Following several years working in the food service industry, Aden Watson started his first business ownership venture with the Sept. 2 launch of Slingin’ Sausage LLC. Watson said his mobile eatery’s operating area covers Greene and Christian counties, noting he has business licenses in Springfield, Battlefield and Nixa. Since opening, the four-employee food truck has primarily set up at Hold Fast Brewing in Springfield and Wire Road Brewing Co. LLC in Battlefield, he said. Its menu serves handcrafted sausages in the form of sandwiches, corn dogs and boudin balls. A falafel pita sandwich also is offered as a vegetarian option. Prices range $6-$8 for appetizers and $8-$13 for sandwiches served with fries. Watson said he most recently worked as a line cook at Harvest restaurant in Rogersville and also has experience at Morning Day Cafe in Nixa and at City Butcher and Barbecue and CB Social House in Springfield.
Blue Iguana Car Wash
The fifth location of Blue Iguana Car Wash opened Oct. 27 at 2118 E. Kearney St. Husband and wife Greg and Robin Byler own the 9-year-old company. Greg Byler said Springfield-based Fusion Consulting LLC was general contractor for the renovation project designed by St. Louis-based Levine Associates. He said the 4,895-square-foot East Kearney shop offers a tunnel car wash as well as self-service bays. The tunnel wash, which cleans vehicles in three minutes, starts at $5, and a membership begins at $15 per month. Free vacuum use is provided at each location for those washing their cars. The East Kearney location, which employs five, fills space formerly occupied by Hurricane Bay Car Wash, he said, declining to disclose costs. Blue Iguana plans to open another car wash in December at 1137 W. Kearney St., joining other shops on East Sunshine Street, South Campbell Avenue, West Chestnut Expressway and South Fremont Avenue.
Twin Crescent Drive-In
Twin Crescent Drive-In made its debut Oct. 28 at 1648 S. Ash St. in Buffalo. The movie theater marked the return of a drive-in to the Dallas County town after roughly 25 years, said Twin Crescent owner Brandon Kenall. The drive-in occupies 4 acres of a former hay field, he said, adding startup costs were $160,000. Kenall said he signed a 20-year lease with property owner and friend Aaron Weaver for an undisclosed rate. The seven-employee drive-in won’t be open year-round, but Kenall said he plans to keep it operating “as long as we can, weather dependent, the rest of this season.” He estimates an April 2023 reopening. The theater shows second-run movies obtained via St. Louis-based film distributor and licensor Swank Motion Pictures Inc. Double-feature prices are $8 per person, and concessions also are available. The drive-in is open the remainder of this season on Fridays and Saturdays, but Kenall, who also is the mayor of Buffalo, said he plans to expand the schedule next year.
Going up at Missouri State University’s 125-acre William H. Darr Agricultural Center on Kansas Expressway is the Small Animal Education Center.