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 re-opening on Wednesday, May 4.

A traditional root beer stand, Charlie’s Drive-In was built in about 1950. It went through a series of owners and names until the late Charlie Tweedy purchased it in 1976. He operated the stand until 1992, when 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 been going to Charlie’s for many years.

Here’s what else is happening in the area:


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

• Godfrey Board of Trustees meeting: 6 pm, Godfrey Village Clerk office, 6810 Godfrey Road, Godfrey.

• Kids at HeART Art Appreciation: 4-5:30 pm, Jerseyville First Presbyterian Church, 400 S. State St., Jerseyville.

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

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

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

• Yoga at the Wildey: 7-8 pm, The Wildey Theater, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

• Tasting at The Leclaire Room: 6-8 pm, Bella Milano Catering, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville.

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Al-Anon Meeting: 7 p.m., Upper Alton Baptist Church and Preschool, 2726 College Ave., Alton. For more information, call 618-463-2429. To find more helpful meetings, visit and

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