JOPLIN, Mo. —
This is exactly what North Main Street needs.
The Bruncheonette has opened in a storefront that was occupied for years by the Heath Barber Shop at 424 N. Main St.
I had heard that a restaurant was coming to the shop sometime back, but it wasn’t until a co-worker brought a sandwich into the newsroom that I learned that it had opened.
When I saw the sandwich, I asked her: “What is it, and where did you get it?”
I asked what it was because I had never before seen a lunch sandwich quite like that. I thought about asking for a sample to further my research, but I sensed that idea would not fly. My co-worker said the sandwich was quite good. We’ll just have to take her word for it.
I visited the restaurant on Friday and talked to the owners, Sean and Chas Flanagan. Sean has worked as the head chef at Wilder’s. He also has worked at the South Fork Lodge in Idaho.
This restaurant specializes in breakfast, brunch and lunch items. It is one of the few restaurants in the immediate downtown area offering breakfast. That’s why the opening of this restaurant could prove to be a welcome development for people who live and/or work downtown.
The Bruncheonette has ready-made burritos available for breakfast that a person can grab and go. You can also get pancakes with a special syrup, biscuits and gravy, and a crepe made with Nutella and bananas. For brunch, the restaurant has four versions of eggs Benedict. For lunch, there are four sandwiches with sides — no burgers. Prices range from $3 to $10.
I was excited to see that the restaurant offers crepes and eggs Benedict. Finding well-made versions of those dishes in Joplin is not an easy thing to do. I can’t wait to try this restaurant.
Hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It’s open today.
COMING TO TOWN
Erbert & Gerbert’s is a sandwich chain that plans to expand in Joplin with two locations within the next three years.
The company plans to add eight to 10 locations in Missouri over the next three to five years, targeting St. Joseph, Joplin, Springfield, Columbia, St. Louis, St. Charles, Cape Girardeau, O’Fallon and St. Peters.
“After celebrating a huge milestone this year — our 25th anniversary — and our success throughout the country, we are very excited about coming to Joplin to serve local residents,” said Jeff Thames, director of franchise sales for Erbert & Gerbert’s.
Founded in 1988 in Eau Claire, Wis., Erbert & Gerbert’s has 63 operations in eight states, with locations ranging from urban centers to rural areas. Details to come.
When ground was broken for the new El Vaquero restaurant, 2412 S. Main St., one of the managers on the project, Trace Hawke, reportedly told someone: “Don’t blink. You might miss it.”
Hawke, with Young & Hawke Construction, of Joplin, wasn’t kidding. It’s going up amazingly fast. It looks to be on track for an opening before the end of the year.
I visited the site last week and spoke with Hawke between phone calls. He’s a busy guy. He was selecting the colors for the paint that will be used on the exterior, which should be painted this week.
On the south side of the building are decorative tiles that have been embedded in the walls. Hawke was making sure the colors worked with the tiles, which, he said, he had purchased for the project more than a year ago. That shows you how long this project has been in the planning stage.
On the north side of the restaurant is a sign showing where the new home for the Tropicana Bar & Grill will be. It’s moving to the site from 3215 S. Main St. A worker at the Tropicana said construction of the new restaurant could begin at any time.
I predict the placement of the Tropicana next to El Vaquero will be a win-win for both, and it certainly is a promising development for the people who have built new homes on both sides of South Main Street. How cool will it be to be able to walk to a good restaurant in your neighborhood? Very cool.
Let me tell you why I think these projects are important from an entirely different perspective. They are helping to close the gap that exists in the tornado zone on South Main Street. From a psychological standpoint, that’s a big deal to the people who drive South Main every day.
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JOPLIN, Mo. —
This is exactly what North Main Street needs.
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