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Bootsie’s set to break ground in Waterloo

By on March 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Pictured is a rendering of the future Bootsie’s restaurant, general store and bakery to be built on the former George Weber auto dealership lot off Route 3 in Waterloo. Owners hope to open by mid-August of this year. (submitted photo)

Plans for a new family style restaurant with a bakery and general store to be built off Route 3 at the northern end of Waterloo received a go-ahead from the Waterloo City Council on Monday night.

Aldermen signed an Environmental Protection Agency permit application and approved an exterior building materials request for the 7,200-square-foot development to be known as Bootsie’s during Monday’s council meeting.

“We’re really excited to get started,” Bootsie’s investor David Spalding told the Republic-Times.

David and his wife, Penny Spalding, of Waterloo, are investors in the project along with Jerry Sickmeier of Waterloo, James and Rita Smugala of St. Louis County, and Bradley Schaefer of Imperial, Mo.

The Smugalas own multiple Smugala’s Pizza Pub locations in Missouri.

The 60-foot-by-120-foot building will be constructed on the concrete slab at 1365 State Route 3 in Waterloo that used to serve as an automobile lot for George Weber Chevrolet, which closed in late 2013. Quality Collision purchased the dealership building in 2014 and still operates out of there…>>>

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Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.