Table Talk: January 21–27

This week: Pineapple Whip's Winter Solstice arrives, Farmers Gastropub launches daily breakfast, Starbucks downtown closes and more foodie news.

By Claire Porter

Jan 21 2020 at 10 a.m.

Pineapple Whip's mascot, Lulu
Photo Courtesy Jen FortnerHula on over to Pineapple Whip this week only for a little taste of summer.
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It’s that time of year again! The temperatures have dropped and it finally feels like winter, so what better time than now to chow down on a frozen treat? Luckily, this week is Pineapple Whip’s Winter Solstice. Happening this Wednesday through Sunday at the South Campbell Avenue location, the summertime stand is serving all flavors in pints, plus cups and cones of pineapple, strawberry-kiwi and mango-peach. 

Raise a Mug 

Last Friday, the Springfield dining scene lost an icon. Anton Tasich, founder, owner and chef at Anton’s Coffee Shop, died at the age of 88. Tasich and his wife, Roberta, founded Anton’s in 1974. The South Glenstone Avenue landmark was known for serving diner-style traditional breakfasts including hash browns, omelettes, pancakes and, of course, coffee. Anton’s remains open for business. 

A Better Brekkie

If you find yourself falling into the same old breakfast routine—or if you’ve snarfed down a PopTart and called it a meal—starting February 3, you can reenergize your mornings. Farmers Gastropub is opening for breakfast Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. and serving a coming-soon menu of hearty breakfast options. The restaurant will continue to open at 9 a.m. on weekends for brunch. 

Monday Madness

It can sometimes be hard to find an eatery open on a Monday—the restaurant industry tends to take the day off after the weekend rush—so oftentimes your dining options are limited to national chains. But, starting this week, Everyday Thai is taking its name literally and opening its doors on Mondays. As previously reported, the Thai eatery will soon be moving to a new location across the street and is currently eyeing a move around February 20. 

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A Coffee Closure

Next Monday is the last day to get your caramel frappuccino fix downtown. The Starbucks on South Avenue—located within the former Bistro Market—is closing on Monday, January 27 after 10 years in business. 

Shake It

The former Envy Boutique on Walnut Street is getting a new tenant. The downtown property will become Downtown Nutrition Club, serving nutrition shakes and energy teas, when it opens at the end of January. Downtown Nutrition Club is co-owned by Bridgette Cummings, who also owns South Campbell Avenue’s Healthy Edge Nutrition Club

Mystery Night

Bolivar’s Basil & Bourbon brings a sense of mystery this Saturday at its Murder at the Speakeasy event. The 1920s-themed event includes cocktails, dinner and a murder mystery game within a secret speakeasy. Costumes are encouraged and tickets are required. 

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