A couple with nearly two decades of combined experience in food service became first-time restaurant owners with the Nov. 15 opening of Smoked 417 LLC. Chicken is the star of the menu for the 603 S. Kimbrough Ave. eatery owned by husband and wife Mike and Marlayna Newman. The restaurant fills 1,500 square feet in a building formerly occupied by Black Market Smokehouse LLC, which shuttered earlier this year. Marlayna Newman estimated startup costs were roughly $10,000, adding the couple signed a one-year lease for an undisclosed rate with Marilyn Starnes-Biggs. Smoked 417’s menu features chicken sandwiches, wings, salads and sides, such as sweet potato chips and corn nuggets. Newman said the chicken is hand-battered and fried, and made with smoked ingredients, such as onions, salt, bacon and pecans. Sandwich and entree prices range $4-$8, with options to upgrade to combo meals for $3-$5 more, according to the menu.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Frisco, Texas-based Stonebriar Auto Services LLC opened its second Jiffy Lube store in Springfield on Nov. 23 at 400 N. Eastgate Ave. Chesterfield-based Knoebel Construction Inc. served as general contractor for the $1.2 million, 3,500-square-foot project designed by St. Louis-based Casco Diversified Corp. Stonebriar spokesperson Rachael Muhlenbeck said the 12-employee shop, located adjacent to the east-side Menards, is led by manager Travis Osborne. The store follows the Jiffy Lube Multicare model, with two bays devoted to quick-service oil changes and two devoted to mechanical work, including alignment, brakes, batteries, tires and tuneups. Stonebriar’s new store adds to its locations in Springfield at 3510 W. Sunshine St. and in Nixa at 516 N. Old Wilderness Road. Company officials say Stonebriar operates 42 Jiffy Lube stores across the country.
Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Banter Brewing Co.
The lineup of craft breweries in Springfield hit 11 with the Nov. 4 opening of Banter Brewing Co. Co-owners and friends Brian Harbison and Jon Weddle set up shop at 330 W. Plainview Road – in the Plainview Corners shopping center about a mile south of the James River Freeway interchange – after Harbison had been home-brewing for 16 years. They declined to disclose their three-year lease rate or startup costs, noting they handled most of the infill work themselves. Weddle said he and Harbison are among the four-person staff at the 1,400-square-foot brewery, which plans to produce 120 barrels annually to start. Both maintain employment elsewhere in addition to the brewery but declined to disclose where they work. Harbison said he is an architect, while Weddle’s LinkedIn profile notes he is a managing director for financial software firm Jack Henry & Associates Inc. The 40-seat brewery has eight taps for drinks, including a hazy IPA, dubbed Iron Gospel, according to its menu. Prices range $4-$10.
Hours: 4-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday
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