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The Scoop: A trio of restaurants opening in Edwardsville

September 18th 10:09am, 2012

Dining options continue to grow in the city of Edwardsville, Ill. A new restaurant opened yesterday; doors at another will be unlocked next week; and a third location for Michael Del Pietro’s Sugo Spaghetteria debuts early next month.

Tropical Escape Tiki Bar & Grill launched yesterday at 4 Club Centre. The island-themed eatery makes its home in the space previously occupied by Neruda, followed by the short-lived Coyotes Ranch Grill & Saloon. Owner Debbie DeLassus and her business partner, Bob Middleton, hope that diners will be attracted to lunch and dinner options of fresh seafood and fish, house-made condiments such as a fruit-and-tomato salsa, and unique appetizers like coconut bread with cinnamon-honey butter. Tropical Escape has a full bar but specializes in tropical drinks, including numerous frozen alcoholic beverages (pictured). The website for the seven-days-a-week bar and grill is under construction, but more information is available on the Tropical Escape Facebook page.

Craft Chophouse located at 210 S. Buchanan St. (next door to wine and spirits store Bin No. 51), will specialize in steaks, chops and seafood. The restaurant is a project by Adam Washburn and Megan Pashea, as first reported by Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch. Washburn, executive chef for the new restaurant, is a graduate of The New England Culinary Institute and has worked as chef de cuisine at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, Ill., and most recently as sous chef at Whitmoor Country Club in St. Charles. Pashea will manage the front of the house at Craft Chophouse. Her eight years of experience in the restaurant industry include working at Sunset Hills Country Club (where she met Washburn, to whom she is now engaged), a brief stint at chef Amy Zupanci’s now defunct Fond, and most recently at Sunset Country Club in South County as a dining manager and director of the club’s wine cellar program. Pashea told The Scoop that Craft Chophouse, the 100-seat restaurant and bar (plus patio), has been in the works for the last year.

When Craft Chophouse opens next week – the exact date is still to be determined – the hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., for dinner. The restaurant will also be open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Finally, Michael Del Pietro informed The Scoop that the target opening for Sugo Spaghetteria, located at 243 Harvard Drive, is for the first week of October. The other locations for Del Pietro’s casual Italian restaurant are Frontenac, Mo., and Overland Park, Kan.

By Ligaya Figueras

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