Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 2:53 pm | Updated: 7:26 pm, Mon Sep 17, 2012.
Pepperjax Grill, 1908 N. Belt Highway, is preparing to open its St. Joseph location next month.
Mark Burrus, director of operations for the Omaha, Neb.,-based chain, said the restaurant should be opening in the last full week of October and definitely by the end of the month.
Mr. Burrus previously told the News-Press that Pepperjax is a quick casual restaurant similar to Chipotle. It is best known for its Philly-style sandwiches and three other items: gourmet rice bowls, giant wraps and fresh salads.
In another restaurant development, it’s been about four months since Em Chamas announced it would be relocating Downtown. While there are no obvious signs of renovations, owner Sam Silvio said the plan is still in the works.
“We’re still looking at the Balanger Building,” he said. “We just need to put together a deal that works for everyone. The plans are still to reopen but no official date is set.”
Mr. Silvio said that if he and his team can put something together within the next week, a November opening date could be possible. If not, Em Chamas is looking at reopening at the beginning of 2013.
“The basic infrastructure is ready to go,” Mr. Silvio said. “We just need to get the rest put together for new plumbing. From there it’s just a bare box to just put together.”
The Brazilian eatery closed its doors at 123 S. Sixth St. over Memorial Day weekend. Ground Round reopened a week later in the space.
The Balanger Building is at Seventh and Edmond streets.