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From Concept to Community Hub: Drake’s “Come Play” Finds a Home in O’Fallon, Missouri

In the summer of 2022, excitement buzzed through the community as news spread that Drake’s “Come Play” was about to make its mark in O’Fallon. However, a twist of fate revealed that the chosen O’Fallon was across the river in Illinois, 50 miles away. SelectOFALLON saw a business development opportunity and initiated the pursuit to bring Drake’s, a community hub, to the vibrant Missouri city of O’Fallon.

Mark Thornburg, Chief Operating Officer of Drake’s, recognized the potential in O’Fallon, Missouri, drawing from his experience with a different restaurant concept in the St. Louis area.

Denny Nash, Managing Partner, Drake’s in O’Fallon, Missouri

Denny Nash, Managing

Partner, Drake’s in

O’Fallon, Missouri

“I knew it was a vibrant growing community and would be a perfect fit for Drake’s,” Mark said. “We find the growth in the O’Fallon area makes it unique compared to other areas of St. Louis and are looking forward to a bright future here!”

Denny Nash, Managing Partner of the O’Fallon location, echoes the sentiment, having managed six different locations for nearly six years. “There is a real Southern hospitality feel here in O’Fallon,” he said. “People have been kind to us and enjoy hanging with us here.”

The O’Fallon, Missouri location boasts a brand-new prototype, setting it apart from its counterparts. Conveniently situated right off Highway K, the community hub’s location features an outdoor patio space, an indoor modern wraparound bar, high-top tables, large family-friendly booths, and a roll-up door that embraces a casual indoor-outdoor dining experience.

This second Drake’s of the three located in the St. Louis region is quickly becoming a local favorite for families, business professionals and sports enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to sit and enjoy cheering on your favorite professional sports league or to celebrate the end of another successful little league baseball season, Drake’s is the place that embraces the full community.

“Drake’s is really perfect for anybody and everybody,” Denny emphasized, a sentiment echoed by the overflowing crowds since the store’s grand opening in June 2023.

What sets Drake’s apart isn’t just its lively atmosphere and diverse appeal but also its commitment to making O’Fallon an even greater place to live, work and play. The restaurant actively contributes to the community, from supporting local non-profits through fundraisers to accommodating large parties at a moment’s notice.

Denny proudly attests to O’Fallon’s welcoming nature, saying, “Residents support their local businesses and are always thanking us for building in their community.”

Even with a new Richmond Heights facility opening recently, Denny envisions continuous growth for Drake’s in the St. Louis area. He attributes the O’Fallon location’s success to its strategic position – right off Highway K and Interstate 70, making the restaurant accessible for both local patrons and those from across the metro area.

Noteworthy is the collaborative and supportive business environment fostered by the city and its officials. Denny fully recognizes the value of a seamless development process from breaking ground to the present, with local government officials, the SelectOFALLON team, and fellow business owners providing invaluable support.

Denny says, “My team and I cannot say enough about the help and warm welcome we received here in O’Fallon.”