Table Talk: August 13–19

This week: Sisters in Thyme has big new changes, Hold Fast Brewing opens on Kimbrough and Morning Day Cafe returns to Kansas City

By Claire Porter

Aug 13 2019 at 10 a.m.

Pasta dishes, salads and Italian staples fill Basilico Italian Cafe's menu
Courtesy Basilico Italian Cafe"Italian is a great fit for C-Street, and it's a great fit for the north side," says Sisters in Thyme co-owner Martha Cooper of her new pasta-focused venture, Basilico Italian Cafe.
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It’s Italian!

C-Street’s Sisters in Thyme Bistro and Bakery has long been a lunchtime staple, but later this month, expect to see something a little different as the bistro moves upstairs and goes to wholesale and delivery-only (compatible with all the delivery apps), offering a limited menu of soups, salads, quiche, the hot ham and Swiss sandwich. Meanwhile, the downstairs is converting into Basilico Italian Cafe, open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. “Pastas are my passion,” says co-owner Martha Cooper, who has been testing some of the new entrees at Sisters in Thyme ahead of the transition, which includes an interior remodel and an entirely new facade. Basilico’s menu includes pastas, gluten-free penne and signature teas. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates. 

Hold Your Horses

It’s official: Hold Fast Brewing is open! With what is possibly one of the most tricked-out patios in downtown Springfield, the brewery opened Friday just in time for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival hosting City Butcher and Barbecue’s food truck. The brewery, built in a former firehouse on Kimbrough Avenue, plans to host live music and food trucks from its yard game–friendly patio throughout summer, and it offers house beers in four styles: pale ale, brown ale, IPA and light lager, in addition to seasonal brews

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A New Morning

Nixa’s immensely popular breakfast joint Morning Day Cafe heads to Kansas City’s Iron District, a new shipping container park for food and retail businesses. Owner Miranda Barchers says the Iron District Morning Day will serve some of the cafe’s more popular brunch items, fresh pastries, teas, house-roasted coffee and espresso drinks. Look for the cafe to open in a sunshine yellow shipping container sometime mid-September, and stay tuned to Facebook for Morning Day Cafe Nixa’s updates on the speakeasy bar as expansion continues next door. 

Burger Bonanza

Cafe B-29 in Ozark and Lost Signal Brewing Co. are heading to the burger big leagues. After competing in the regional 417 Burger & Beer Wars, Cafe B-29 co-owner Chastity Koeppen and Lost Signal Executive Chef Kymberlee Matney head to Dallas this October to compete in the World Food Competition in the burger division. The competition pits Koeppen and Matney against more than a thousand other competitors with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money on the line. 

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