PaPPo’s Pizzeria and Pub
A south-side PaPPo’s Pizzeria and Pub opened July 21 at 900 E. Battlefield St., Ste. 176, in Battlefield Market Place. Chris Galloway, aka “Pappo,” opened the first restaurant in 2012 at 221 E. Walnut St. A second opened in May 2014 in Osage Beach. Kaitlin Oxenreider worked as manager of the downtown PaPPo’s before taking the lead on the south side, plus 10 percent ownership. The south-side pizza shop is four times larger, seating 250 people and employing 55, Oxenreider said. “We get a lot more businesspeople on the south side than downtown,” she said, “and we get a lot more families because of their ability to park.” Chris Galloway signed a 2.5-year lease, with two five-year options, at $15 per square foot monthly for 5,800 square feet. He spent $150,000 on remodeling and purchasing kitchen equipment left by the previous occupant Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria, including the same hearth-style pizza ovens used in the other two PaPPo’s Pizzerias.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday
Phone: (417) 306-9091
Restaurateur Angel Kim on June 5 launched all-you-can-eat Italian restaurant The Hill at 600 E. Battlefield Road. Financed by OakStar Bank, he bought the 8,100-square-foot building for $1.2 million after Ocean Zen moved to the former Mr. Yen’s property. Kim also owns ReRico Brazilian Grill off East Battlefield Road and U.S. Highway 65, and he recently replaced The Argentina Steakhouse on 1410 E. Republic Road with Frida Mexican Cuisine. The Hill, named after the Italian community in St. Louis, is an idea Kim had years ago but hadn’t found the right property. He spent $380,000 remodeling the building and created an open-floor plan. The 65-employee eatery can seat up to nearly 350 capacity, with two meeting spaces. Customers pay a flat fee – $10.59 for lunch and dinner starting at $13.89 – for soup, salad, entrees and deserts from 12 stations, including pizza, pasta and crepes.
Hours: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4:30- 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Phone: (417) 920-8850
Doe’s Eat Place
A new Doe’s Eat Place franchise restaurant opened June 22, five years after Springfield’s first location closed. Through Doe’s Springfield LLC, the Rogers family invested $1.1 million to open their first restaurant at 935 N. Glenstone Ave. in a building that has housed more than a half-dozen eateries, including Raphael’s in the late 1980s and Las Margaritas most recently. Doe’s is a casual, sit-down restaurant known for its steaks, said Benjamin Rogers, who manages the restaurant and co-owns it with his parents, Dr. James and Lori Rogers. Benjamin Rogers previously worked for Ozarks Natural Foods farm in Rogersville, handling distribution to area grocery stores. The business employs 31 people. The previous Doe’s, owned by Julie and Bill Davis, closed June 30, 2012, at 1232 E. Trafficway St. The Rogers family consulted with the Davises before launching their own, Benjamin Rogers said. The Greenville, Mississippi-based franchise charges a $35,000 startup fee, plus undisclosed royalties, said James Rogers, an internal medicine doctor at Mercy Clinic.
Hours: 5-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday through Saturday
Phone: (417) 833-7818
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