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The Kebab Shack
For their newest restaurant concept, The Kebab Shack, husband-and-wife owners Sherif Magd and Sophia Hamid said they went in a different culinary direction. The menu for the Mediterranean-inspired eatery, which opened Feb. 14 in Battlefield Market Place at 900 E. Battlefield Road, Unit 120, includes kebabs, rice bowls, salads and wraps, along with traditional shawarma and falafel. Prices range $4-$27. Magd said startup costs were roughly $150,000, adding they signed a five-year lease with Magers Management Co. LLC. He said The Kebab Shack employs a staff of 30 in the 1,800-square-foot space formerly occupied by Penn Station East Coast Subs, which shuttered. Magd and Hamid also own grilled cheese sandwich and macaroni and cheese eatery MacCheesy’s, which opened last year, and Dirty Potato LLC, a virtual kitchen that prepares and delivers loaded baked potatoes. Magd said The Kebab Shack also offers delivery and catering through its website and various third-party delivery apps.
Phone: 417-306-9087
Web: TheKebabShack.com

Hitch Goods
The ownership team behind Springfield-based Hudson Hawk Barber & Shop has launched Hitch Goods Inc., a new business in the men’s grooming product space. Weston Odneal, public relations coordinator for HH Holding Co. LLC, the parent company of the businesses, said the new venture began selling its pomade hair products on Feb. 15. Co-owner Thad Forrester said Hitch Goods products had a testing period of nearly seven years. Officials said an undisclosed California manufacturer has prepared 10,000 units of the company’s products. Odneal declined to disclose the ownership team’s investment in Hitch Goods. The company’s products are available at all Hudson Hawk shops, all Outlaw Gentlemen Barbershop locations and through the Hitch Goods website. In 2013, Forrester and Paul Catlett started Hudson Hawk, which operates a dozen shops in Springfield, Columbia, Kansas City, northwest Arkansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Email: info@hitchgoods.com
Web: HitchGoods.com

The War Zone Springfield
Indoor Nerf gaming venue The War Zone Springfield LLC made a short move Nov. 5 within Sheid’s Plaza. The venture is now at 3322 S. Campbell Ave., Ste. B, after previously operating since its 2021 debut at 305 W. Walnut Lawn St., Ste. TT. Owner Vanessa Grimaldi said the opportunity to move presented itself, and that allowed The War Zone to operate in a more manageable 2,500 square feet from its prior 5,600-square-foot arena. She noted the previous location had too much unused space. She declined to disclose relocation and renovation costs or the one-year lease rate signed with Sandy Harrel of McLoud & Co. LLC. Grimaldi said she’s in space formerly occupied by Point Performing Arts. The War Zone offers games for ages 5 and older, with Nerf gun, ammunition and safety glasses provided for all players. Hourly open play is $15 and birthday parties range $270-$625, according to its website.
Phone: 504-250-8108
Web: TheWarZoneSpringfield.com

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