Belleville Businesswoman to Open New Bar in Vacant Pitchers Pub

Belleville Businesswoman to Open New Bar in Vacant Pitchers Pub

The Luna Lounge Gets Go Ahead in Downtown Belleville

Belleville, IL/April 08, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — One downtown Belleville restaurant/bar closed late last year, and another is set to take its place.  The Luna Lounge will open later this month at 104 West Main Street, the site left vacant when Pitchers Sports Pub & Pizzeria closed late last year.  The project is the first in the hospitality industry for Belleville businesswoman Kareemah Lampley.  She’s owned and operated the Leaps & Bounds Learning Center at 155 Lincoln Place Court in the west end of Belleville for the last 11 years.  She plans to continue to operate the day care, along with her new restaurant and bar.

The way was cleared on Monday, when the Belleville City Council unanimously approved a liquor license application for the Luna Lounge.  She had already won approval from Belleville’s Zoning Board of Appeals for a new sign and to create an outdoor dining space.  She says the building itself is in great shape, and won’t need much work inside.

Like Pitchers, Lampley plans to serve both food and drink in her new establishment.  But the Luna Lounge won’t be a pizzeria.  Instead, the menu will be broader, including seafood, along with daily specials.  There will be fish on Fridays and soul food on Sunday.  Lampley told the Belleville News Democrat that she hopes to create a comfortable place for people to meet for happy hour and after work.

Pitchers Sports Pub & Pizzeria closed at the end of November, 2016. Owners Lloyd Cueto and John Costello had run the bar as a side business for nearly five years.  Cueto, an attorney, told the Belleville News Democrat that he and Costello, who works in real estate, needed to focus more time on their regular careers and their families.

Lampley plans to open the Luna Lounge on April 15th.  The new restaurant and bar in Belleville is not affiliated with the Bevo area bar and grill of the same name.

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Picture courtesy of Belleville News-Democrat

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