Richmond Heights officials approve new restaurant

Richmond Heights officials on Monday approved a permit for a new restaurant at the corner of Ethel Avenue and Big Bend Boulevard. Ha Tron, Richmond Heights resident and owner of Beautiful Nails, in Richmond Heights, got city approval to open a Vietnamese restaurant at 7494 Ethel Avenue. In his application, Tron said he bought the house, and the property to the south for a parking lot, in 2012. He said he couldn’t remodel the property for the past three years because of MSD sewer work. He plans to offer Vietnamese rice dishes, noodles, sandwiches, coffee, beer and wine for lunch and dinner, according to his application.

Penn Station East Coast Subs cuts ribbon

Members of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce helped the new Penn Station East Coast Subs cut the ribbon on the Menards corner in Richmond Heights on Tuesday. Pie Five Pizza opens, Penn Station to be next door

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce joined with the Richmond Heights Chamber in January; in August the members approved a name change to ‘Mid-County Chamber of Commerce,’ with the tagline, ‘Serving the Communities of Maplewood and Richmond Heights.’ The change hasn’t officially taken place, according to the chamber.

Former Missouri First Lady is a food blogger, likes new Richmond Heights restaurant

Jean Carnahan, Missouri’s First Lady during the 90s and the state’s first woman U.S. Senator now blogs as the Adventurous Gourmet. Her blog is called Good Food St. Louis. Carnahan recently wrote about a visit to Boundary, the former The Restaurant at the Cheshire. She finds the name boring (referring to being on the boundary of the city/county), but loved the food, which she describes as social.

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce welcomed 3 new businesses in July

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new businesses to Maplewood and Richmond Heights in July. Springboard  Studio produces simple, elegant commercial interior designs, inspired by the client and painted by the designer to create great spaces. Visit their website or call them at 314.761.1015. The Knowledge Cafe is the only in-person, Autodesk authorized, architectural design software training center in town. Visit their website for more information.

Business owner opposes chamber of commerce name change

A Maplewood business owner and member of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce is opposing a proposed name change for the chamber. The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce incorporated the Richmond Heights Chamber of Commerce in January, and chamber members are now being asked to vote to approve a name change to designed to reflect that: Mid-County Chamber of Commerce. A two-thirds majority of the membership is required. They have until Aug. 10 to vote.

2 new Richmond Heights businesses coming

A sub shop and and an urgent care storefront are coming to Richmond Heights. Penn Station East Coast Subs

Penn Station East Coast Subs is opening a restaurant in Richmond Heights, according to a release — aiming for August 10. The restaurant will be located at 1774 South Hanley Road. It’s next to Pie Five Pizza, which opened in July. Penn Station features grilled sub sandwiches and cold deli sandwiches made to order.

22 new businesses licenses in Maplewood, Richmond Heights

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce (which serves both Maplewood and Richmond Heights), in its August newsletter, listed businesses that have recently obtained businesses licenses. The Maplewood and Richmond Heights chambers joined together in January 2016. The combined chambers will soon have a name that reflects this. The chamber says being listed does not necessarily mean a business has opened. Also, a  business license could also be issued when a business changes hands, such as Scheidt Hardware, which is well over 100 years old.

Reopen the Manhassett Village Store, resident says

Brentwood resident, Barry Williams, said he has fond memories of going to the old Manhassett Village Store, which is the only building left standing, on Eager Road, after the former Manhassett Village was demolished. Now he’d like to see it reopened as a store. In June, Williams sent a letter to Forrest Bailey, the president and CEO of Draper & Kramer, the owner — since 1939 — of the Manhassett Village site, to try to convince him to do that. Dear Mr. Bailey, I lived near the Manhassett Village in St. Louis County, Missouri, as a boy in the 1960s, and one of my favorite destinations in those years was the apartment complex’s quaint general store, the Village Store, located at 8915 Eager Road.

Pie Five Pizza opens, Penn Station to be next door

Pie Five Pizza Co. opened its doors on Friday at 1778 Hanley Rd in Richmond Heights, near Menards. Pie Five offers 11-inch pizzas, in under five minutes with the toppings of your choice (up to 30) — any pizza is $7.49. The hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. every day. According to a press release, Dallas-based Pie Five Pizza Co.

Nominations open for Business Person of the Year, Citizen of the Year

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Business Person of the Year and Citizen of the Year awards. Winners will be announced in late summer and recognized at the 30th Annual Gala on October 14. This year the awards will be given to Maplewood and Richmond Heights recipients. The chambers were combined this year. The Business Person of the Year needs to be a member of their respective chamber of commerce.

$5.5 million property sale included in Richmond Heights budget

The planned sale of 4.5 acres at the northeast corner of Hanley and Dale from the city of Richmond Heights to Summit Development was included in the 2016-17 city budget, according to city manager, Amy Hamilton. The lot is under contract with Summit Development Group for $5.5 million, Hamilton said. Hotel planned for Richmond Heights; Menards outbuilding update
4.5 acre site under contract with Summit Group

A hotel, restaurants and retail space are planned for the property. No specific hotel has been named. Planning and zoning was to hold a public hearing on a preliminary development plan for 8015, 8111 and 8131 Dale Avenue at its May 19 meeting, but it was postponed.