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Hop House to close temporarily in O’Fallon

Hop House Southern Eatery in O’Fallon has announced it will close for at least a couple of months because of worker shortages and the owner’s health.

The restaurant at 1214 Central Park Drive posted a note this week on Facebook explaining the situation.

Due to worker shortages and owner Steve Edwards’ health, the restaurant will temporarily close  as of Jan. 1.

“We hope to be able to reopen after Steve’s hip replacement surgery in March,” said the posting, dated Dec. 28.

The restaurant thanked patrons and promised them refunds on gift cards if necessary.

“We would like thank all of our loyal customers and dedicated employees for helping us to be so successful over that last five years,” the posting continued. “We will be trying to relocate any of our workers that would like to continue with us to one of our other restaurants. If any customers who purchased gift cards would like to use them before we close you will have until January 1st to do so, or you can hold them until we reopen, if neither of these options are viable for you we will have a few days in January when you can bring them in and we will buy them back from you.”




  1. Valarie Mumphard on December 31, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    I once worked there as a dishwasher and I would like to come back as a bussed if possible once your business reopens. I can be reached at (618)593-5332, I wish you well in your recovery, have a safe and blessed new year.

  2. Valarie Mumphard on December 31, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Typo a busser

    • Patty Middendorf on February 17, 2022 at 5:25 pm

      Purchased gift card at Hop House and didn’t
      see your announcement when to get refund.
      I purchased this for a secretary in our Real Estate company and I don’t want her not to receive
      thus nice gift. She love this restaurant that’s
      why we purchased it.

      Thank you!
      Patty Middendorf Broker
      ColdwellBanker Brown Realtors
      911 E. Hwy 50
      O’Fallon, IL 62269
      618-530-7132 Cell phone

  3. Tammy Vernier on January 5, 2022 at 11:12 am

    When will we be able to cash in our gift cards? No one has responded.

  4. Karen ohara on February 17, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    I love this place always have great food. Get well soon hopefully back in business March we miss you guys Karen ohara

  5. Mary Shirley on March 5, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    I have a gift card would like to know what I need to do did not see your post about your gift cards

  6. David Shulman on March 26, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Ditto on the gift cards. Any info on this as of yet?
    Best of luck in a recovery back to good health.

  7. Carolyn Fennoy on April 14, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Do you have any idea when you will re-open?

  8. Lauren Renee on July 12, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    I noticed a sign that says the building is for sale/lease. I hope the owner is recovering from his hip replacement! This place will definitely be missed! Has there been an update on getting a refund for gift cards?

  9. Tammy Vernier on July 18, 2022 at 8:22 am

    I saw a post months ago that the buy back for the gift cards already occurred with little notice and for only a day. Will another be coming as it looks like the building is up for sale or lease? I did contact Copper Fire and was told that you can only use the gift card there if you have a receipt. As the card I have was a gift, I have no receipt and therefore can’t use it. Any suggestions?

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