By SHERI GASSAWAY
Arnold, MO – When Kirk Syberg decided to open Syberg’s in Arnold, he knew he’d need the assistance of an expert electrician – help that only a union contractor could provide.
The new restaurant is located in the building formerly occupied by Terrazza Grill by Lombardo’s. It was going to take a lot of work to turn the Italian restaurant and banquet center into a sports bar and grill.
That’s when Syberg called Bob Peat, owner of RJP Electric, an IBEW Local 1 contractor. RJP, which had done electrical work at the Syberg’s O’Fallon, Ill., location, also served as the electrical contractor for Terrazza Grill when it had opened in 2010.
“It meant a lot to me that Bob came out personally,” Syberg said. “He and his team sat down and listened to what we wanted to do and came up with a plan that resulted in quality workmanship. We couldn’t be happier.”
Syberg’s converted the banquet room into more restaurant space, moved the bar and installed numerous big screen TVs and neon signs. RJP helped during the entire process.
“The restaurant was gutted,” Peat said. “We did the electrical work for all of the TVs, the security system, the point of sale terminals, the beer coolers and the neon signs, and we remodeled the kitchen.”
Syberg, who also used Merlo Plumbing, a union contractor with Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562, said he was especially grateful for the way RJP handled the electrical work that allowed for the installation of all the TVs and neon signs in the restaurant.
“Bob saved us a ton of money by putting a wooden rail around the inside of the restaurant where we could run our electric,” Syberg said. “Otherwise, we would have had to go in through the drywall.”
Chuck Demoulin, an IBEW Local 1 business representative, was pleased to learn of the development. “It’s a big step in the right direction," he said.