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Pop-up restaurant venture coming to former Metropolitan Farmer space

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A pop-up restaurant venture is settling into a brick-and-mortar space in Farmers Park.

The operators of Progress are planning a November opening in the space vacated early this year by Metropolitan Farmer. The group also is launching a bar concept called Reverie in the upstairs section of the space that formerly was home to Barley, Wheat and Rye. Reverie is scheduled to open in September, according to a news release.

“The food at Progress isn’t going to have rules,” said co-owner Daniel Ernce, who’s also head chef, in the release. “We want to be driven by flavor, using the ingredients around us, but adding touches of global cultures to make the dishes exciting and memorable.”

Ernce, beverage director Michael Schmitz and front-of-house manager Cassidy Rollins partnered with O’Reilly Hospitality Management to launch Progress and Reverie in Farmers Park.

“We’re honored to be working with chef Ernce, Cassidy and Michael and have personally witnessed and been amazed by their collective creative abilities and talents,” O’Reilly Hospitality Management CEO Tim O’Reilly said in the release. “Southwest Missouri is in for an incredible treat.”

Menu options will include Korean, Middle Eastern, Italian and Japanese flavors mixed in with American dishes.

Reverie is working to bring a seasonal cocktail menu and outdoor patio, according to the release.

“We want to create a bar that’s striking yet approachable and a place that allows guests to feel comfortable and enjoy themselves,” Rollins said in the release. “We’ve worked hard with our designer to create a unique space unlike anything in Springfield.”

Progress will operate out of 4,800 square feet, while Reverie will take on 3,200 square feet.

The space was vacated after Metropolitan Farmer and its top-floor bar Barley, Wheat and Rye closed in January. That same month, Farmers Park LLC filed suit against Metropolitan Farmer alleging it was behind on rent for an unspecified length of time amounting to at least $133,000, including penalties.

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