said he was thrilled that two existing buildings were being renovated for completely new uses. Along with the former Gold’s Gym, which has been closed since October 25, 2019, after nearly 15 years in business, plans for a new upscale restaurant in the former downtown workers’ hall have been announced.
These two are part of six developments currently underway in the city.
“Over the next two to four months, two new businesses will open for the first time in O’Fallon and the first time in the state of Illinois,” Roach said, noting the Hi-Pointe Drive-In in the USA. 50 and the Revela Senior Living Center on Seven Hills Road.
Roach said a new Edley’s Bar-B-Que restaurant is being built on the former lumber yard property on US 50. Based in Nashville, one is located at Glen Carbon and O’ Fallon will be its second location in Metro East. A new Scooter’s Coffee will be located between the IHOP restaurant and MotoMart on US 50. This is strictly a drive-thru operation.
A seventh project is early in the process and has yet to be announced, but is a major new multi-facility complex to be developed on 28 acres along Central Park Drive.
Dogwood Social House Plans
The property at 1206 Central Park Drive is bordered by Interstate 64 on the northeast, Hop House and Texas Roadhouse on the northwest, the Fairfield Inn and Suites on the southeast, and Menard’s on the southwest corner.
A change in the intended use and proposed alcohol sales for on-site consumption and package sales meant that an application had to go through city channels and was initially approved by the Planning Commission, Committee Community Development and O’Fallon City Council. The ordinance will be up for adoption at the February 7 council meeting.
Patel hopes to open over the summer, but community development manager Justin Randall said he thinks it will be ready in the fall.
Landscaping and parking improvements were recommended. Occupancy will be limited to 855, Randall said.
An outdoor patio has been discussed but is not part of the current plan. If that happens, Randall said drainage and landscaping discussions will take place.
If or when proposed, the owner must provide documentation to the city to ensure that any potential impacts to site drainage are considered and mitigated, Randall said.
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At a meeting of the planning commission, proposals for self-service beer taps were discussed. These have activation cards – like hotel keys – and members wanted to know how underage drinking was regulated.
Randall said they would be held to the same standards of liquor license requirements and subject to inspection by the O’Fallon Police Department.
Patel, whose businesses include Cape Dogwood 573 and Ellisville Liquors, assured the commission’s liquor is not sold to minors and gave an overview of the operation.
The bar features professional sports games on the big screen, as well as special events like the Kentucky Derby, Super Bowl, and boxing matches.
The restaurant menu includes burgers, sandwiches, entrees, salads, pizzas, hot bowls, entrees and desserts.
Private karaoke parties can be arranged and the Ellisville location promotes karaoke every Wednesday night. For more information on the operation, go to http://dogwoodsocialhouse.com.
The Dogwood Wine and Spirits Superstore will be accessible independently of the entertainment area.
Upscale restaurant plans in advance
Jon and Emily Greenstreet’s plans to turn the former workroom at 101 S. Cherry St. into an upscale restaurant have advanced, and the ordinance will be considered for passage Feb. 7.
Greenstreet, the owner of Bike Surgeonpartners with Talani and Lisa Mo’e, who operate Grit and Tonic in Lebanon, to offer a gastronomic experience. The development will include indoor and outdoor dining. Plans to obtain a liquor license for on-site consumption are part of the plan.
They plan to make substantial upgrades to the existing 3,200 square foot building, including exterior and interior upgrades, and will add a produce garden for the restaurant, in addition to a patio.
A waiver to the maximum lot coverage will be required for additions to the existing building.
A name hasn’t been chosen, but the cuisine is expected to be French-Asian fusion, said trained chef Talani Mo’e.
Greenstreet said it hopes to open in late 2022.