By Debby Stricker
Sister and brother Darla (Schuetz) Gottman and Darel Voss, Jr. are fulfilling their long-time dream of owning and operating their own restaurant.
They opened Village Grill and Pizza Saturday at the corner of Hanover and E. St. Louis St. in Okawville. Although the building has been vacant for several years, it has had several restaurants/bars in prior years.
The siblings gained restaurant experience and interest in the industry by working at the former Pizza Man in Okawville. Gottman worked there ten years and was the evening manager when the business was owned by Denise Frederking.
Gottman and Voss are bringing back some of the Pizza Man favorites, like the Rocket Special and The Works Pizza, pasta dinners, cheese bread sticks and garlic bread sticks, and the workweek sub. They use the Pizza Man recipe for the pizza crust.