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Restaurant donates North County location to Urban League

Lion's Choice is donating a former north St. Louis County location.
Credit: Courtesy Lion's Choice
Lion's Choice roast beef sandwiches.

ST. LOUIS — Lion's Choice is donating a former north St. Louis County location of the St. Louis-based fast food chain to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

The restaurant chain, known for its roast beef sandwiches, is donating the 0.95-acre site as well as the more than 2,771-square-foot building at 3407 Dunn Road to the nonprofit organization. 

Lion's Choice announced in February that it planned to close the Dunn Road site and relocate all of the employees there to other locations. The 3407 Dunn Road property, which had a 2019 preliminary appraised value of $577,000, changed hands in March, according to St. Louis County real estate records.

Chicken Salad Chick, a fast-casual chicken salad restaurant, is expanding its St. Louis-area footprint with the June 26 opening of its Edwardsville location, and a second Metro East store is planned for 2020. The new Chicken Salad Chick location is at 2323 Plum St.

The Missouri Restaurant Association and St. Louis Community College will partner with the Urban League to turn the former restaurant into a training center for people who want to work in the restaurant industry, officials said late Friday.

The Urban League provides resources to African Americans and others in the region for economic self-reliance, social equality and civil rights.

David Sandusky, pitmaster and owner of Belleville's Beast Craft BBQ, will open the doors Saturday to Beast Butcher & Block in The Grove neighborhood in St. Louis. The new barbecue joint, located at 4156 Manchester Ave., has been in the works for the past two years.

Robert Millstone, managing partner of the Lion's Choice's parent company, Millstone Capital Advisors, helped establish the restaurant's relationship with the Urban League, officials said.

Lion’s Choice also announced in February that it would be adding locations and taking on a companywide remodeling plan

The expansion plan includes multiple new restaurants in Kansas City and one in Edwardsville. Lion’s Choice opened five restaurants in 2018, including in the Cortex district; O’Fallon, Illinois; and two in Kansas City.

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