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B.J. Lowrance, The Royal
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B.J. Lowrance, The Royal

Open for Business: The Royal

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Last edited 9:06 a.m., Aug. 14, 2020

The Royal
B.J. Lowrance opened The Royal live music and bar venture June 26 at 1427 E. Cherry St., Ste. B, in the Rountree neighborhood. The Royal joins Skully’s, a restaurant that opened in late June, to occupy a portion of the 1,700-square-foot building recently renovated by Ross Construction Group LLC. Lowrance declined to disclose startup costs or his three-year lease rate with Pickwick and Cherry LLC. Genesis Estes and Sharon Taylor of Rountree Design Collaborative designed the interior, which Lowrance said was inspired by French cafes and the films of director Wes Anderson. Lowrance, who formerly co-owned Pasta Express and 425 Downtown LLC, said the bar serves signature cocktails, beer, wine and sangria, with prices ranging $4-$10. Vegan meatballs, hummus and warm olives are among food options, priced $3-$10.
Hours: 4-11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday
Phone: 417-351-3029

Pine & Picks LLC
Independence Day was the grand opening for Strafford retail shop Pine & Picks LLC. The 106 E. Pine St. shop is next door to Common Grounds Coffee & Cafe LLC, both owned by Michele Eden. Pine & Picks sells home decor and refurbished furniture and is a full-service floral shop. Its flower delivery area covers Strafford, Fair Grove, Marshfield, Rogersville and Springfield. Eden said startup costs were roughly $235,000, funded by a U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loan. The shop fills a 4,400-square-foot building that was completely renovated following an August 2018 fire that heavily damaged the then-vacant structure, previously a Family Pharmacy store. Eden and her husband, James “Bobby” Eden, bought the building later that year for $10,000. The six-employee shop sells gifts, such as kitchenware, baskets, artwork and pet items, with many products in the $15-$25 range. Eden said she personally refurbishes the furniture items for sale.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-
2 p.m. Saturday
Phone: 417-206-6300

Burger King
The first Springfield restaurant for Maryland Heights-based Burger King franchisee Broadway Restaurant Group LLC opened July 8 at 425 N. West Bypass. Publicist Rachel Brown said company officials declined to disclose costs for the nearly 3,000-square-foot eatery built by St. Louis-based J.E. Foster Building Co. and designed by Fort Worth, Texas-based Franz Architects. The 30-employee store has an updated interior design for the fast food chain, Brown said, which features a menu of flame-grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches and salads. Broadway Restaurant Group operates restaurants across Illinois and Missouri, including in Marshfield and Joplin. Brown said a Republic restaurant is in the plans but likely won’t open until late 2021 or early 2022, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Burger King chain has five other restaurants in Springfield, according to the company website.
Hours: 6 a.m.-midnight Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m.-midnight Sunday
Phone: 417-319-6506


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