Valles Mines, Missouri, U S A
Founded in 1749 by Francois Valle years before he became Commandante of the Fort of Sainte Genevieve and The King of Spain made him Don Francois Valle for saving their Fort San Carlos (now St. Louis).
270 years later as The Valle Mining Company, his 4000+ acre property every year absorbs 21,000 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 14,000 tons of oxygen, enough to meet the needs of 63,000 people. [USDA Forest Facts]
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Bringing back the Valles Mines Restaurants

Years ago the Walleye Shack Restaurant was doing so much business selling fried fish out of a 400 sq. ft. building in the town of Valles Mines that cars lined up on the shoulder for 1/4 mile waiting for their chance to order. So they needed a bigger place. Enter architect Paul Otto. The likely place: across from their present restaurant but on our Chat Pile, in sight south on Valles Mines School Road. At that time it would have given them 3 acres of parking and a lush natural setting spanning Valles Mines Creek and across from the historic Church House site. The plan combined a Restaurant and Road House.

But progress stopped with the announcement of the upcoming MoDOT "Interchange Project at State Road V and Highway 67." The uncertainty of whether there even would BE a Chat Pile after MODOT's huge project forced the Walleye Shack to make a hard decision: Either accept a VERY attractive lease in Desloge immediately OR wait years hoping MODOT might leave enough of the Chat Pile to build their new restaurant on.

That was then and now is now. Things changed for the better. Now you could say, "That would give them 3 acres of parking in sight of a $6,500,000 Interchange with a lush natural setting spanning Valles Mines Creek and across from the historic Church House site." The original plan which combined a Restaurant and Road House still seems valid today. Where's an SIOR when you need one?

Project Summary

Restaurant and Dance Hall with Retail shops.
3-5 acres of parking in sight of a $6.5 million interchange,
with overpass and exposure to 20,000 cars a day on Hwy 67.

So far, it has had to wait. Although people lined up at the old place for their Alaskan Walleye fried in peanut oil week after week, to date, no restaurant stands in Valles Mines. The Walleye Shack Restaurant, successful in Valles Mines, moved to Desloge but closed within months.