City of Ballwin

The Ballwin Board of Aldermen unanimously passed legislation on Oct. 10 to grant a special use exception (SUE) for a Marco’s Pizza restaurant with front yard parking at 15003 Manchester Road.

It will be the type of business not inherently permitted in C-1 Commercial. Nevertheless, the project received a positive recommendation at the Oct. 3 Ballwin Planning & Zoning Commission meeting. Ballwin staff also had no concerns regarding the establishment’s location at the site formerly held by Salon Dacota.

Per an inquiry from Alderman David Siegel (Ward 4), this Marco’s will not be a dine-in restaurant but a grab-and-go type of establishment featuring pizzas, subs, salads, sides, desserts and soft drinks. 

“They said they may have a counter and a couple stools, but it’s not mainly meant for the purpose of dining in,” City Administrator Eric Sterman said. He also reiterated that this SUE does not include a liquor license, unlike some of Marco’s other locations.

Marco’s is a Toledo, Ohio-based national chain founded in 1978 by Italian immigrant Pasquale Giammarco. It has grown to well over 1,000 locations, including ones in 35 states, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and even India.

There are a handful of locations in the greater St. Louis area, with the nearest to West County being St. Peters.