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Clockwise from top: Jay Hickman, Terry Reynolds, Paul Sundy and Rita Baron, Einstein Bros.
Clockwise from top: Jay Hickman, Terry Reynolds, Paul Sundy and Rita Baron, Einstein Bros.

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Einstein Bros. Bagels
Einstein Bros. Bagels opened July 13 in a 25,029-square-foot building at 1933 S. National Ave., formerly Pasta Pronto. The ownership group is RT Development LLC, which comprises architect Rita Baron, property developer Terry Reynolds, and restaurant and nightclub owners Paul Sundy and Jay Hickman. “We have everything bagel,” Sundy said. The franchise restaurant features 25 bagel varieties, bagel sandwiches, coffee, mochas and cappuccinos, and it offers catering services, Sundy said. The restaurant has a drive-through and small patio, and the dining room seats 48. Einstein Bros. employs 30, Sundy said. The estimated cost of the building project is $346,000, and the lender is OakStar Bank. Hours: 5:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 877-0073.

Ophelia’s Tapas and Wine Bar
After a two-year hiatus, Ophelia’s Tapas and Wine Bar reopened July 15 at 216 E. Walnut St., next to Gailey’s Café downtown. Business partners Tom Muetzel and Anne Kim said former patrons had been asking them to make a return with Ophelia’s. “We had been hearing it a lot from our customers, and we came upon a good location at the right time,” Muetzel said. Ophelia’s first opened in late 2006 at 431 S. Jefferson Ave. in Wilhoit Plaza, and it closed in mid-July, according to Springfield Business Journal reports. Ophelia’s staples – Spanish meatballs, croquettes, cheese platters and hummus – accompany new menu selections, Muetzel said. The average price for a glass of wine is $8, served in an 8-ounce pour, he added. Hours: 5 p.m.–1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Phone: (417) 368-9970.

Allsafeflooring USA
Australia-based AllSafe Flooring opened its first U.S. distributorship in Springfield on June 8. John Barnhart works out of his home, 7302 W. FR 124, and under the name Allsafeflooring USA selling invisible coatings to create nonslip flooring surfaces. Barnhart said bathtubs and showers are good application areas, as well as restaurant kitchens and waiting areas. Work is done by appointment, and Barnhart is targeting hospitals and nursing homes. Hours: by appointment. Phone: (417) 827-0378.

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