The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 19, 2014

Wally Kennedy: Another pizza choice and ice cream on the way

JOPLIN, Mo. — A new pizza restaurant is coming to the northwest corner of Stone’s Corner in the Village of Airport Drive.

Piez is opening this week in a storefront that formerly housed Quincy Magoo’s, 6039 N. Main Street Road, which has been closed for more than two years.

Jim Hoaglin, representing the owner Kimmy Chapman Hoaglin, told me that the restaurant should open on Wednesday. The village’s Board of Trustees recently approved a liquor license for Piez and that license is expected to arrive by Wednesday. If it doesn’t arrive, Piez will go forward with its opening as planned.

If you ever visited Quincy Magoo’s, you might recall that as sports bars go it was quite spacious on the inside. It’s big enough to seat 176 people. Partitions have been erected to break up the space. The restaurant, which will be smoke free, has a banquet area, a distinctive bar and video game rooms.

A dessert buffet and a pizza buffet will be separated by two salad bars. The restaurant will offer a menu service. Other specialties include pasta and wings.

Right now, Stone’s Corner is really hopping with activity. Mercy Health System is building a new clinic on the north side of the shopping center that houses Piez. That will bring some steady traffic to the area. The construction of a roundabout to replace the traffic signals at Stone’s Corner was kicked off this week by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

And, there’s a persistent rumor circulating that Wal-Mart might be looking at property in or close to the village for a neighborhood grocery store like the one that will open in Joplin next week.

CICI’s DONATES $2,000

CiCi’s Pizza raised $2,000 to help Rebuild Joplin return a family to their home in the tornado zone last week.

This family was moving into their home on the day the tornado hit. They sought shelter in a closet in their new home while their possessions — still on the lawn — were blown away and their house was destroyed.

“As a member of the Joplin community that has also just come home, CiCi’s is proud to help our neighbors put their lives back together,” said Greg Costley, CiCi’s Pizza franchisee in Joplin. “When we reopened our doors in February, our guests welcomed us back and supported our efforts to raise money for Rebuild Joplin, which continues to be a driving force in making this city whole again.”  

CiCi’s, 1602 S. Range Line Road, raised the money through fundraisers, donating a portion of sales to the organization on April 3 and collecting $1 donations in exchange for free drink coupons.

Speaking of fundraising events, Community Support Services of Missouri will hold “Rhythm & Blues 2014’’ at 6 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Kitchen Pass Restaurant and Bar, 1212 S. Main St.

A buffet dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. The Ben Miller Band, Sarah Dunn & RKM, Southern Green and WALRUS will perform. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 624-4515. Tickets at the door are $25.

Proceeds will benefit programs and activities for local children and adults with developmental disabilities.

SWEET NEWS

Joplin is getting a new ice cream parlor and coffee shop in the historic Gryphon Building at 1027 S. Main St.

Dr. Michael Joseph, owner of the building, and Ginger Sweet, who manages the building, are opening Sweet Caroline’s Cream and Coffee. It will feature 32 flavors of hard-packed ice cream — no soft serve — and flavored coffees and candy.

“We think it will be an awesome location for something like that,’’ said Sweet. “With Anderson’s Ice Cream in Redings Mill and a Baskin-Robbins under construction, we really don’t have an ice cream place in Joplin.’’

The parlor, which will have seating for about 40 people, should open in the middle of May. Imagine eating at Table Mesa for dinner and dropping by Sweet Caroline’s for dessert. Sounds tempting.

The Gryphon storefront housed All Things Grand, which closed on March 31. It has set up shop with Decor and More at 310 Howard St., which is just off the square in Carthage.

Of course, the main All Things Grand store still operates in Carthage at 1186 Grand Ave.

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 wkennedy@joplinglobe.com; or send a fax to Wally Kennedy at 623-8598.

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