Chesterfield Planning Commission members were excited about the prospect of a Billy G’s Finer Diner coming to the city.

Billy G’s is a member of The Gianino Family of Restaurants that include Bill Gianino’s, Frankie G’s, and Joey B’s.There is currently a Billy G’s in Kirkwood.

The restaurant would be located at 1772 Clarkson Road at the former Balaban’s site that closed in 2019.

Dierbergs Chesterfield Village submitted an amended site development plan for the 11.35-acre site, which proposes updates to the existing building’s façade and landscape and construction of a new trash enclosure. 

The primary updates to the site consist of the amended architectural elevations for a new restaurant. According to the developer, the building would receive aesthetic improvements to modernize it. Proposed changes include a new, raised, covered patio for outdoor dining; a concrete delivery ramp; a new storefront window and painted metal railing on the east side; and a new entrance vestibule, awning and storefront on the west side.

The building also will receive a stain to color the brick, compatible with the recent modernization of the brick color at the adjacent Dierberg’s Marketplace.

At the Planning Commission meeting on Nov. 8, city planner Shilpi Bharti  said the proposal would reduce the number of on-site parking spaces by four but the site still meets the city’s code requirement for minimum parking. 

The proposed site would be accessed from northbound Clarkson and Baxter roads, she said. 

The plan was approved unanimously by the Planning Commission.