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Martini lounge to open in Foxboro Plaza

Published: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 6:40 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The owners of a St. Charles hair salon plan to open a martini lounge in the Foxboro Plaza in St. Charles by early December.

Eddie Caruso, who owns Eddie Caruso Hair Salon with Gus Donzelli, said they recently took over the East Side Pub & Grill, 2400 E. Main St., where they plan to open A’Salute, which is an Italian word for “cheers,” Caruso said.

“It’s going to be a restaurant and bar,” he said. “We’re calling it a lounge and grill.”

Caruso said he’s not new to the restaurant industry, as he was in the business years ago. He said that he and Donzelli were looking for a new business venture.

The lounge will be just a few doors down from Eddie Caruso Hair Salon, which also is in the Foxboro Plaza.

Caruso said they’re in the process of refining the drink and food menus.

He said the food menu will feature small sandwiches called “trios,” which are served in threes. He said they’ll have trios such as filet sliders, Angus beef, homemade meatballs, chicken, beef and sausage.

There also will be room for dancing, Caruso said.

“There will be live entertainment,” he said. “We’ll have a DJ on Friday night, and on Saturday we’ll have live bands.”

Sundays and Mondays will be geared toward watching sports, he said.

Caruso said they’ve been working to renovate the building and “dress it up” since they acquired the former pub Nov. 1. He said he wanted to open the lounge in the Foxboro Plaza partly because it was close to his hair salon.

“Well, you know, my hair salon’s right here, and there’s really nothing like this on the east side of the river,” he said.

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