By Wally Kennedy
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Let’s start at the beginning.
Earlier this year, Brian and Tracy Myers, of Joplin, signed a licensing agreement to bring a Ye Olde King Pizza to Joplin. This style of pizza was the forerunner for what eventually would become Joplin’s signature pizza restaurant, Pizza by Stout. That restaurant at 2101 S. Range Line Road was destroyed by the May 2011 tornado.
They had a place lined up to house their new business. When those plans fell through, they had to restart and find a new location. I’m happy to report that a place has been found and that a lease has been drafted.
I’ve promised not to disclose the location until the lease is signed. I’ll let you know when that happens. If everything goes as planned, Ye Olde King Pizza will be selling pizza by September. It takes a while to build out a restaurant.
In talking with Myers, he noted that some people have the impression that Ye Olde King Pizza will serve the same pizza that was served at Pizza by Stout. It won’t be the same pizza, but it will be close. That’s the challenge the Myers face. For me, close will be fine.
In the meantime, I would encourage pizza lovers out there to try the wood-fired pizza served at Mohaska Farmhouse, 1821 S. Main St. I would recommend the Godfather. It’s good food and good service at a reasonable price.
Joe Harding Restaurant Equipment & Supplies, a longtime Joplin business at 302 W. Seventh St., is changing hands and will relocate to North Range Line Road.
The business has been purchased by Matt and Anna Sossamon and Chad and Becky Tweed. It will relocate to the former Wood You storefront at 515 N. Range Line Road. That building is just north of the Tokyo Japanese Steak House.
Matt Sossamon said the new location will give the business higher visibility, a fresher look and a better environment to display products. The property on West Seventh, which is owned by Robert Harding, son of the founder, has been placed on the market.
Sossamon said, “We are keeping the name because of the history and tradition. That business was founded on D-day in 1944.’’
One of the challenges facing the business will be to change the public’s perception that the store is for restaurant owners and professional cooks.
“The general public needs to know they can buy some really cool stuff for their kitchens,’’ said Sossamon. “We’re talking about pans, containers, fryers and blenders — you name it.’’
A moving sale will take place at the West Seventh Street store on Tuesday through Thursday of this week.
The West Seventh Street store will close Friday night. It will be reopen at the North Range Line site on Tuesday, May 28.
Intercity Florist & Gifts, 424 S. Joplin Ave., is now under the ownership of Marilyn and Bill Tandy, who operated Countryside Flowers at 39th Street and Hearnes Boulevard.
Countryside Flowers has been sold and will be torn down to make way for a new development.
Intercity Florist & Gifts was purchased from Myra Carr who has owned the business since the mid-1980s. She told me she is retiring and plans to move to Texas to be closer to family. I want to take this opportunity to wish her well in her future endeavors.
I first met Myra through her late husband, Earl, who, in my humble opinion, was one of the great mayors of Joplin.
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