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Daniel Stern, Social
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Daniel Stern, Social

Open for Business: Social

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After operating as CB Social House since opening in 2014, the restaurant and bar at 314 S. Patton Ave. changed its name to Social. Head chef Daniel Stern said CB Social House closed Jan. 27 and reopened Feb. 7 as Social. CB Social House spun off from City Butcher and Barbecue, the south-side butcher shop and restaurant operated by business partners Jeremy Smith and Cody Smith. Stern said the ownership group has consolidated to form Social, and a statement sent to Springfield Business Journal indicated Cody Smith was no longer involved in the downtown venture. Stern declined to disclose the investment for rebranding, which centered on menu revisions, including exclusively serving dinner. General Manager Doug Riddle said Social is moving away from a la carte steak options and burgers. The menu online features beef cheek, salmon, duck and steak entrees, ranging from $25-$32 per plate. Stern said the “chef’s table” expanded to 10 seats from four, in a separate dining area served from a menu crafted by Stern daily.
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Phone: (417) 368-0778

Branson Regional Arts Council
The 35-year-old Tri-Lakes Community Theatre merged Jan. 23 with The Branson Arts Council Inc., with Branson Regional Arts Council as the surviving entity, said Executive Director Jim Barber. “As an organization, Tri-Lakes was faltering and didn’t have the support they needed for operating as a nonprofit,” Barber said. Branson resident Jean Cantwell started both organizations, the Tri-Lakes Community Theatre in 1983 and The Branson Arts Council in 1965, as the Taney Arts Council. Barber said Cantwell supported the merger. Prior, Tri-Lakes was only able to produce a couple shows a year, but now, Barber said several performances are planned year-round at the Historic Owen Theatre. There was no cash exchanged in the merger, Barber said. He is the only employee of the nonprofit arts council, which operates at 205 S. Commercial St. in Branson, but he works with a volunteer pool of 75-100, including stage crew and cast members. The merger plan on file with the Missouri secretary of state indicates the incumbent board of directors of the Branson Regional Arts Council will govern the merged entity.
Phone: (417) 336-4255

Springfield Community Gardens
Springfield Community Gardens, a nonprofit that partners with Springfield Public Schools, Missouri State University, the city of Springfield and other nonprofits, expanded into the kitchen at Cox North at 1423 N. Jefferson Ave. Maile Auterson, Springfield Community Gardens’ director and co-founder, said SCG maintains 23 gardens but never has had a commercial kitchen. SCG is investing a $12,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks allowing it to prepare produce and host classes at Cox North. The organization agreed to lease CoxHealth’s kitchen for $6,000 per year, and the remainder will help fund the role of a kitchen food hub manager, Rachael West. Based at 1126 N. Broadway Ave., SCG has distributed 550,000 pounds of produce to families in need between 2010 and 2017. Auterson said SCG in September 2017 won a $375,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Food Projects program over a three-year period.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Phone: (417) 414-7129


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