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Knoebel Construction completes work on new Drake’s location in O’Fallon

The new Drake’s restaurant in O’Fallon, Ill., was recently completed with St. Louis-based Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor.

The 6,014-square-foot restaurant and entertainment venue features two full-service bars and a covered patio.

When open to full capacity, the restaurant accommodates indoor seating for 134 guests and outdoor patio seating for 30 guests. This is the first Drake’s location to open in the St. Louis region or in Illinois and Knoebel Construction has been selected as the general contractor for upcoming locations as well in Louisville, Ky. and Evansville, Ind.

The COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge during construction. Through careful coordination with the owner and subcontractors using 3-D imaging, digital communication, online project management tools, and following new safety requirements and restrictions, Knoebel was able to complete the project on time to open mid-September as per the owner’s requirements.

Drake’s, an entity of parent company Bluegrass Hospitality Group, is a Kentucky-based chain restaurant with 15 locations across the Midwest and Southeast.

The restaurant offers more than 20 craft beers on tap, a variety of sandwiches, salads and burgers, as well as a full sushi menu.

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