A pair of military veterans with an interest in cigars opened Tabak Co. LLC on Sept. 11. The venture at 311 Park Central West is the Queen City’s lone cigar shop and whiskey bar combination, said Cody Hutchison, who co-owns the business with friend Brian Cubic. Hutchison said they invested roughly $120,000 for the downtown bar, which occupies a 3,000-square-foot space that was formerly the home of Falstaff’s Local. They signed a three-year lease for an undisclosed rate with SWM Realty, Hutchison said. Aside from Prohibition era-inspired cocktails, like the daiquiri and old fashioned, Tabak Co. sells cigars and pipe tobacco. Smoking on property is allowed only on the outdoor patio, he said. Its food menu includes a smoked antelope bratwurst and Beast Chili, made with ground bison. Most food and drink prices range $7-$18. Hutchinson said he met Cubic in 2013 while the two were deployed in Afghanistan, noting both are still in the Missouri National Guard.
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
CoxHealth East Battlefield Clinic
CoxHealth’s first “super clinic” in Springfield opened at Battlefield Road and U.S. Highway 65 on Dec. 20, less than three months after the health care provider launched a similar facility in Republic. The $13 million CoxHealth East Battlefield Clinic offers primary care, physical therapy, on-site radiology and lab services, and walk-in care for existing patients. Urgent care is expected to be added in the spring, as the 30,000-square-foot clinic at 3525 E. Battlefield Road is still hiring staff, said CoxHealth spokesperson Kaitlyn McConnell. Tamra Flannigan leads the clinic, which will employ 51 once fully staffed, McConnell said. J.E. Dunn Construction Group Inc. was general contractor, and H Design Group LLC and BSA LifeStructures Inc. served as architects. The super clinic is the third urgent care in Springfield for CoxHealth, and it houses staff formerly located in a National Avenue facility along the Medical Mile that the health system leased.
Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Quarters Arcade & Boba Bar
Retro and modern video games are among the offerings at Quarters Arcade & Boba Bar, 1156 W. Jackson St., Ozark. Owner Heather Alcorn opened the arcade Aug. 14 in 6,000 square feet formerly housing Family Pharmacy, which shuttered in 2020. She declined to disclose startup costs or lease terms. Most games cost 25 or 50 cents to play at the five-employee venture, which also has gaming activities, including pool tables, dart boards, air hockey and Skee-Ball. The arcade has no entry fee and offers several free games, such as giant versions of Jenga and Connect 4, along with a snack bar and drive-thru for concessions. Drinks offered include coffee and boba tea, with prices ranging $4-$5.50. In addition to Quarters Arcade, Alcorn owns Poker Life Dealer Academy, which trains people to work poker tournaments. She also is a Realtor with Ozark-based The Firm Real Estate LLC.
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
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