Charlie’s Drive-In in Wood River reopens Wednesday, May 4 under new ownership.

WOOD RIVER – Charlie’s Drive-In, at 762 N. Wood River Ave., in Wood River, will have a grand reopening on Wednesday, May 4.

A traditional root beer stand, Charlie’s Drive-In was built around 1950. It went through a series of owners and names until the late Charlie Tweedy bought it in 1976. He operated the stand until 1992 , at which time he sold it to his daughter, Teresa Tweedy and Michelle Garin. It closed in August 2021.

This week, the restaurant will reopen under the ownership of Chastity Niemeyer, a Wood River native who had frequented Charlie’s for many years.

Here’s what else is happening in the area:


• East Alton Farmers’ Market: 3-7 pm, EastGate Plaza parking lot, 625 EastGate Shopping Center, East Alton. Every Tuesday until October 25.

• Meeting of the Godfrey Board of Directors: 6:00 pm, Town Clerk’s Office, Village of Godfrey, 6810 Godfrey Road, Godfrey.

• Kids at Heart Art Appreciation: 4 to 5:30 p.m., Jerseyville First Presbyterian Church, 400 S. State St., Jerseyville.

• Anthony Nanney and Co.: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, 1530 E. 4th St., Alton.

• Chicago Stepping Classes: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tango Event Center, 212 E. Elm St., Alton.

• Xtreme Bar Bingo: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Alton Sports Tap, 3812 College Ave., Alton.

• Yoga at the Wildey: 7 to 8 p.m., The Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

• Camelot Cribbage Club: 6 p.m., Camelot Bowl, 801 Beltline Road, Collinsville. Takes place every Tuesday. For more information, call Phill at 618-288-7910.

• For more information on Al-Anon meetings, call 618-463-2429. To find more helpful meetings, visit and


• Charlie’s Drive-In Grand Reopening: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 762 N. Wood River Ave., Wood River.

• Applied Student Recital: 1 p.m., Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey.

• Hike for Health: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey.

• D-Lux Duo: 6pm-10pm, Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, 1530 E. 4th St., Alton.

• Xtreme Bar Bingo at Alton VFW: 7-9 p.m., Alton VFW Post 1308, 4445 Alby St., Alton.

• Tasting at Salle Leclaire: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bella Milano Catering, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville.

• Wednesday Route 66 10K Cruise: 6:30 p.m., Taqueria Z, 109 E. Park St., Edwardsville

• The Graham Band: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Big Daddy’s Edwardsville, 132 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

• Xtreme Bar Bingo at Wigglers: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wiggler’s Bar and Grill, 7243 Saint James Dr., Edwardsville.

• Celebrate Alton’s Recovery: 6:30-9:00 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 1422 Washington Ave., Alton.

• Take Off Pounds Sensably (TOPS): weigh-in at 9 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., meeting immediately after the weigh-in until 10:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 160 E. Lorena Ave., Wood River. For more information, call 618-259-7343.

• Al-Anon Meeting: 9:15 a.m., First Baptist Church Room 107 (buzzer), 201 S. Moreland Road, Bethalto.

• Al-Anon meeting: 7:00 pm, Upper Alton Baptist Church and Kindergarten, 2726 College Ave., Alton. For more information, call 618-463-2429. To find more helpful meetings, visit and

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