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Jeremy Smith and Cody Smith, City Butcher and Barbecue
Jeremy Smith and Cody Smith, City Butcher and Barbecue

Open for Business: City Butcher and Barbecue

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City Butcher and Barbecue
Business partners Cody Smith and Jeremy Smith on Nov. 14 launched City Butcher and Barbecue in Kickapoo Corners, 3650 S. Campbell Ave. The artisan butcher shop and Texas-style barbecue eatery combines the talents of Jeremy Smith, the former sous chef of Metropolitan Farmer, and Cody Smith, founder of the Le Cochon Charcuterie food stand that sold meats and sausages at Farmers Market of the Ozarks. Occupying the former Migulito’s Wrap and Roll Cafe, the shop sells pork and beef cuts by the pound ranging from $4 to $24, as well as barbecue dishes in its 40-seat restaurant. The meats are sourced from Arkansas City, Kan., beef processor Creekstone Farms, Jeremy Smith said. The restaurant’s menu lists sandwiches starting at $6, along with sides such as potato salad, coleslaw, smokehouse beans, macaroni and cheese and pasta salad. The business partners, who aren’t related, signed a one-year lease for 1,900 square feet with Bill Beall Co. Hours: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone: (417) 720-1113. Web:

The Vienie Vagon LLC
Kanina Cox started a food truck business July 21 under the name The Vienie Vagon LLC. Originally parked on Boonville Avenue, across from the Greene County Juvenile Justice Center, Cox this month moved the food truck to the corner of Kimbrough Avenue and Elm Street, near Missouri State University. Cox grew up in the restaurant business, helping her mother operate Bit of Bavaria in south Springfield for nearly 25 years before it closed in 2006. With the name coined by her mom, the “weenie wagon” operates on limited hours during the winter because the trailer is not heated. She leased space on Boonville for $300 a month and now pays about $10 a day, plus utilities. The sole owner and operator, Cox said the most popular menu items have been her knackwurst, a stubby brat made with beef, pork and garlic, and the whirling dervish dinner kebab, marinated chicken shaved in a wrap or on Turkish pita bread made by Sisters in Thyme. Hours: 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: (417) 315-7822.

Castle Defense 360 Security Consulting and Protection
Timothy Easton started Castle Defense 360 Security Consulting and Protection on Sept. 1, offering security consulting and assessments for businesses and residences. Working from his Lebanon home, the 15-year Army combat veteran offers security improvement steps after on-site visits, as well as executive protection services – such as personal body guards and house watching while on vacation – and classroom training for active shooter, interior threat and bomb threat reporting incidents. He said one-time assessments start at $500 and an annual contract is roughly $2,000. Following his assessment, Easton works with four vendors to refer alarm, surveillance, window and fencing security products and installation. He recently bid on security cameras for Midwest Family Broadcasting. While in the Army in 2010, Easton said he spent three months in Afghanistan assessing military checkpoints and bases, and secured $3 million in security improvements. Hours: 6 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (417) 664-0173. Web:

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