Five years after opening its first brick-and-mortar eatery in Branson, Gettin’ Basted has expanded north to the Queen City.
The barbecue restaurant opened April 15 at 3242 S. Stewart Ave., a vacant TGI Fridays building, said Tammy Zachary, who co-owns the venture with Brad Leighninger, Derrick Melugin and Jason Roberts. The building faces Glenstone Avenue along a busy restaurant and retail corridor. It’s the third Gettin’ Basted for the owners, who added a Nixa location early last year.
Zachary said opening in Springfield was a long-term goal, but the opportunity came earlier than expected. The owners were contacted about filling the roughly 5,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by TGI Fridays, which shuttered last year, she said.
“It was kind of in the plans to do it, but not really at this very moment,” she said. “But because of the space opening up … we went ahead and moved forward with it.”
It’s the second Springfield restaurant for the ownership group, which teamed up with franchisee Matt Arnall for the August 2020 opening of Downing Street Pour House at 1724 E. Battlefield Road. Zachary said Arnall also is franchisee for the new Gettin’ Basted.
Startup costs were around $250,000, she said, declining to disclose lease terms.
Gettin’ Basted’s menu includes smoked brisket, pulled pork, link sausage, wings, wagyu burgers, sandwiches and salads.
“In the Springfield market, we really want to showcase the bar,” Zachary said of plans to feature whiskey and moonshine.
Around 40 staff the new eatery, Zachary said, noting as many as 35 more employees are needed.
The new Gettin’ Basted restaurant is a return to Springfield for the owners, who originally started the venture as a food truck in the now shuttered SGF Mobile Food Park. Roberts, Melugin and Leighninger had previously teamed up for years of competition barbecue. The trio has won dozens of championships, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.
Zachary said next up for the owners is Bahama Buck’s, a Lubbock, Texas-based venture that specializes in shaved ice and other frozen nonalcoholic beverages. The ownership group became Bahama Buck’s franchisees for the Branson and Springfield market earlier this year, she said, adding they plan to open a Branson location this fall next to their Gettin’ Basted restaurant on Highway 76.
Bahama Buck’s has a $29,500 franchise fee, as well as ongoing 6% royalty and 2% advertising fees, according to its website.
The Bark Yard dog park and bar concept launched; Charity Fent Cake Design LLC moved; and a pair of business owners collaborated on opening The Hidden Hut LLC.
This poll is not a scientific sampling. It offers a snapshot of what readers are thinking.
Heather Kite, owner of startup business Rooted Deep Farms, talks about tough times during the winter of 2020-2021. She says determination was a necessary component that kept her going.
Jeramey and Julia Henson, co-owners of HM Dentworks Academy, discuss the importance of family in work-life balance. They say you can’t make up for the major life events. HM Dentworks Academy is also co-owned by Chris McWhirter.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistry Pottery, talks about her struggle with PXE, or Pseudoxanthoma elasticum, a disease that affects the eyes. She says that despite her struggle, she is ultimately thankful.
Jessica Burkland, a Missouri State University business instructor in the Department of Management, talks about small business start-up trends in a post-pandemic year. Burkland, who owns Activate Consulting & Training and volunteers as a small business mentor for SCORE of Southwest Missouri, says startups that offer new services and products to help people work from home or that enhance mental health could find greater success.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen, co-owners of TCI Graphics, say the past year has been one of the toughest they have faced. Now in the company's 50th year, the couple says they learned a few things in 2020.
Charlie Rosenbury, president of Self-Interactive, calls on his experience in programming to illustrate lessons he has learned running a business and life in general. Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas is presented by Great Southern Bank.
Darline Mabins talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about growing up after a tragic accident took the lives of her mother and older brother. Mabins is now the regional branch sales manager for Arvest Bank. No Ceiling is an SBJ podcast, going in depth with local women, sharing their journey to the top of their professions.
Caleb Scott, owner, coach and player for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about the ways that the team works to support each other on and off the field. Scott says you can’t force people to become leaders, they have to come naturally.
Steve Williams, owner of Crosstown Barbecue, discusses the role relationships have played throughout the 51 years that Crosstown Barbecue has been in business. He says that while he puts effort into providing the best food he can, ultimately “people like to do business with people they like.”
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, relates his experience building relationships with clients since he became a photographer. He says building relationships with his clients and perfecting his craft are the most important things he does to spread his business.