Old Town Smokehouse, a new barbecue restaurant being planned in Wentzville’s historic downtown, got a nod of approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night. The commission unanimously approved the restaurant’s conditional use permit for liquor by the drink and live entertainment.
The three-story brick structure at 2 East Main Street that will house the restaurant is one of the city’s oldest commercial buildings, dating back to the 1800s.
Old Town Smokehouse owners Chad Angle and Mary Kate Kolb are planning to restore the building’s original brick entrance, and also replace the facade of the one-story addition to the east with brick that is more similar to the historic building.
The one-story addition will have a roll-up glass door so that the restaurant can take advantage of pleasant weather. A concrete patio with fencing is also planned for the area behind the building.
According to city documents, the owners plan to serve “top quality smoked meats accompanied by various side dishes.” Beer, liquor, and wine will also be served. Hours have been tentatively set as Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“Opening a restaurant has been a dream of ours and the fact that the restaurant will be located in the heart of the town that means so much to me is just icing on the cake,” co-owner Kolb told 70 West Sentinel. The owners are hoping to open Old Town Smokehouse in January 2017.
The conditional use permit next goes to the board of aldermen for approval.