The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 27, 2012

Wally Kennedy: Arkansas-based eatery coming to Main Street

By Wally Kennedy

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.

Overnight change

The opening of two furniture-type stores in the 900 block of South Main Street seemed to happen virtually overnight.

Jamie and Ken Silvers have opened the Downtown Furniture and Flea Market at 930 S. Main St. The storefront was Rick’s Appliances for 19 years.

The store offers kitchen tables, chairs, wall art, dining-room sets and antiques and collectibles that have been picked at estate sales.

The flea market has room for 12 booths. To inquire about a space, call 417-483-3337.

Next door at 926 S. Main St., Roy Cargile and his son, Chad, have opened Cargile New and Used Furniture. The Cargiles also operate an auction service.

As Joplin rebuilds, a piece of used, but still usable furniture can really stretch a recovery budget.

Hat’s off

The new facade on Hackett’s Hot Wings, 520 S. Main St., is outstanding. Before, someone dining in the restaurant had a difficult time seeing what was happening outside on Main Street. Not anymore. It’s much more inviting.

Blood Tax Service has relocated to 2901 S. Main St. The building, which was last occupied by Cheezie’s, was badly damaged by the tornado. The building has been reworked into a small office building. The whole corner is much improved.

Cheezie’s, by the way, has relocated to a storefront at the southwest corner of 32nd Street and Connecticut Avenue.

If you have news about something that’s happening on Range Line Road or Main Street, call 623-3480, Ext. 7250; or send an email to; or send a fax to Wally Kennedy at 623-8598.