The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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October 27, 2012

Wally Kennedy: Arkansas-based eatery coming to Main Street

JOPLIN, Mo. — We can thank someone from Joplin for bringing a new Arkansas-based restaurant to the Gryphon Building at 1027 S. Main St.

Carl Garrett and his wife, Lindie, have owned the Table Mesa Bistro in Bentonville, Ark., for four years. A recent guest from Joplin encouraged them to look at Joplin as a place to start a new restaurant.

Said Garrett: “He told us how it was really coming back after the tornado. We came here and fell in love with this building. We decided we wanted to be part of the revitalization of Joplin — part of your new growth.’’

Table Mesa restaurant will open this week with a dinner menu. It eventually will offer a lunch menu.

The menu offers tapas and botanas. Tapas have a Mediterranean influence. Botanas have a Latin/Mexican influence. Let’s just say the menu is eclectic with an assortment of unexpected flavor combinations. Simply put — the menu looks enticing.

“We are looking for culinary talent, wait staff and bartenders,’’ said Garrett, who has 35 years of experience in the restaurant business. Job seekers can apply at the restaurant.

Expect to be surprised when you see how this restaurant space has been transformed into a brighter and more colorful place.

26th and Main

The Salvation Army is not planning to rebuild its thrift store at the northwest corner of 26th and Main streets. The charity is now eyeing two other sites for that store in Joplin, a spokeswoman for the organization said.

It is looking for a new site because the city’s master developer, Wallace Bajjali, has signed a letter of intent to purchase the property. Plans for the property have not been disclosed.

The property, formerly J-Town Sports Bar and before that a grocery store, takes in one city block. In the days immediately after the tornado, the Salvation Army was approached by more than one developer with offers for this choice piece of property.

In the meantime, the Salvation Army will continue to operate a temporary thrift store at East Seventh Street and Kentucky Avenue.

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