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Greek Belly LLC
After numerous delays in its planned opening date of spring 2017, Greek Belly LLC on July 5 opened its doors downtown. Owner John Tsahiridis said building inspection delays contributed to general contractor Nesbitt Construction Inc. not being able to start infill work until late February this year at the 320 E. Walnut St. spot. The 2,000-square-foot restaurant sells gyros, falafel, hummus and other Greek cuisine. The former general manager of Galloway Station Bar & Grill, Tsahiridis has 25 years of restaurant experience. Estimated renovation costs for the space, which previously housed Albatross Hookah Lounge & Fine Tobacco Emporium, were $75,000, according to Springfield Building Development Services records. Tsahiridis operated the business at festivals and through catering while the building work was ongoing. He signed a five-year lease last year for undisclosed terms with building owner Nick Sibley.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Phone: (417) 597-3382

Mid-Missouri Bank
Mount Vernon-based Mid-Missouri Bank opened its latest branch June 25 in its hometown at 300 E. Mount Vernon Blvd. Andrew Moore, director of marketing, said the bank consolidated two other Mid-Missouri Bank operations in downtown Mount Vernon, with both closing within days of the new branch’s opening. Construction costs for the 7,279-square-foot building, constructed by DeWitt & Associates Inc., were not disclosed. Moore said the new branch employs 17 and features an “experience center” with online and mobile banking devices provided for customers. Complimentary coffee drinks are provided in the lobby via a coffee press with beans from Keen Bean Coffee Roasters, a Mount Vernon-based company. Mid-Missouri Bank, chartered in 1872, operates 13 branches in 10 southwest Missouri communities. As of May 31, bank assets were $632 million, deposits were $520 million and loans were $494 million.
Lobby hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday; drive-thru: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday
Phone: (417) 466-2163

Springfield-based BKD LLP agreed to purchase New York City-based Loeb & Troper LLP, with an effective date of July 15. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. BKD Chief Marketing Officer Greg Cole said Loeb & Troper’s 100 employees will continue working at the certified public accounting firm office in Manhattan. They will report to BKD Managing Partner Ryan Reiff. Loeb & Troper specializes in audit and consulting services for the health care, managed care, nonprofit and educational industries. Cole said Loeb & Troper has roughly $22 million in annual revenue, while BKD’s revenue is around $600 million annually. With the acquisition, BKD now has 39 offices in 18 states, with Loeb & Troper as the company’s farthest east locale to date.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 865-8701


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