A new restaurant in Wentzville is being designed to look like a roadside barbecue shack from the 1950s and bring back memories of the “Mother Road,” historic U.S. Route 66.
The menu at Duke’s BBQ Shack will reflect that vintage feel, too, with smoked meats, barbecue, baked beans, french fries, mac-n-cheese and fried pickles.
“This is a cool project and hopefully, a real landmark for the town,” said Duke’s developer and co-owner, Peter Venezia, at Wednesday’s board of aldermen meeting. The board approved a site plan and conditional use permit for the new restaurant.
Duke’s will take over the location currently occupied by Windows and the Works at 501 East Allen Street. Venezia’s partner, Eric Pierre, is the son of Art and Donna Marie Pierre, the current owners of Windows and the Works. In the future, his parents will run Windows and the Works as a home-based business, Eric Pierre said.
The original residence at the location, which dates to the 1800s, will be used as an office for Duke’s BBQ Shack. The garage and a new building yet to be constructed will serve as an ordering area, kitchen and dining room. The new building will feature barn siding, a red tin roof, and vintage-looking signage.
The owners plan to open for business in March 2017.