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Open for Business: Harbell’s Grill & Sports Bar

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Harbell’s Grill & Sports Bar
Roughly eight months after temporarily closing, Harbell’s Grill & Sports Bar LLC reopened Sept. 6. David Bauer took back ownership of the downtown Springfield eatery at 315 Park Central West on Jan. 26 from Marlin Blakeney. Bauer, who also owns the building that houses Harbell’s, said he executed a contractual agreement that allowed him to reclaim control of the business, citing financial issues and prerequisites to the business contract and lease agreement that were not properly performed by the former ownership group. Bauer had sold the business to Blakeney in 2021. He originally bought Harbell’s, which was founded in 2011, and the 7,500-square-foot building in late 2018. With the reopening, Bauer said he brought back the sports bar’s menu he introduced when first taking over the restaurant. Offerings include burgers, quesadillas, sandwiches, smoked chicken wings and wraps. He’s also hired Jared Stevenson as Harbell’s general manager with a succession plan in place. Bauer said he intends to sell the business to Stevenson before year’s end.
Phone: 417-507-1919

Truth and Counsel
Holistic psychotherapy practice Truth and Counsel LLC opened a second location July 17 at 4225 S. Charleston Ave. Lindsey Racz, who owns Truth and Counsel with husband Matthew, said they’ve invested $100,000 in startup costs for the new location, which included $85,000 in renovations for the 1,120-square-foot standalone building off East Republic Road. She said the building was vacant for the past year and previously housed a pet grooming business, adding they signed a two-year lease for an undisclosed rate with the intent to buy the building from Streamline Acquisitions LLC. The 7-year-old Truth and Counsel, which rebranded in 2021 from Faith Based Clinical Counseling LLC, offers women mental health counseling and coaching, counseling for children and teenagers, dance movement therapy and group therapy. Racz said the eight-employee practice also has an office at 1330 E. Cherry St., adding the new location has three therapy offices, as well as an open studio space that can be utilized for group therapy and community training.
Phone: 417-893-0702

Bahama Buck’s
A quartet of owners opened tropical-themed shaved ice franchise Bahama Buck’s in Branson on Sept. 5. Brad Leighninger, Derrick Melugin, Jason Roberts and Tammy Zachary are franchisees in the Lubbock, Texas-based chain, which specializes in shaved ice with over 100 flavors and toppings, as well as other frozen nonalcoholic drinks, such as smoothies and lattes. The Branson Bahama Buck’s at 2843 W. 76 Country Blvd. is one of roughly 115 locations in 11 states and just the second in Missouri to open, according to the company’s website. Zachary said startup costs were $750,000, including property purchase and demolition of most of the shuttered Baldknobbers Motor Inn. Decatur, Arkansas-based MTZ Construction was hired to renovate the former hotel’s office building into the shop. Bahama Buck’s has a $34,500 franchise fee, as well as ongoing 6% royalty and 2% advertising fees, according to its website. The four owners also own Downing Steet Pour House in Hollister and Gettin’ Basted, which has locations in Springfield, Branson and Nixa.
Phone: 417-263-3787


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