Last edited 4:04 p.m., July 2, 2014
Falstaff's Local opened June 28 in long-vacant space that most recently housed Culley's Pub.
Owner Scott Morris said he borrowed ideas from his favorite bars across the country in opening the old-style bar and grill, which has amenities including a Skee-Ball table and shuffleboard.
"I basically built my own job. I love to cook on the line behind the bar and talk to people about sports. I did it for years, and now I'm going to do it for myself. I always thought it was kind of my calling," said Morris, who previously operated Billiards of Springfield for its Columbia owner, Phil Spudich.
The 5,000-square-foot building, 311 Park Central West, also has two upstairs lofts, which Morris said he plans to lease for roughly $1,200 to $1,400 per month. He said the 1,200-square-foot apartments would include twice-a-month maid service, Internet and DirecTV.
The bar is equipped with a sound and video system controlled via iPad and has six televisions for sports viewing. Morris said the restaurant serves bar staples such as burgers, burnt-end salads, bratwursts and Reuben sandwiches, as well as a french fries recipe given to him by the owners of The Cubby Bear adjacent to Chicago's Wrigley Field. Morris declined to disclose his investment in the venture.
Morris' philosophy is to create camaraderie behind watching games in a bar.
"The crowd that wants to come and watch a game, I've got an 80-inch big screen for them and the room is wired for sound so they can actually listen to it," he said, noting he'll show all St. Louis Blues hockey games. "I don't like going to sports bars where I can't hear the game. When people tend to be watching the same game and the same TV, people tend to band together and it's more like being at the game."
Morris bought the building for $215,000 in late 2012 from Culleys LLC, owned by Herbert Watkins and family, according to Springfield Business Journal archives
. Falstaff's sits next door to Springfield Business Journal, which is flanked on the west side by another sports bar, Harbell's Grill & Sports Bar.
Falstaff's is named after fictional Shakespearean character Sir John Falstaff and the now-defunct St. Louis brewery Falstaff Brewing Corp., Morris said, noting it's also his dog's name.[[In-content Ad]]