Restaurant chain Big Whiskey’s is expanding to southeast Missouri through a new franchise deal.
An eatery in Poplar Bluff is scheduled to open next year, according to a news release.
“We’ve long considered Poplar Bluff to be a community we want to be a part of," said Paul Sundy, founder and chief operating officer of Ozark-based Big Whiskey’s, in the release. "We’re very excited to see how the community responds to us."
The franchisee, BLV Whiskey’s LLC, closed a franchise deal in November with Big Whiskey's, officials said.
The ownership group of BLV Whiskey’s negotiated an agreement with Cape Girardeau-bassed Mayson Capital Partners LLC to occupy the former Scotty’s Brewhouse in Poplar Bluff, according to the release. Renovation plans include a patio, private dining room and upgraded fixtures and decor.
The restaurant is expected to employ around 75 people.
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