Hi-Pointe Drive-In will launch a new location in Edwardsville this summer
Hi-Pointe Drive-In, the burger and sandwich joint from the team behind Sugarfire Smoke House and Chicken Out, has recently announced plans to open a new location at 6147 Trace Parkway Drive in Edwardsville this summer. The goal is to open sometime in July, but that timeframe is dependent on the construction process and other factors.
When the Edwardsville location opens, it will be the eatery’s seventh location, and the chain’s second restaurant in Illinois. They opened their first, in O’Fallon, last April. Hi-Pointe Edwardsville will be a 3,500-square-foot restaurant located off Route 157 and will feature the brand’s nostalgic aesthetic, including neon lighting, bright colors and eclectic decorative pieces. According to the team at Hi-Pointe, they knew Edwardsville would be an ideal community for their burger concept, and they have had their eye on expanding there for a while.
“There’s a lot of good things going on in the community, including strong support of local businesses, a busy downtown business district and nearby SIU,” co-owner Ben Hillman said.
The core menu will be available at the Edwardsville location, but Hillman said that the chefs at every Hi-Pointe location work with local food providers on their menus and specials. The goal is to collaborate with and include as many local food items as possible.
“One thing that makes us unique is we’re a chef-driven business and the chef at each of our locations has the freedom to come up with daily specials,” Hillman said of the concept.
The tradition of collaborating with local businesses will continue at Edwardsville, not only with food providers, but plans are in place to team up with Edwardsville-based clothing store Glik's, for a burger pop-up event with a local charitable giveback component.
Hi-Pointe Drive-In started in the historic Hi-Pointe neighborhood, just off of highway 40. Besides their nostalgic decor and chef-driven menu model, the eatery is known for its innovative burgers such as the taco burger flavored with taco seasoning and features Cool Ranch Doritos, Chili Cheese Fritos, avocado ranch and Mission Taco Joint sauce and their sides go beyond traditional french fries, with options to choose from like three-cheese mac and cheese and sweet potato tots. There are also a number of desserts, including cookies, hand pies and shakes like strawberry gooey butter and dreamsicle flavors.
Until the Edwardsville location opens, customers can visit the Hi-Pointe Drive-In locations in Kirkwood, downtown St. Louis, O’Fallon, Ballwin, Cottleville and their McCausland Avenue location.
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