<strong><strong>Riad Matar, 3 Corner Bar &amp; Grille</strong></strong><hr />
Riad Matar, 3 Corner Bar & Grille
3 Corner Bar & Grille
Restaurateur Riad Matar made his return downtown May 30 with the opening of 3 Corner Bar & Grille at 400 South Ave. Matar operated Riad, a Mediterranean restaurant on Park Central Square, for six years until 2010 and ran a second site on the south side for five years until selling it in September. He spent a month in Dubai and Kuwait with his Syrian family following the death of his brother. “That completely changed where I’m going,” he said, noting he took a loss on the sale to the operators of Taj Mahal Indian restaurant. At the 2,400-square-foot 3 Corner space at South Avenue and Walnut Street, formerly South & Walnut Bar & Grill, Matar employs 14 and has seating for 94. He said the menu emphasizes hamburgers and hot dogs, though a quarter of his signature Mediterranean dishes are available. Matar signed a five-year lease, with another five-year option, for $3,000 per month with landlord Walnut & South LLC. Hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11–1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Phone: (417) 720-1018.

Baron Financial Group LLC
Consulting firm Baron Financial Group LLC opened a property and casualty division April 1, leasing a second suite at Glenstone Square. Baron Financial owner Dan Malachowski said independent contractors Craig Henley and Richard James work at 1740 S. Glenstone Ave., Ste. P, two doors down from the firm’s main office. The insurance brokers sell personal and commercial lines, including home, auto, disability, life and health insurance from such carriers as Progressive, The Hartford, Safeco and Travelers, Malachowski said. With more than 250 financial planning clients, Baron Financial specializes in retirement planning and investments, 401(k) rollovers and 529 college savings plans, said Malachowski, who bought the firm in 2004. Carl Baron founded the company in 1984. Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. Phone: (417) 886-1111. Web: BaronFinancialGroup.net

Springfield Laptops and Computers
Co-owners Kelley Payne and Steven Strygulec moved Springfield Laptops and Computers on May 1 to 1815 E. Grand St. The partners started the computer reseller and repair shop in September at 3229 W. Republic Road. Strygulec said the company moved to a larger space that is more central to customers. Springfield Laptops and Computers buys, sells and trades preowned and refurbished laptops. Strygulec said the company offers repair services for devices, including smartphones, and desktop and accessories also are available. Strygulec said about 35 laptops are in stock, ranging from $100 to $500 apiece, and brands include Dell, Compaq, Asus, Sony and Apple. The business partners signed a one-year lease with C. Arch Bay Co. for $800 per month. Hours: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (417) 720-1929. Web: SpringfieldLaptopComputers.com

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