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Local Business

Bistro opens on St. Charles riverfront

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles’ newest downtown, riverfront restaurant officially opened to dinner guests Tuesday with plans to open for lunch next week.

George Guggeis, owner of Bistro One West, said he has gotten a good vibe from the community.

Many people have already called, inquiring about the menu, he said.

The public’s interest stems, he said, from the restaurant’s location, 1 W. Illinois St., the former site of Sage Bistro, which closed last spring.

“A lot of people are fond of the location along the river and excited somebody is going back in,” Guggeis said. “We’re excited to fill that need or void for them.”

Since finalizing the lease agreement in mid-October, Guggeis has worked to transform the 5,400-square-foot space into a friendly, homey environment where suits and ties are not needed.

The eatery’s name is self-explanatory, he said.

“It’s a perfect name because it helps people identify the location as well as the style, which is bistro,” Guggeis said.

The modern-American menu features fish, beef, pork and pasta.

It will continually change because of the bistro’s focus on fresh, local foods, Guggeis said, noting an ice cream freezer is its only freezer.

Guggeis, a father of three and a Naperville resident, said he has worked in the restaurant business since his youth in a variety of roles, including fast-food hamburger flipper and downtown Chicago restaurant owner.

Bistro One West will be his sole focus this year, he said.

“I think it’s going to be a great success,” Guggeis said. “[We’ll] make sure we’re constantly improving on the day before.”

He has hired about 30 people but will expand the staff as business grows, he said.

The restaurant seats 148. An 80-seat deck is scheduled to open in the spring.

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