Steven Craig owns the property of the former Ramada Inn. It also includes the land on which Whiskey Creek is located.

Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill has closed, and its owners will be constructing a new pizza restaurant in St. Joseph in 2020.

Whiskey Creek, which was located at 4016 Frederick Blvd., had been in operation for 20 years. Its owners plan to open an Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom next year at the corner of the Belt Highway and Frederick Boulevard on property owned by East Hills Shopping Center.

The restaurant had continued operating after the 2016 closure and demolition of the Ramada Inn, which had adjoined it. Whiskey Creek officials told News-Press NOW in early 2017 that the hotel’s demolition had led some to wonder whether the restaurant would remain open.

The former hotel property was later purchased by Steven Craig with Craig Realty Group, and it was announced that the corner would be re-developed.

“We are saddened to end in this manner, but we knew the end was in sight as we were informed that our lease would not be renewed,” Jim Gardner, the restaurant’s owner, said. “We have been operating basically month to month, and the facility has been rapidly declining.”

Gardner said he had been trying to find another site that would be suitable to rebuild Whiskey Creek, but after looking at several opportunities, it was determined the best site available was located at the corner of Belt and Frederick on property owned by East Hills Shopping Center. Because the site is under an exclusive clause protecting Texas Roadhouse, it was determined that Whiskey Creek could not locate there.

“Our company also owns and operates several Old Chicago Pizza and Taprooms, so we have elected to build a new restaurant at that location,” Gardner said. “It is hoped that construction will begin on the new restaurant yet this fall, with an opening planned for 2020.”