There’s a lot of moving and shaking going on in the 417-land restaurant scene in the coming weeks. So as you refuse to move or shake after your massive turkey dinner, sit on the couch and start your meal plan.
• Cesar’s Old Mexico has closed for the week in preparation for its big move. Owner Sandra Gonzalez says they are already set up in their new location at 2627 E. Sunshine St. (the former Phase 2 building) and are just waiting for the green light to open, so stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates.
• Springfield is getting its second location of Classic Rock Coffee. The new location will join Walnut Street’s Brewery District Flats in mid- to late January 2020 in the space adjacent to the newly vacant Frank ‘N’ Steins.
• Last Friday, after a brief auction, beloved longtime barbecue joint Pappy’s Place BBQ gained new owners, Wayne and Susan Rader. The Raders plan to continue Pappy’s legacy by keeping the restaurant open and maintaining the current staff. As the new owners take the reins, look for a few new menu items, some minor renovations and all of that classic Pappy’s charm.
• The east-side’s Prehistoric Brewing Co. is inching closer to opening. Demo is complete, installation is underway, and the owners are shooting for an early 2020 opening.
• Just in time for stocking-stuffing season, Queen City Soda & Sweets is officially open for business on Park Central West. Serving candy and craft sodas, this shop has enough taffy to keep your chatty relatives’ mouths clamped shut for at least an hour or two. 😈