Great Escape Beer Works LLC
A first-time business venture for husband-and-wife Jake and Jen Duensing led to the Dec. 15 opening of Great Escape Beer Works. The brewery is the first of two anchor tenants to open at the $14 million Quarry Town development in Galloway Village. Jake Duensing declined to disclose startup costs or the lease rate with Green Circle Projects LLC for the two-story, 3,000-square-foot establishment. It seats around 150 people, including an outdoor deck upstairs. The Duensings previously lived in the Seattle area before moving in May to the Queen City, where Jake grew up, to develop Great Escape. Four employees staff the brewery, which has no plans for beer distribution or food service. Previously working at breweries in Colorado and Washington, Duensing said he and his wife are both “very outdoor oriented and with the Galloway trails here right outside our door, it was a great fit for us.”
Hours: 3-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (303) 887-1750
About two months after opening Progress restaurant in Farmers Park, its owners on Dec. 12 added Reverie in the upstairs bar space above the eatery. At 2144 E. Republic Road, the bar menu offers small plates, eight rotating beer taps, 12 wines and cocktails. The venue by Daniel Ernce, Michael “Jersey” Schmitz and Cassidy Rollins features Nordic-inspired interior fixtures and furniture, a partially covered patio and tables created by craftsman Michael Stelzer, a former Marlin Network executive. Lease terms with Green Circle Projects LLC and startup costs for the venture, which occupies 3,200 square feet, were not disclosed. The three owners partnered with Tim O’Reilly on both Reverie and Progress, which opened Oct. 12. The establishments replaced Metropolitan Farmer and its upstairs bar Barley, Wheat and Rye Social House, which closed amid a landlord dispute in January.
Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Monday and Tuesday, and 4 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday
Phone: (417) 799-9387
Andy B’s Bowl Social
The 11th location for Andy B’s Entertainment and Bowling Centers set up shop Nov. 29 at Branson Landing. Dubbed Andy B’s Bowl Social, the 19,000-square-foot space at 405 Branson Landing Blvd. has bowling, classic table games, private karaoke rooms and escape rooms. With 80 employees, it also includes a full-service restaurant and bar, and features weekly live music. Trevor Collins, Andy B’s director of marketing, declined to disclose startup costs and lease terms with HCW Development LLC. He said the outdoor lifestyle center, along Lake Taneycomo, was an attractive draw for the Springfield company as Branson continues to attract a younger, family-focused demographic. Andy B’s also operates in Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma, and its first entertainment center in Texas is set to open in the Denton market this month.
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 213-8631
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