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Open for Business: La Habana Vieja

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La Habana Vieja
Cuban cuisine arrived on C-Street with the June 3 opening of La Habana Vieja. The 220 E. Commercial St. eatery is the concept of owners Freddie Flores and Ted Tabor. Flores said Michael Frazier, a Brooklyn, New York native, was originally on board as a third member of the ownership group but has since moved back to his hometown to be near family. Flores said opening a Cuban restaurant was a longtime interest for himself and Tabor, who also owns the building. La Habana Vieja, which translates to “Old Havana,” occupies roughly 6,500 square feet and has a 10-person staff, Flores said, declining to disclose the venture’s startup costs. Flores works part time at the restaurant and maintains his full-time job as a marble sculptor at Phenix Marble Co. Entrees at La Habana Vieja include pescado escabeche diablo, which is monkfish cooked in a spicy broth, and alboronia, a Cuban ratatouille. Entrees range $17-$31, according to the menu. The eatery plans to start lunch and weekend brunch service in August, Flores said.
Hours: 5-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Phone: 417-771-5723
Web: La-Habana-Vieja.com

Gateway Real Estate
Independent brokerage Gateway Real Estate opened its first office April 28 at 729 W. Center Circle, Ste. 102, in Nixa. Joy Bray and Ryan Kell are co-owners of Gateway, which originally formed in 2015, when the duo worked under Keller Williams Greater Springfield. Bray said she and Kell have a combined 22 years in the real estate industry. They wanted to branch out on their own to have a firm that could be passed down to the next generation in their families, as well as lead other agents in the field. She said startup costs were roughly $30,000, including renovations for the 1,600-square-foot office, which formerly housed the shuttered boutique store Shaila’s LLC. Bray declined to disclose the five-year lease rate with Wise Leasing LLC. Gateway Real Estate, which Bray said serves the entire southwest Missouri area, employs eight and lists residential and commercial properties.
Hours: By appointment
Phone: 417-241-6565
Web: GatewayMo.com

The Lunch Box
A veteran of the restaurant industry invested in her first food truck with the May 24 launch of The Lunch Box LLC at 12622 State Highway 13 in Kimberling City. The truck is in the parking lot of hardware store Table Rock True Value, said Shelly Frazier-King, who co-owns the four-employee mobile food venture with husband Tim King. Frazier-King said she’s worked 25 years in food service, including 18 with Hardee’s of Southwest Missouri Inc. She said that experience inspired her to start The Lunch Box, which sells slider burgers, breakfast items such as muffins, and chicken and waffles. The menu also has specialty sliders including Philly cheesesteak and a meatless option made with black beans and vegetables. Prices range $2-$6.50. Frazer-King said roughly $60,000 was invested in the food truck, adding the couple signed a ground lease through October for an undisclosed rate with True Value.
Hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Phone: 417-344-7077
Web: TheLunchBoxFoodTruck.com

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