The Good Stuff
As exciting as NYE is, I couldn’t possibly wait another week to share all the restaurant happenings that have been bubbling up in the past few weeks. Here’ what’s opening, closing, moving and more:
The Springfield location of Sugarfire Smoke House has officially opened for business. The St. Louis–based barbecue chain opened ahead of schedule on Sunday in the Southgate Shopping Center in a space featuring artwork by local muralist Emily Million.
One of Yelp’s favorite places, Everyday Thai, is moving across the street to the former Newk’s building. Everyday Thai is closed tomorrow through January 1 while it moves into the lightly renovated space, and it will reopen in the new location.
Two weeks ago, we told you about Jax & Gabe’s closing along with the Springfield location of Pie Five. Now, BYOPizza is also leaving the Springfield pizza scene, making room for the downtown location of its sister restaurant, Aviary Café, to relocate to the space. BYOPizza’s last day is December 31.
Downtown Mexican eatery Yoselin’s Mexican Cuisine has closed its doors in preparation for its rebranding. Tequila & Mezcal, owned by Sofia Pavon-Wilson, the daughter of Yoselin’s founders, is opening in the same location in early January after light renovations. The menu is shifting to offer more upscale dishes and expanded cocktail options.
Nixa’s Morning Day Cafe is looking to take over your nights, too, with its soon-to-open dinner concept, Night Bites. Night Bites occupies the space adjoining Morning Day Cafe with a refurbished bar and extended seating. The menu includes savory fine-dining options plus creative craft cocktails (including smoked cocktails) by mixologist Michael Bradley. Owner Miranda Barchers is launching dinner service January 3. While you wait, join MDC for its first birthday pajama party on January 1.
Coming Next Year:
Paula Deen isn’t the only Food Network celeb to be smitten with the Branson Landing. Coming spring 2020, everyone’s favorite spiky-haired flame-wearing (Halloween costume–inspiring) chef Guy Fieri is bringing Guy Fieri’s Branson Kitchen + Bar to the lakeside strip, adject to Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline. The offerings so far are typical Fieri excess, with signature Trash Can Nachos, burgers, wings and tacos on the menu.