Ever since Metropolitan Farmer closed in January, we’ve been waiting with bated breath to find out what restaurant would be taking its place at Farmers Park. And although we had a pretty good idea once we saw the public notice for a liquor license application, Progress has officially announced they will be opening a brick and mortar location in the spot, plus a bar called Reverie in the space Barley, Wheat, and Rye Social House previously occupied. Progress, which has been operating as a pop-up dining operation, first appeared on the dining scene back in May 2016 when chef Daniel Ernce, beverage director Michael Schmitz and front-of-house manager Cassidy Rollins staged their first pop-up dinner at Golden Girl Rum Club.
Over the following two years, Progress made name for itself by throwing elaborate, multi-course pop-up dinners at varying locations throughout southwest Missouri. The food has varied as much as the locations, with menus ranging from Southern to Nordic cuisine, and just about everything in between. According to a press release by Green Circle Projects, the food at the new location will continue to draw inspiration from a plethora of cultures, and will include dishes inspired by the cuisines of Korea, the Middle East, Italy and Japan.