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Drake’s restaurant concept to open in O’Fallon, first in Illinois

Drake’s is opening its first restaurant in Illinois, in O’Fallon, and inviting locals to experience the concept known as a “restaurant that loves beer and a bar that loves food.”

Specializing in beer, burgers and sushi; Drake’s offers something for everyone. The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. for lunch, dinner, and drinks.

The restaurant will open Sept. 21 at 1160 Central Park Drive, creating approximately 75 new jobs in the market. Owned by Lexington, Ky.-based Bluegrass Hospitality Group, this is the company’s 15th Drake’s location.

The site is just off Interstate 64 next door to the Drury Inn and across from Menard’s.

“When you come to Drake’s you can expect exceptional food, unwavering commitment to hospitality and an atmosphere that invites people to have a lot of fun,” said Mark Thornburg, Drake’s chief operating officer.

Drake’s features a year-round patio with large garage doors that will open during warm weather creating a spacious open-air atmosphere, and a fireplace to keep warm in cooler months. The restaurant will house two bars, one on the patio and one inside.

Drake’s eclectic menu includes traditional American-style pub food, including hand-pressed burgers, steaks, mini sandwiches, Sriracha wings, build-your-own tacos and more. What sets Drake’s apart is its extensive sushi menu. Drake’s Aqua Sushi chefs offer rare flavors and perfectly-executed classics for the sushi newbie and the sushi lover, all rolled-to-order in a window open to the restaurant.

Drake’s full menu is offered via carry-out as well. Guests can order via phone at  (618) 726-2050, text (618) 444-0520), or online ( The restaurant has designated parking spots for carry-out orders and will deliver orders to your car.

“We’ve all been through a lot these past few months,” Thornburg said, “and we find that our guests look forward to coming to Drake’s as an escape from it all. We’re looking forward to welcoming the O’Fallon community to our restaurant.”


1 Comment

  1. Natasha Kite on September 16, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Where are you taking applications? I have 17 years of restaurant experience, food handlers certificate and bartending experience. Looking for something new , currently employed with the same company for almost 7 years now but looking for change. Please email me information on how to fill out a application. Thank you and God bless

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