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Bar and grill to open at former Har-Bell site downtown

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Father and son Jerry and Derek Bumgarner have purchased the former Har-Bell Athletic Goods building downtown and are renovating the property for a future bar and grill.

Derek Bumgarner, 23, will manage the property at 315 Park Central West, which is expected to open for business in four to five months, said Jerry Bumgarner.

Through DBJB Properties LLC, the Bumgarners acquired the Har-Bell Athletic Goods building from Brian Tucker, who until recently had leased the space to Kesslers Team Sports, said Bob McCroskey, owner of Bob McCroskey Real Estate, who handled the property transaction.

Jerry Bumgarner, who owns Springfield-based Jerry Bumgarner Trucking, declined to disclose the purchase price of the building, but he said the deal closed below the Greene County assessor's 2011 appraised value of $298,800.

Bumgarner said he is in the process of incorporating a name for the bar and grill. According to a city building permit, renovations are being performed for Harbell Sports & Grill.

Chris Ball, Jack Ball Architects PC president and principal, whose company has been contracted to perform the interior and exterior architectural design, said the restaurant would seat 120 to 125 people and include a sidewalk café.

Bumgarner said the first and second floors are about 3,600 square feet each, and he intends to develop three loft apartments on the upper floor within three years.[[In-content Ad]]

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