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Wayne Rader purchased Pappy's Place in 2020 with his wife, Susan.
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Wayne Rader purchased Pappy's Place in 2020 with his wife, Susan.

Pappy's Place co-owner dies

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The co-owner of Pappy’s Place has died.

The Grant Beach neighborhood restaurant and bar announced Wayne Rader's death in a Facebook post this morning. His age and cause of death were not disclosed.

"He is loved by many, and he will be greatly missed," the post reads. "At this time, Pappy's will be closed until next Tuesday, Jan. 24. Memorial service details will be shared once they have been confirmed.

"Thank you to everyone who has offered support and love during this very difficult time."

With his wife, Susan, Rader purchased Pappy's Place in 2020, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

Rader recently announced that Pappy's was in expansion mode with the purchase of the building next door to the 943 N. Main St. restaurant for a planned music venue and pub. He told SBJ on Jan. 9 that the expansion, dubbed Pappy's Pub, is projected to open in April.

An attempt to confirm the status of the expansion plans was unsuccessful immediately by deadline.

The Raders also own Rader Manor, a bed-and-breakfast operation at 924 N. Main St., according to past reporting.


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