Sunday was the final day for Outlaw Blues at 1214 Central Park Drive in O'Fallon, Illinois. The southern-themed restaurant, open since 2008, will reopen as a third outpost of Ravanelli's Restaurant on Wednesday.
It's not a huge change, since Steve Edwards of Ravanelli's has always owned Outlaw Blues. While Outlaw Blues focused on southern cuisine like chicken and waffles, barbecue, and Cajun staples, they also featured the same fried chicken and spaghetti that have been Ravanelli's basis for almost fifty years. Many of the Cajun seafood items have menu items have vanished from the Outlaw Blues menu over the past year.
Ravanelli's locations in Collinsville and Granite City will remain the same.
Update March 17 Steve Edwards emailed us more details about Outlaw Blues' transition to Ravanelli's:
The change was made because Outlaw just never got as busy as we wanted it to be, so the owners decided to change it to the Ravanelli's brand. Ravanelli's already had to successful locations and we felt it could be just as successful in O'Fallon.
One change at the new O'Fallon Ravanelli's is a wood-burning, Neapolitan-style pizza oven. We will still have famous chicken, homemade spaghetti and all of the same food items we've been cooking since 1964 when the Granite City Ravanelli's was opened.
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