YOUR BUSINESS AUTHORITY

Springfield, MO

Ahead of opening, Ophelia’s discovers underground cellar

Posted online

Last edited 1:47 p.m., Sept. 8, 2017

The reason for Ophelia’s renovation delays has been unearthed.

Owners Tom and Lori Muetzel, who closed the bar previously operating downtown in mid-2015, had been targeting a March relaunch at 300 E. Commercial St. Five months later, Tom Muetzel issued a news release today indicating the extensive renovation of the 150-year-old building uncovered a cellar beneath the basement.

The original plans for the brick building owned by Joe and Craig Hosmer of Northbridge 300 LLC included second-story lofts, a ground floor restaurant and a grand staircase descending into the basement bar lined with the original stone walls, according to the release. Joan Hand with Hand Architecture LLC was hired to give the basement bar a speakeasy vibe with a planned extensive menu of absinthe.

In June, Arch Contracting LLC began work to increase the basement height to nine feet by removing up to three feet of concrete and soil from the floor. During the process, turn-of-the-century items, such as bottles, shoes and bowls, were discovered – along with the top of a stone archway. After carefully uncovering the structure, the release said, an entry to an underground cellar was revealed – complete with stone walls and a barrel-vaulted ceiling. It took seven weeks to remove spring water and debris, finally giving a full look at the extent of the space. It is 40 feet by 16 feet, with an eight-foot ceiling, and an entrance at each end.

The Muetzels plan to utilize the previously unknown room as an addition to the main basement bar and as a private dining space. A new planned opening date was not stated in the release.

Comments

No comments on this story |
Please log in to add your comment
Editors' Pick

Crossroads in Republic ripe for industrial park

Two buildings in a budding Republic industrial park just might be the welcome mat officials need.

Most Read
SBJ Live logo
MOST-WATCHED VIDEOS
Giving Employees a Career Choice

“We think it’s a good thing if every employee has a number of choices. Maybe they’ll want to stay and make a career at Amazon and we welcome that,” says Juan Garcia, Director - Associate …

Training Bootcamp: Training Needs Assessment All workplace problems have root causes. When will training be the solution? Sherry Coker, OTC Center for Workforce Development business development director, provides you the framework of a training needs assessment, which will uncover the root causes of a workplace problem and help you determine if training is the solution. A download is available at workforce.otc.edu/bootcamp with a complete outline for an effective training needs assessment. This is sponsored content. Duration: 2:29
Don’t Micro-Manage Are you guilty of micromanaging your employees? “If we’re going to require them to be that educated when they come to work for us, should we not let them do their job? They should know so much …
Seek Wisdom from Many “My whole life goal is to change the world, one connection at a time,” says Keisha Mabry. Mabry, who is an author, speaker, and social entrepreneur, says she had a “quarter-life crisis” and …
DNA Uncovers Best Version of You A simple swab of the inside of your cheek can lead to optimizing your nutrition and fitness program, personal medication profile, in addition to your ancestry. According to Austin O’Reilly, owner …